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Make Your Mark

September 5, 2014–August 8, 2015

Kemper at the Crossroads

New Hours: Friday 5:00–9:00 p.m., Saturday noon–4:00 p.m.

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Making a mark can be an expression of an artist’s signature style, the literal result of the artist’s gesture interacting with the surface of a work, or more simply the manipulation of material. Make Your Mark features ten works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection that emphasize the individual tropes and gestures employed by a selection of artists in making their signature mark. This exhibition celebrates the distinctive marks that define the identifiable styles of these individual artists.

Jim Dine, Meadow Heart #1, 1971; acrylic, oil collage on paper, 30 x 40 inches; Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust,
UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 1995.25


Depth and Meaning: 20th Anniversary Gifts

June 6, 2014–May 24, 2015

Kemper Museum

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Depth and Meaning: 20th Anniversary Gifts presents a selection of works of art gifted to the Museum by artists and collectors, dealers, and other friends of the Museum. The works on exhibition in the Meeting Room and Sally Kemper Wood galleries have been gifted in honor of the Museum’s twenty-year milestone. Additionally, these extraordinary gifts add depth and meaning to our understanding of the styles and influences of contemporary artists whose works are already a part of the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection.

Our mission to collect, care for, and interpret works of art is enhanced by the generosity and commitment of donors. Barry Anderson’s Finnean (2013), gifted by the artist, introduces a work from his project The Janus Restraint and demonstrates his continued interest in historical experimental cinema. One of Elizabeth Layton’s earliest works, I am Loved (1977), gifted by Don Lambert and the Lawrence Arts Center, joins two other drawings by Layton in the Collection that explore moments in the lives of aging individuals. Petah Coyne’s large-scale photograph Untitled (#887P-97) (1997), gifted anonymously, introduces into the Museum a two-dimensional exploration of the implied movement present in Untitled #827 (Three Tiered Chandelier) (1996). The Kemper Museum is honored to welcome these and other twentieth-anniversary gifts into the Permanent Collection.

Matt Rich, BLUE, 2014; gouache on Arches paper, 13 x 10 inches; Gift of Matt Rich and Samsøñ, Boston in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014.7


Barry Anderson: Pigeon

Now on view

Barbara and Paul Uhlmann Gallery

 

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Reflecting on the poetics of place, Barry Anderson’s single-channel video installation Pigeon (2001) (7:37 minute loop) engages the viewer in both the activity and stillness of a site. In this digital film of a pigeon moving under an arch of flowing water in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy, Anderson focuses on the quiet mystery and humor of the everyday. Accompanied by the existing sounds present in the piazza the video grounds us in a sense of real-time for a brief and unexpected exchange.

Barry Anderson, Pigeon, 2001, single-channel video with stereo, edition 2 of 5, dimensions variable, 7:37 min. loop. Gift of the artist, 2011.2.