For Adults

Artist talks, special tours, hands-on workshops, films, lectures, and performances are scheduled throughout the year, many in conjunction with exhibitions on display.

Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection and special exhibitions; to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

In Conjunction with Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

"Here’s the Thing" Tours: Curator-Led

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Enjoy coffee and a casual conversation about the exhibition with Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum, as she reviews planning for Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing.  

RSVP on Eventbrite:        
https://kempermuseum-tours-curator-led.eventbrite.com

Talk: Celestial Navigation

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00 p.m. cash bar, 7:00 p.m. program
FREE | Reservations Required

Joseph Wright, operations manager at the Warkoczewski Public Observatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since 2005 and president of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation, discusses the significance of using celestial navigation with a demonstration to follow his talk.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-talk-celestialnavigation.eventbrite.com

When not sharing the sky with students and visitors, Joseph Wright spends part of his time on staff at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona working as an Education Specialist in astronomy at the Mt. Lemmon observatory complex. He assists with teen astronomy camps and adult workshops for Girl Scout professionals and volunteers teaching hands-on activities and telescope observing. Wright had the opportunity of a lifetime when his proposal was accepted by NASA and the SETI Institute to informally teach InfraRed astronomy. Part of this training also included several mission flights aboard SOFIA, the airborne observatory for infrared astronomy 

Guided Meditation Series (November)

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

A special series hosted inside Kemper Museum galleries, participants will be guided through meditation, qigong, breathing instruction, and sound healing. Some blankets will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat and small cushion, if possible.No experience necessary. Space is limited.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-meditation-nov.eventbrite.com

"Here’s the Thing" Tours: Perspectives

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Enjoy coffee and a casual conversation about the exhibition with Lora Vogt, curator of education at The National WWI Museum and Memorial, as she talks about monuments and their history.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-tours-perspective.eventbrite.com

Lora Vogt is the Curator of Education at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Founded in 1926, the Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of Great War artifacts in the world and has been ranked one of the top 25 museums in the country. Under Vogt’s guidance, the Museum has consistently broken records for public program attendance, educational participations and developed internationally recognized curriculum and online exhibitions.

"Here’s the Thing" Tours: Perspectives

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Enjoy coffee and a casual conversation about the exhibition with Dr. Giselle Anatol, professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Kansas, for a discussion of Hew Locke’s work and how it relates to Caribbean diasporic literature.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseu-tours-perspectives.eventbrite.com

Giselle Liza Anatol received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation exploring representations of motherhood in Caribbean women’s writing. As a professor of English at the University of Kansas, she currently teaches classes on Caribbean and African-American literature, as well as classes in multicultural writing for children and young adults. In 2011, Anatol published Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon, an edited collection featuring analytical essays from an international array of scholars. Her book, The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora (Rutgers 2015) explores folklore and recent literary and popular fiction. Anatol has also published articles on the works of authors such as Jamaica Kincaid, Audre Lorde, Nalo Hopkinson, Derek Walcott, and Langston Hughes.

Kemper Museum Trivia Night

Friday, January 17, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:30 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Kemper Museum hosts trivia night on all things related to international artists and travel with KC poet and quizmaster Glenn North. Complimentary food and two beverage tickets will be provided to each in attendance, courtesy of Café Sebastienne.

This Kemper Museum Trivia night is in celebration of international artist, Hew Locke. This five-round trivia night will include questions about art and artists, travel, and focused locations like the Caribbean and England, which areas related to the artist, and a round of mystery questions to test your skills!

Register your team of 3-6 participants by emailing Jade Powers at jpowers@kemperart.orgwith your team name. The team with the most creative name will also win a prize, in addition to the team that answers the most correct questions. Space is limited.

Fall 2019

Future Collectors Club

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m.
FREE | Registration required

Have you ever wondered about how to get started collecting art? Kemper Museum invites you to attend this special event to explore the 2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition with seasoned collectors. Meet the artists and participate in the selection of a new acquisition for the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. Space is limited.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-collectors-club-tickets-72468997723 

2019 Charlotte Street Generative Preforming Artist Fellow Performance: Sheri “Purpose” Hall

Friday, January 10, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. performance
FREE | Registration required

Sheri “Purpose” Hall is a spoken word poet, author, ordained minister, and activist. She will perform new works created since receiving the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award. 

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-charlotte-street-generative-preforming...

Sheri Purpose Hall is a spoken word artist, author, radio personality, educator, and minister who uses her work to provide perspective and engage conversational empathy. She has published several books of poetry, epistles, and essays including "Black Girl Shattered" (2017); two poetry chapbooks “Mélange du Femme Noir” (2019) and “Chosen for Both” (2015); and a workbook/workshop "Writing Wrongs: Writing to Heal" (2016), which won an award from Bike for the Brain, a non-profit organization that works to reduce mental health stigma.

She is the founder of Arsyn Spit Fire, East of Red ArtHouse, and PenFire Publishing; Interim CEO for Poetry for Personal Power; and provides consulting and assistance for many non-profit, community-based, and arts organizations. Hall is a 2019 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awardee and Studios Resident Artist in her 2nd year, a 2019 Art in the Loop grant recipient, a 2019 and 2017 Arts KC Inspiration Grant recipient, and the 2017 ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast featured artist. She won the Poet and Activist award at the Music and More Foundation Poetry Awards two years in a row, and was nominated for best spoken word artist in the KC People's Choice awards, Pitch Best KC, and the National Spoken Word awards. She has also earned the opportunity to represent Kansas City as an individual competitor at the national Women of the World Poetry slam two years in a row (2017/18) and competed at the National Poetry Slam four years in a row.

Kansas City Songwriter Series

Thursdays
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m.
FREE | Cash bar | No registration required

Taking place weekly at Kemper Museum, stop in for live music curated by the musical talent of Kansas City!

The Kansas City Songwriter Series, curated by Kansas City Trumpeter Hermon Mehari, features select songwriters who vary in genre and will perform in the formation of their choosing. Playing original music, whether its neatly polished old material or new unfinished works, each week will be a different musical experience you won't want to miss!

Click here for the full schedule of performing artists.

Drop-In Gallery Tours

Every Saturday from 1:00–2:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages

A casual opportunity for visitors to engage with artwork through informative conversations with Museum docents. Ask questions about the artwork on view and enjoy informative and lively dialogue.

No reservations required, just "drop in" and learn something new!