San-shin (Mountain Spirit)  , 1800s   Korea , Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)  ink, mineral color on silk  Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund, 2014.0052  Image courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas

San-shin (Mountain Spirit), 1800s

Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

ink, mineral color on silk

Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund, 2014.0052

Image courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas

Shattering the Void

January 15 - March 8, 2020

Shattering the Void moves through representations of everyday life to otherworldly realms from Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art. Some of the themes addressed include longevity, transcendence, and myths and legends, which both contrast with and link to the earthly influences of calligraphy, tea, and personal adornment. Through contemporary considerations of myth and everyday life, realms of meaning are built across voids of time and geography. This exhibition is part of the Freeman Foundation K–12 Educational Outreach Initiative by the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. A main goal of this project is to build bridges of communication between East Asian culture and local Kansas communities through the Spencer’s collections.

The installation also includes a digital platform where visitors can engage with three-dimensional scans of artworks as well as other educational resources. These resources were developed with a committee of educators from the Salina area for use in K-12 classrooms, in conjunction with visiting artist-teachers and supplemented with materials such as books, art supplies, and 3D-printed reproductions of some of the works in this exhibition. For more information about this project, please visit https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/resources-k-12.

This exhibition is funded by the Freeman Foundation.