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Free lectures, films, and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum hosts cinema series and various performances of contemporary, classical, and jazz music in addition to dance and theatre programs.

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.


Spanning classical, jazz, and contemporary music, past performances include regional groups such as Dark Matter, NewEar, Terrestrial Consort, BCR, Mariah Wind Trio, Doug Talley Quartet, Dangerous Kitchen, Hearts of Darkness, the Ragin’ Cajuns, Panapolli Trio, Fontana, the Kansas City Guitar Society, the Kansas City String Quartet, and Aeolian Effect.

Kemper Block Party: Sweet Summer
Saturday, August 30, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic Cakes & Pies, the Kemper Museum hosts a sweet summer block
party with sugary treats, an outdoor film, and more.

Tri-Percussion: Music Around the World
Sunday, September 7, 2:00–2:45 p.m.
Musical styles and instruments from across the world: Gahu drumming from Ghana, West Africa,
performed on Ghanian barrel drums; Brazilian samba, performed parade style; Calypso steel drumming
from the Caribbean Islands, and more.



Local performance companies such as Reach, a movement collective; aha! dance theatre; the Coterie Theatre; and Ron Megee's Late Nite Theatre have performed dance and theatre acts inspired by the Museum’s exhibition programming and works in the permanent collection.

Consult the calendar for other upcoming events.