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Related Programs for Laura McPhee: River of No Return
at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

In her large-scale photographs—each measuring six by eight feet—Laura McPhee says "you feel the past and the present in one place." The exhibition Laura McPhee: River of No Return looks at the landscape and culture of the American West with a special focus on the Sawtooth Valley in central Idaho, a desolate part of the United States. Many programs for children and adults have been organized in conjunction with the exhibition, on view May 17–September 22, 2013, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Admission is free to the Museum and its programs.
Photographer Laura McPhee began this body of work in 2003 as the first resident artist supported by the Alturas Foundation. For this project, she had traveled to the Sawtooth Valley nine times, photographing the ranches, creeks, mountain ranges, and people. The exhibition is comprised of 28 photographs of the Sawtooth Valley, pictured at various times throughout the year. These monumental photographs balance the majesty of mountains and terrain of the American West with the everyday life of the Valley’s inhabitants and visitors.
For all
Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, May 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Kemper Museum | FREE
Be among the first to see the Museum’s exhibition Laura McPhee: River of No Return and have a chance to meet the artist at the opening. This free opening reception, featuring light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from Café Sebastienne, is open to the public.

For Adults
Concert: Victor and Penny
Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m.
Museum Atrium | FREE
The duo Victor & Penny perform Antique Pop on ukulele and guitar. With characteristic charm and good humor, they bring a fresh twist to the music of the early 20th century with unique arrangements of modern tunes and original songs.

Artist Talk + Happy Hour: Laura McPhee
Friday, June 14, Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m. Reading: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Room | FREE
Exhibition artist Laura McPhee will speak about her series River of No Return, as well as some of her other photographic works. McPhee began this body of work in 2003 as the first resident artist supported by the Alturas Foundation. By 2008 she had traveled to Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley nine times, photographing the ranches, creeks, mountain ranges, and people. The exhibition is comprised of 28 photographs of the Sawtooth Valley, pictured at various times throughout the year. These monumental photographs balance the majesty of mountains and terrain of the American West with the everyday life of the Valley’s inhabitants and visitors.

Poetry Reading: Between the Blank Pages with José Faus
Friday, June 28, Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m. Reading: 6:00 p.m.
Galleries | FREE
In conjunction with the concurrent exhibition Poem Spill: Art & the Written Word (on view April 19–November 3), Kansas City-based poet José Faus will read his poetry. A native of Colombia, Faus is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and board member of The Writers Place and Nuevo Eden.

Double Visions Lecture + Happy Hour: Nature Modified
Friday, July 12, Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m. Reading: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Room | FREE
Powell Garden’s Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen will speak about conflicting ideas of gardening and landscape of our region. Artist Allan Chow, a Malaysian native and graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, will speak about his colorful paintings inspired by Kansas City’s post-industrial landscape.

Double Visions Lecture + Happy Hour: Sustaining Nature
Friday, September 6, Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m. Talk: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Room | FREE
Artists Json Myers and Megan Gallant, 2012 Rocket Grant award winners, discuss their current collaboration, Spark Farm Park. Spark is a permaculture designed food forest and sculpture garden nourishing the artists’ neighborhood. Then, Stephen VanRhein, community conservation planner with the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, will speak about protecting the region’s natural habitat.

For Kids and Families
Art(full) Bags
Galleries | FREE
No time for a scheduled tour? Check out an Art(full) Bag from the Museum Shop. Our bags are filled with fun stuff to help families creatively engage with the exhibition Laura McPhee: River of No Return. You will find a family guide, matching games, sensory objects, and more.

Summertime Storytime: Tales of the American West
Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25, 11:00 a.m.
Galleries | FREE
Bring in your curious preschooler (ages 3–6) for a 30-minute, art-inspired storytime at the Museum with librarian and naturalist Clare Hollander. Kids get a take-home activity related to the story and the exhibition Laura McPhee: River of No Return.

Camp Kemper: Wide Open Spaces (for kids ages 9–11)
Tuesday–Thursday, June 11–13, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Offered again Tuesday–Thursday, June 25–27, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum and Gorman Discovery Center | FREE
Enroll through reservations@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136.
In conjunction with the exhibition Laura McPhee: River of No Return, campers will study landscapes, urban and rural environments, native flora and fauna, all while creating works of art. Experiment with collages depicting naturescapes, collaborative urban landscapes made of wood, and more. On the last day, we will hike to the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center to explore the wide-open spaces of our region.

Camp Kemper: Nature Nurture (for kids ages 5–8)
Tuesday–Thursday, June 18–20, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Offered again Tuesday–Thursday, July 9–11, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum and Gorman Discovery Center | FREE
Enroll through reservations@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136.
In conjunction with the exhibition Laura McPhee: River of No Return, campers will explore the land, water, and sky of Missouri. Discover fish, birds, and animals while creating art, including fish prints, birdhouses, animal masks, clay animal tracks, and more. Campers will experience McPhee’s works of the American West and learn about the land and our role in it. On the last day, we will hike to the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center.

Kids and Company Afternoon Tours
Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 3:00 p.m.
Galleries | FREE
Stop by the Kemper for a quick-stop, one-shot art tour of Laura McPhee: River of No Return for families with kids (ages 6–12). Learn about photographer Laura McPhee and the landscape she documented while listening to sounds of the river, playing guessing games, and sketching.

Family Day: Live Local/Eat Local
Saturday, August 24, noon–3:00 p.m.
Outdoors and Meeting Room | FREE
After looking at photographs in Laura McPhee: River of No Return, kids can paint a pot and plant an herb to take home. Along with the launch of Livliga Kids, a cooking demonstration and talk about healthy eating will take place in the Meeting Room.

Hours and Admission
The Kemper Museum (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday; and 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday. Café Sebastienne serves lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; and dinner 5:30–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday. The Museum and Café are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Kemper at the Crossroads (33 W. 19th Street) is open noon to 10:00 p.m., most First Fridays, and the galleries at Kemper East (200 E. 44th Street) are open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Friday. Admission is free.

Thank you
Support for this exhibition was provided by Alturas Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to the visual arts and American culture. Laura McPhee created River of No Return in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho during 2003–2006 as the initial Alturas Foundation artist-in-residence.

Support for the Kemper Museum is generously provided by the Arts KC Fund—Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City; Francis Family Foundation; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Karen and Jack Holland; David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee; Missouri Arts Council; Harry Portman Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; and Jo Ann and William Sullivan.

For more general information about the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, visit www.kemperart.org.
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