Film, Concerts, Performances

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


Members Only Opening
Thursday, October 1, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Traditional Finnish folk music performed by Kansas City-based Yuha Silfverberg and Janne Silfverberg. Several exhibiting artists will be in attendance. Docent guides will be available in the exhibition throughout the evening. To join, or upgrade your membership level, call 816-457-6102 or visit Memberships.

Opening and Artist Panel: Jarmo Mäkilä and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko
Free | Friday, October 2, 5:00–6:00 p.m. cash bar and live music, 6:00 p.m. artist panel
Exhibition curator Barbara O’Brien moderates a discussion with artists Jarmo Mäkilä and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko. Enjoy live improvisational electronica music by Kansas City–based Mnemosyne Quartet, and talk with docent guides in the exhibition throughout the evening.

Performance: Helado Negro
Free | Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. cash bar and performance
Headlining, Florida-born, Brooklyn-based musician Helado Negro performs his blend of electronic compositions and live vocals with the dreamy movements of local volunteer “tinsel dancers” in this choreographed performance. This is Helado Negro’s first performance in Missouri. Musician Thomas Wincek opens the evening with original electronic pop compositions.


Past Cinema Series

Sunday Cinema: American Montage
This three-part Sunday Cinema series, curated by artist Adam Cvijanovic, is presented in conjunction with his exhibition American Montage. These films represent major influences on both American film and the artist’s contemporary art practice.

Sunday, June 7, 1:00 p.m.
Buster Keaton Shorts One Week (1920, 25 min.), The Frozen North (1922, 17 min.), The Electric House (1922, 23 min.)
A pioneer in writing, acting, and directing in the silent film era, Buster Keaton’s short films are a major inspiration for Cvijanovic’s paintings. As important as D. W. Griffith as a film pioneer and inventor of cinematic language, Keaton injected his pictures with spaces that reflected the pathos of American life.

Sunday, July 12, 1:00 p.m.
The Searchers (directed by John Ford, 1956, 119 min.)
An unsettling Western that addresses racial hatred in American history, this  story, driven by John Wayne’s anti-hero, is set against the ever-changing American landscape. Cvijanovic selects this work for Ford’s directorial ability to align the painful story with the equally relentless harshness of the landscape.

Sunday, August 9, 1:00 p.m.
Chinatown (directed by Roman Polanski, 1974, 130 min.)
Los Angeles, a city already precarious in its desert location where no city should logically exist, is the site for Polanski’s noir crime drama. The city is seen as even more impermanent as wealthy crooks work to divert scarce water resources. Jack Nicholson’s character, J. J. Gittes, takes on an adultery case that becomes a meditation on the city itself.



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.