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

Exhibition-related Programs

Saturday, April 19

Presentation: 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Open: noon–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads Conversations: Rashawn Griffin and Diana Heise with Cristina Albu
Kemper at the Crossroads | FREE

Artists Rashawn Griffin and Diana Heise join Cristina Albu, assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in an engaging conversation about convergence and the intersections of personal and historical place and culture in contemporary art.

Diana Heise, Le Morne Echoes, 2013, archival pigment print, 40 x 60 inches; Courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, May 31

Presentation: 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Open: noon–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads Conversations: Miki Baird and Garry Noland with Danny Orendorff
Kemper at the Crossroads | FREE

Artists Miki Baird and Garry Noland join Danny Orendorff, Charlotte Street Foundation curator in residence, to discuss shared visual sensibilities and implied style.

Saturday, June 21

Presentation: 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Open: noon–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads Conversations: Linda Lighton and Mark Southerland with Erin Dziedzic
Kemper at the Crossroads | FREE

Artists Linda Lighton and Mark Southerland join Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs at the Kemper Museum, to talk about cross-disciplinary collaborative art practice.

Linda Lighton and Mark Southerland, Sisters, 2013, brass and porcelain, 25 x 18 x 14 inches; Courtesy of the artists

Italian Film Festival

All programs are free and open to the public.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art supports the 10th Edition of the Italian Film Festival with three film screenings free of admission. The 2014 edition brings you the best line-up of recent Italian cinema with films from award-winning directors, as well as highlighting debut films from exciting new talent.

Friday, April 25
7:00 p.m. | Meeting Room
La Migliore Offerta
The Best Offer (Director Guiseppe Tornatore, 2012, 124 min.)
Virgil Oldman is a world-renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally damaged Claire to oversee the valuation and sale of her family’s priceless art collection, Virgil forms an attachment to her and is soon he is engulfed by a passion which will rock his bland existence to the core. Film screened in original language English.

Saturday, April 26
6:00 p.m. | Meeting Room
Bianca come il Latte, Rossa come il Sangue
White as Milk, Red as Blood (Director Giacomo Campiotti, 2012, 102 min.)
Leo is a typical sixteen-year-old: he likes to chat with friends, play soccer, joyride on his scooter and listen to his iPod. School is agonizing to him. Then, a new and “different” history and philosophy teacher arrives and encourages the students to live deeply and follow their dreams. Leo feels he possesses the strength of a lion but is held back by a terrifying nemesis: the color white. Everything in his life that represents deprivation and loss is white. On the other hand, red is the color of love, passion, and blood; red is the colour of the girl of his dreams, Beatrice. Film screened with English subtitles.

Based on the book of the same name by Alessandro D'Avenia.

Sunday, April 27
2:00 p.m. | Meeting Room
il Rosso e il Blu
The Red and The Blue (Director Giuseppe Piccioni, 2012, 98 min.)
Set against the background of a Roman school, the stories of an art history professor who has lost his passion for the job, a young substitute who is doing his best and trying to “save” a very eccentric and rebel student, and a stern and irreproachable head mistress who is forced to deal with a strange student who has been forgotten by his mother. Film screened with English subtitles.

Based on a book of the same name by real-life teacher Marco Lodoli, The Red and the Blue is a comedy about life in a modern day high school.


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, April 5, 12, 19, 26            
  • Saturday, May 3, 10 17, 24, 31            
  • Saturday, June 7, 14, 21, 28            
  • Saturday, July 5, 12, 19, 26            
  • Saturday, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30            


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.

Spotlight Artist Presentations + Happy Hour: Art on the Road
Friday, October 25, Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m., Presentations: 6:00 p.m.

Kemper Museum Meeting Room | FREE
Spotlight Artist Presentations are given by artists living and working in the Kansas City region whose practice and works connect with current global trends in the art world. For Art on the Road Calder Kamin and Asheer Akram talk about using vehicles in recent art projects.


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.