Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Called to Walls
  • Called to Walls
  • Film
  • 4/20/2017
  • 17:30-19:30
  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
Out of view of the high art world and the hip gallery scene comes the heartening story of unlikely partners in middle America working together to reexamine their histories, celebrate what makes their towns unique, and imagine their futures in the form of monumental community murals. Part road movie, part inspirational art documentary, Called to Walls (2016) celebrates the potential of community-based art through the works of muralist David Loewenstein. Directed by Amber Hansen and Nicholas Ward, the film follows projects in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas from 2010–2013, where Loewenstein and team worked with communities to create large-scale, collaborative, community murals. The film is screened in conjunction with the reimagining of a mural by Loewenstein and a community team commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art. Created in 2007 on a building adjacent to the Lawrence Farmers Market, the Pollinators mural was inspired by the work of African American artist Aaron Douglas. The destruction of the building in 2015 and the support of the developer and the Museum have given rise to a second life for Pollinators, scheduled to be completed later this spring. The design team invites the public to learn about the process through the film and take part in reimagining and realizing a new Pollinators mural for Lawrence. Following the screening, Loewenstein, filmmaker Nicholas Ward, and Spencer curator Susan Earle will provide an update on the Pollinators project and share ways to get involved.