Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Time/Frame
  • 23-Aug-2008 - 14-Dec-2008
  • North Balcony and South Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Schedules, appointments, deadlines, PDAs, day planners, calendars, wristwatches...

Such timekeeping devices give structure to our lives, and we rely on them to chart the minutes of our days and the moments of our existence. As astronomer and anthropologist Anthony Aveni notes, “Time gets spent, wasted, killed, kept, and lost. We have leisure time, quality time, good times, bad times, hard times, and even hot times.” Our interest in keeping time is by no means a recent phenomenon, when one recalls that prehistoric man, by simple observation of the stars, changes in seasons, and conditions of day and night began to come up with early methods of measuring time to pursue such activities as farming, hunting, and the celebration of sacred feasts. Our concern with time has continued unabated to the present day.

In Fall 2008, the Spencer Museum of Art will consider the ways in which artists have pondered and pictured time. Assembling works from North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and across various media, the exhibition Time/Frame considers how time is manifested visually in art and material culture from around the world.

Time/Frame is organized collectively by the 2007-08 Spencer Museum of Art graduate student interns: Robert Fucci, Shuyun Ho, Lauren Kernes, Lara Kuykendall, Ellen Raimond, and Stephanie Teasley.