For Adults

Free hands-on workshops, films, lectures, and performances are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum strives to represent artists and visitors of diverse genders, nationalities, artistic influences, media, and ethnicity. Admission is always free and the Museum is fully accessible in order to warmly welcome visitors with special needs. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

Dark Days, Bright Nights Programs

Members Only Opening

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Free for Members

Traditional Finnish folk music performed by Kansas City-based Juha Silfverberg and Janne Silfverberg. Several exhibiting artists will be in attendance. Docent guides will be available in the exhibition throughout the evening.

To join, or upgrade your membership level, call 816-457-6102

Opening and Artist Panel: Jarmo Mäkilä, Rauha Mäkilä, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, and Anna Tuori

Friday, October 2, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–6:00 p.m. cash bar and live music, 6:00 p.m. artist panel

Exhibition curator Barbara O’Brien moderates a discussion with artists Jarmo Mäkilä, Rauha Mäkilä, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, and Anna Touri. Enjoy live improvisational electronica music by Kansas City–based Mnemosyne Quartet, and talk with docent guides in the exhibition throughout the evening.

Performance: Helado Negro

Friday, October 16, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00 p.m. cash bar and performance

Headlining, Florida-born, Brooklyn-based musician Helado Negro performs his blend of electronic compositions and live vocals with the dreamy movements of local volunteer “tinsel dancers” in this choreographed performance. This is Helado Negro’s first performance in Missouri. Musician Thomas Wincek opens the evening with original electronic pop compositions.

“A House of Finland” Lecture: Peter MacKeith

Friday, October 30, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. lecture

Bringing his experience as an architectural historian, MacKeith adds a lively point of view to understanding the paintings in Dark Days, Bright Nights, for which he contributed a catalogue essay.

“What is a Portrait?” Artist Talk: Mari Rantanen

Friday, November 13, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk

Inspired by the iconic Marimekko fabric designs, painter Rantanen creates vividly colored and geometrically patterned portraits of women artists that are featured in Dark Days, Bright Nights. Born in Finland, Rantanen now splits her time between Sweden and New York City.

Meditation in the Galleries

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00 p.m.
Free with reservations | Space is limited

Enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating meditation in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, led by sound practitioner Paul Rudy. Bring your yoga mat and enjoy a sound immersion amongst a range of works in the exhibition. Space is limited; RSVP at

Curator-led tour: Dark Days, Bright Nights

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00 p.m.

As we approach the shortest day of the year, join Barbara O’Brien in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery as she shares stories of visiting the studios of the Finnish painters whose paintings are included in Dark Days, Bright Nights

Artist Talk: Kati Toivanen

Friday, January 15, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk

Finnish-born, Kansas City–based artist Kati Toivanen presents her 2015 public art projects for Art in the Loop and Art in the Park and discusses Finnish influences in her work.

Tour: Gallery Conversations

Every Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Kemper Museum | FREE

The Gallery Conversations tour is offered every Saturday. Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.

No reservations are required. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.​

Talks and Conversations

Featured artists and exhibition curators often speak at the Kemper Museum’s opening receptions for its special exhibitions. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions' works and artists' working method. Visit the Museum's Talks page for more information.


Hands-on workshops for adults have included watercolor painting, acrylic portrait painting, monotype printing, wire sculpture, collage, mixed media, and creative writing. Led by area artists, these workshops provide creative opportunities that expand on themes and media present in Kemper Museum exhibiting artists' works. Learn to express yourself, work with new materials, and consider new processes and ideas.