Petah Coyne, born 1953, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Untitled #831 (Monks III), 1992, Gelatin silver print, 50.8 x 76.3 cm, Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund, 2005.0004.

Time Considered beyond Its Seemingly Pedantic Nature

Spencer Museum of Art
The University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street

North & South
Balcony Galleries
August 23-
December 14, 2008

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.


Marcantonio Raimondi, circa 1470/1482-1527/1534, Italy, after Raphael, 1483-1520, Italy, Father Time, late 1400s-early 1500s 74 x 54 mm, Gift of the Max Kade Foundation, 1969.0138.

Dr. Harold Eugene Edgerton, 1903-1990, born Fremont, Nebraska; died Cambridge, Massachusetts / active United States, Gus Kayafas, printer, Swirls and Eddies of a Squash Stroke – Jack Summers', 1938, printed circa 1985, Gelatin silver print, 35.2 x 43.2 cm, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Young, 1985.0256.