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On April 26 at 5pm (EDT), the Spencer Museum of Art presents “Tending to the Body,” a virtual conversation among artists and other researchers about how to better understand and connect to our bodies through multiple perspectives. A free livestream of this event is available through the Spencer Museum’s website.

The event features MacArthur Fellows Janine Antoni, who has explored the body through sculpture, movement, and photography for decades; and John Rich, whose work in public health focuses on healing and the Black body. They will be joined in conversation by artists Ingrid Bachmann and Dario Robleto, whose work is featured in the Spencer Museum’s exhibition Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body.

This program is organized by the Spencer Museum’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI), which facilitates annual inquiries that explore issues across the arts, sciences, and humanities. This year’s inquiry — “Tending to the Body” — uses images, sound, video, and text to explore how we care for our bodies through submissions from various artists and scholars on a virtual platform. The livestream event is embedded in the digital space, allowing attendees to reference inquiry contributions before, during, and after the conversation. Antoni’s contribution to the inquiry is a guided meditation.

To learn more and join the livestream on April 26, visit spencerart.ku.edu.

IARI is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program is supported in part by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For press inquiries, email Elizabeth Kanost elizacat@ku.edu.

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