About the Kemper Museum: Kansas City’s acclaimed, FREE contemporary art museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1994 and draws more than 130,000 visitors each year. The Museum boasts three locations and a rapidly growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary works of artists from around the world. The Museum hosts temporary exhibitions, installations, film and video series, lectures, concerts, workshops, and other creative programs.
Three Locations—One Museum
Permanent Collection: At the core of the permanent collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, a gift by the Museum’s donors R. Crosby Kemper and his wife Bebe Kemper, and the Kemper Foundations. The collection includes works by Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Helen Frankenthaler, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Tom Otterness, Matthew Ritchie, Frank Stella, and Wayne Thiebaud, among others.
Temporary Exhibitions: Each year, the Museum presents 6–10 special exhibitions. The group and solo-artist exhibitions feature established, mid-career, and emerging artists from around the world.
Educational Programs: Lectures, film and video series, performances, and workshops are offered on a regular basis. Events are listed on www.kemperart.org.
Café Sebastienne: The art-infused café setting enhances innovative menu selections by one of Kansas City’s most creative gourmet chefs, Jennifer Maloney. The critically acclaimed café seats 48 patrons inside and about 75 more in the indoor courtyard. The café is open: lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; dinner 5:30–9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and brunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Sunday. To make reservations, call 816-561-7740 or visit www.kemperart.org/cafe.
Museum Shop: The Museum Shop features one-of-a-kind, handcraft items, as well as exhibition catalogues, art books, notecards, and more.
Museum Admission: Free of charge and open to the public.
Free Parking: Parking is available in designated lots at the Museum and 1/2 block north at 4400
Guided Tour Information: Guided tours of the Museum are available for general visitors and students. Tours for ten or more are available by appointment, preferably made two weeks in advance. To schedule a tour, please call 816-753-5784 and ask for the education department.
Architect: Gunnar Birkerts & Associates, Inc., formerly of Birmingham, Michigan (now retired)
Media Contact: Margaret A. Keough, director of marketing and communications, margaret (at) kemperart (dot) org or 816-457-6132