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 Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene

Guided Meditation Series: Inner Panorama

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE

A series of guided meditation and sound healing inside Kemper Museum galleries with Laura Frank of Inner Space Yoga. 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 blankets, yoga, mat, and small cushion or for meditation, if possible. No experience necessary. Space is limited.

RSVP for November 15 on Eventbrite:
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Making a Scene Film Series: Gloria (1980)

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Gloria (1980), PG, 2h 3min. When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria (Gena Rowlands) becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York. Director: John Cassavetes

RSVP on Eventbrite:
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Well, it's a cute idea for a movie, and maybe that's why they've had this particular idea so often. You start with tough-talking, streetwise gangster types, you hook them up with a little kid, you put them in fear of their lives, and then you milk the situation for poignancy, pathos, excitement, comedy and anything else that turns up. It's the basic situation of "Little Miss Marker," the Damon Runyon story that has been filmed three times. And now John Cassavetes tells it again in Gloria. The twists this time: The tough-talking gangster type is a woman, and the kid is Puerto Rican. Cassavetes has cast his wife, Gena Rowlands, in the title role, and it's an infectious performance--if infectious is the word to describe a chain-smoking dame who charges around town in her high heels, dragging a kid behind her. — Roger Ebert

The films in this series have had a major impact on artist Angela Dufresne’s work in the exhibition Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene currently on view at Kemper Museum. The characters and their methods in these productions provide inspiration for Dufresne’s own scenes.

Before the film, enjoy dinner at Café Sebastienne! Book your dinner reservation online or by calling 816-561-7740.

Making a Scene Tours: Artist’s Eye

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:30 p.m.
FREE

Enjoy coffee following a tour of the exhibition Making a Scene. Kansas City-based artist Elizabeth Stehling talks about her videos and collaborations – often centered on themes of movement, psychological impact of the landscape, and communication – and makes connections to works in Making a Scene.

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Elizabeth Stehling grew up riding horses and going to folk dances in the foothills of Appalachia. She creates videos that use symbolic movements, communal dances, and loaded gestures as the basis to explore conditions and moods between the individual and society. Her recent work questions the impacts of technology on the relationship to time, consciousness, and ability to experience the sublime. 

Stehling’s accomplishments have taken her to the Currents New Media Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Omaha Film Festival and more. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Wassaic Project, Rensing Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Plug Projects. She received the Robert Altman Emerging Filmmaker Award, a grant from Kansas City's Art in the Loop, and most recently, has been awarded a 2018-19 Studio Residency with the Charlotte Street Foundation. Stehling graduated from the Pratt Institute in NYC with her MFA in 2010 and received her BA from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in 2005. She lives in Kansas City where she works at the Kansas City Ballet, producing their videos and digital content. She continues to explore videos and collaborations often around the theme of movement. Learn more about her work on her website: http://elizabethstehling.com

Guided Meditation Series: Inner Panorama

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE

A series of guided meditation and sound healing inside Kemper Museum galleries with Laura Frank of Inner Space Yoga. 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 blankets, yoga, mat, and small cushion or for meditation, if possible. No experience necessary. Space is limited.

RSVP for December 20 on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-meditation-series-inner-panorama-dec...

Drop-In Gallery Tours

Every Saturday from 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Kemper Museum | FREE

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!