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Free hands-on workshops, films, lectures, and performances are scheduled throughout the year.

Exhibition-related Programs
Artist Talk: Hung Liu, Summoning Ghosts
Friday, November 7, 5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk

California-based artist Hung Liu talks about the major themes in her work in her first comprehensive retrospective exhibition at the Kemper Museum Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Double Visions: The Art of Collecting Friday, November 21, 5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk Artist Matt Rich, whose works are in the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection, and owner/director of Samsøñ gallery in Boston, Camilø Álvårez, discuss their working relationship and the road to being represented in a museum collection.

Double Visions: Women in the Arts
Friday, December 12, 5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk

Inspired by themes of representations of women in Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, this Double Visions lecture series focuses on advocacy for women in the arts. Arzie Umali, assistant director of the UMKC Women’s Center presents “The Power of Gender,” an examination of the status of women in the arts. Don Lambert, who discovered and promoted the work of Elizabeth Layton, will speak about the trajectory and importance of “Grandma Layton’s” career.

Performance: Octarium
Saturday, December 20 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Enjoy an A capella of choral music performed by Kansas City-based vocal octet Octarium in the Kemper Museum atrium.

Sunday Cinema
Internationally renowned Chinese-born American artist Hung Liu curated a special Sunday Cinema series presented at the Kemper Museum featuring documentaries by celebrated Chinese women documentary filmmakers

Sunday, December 7, 1:00 p.m. BINGAI (Director Feng Yan, 2007, 117 min.) Award winning documentary filmmaker Feng Yan tells the story of Zhang Bing Ai’s six-year legal battle with the Chinese government in which she fought for the rights of farmers whose livelihood would be destroyed by the Three Gorges Dam construction project.

Sunday, December 14, 1:00 p.m. Born in Beijing (Director Ma Li, 2012, 240 min.) Independent filmmaker Ma Li’s documentary about the lives and struggles of the homeless in China’s capital over the course of many years takes its title from the name of the lead character, “Jing Sheng,”meaning “Born in Beijing.”

Sunday, December 21, 1:00 p.m. When the Bough Breaks (Director Ji Dan, 2013, 144 min.) This documentary by filmmaker Ji Dan tells the story of two teenage girls from a migrant family on the outskirts of Beijing who struggle to earn money to pay for their brother’s schooling with little help from their troubled and eccentric parents.


Tour: Meet Me at the Museum
Every Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Kemper Museum | FREE

Meet Me at the Museum tours are offered every Saturday. Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions.
No reservations are required. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.

  • Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29            
  • Saturday, December 6, 13, 20, 27            
  • Saturday, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31            
  • Saturday, February 7, 14, 21, 28            
  • Saturday, March 7, 14, 21, 28            

 

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.

 

Workshops

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.