Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Conflicting Memories
  • Conflicting Memories
  • 07-Feb-2004 - 04-Apr-2004
  • Kress Gallery and South Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Organized by the Salina Arts Center and the Spencer Museum of Art. The Spencer Museum of Art venue is generously supported by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Conflicting Memories will explore the role of art in creating and influencing a culture’s record of its past. Many of the exhibited work express the contested nature of memory; and evoke memory as a social and individual practice rather than a definition of truth or evidence. The exhibition will have two sections. The first section, drawn from the Spencer’s collection of prints, drawings and photographs, will introduce the various ways that the idea of memory has been implicated in the arts. Works in this section will treat the notion of “the art of memory” (art as a mnemonic aid), memorials, and the idea of cultural memory.
The second section of the project presents the works of contemporary artists who engage with the past by intertwining/overlaying cultural and personal memory, with a focus on specific cultural arenas. This section will include works by Enrique Chagoya, Willie Cole, Tanya Hartman, William Kentridge, Michael Krueger, Dinh Q Le, Deborah Muirhead, Roger Shimomura, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
Conflicting Memories is jointly curated by Stephen Goddard (Curator of Prints and Drawings, Spencer Museum of Art) and Saralyn Reece Hardy (Director, Salina Art Center). Both institutions will be venues for the exhibition, although the two installations will differ in February 7, 2004 through April 4, 2004 (Spencer Museum of Art) October 25, 2003 through January 25, 2003 (Salina Art Center)