Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


These Moved Me
  • These Moved Me
  • 20-Aug-2010 - 03-Oct-2010
  • South Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

A special exhibition opening this weekend at the Spencer Museum of Art will honor the life and legacy of Dalton Howard (1943-2010), a longtime member of the SMA family and a beloved local artist, musician, raconteur, and thinker. The tribute includes a slide show at the Museum’s entrance featuring a multitude of images taken of Howard over the years, and a small installation in the South Balcony entitled These Moved Me and assembled by Steve Goddard, Kate Meyer, and Sue Ashline.

“Dalton was a Museum treasure because of his passion for the arts, his toe-tapping enthusiasm when performing for us with guitar in hand, and his wonderful sense of humor,” says Janet Dreiling, Assistant Director for Collections. “We hope these small displays will give our viewers a look at a side of Dalton with which they were not previously familiar, bring back fond memories of wonderful times shared, and encourage all of us to live life to its fullest.”

These Moved Me will include a few of Howard’s own paintings, borrowed from area collections, plus a selection of several pairs of works from the Spencer’s collection by artists that Howard himself had written down a few years ago when Goddard, the Spencer’s Senior Curator of Prints & Drawings, asked him about his favorites. Howard responded with a list that included the comment "these for the 20th century moved me"-words that inspired the title of the exhibition. Artists on his list included Philip Guston, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Emil Nolde, Fairfield Porter, Richard Smith, Frank Stella, and Wayne Thiebaud, among others.

As Goddard recalls in the exhibition’s introduction, “The list he jotted down after much reflection was not just a run down of his favorites, but a thoughtful pairing of figurative artists with abstract artists. As it turned out, a number of the artists were represented in the Spencer's collections by works that are wonderful to see together.”

“In recognition of Dalton Howard’s countless artistic and musical contributions to our entire region, we are privileged to share a special exhibition with his many admirers,” says Director Saralyn Reece Hardy. “Since 1992 Dalton's ‘day job’ was serving as a security officer at the Spencer Museum of Art. This exhibition is offered in celebration of the many ways he touched members of our local arts communities.”