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Thursday, January 29

5:00–6:00 p.m. VIP Preview for Connoisseur Members and above

6:00–8:00 p.m. Exhibition preview for all Members

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection Members Preview
Kemper Museum | Free, RSVP required: dschreiner@kemperart.org

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection Members Preview offers a first glimpse into the Kansas City-based contemporary art collection of Christy and Bill Gautreaux. The exhibition explores a selection of more than 30 objects by 26 national and international artists. Meditations on process, pattern, and materials, the works engage within themes of abstraction, the body and gesture, race and politics, as well as landscape and geography; ultimately coalescing into the distinguished vision and influence of the collector in the building and shaping of a unique collection.

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, is supported by Kemper Museum members and donors. Exhibition programming is supported by the Karen and Jack Holland Visiting Artist Fund.

Vik Muniz, Ophelia, after J.W. Waterhouse (detail), 2008, from the series Gordian Puzzles; chromogenic print, edition 6 of 6, 64 x 40 inches; Collection of Christy and Bill Gautreaux, © Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York.


Friday, January 30

5:00 p.m. Book signing

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection Exhibition Opening Celebration
Kemper Museum | Freee

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection premieres a selection of more than 30 objects in a range of media by 26 national and international artists from the Kansas City–based collection of Christy and Bill Gautreaux. The exhibition results from an enriching collaboration with the collectors and reflects extensive curatorial research into their energizing and ever-evolving contemporary art collection for which we are profoundly grateful. It highlights a global perspective, including established and emerging artists from Africa, Afro-Caribbean regions, Europe, India, Latin America, and the United States.

Meditations on process, pattern, and material emerge as a major thread connecting the works, anchoring the artists’ themes of abstraction, the body and gesture, race and politics, as well as landscape and geography. The exhibition presents a distinguished vision in the building and shaping of a unique collection. The Gautreauxes note that “Most of this work was collected one or two pieces at a time, often spontaneously,” acknowledging, “It is exciting to see it curated by the Kemper Museum into a cohesive exhibition.” It is our hope that this focus on artists’ engagement with material and process, elevating themes significant to their practice, will prompt continued dialogue with contemporary art at the Kemper Museum.

Artists include: Sanford Biggers, McArthur Binion, Sarah Braman, Nick Cave, Nathaniel Donnett, Leonardo Drew, Andrew Erdos, Teresita Fernandez, Vibha Galhotra, Theaster Gates, Jeffrey Gibson, Michelle Grabner with Brad Killam, Hayv Kahraman, Glenn Kaino, Bharti Kher, Katrin Korfmann, Aimé Mpane, Vik Muniz, Toyin Odutola, Angel Otero, Mariana Palma, Ebony G. Patterson, Jen Stark, Mickalene Thomas, and Kara Walker.

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, is supported by Kemper Museum members and donors. Exhibition programming is supported by the Karen and Jack Holland Visiting Artist Fund.

Sanford Biggers, QC #15, 2013; Textiles and fabric treated with acrylic and spray paint on archival paper, 48 x 48 inches; image courtesy of Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL


Friday, January 30

5:00 p.m.Cash bar

6:00 p.m. Artist talk

Artist Talk: Nathaniel Donnett

Houston-based artist Nathaniel Donnett discusses his use of materials to form social and cultural critiques in his collage, installation, sculptural, and performance work.

Nathaniel Donnett, How To Get Rich On A Shoestring Budget (detail), 2010; Shoestrings, plastic on paper bags, 56 x 51 inches


Saturday, January 31

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Saturday, February 7

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Workshop: Paper’s Possibilities
Kemper Museum | Reservations required, please call 816-457-6105

Inspired by Jen Stark’s work in Piece by Piece, Kansas City–based artist Miki Baird directs a workshop exploring the possibilities of paper and other materials. A Kemper Museum docent leads a special Gallery Conversation on Stark’s work beforehand, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Reservations required, please call 816-457-6105.


Saturday, February 7

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Saturday, February 14

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Tuesday, February 17

Ages 3-5
11:00 a.m.–noon

Tots on Tuesday
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Story-time, songs, art inspired conversation, and hands-on art making led by a librarian and museum educator.



Saturday, February 21

Ages 5-13
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.

Discover something new about art at the Kemper Museum. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure.



Saturday, February 21

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Saturday, February 21

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Funky Mama
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

A favorite among families in Kansas City, independent children’s recording artist Krista “Funky Mama” Eyler performs for kids in a funk/soul style with a strong sense of narrative phrasing and dynamite energy. Drop-in. No registration necessary. Open to all ages.


Sunday, February 22

1:00 p.m.

Sunday Cinema: Piece by Piece — Waste Land (Director Lucy Walker, 2010, 99 min.)
Kemper Museum | Free

Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to Brazil where he photographs an eclectic band of catadores or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s collaboration with these inspiring individuals follows the reimagining of their lives through art.


Saturday, February 28

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Friday, March 6

Ages 5–12
1:00–3:00 p.m.

Fine Art Friday: Art & Tour for Homeschool Students
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join us for hands-on art making inspired by works of art in the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, followed by a docent-guided tour. Fine Art Friday for homeschoolers is designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Drop-in. No registration necessary.


Saturday, March 7

Ages 6–8, 11:00a.m.–12:30p.m.

Ages 9–12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

ArtReach Spring 2015: Portrait Pop Up
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

The work of Aime Mpane will be introduced from the exhibition, Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Students will create textured portraits experimenting with yarn, modeling clay, and recyled objects.


Saturday, March 7

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Friday, March 13

5:00 p.m. Cash bar

6:00 Artist talk

Artist Talk: Xaviera Simmons
Kemper Museum | Free

New York–based artist Xaviera Simmons presents a range of her multimedia projects including one of her most recent works, Number 16 (2013), featured in a solo exhibition at the Kemper Museum in the Barbara and Paul Uhlmann Gallery.


Saturday, March 14

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Tuesday, March 17

Ages 7–11
10:00 a.m.–noon

Spring Break Camp Kemper: Art Meltdown
Kemper Museum | Free, Registration Required

Do you love Camp Kemper in the summer? What about during Spring Break? For the first time ever, the Museum is offering a fun, creative, and free three-day camp with activities inspired by the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Campers explore the galleries and create a unique work of art each day. Early registration is available to Museum members through January 30. Open registration begins February 1. Register at reservations@kemperart.org. Space is limited.



Tuesday, March 17

Ages 3-5
11:00 a.m.–noon

Tots on Tuesday
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Story-time, songs, art inspired conversation, and hands-on art making led by a librarian and museum educator.



Wednesday, March 18

Ages 7–11
10:00 a.m.–noon

Spring Break Camp Kemper: Art Meltdown
Kemper Museum | Free, Registration Required

Do you love Camp Kemper in the summer? What about during Spring Break? For the first time ever, the Museum is offering a fun, creative, and free three-day camp with activities inspired by the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Campers explore the galleries and create a unique work of art each day. Early registration is available to Museum members through January 30. Open registration begins February 1. Register at reservations@kemperart.org. Space is limited.



Thursday, March 19

Ages 7–11
10:00 a.m.–noon

Spring Break Camp Kemper: Art Meltdown
Kemper Museum | Free, Registration Required

Do you love Camp Kemper in the summer? What about during Spring Break? For the first time ever, the Museum is offering a fun, creative, and free three-day camp with activities inspired by the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Campers explore the galleries and create a unique work of art each day. Early registration is available to Museum members through January 30. Open registration begins February 1. Register at reservations@kemperart.org. Space is limited.



Saturday, March 21

Ages 5-13
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.

Discover something new about art at the Kemper Museum. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure.



Saturday, March 21

Ages 6–8, 11:00a.m.–12:30p.m.

Ages 9–12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

ArtReach Spring 2015: Outside the Box
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

The art of Susanne Kuhn will be discussed and compared to other interesting works in the Museum. Students will create works combining geometric lines with figural forms using colored tape, patterned paper, and art markers.


Saturday, March 21

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Sunday, March 22

1:00 p.m.

Sunday Cinema: Piece by Piece — Herb & Dorothy (Director Megumi Sasaki, 2008, 87 min.)
Kemper Museum | Free

Herb & Dorothy tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period.


Saturday, March 28

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Friday, April 3

Ages 5–12
1:00–3:00 p.m.

Fine Art Friday: Art & Tour for Homeschool Students
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join us for hands-on art making inspired by works of art in the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, followed by a docent-guided tour. Fine Art Friday for homeschoolers is designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Drop-in. No registration necessary.


Saturday, April 4

Ages 6–8, 11:00a.m.–12:30p.m.

Ages 9–12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

ArtReach Spring 2015: Scenic Views
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

The work of Mickalene Thomas will be revealed and considered from the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Students will create layered landscape compositions with rhinestones, fabrics, and magazine clippings.


Saturday, April 4

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Saturday, April 11

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Sunday, April 12

Ages 6–8, 11:00a.m.–12:30p.m.

Ages 9–12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

ArtReach Spring 2015: Color Wash
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

The work of Jen Stark will be explored from the exhibition, Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Students will create overlapping gradations of color using paint sticks on canvas paper.


Saturday, April 18

Ages 5-13
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.

Discover something new about art at the Kemper Museum. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure.



Saturday, April 18

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Sunday, April 19

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Reading Reptile Stories & Art
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

The Reading Reptile has been a purveyor and promoter of children’s books in Kansas City for over 25 years and has brought children and books together, emphasizing the joy and importance of reading. Join us for a fun family story-time and art-making activity celebrating the modern children’s book as a vital and evolving art form in American culture. Drop-in. No registration necessary. Open to all ages.


Tuesday, April 21

Ages 3-5
11:00 a.m.–noon

Tots on Tuesday
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Story-time, songs, art inspired conversation, and hands-on art making led by a librarian and museum educator.



Saturday, April 25

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Sunday, April 26

1:00 p.m.

Sunday Cinema: Piece by Piece — Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
(Director James Crump, 2007, 77 min.)

Kemper Museum | Free

This documentary chronicles the contributions of curator Sam Wagstaff and his relationships with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician/poet Patti Smith.


Friday, May 1

Ages 5–12
1:00–3:00 p.m.

Fine Art Friday: Art & Tour for Homeschool Students
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join us for hands-on art making inspired by works of art in the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, followed by a docent-guided tour. Fine Art Friday for homeschoolers is designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Drop-in. No registration necessary.


Saturday, May 2

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Sunday, May 3

Ages 6–8, 11:00a.m.–12:30p.m.

Ages 9–12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

ArtReach Spring 2015: Walk in the Park
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

The work of Lois Dodd will be introduced and explored. Students will create a plein-air painting with acrylics and canvas.


Saturday, May 9

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Saturday, May 16

Ages 5-13
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.

Discover something new about art at the Kemper Museum. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure.



Saturday, May 16

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Tuesday, May 19

Ages 3-5
11:00 a.m.–noon

Tots on Tuesday
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Story-time, songs, art inspired conversation, and hands-on art making led by a librarian and museum educator.



Saturday, May 23

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.


Saturday, May 30

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

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.