For Adults

Free hands-on workshops, films, lectures, and performances are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum strives to represent artists and visitors of diverse genders, nationalities, artistic influences, media, and ethnicity. Admission is always free and the Museum is fully accessible in order to warmly welcome visitors with special needs. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

Programs in Conjunction with Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy

Lecture: Alva Noë

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE

Thursday, March 2, 6:00 p.m. cash bar, 7:00 p.m. lecture

What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does the fact that it matters tell us about ourselves? For this lecture in partnership with the UMKC Art History Department's lecture series Turning the Mind Inside Out, Noë approaches these questions by looking at the complicated ways in which life and art find themselves entangled. Alva Noë is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Music at the Museum: Live Jazz Music from the American Jazz Museum

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:30–7:45 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Thursdays, March 9, 16, and 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Most Thursday evenings in March, the Kemper Museum hosts a jazz music series in partnership with—and curated by—Kansas City’s American Jazz Museum.

Performance: Kansas City Ballet

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE

Thursday, March 23, 6:00 p.m. cash bar, 7:00 p.m. performance

In collaboration with the Kemper Museum, the Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company presents the premiere of choreographer Anthony Krutzkamp’s performance taking inspiration from Rashid Johnson’s exhibition Hail We Now Sing Joy.

Italian Film Festival

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00 p.m.
FREE

Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Returning for a third year in collaboration with Park University, the Kemper Museum hosts the Italian Film Festival featuring acclaimed international films. Join us for dinner at Café Sebastienne and make an evening of it!

Curator-led Tour with Erin Dziedzic

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4:00–5:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Wednesday, April 19, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Join Erin Dziedzic, curator of Hail We Now Sing Joy, for a behind-the-scenes look at how she planned Rashid Johnson’s newest exhibition and a deeper discussion of the themes present in the work.

Programs in Conjunction with Firelei Báez

Kemper Museum Annual Block Party

Saturday, August 19, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6–10:30 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 6:00–10:30 p.m.

Join the Kemper Museum for another fun-filled block party featuring music, food, exhibition tours, a newly commission project by artist Firelei Báez, Museum shop specials, and a movie to close the evening. The Block Party is organized in partnership with the Kansas City Art Institute, which offers tours of their ceramics and sculpture facilities with demonstrations and a view of the teaching collection. More details to come.

Audio Tours

To hear insight from the artists themselves, an exhibition audio tour is available inside the Kemper Museum app. Download the app via iTunes or the Android marketplace to hear the artists speak about selected works.

Tour: Gallery Conversations

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

The Gallery Conversations tour is offered every Saturday. Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.

No reservations are required. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.​

Talks and Conversations

Featured artists and exhibition curators often speak at the Kemper Museum’s opening receptions for its special exhibitions. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions' works and artists' working method. Visit the Museum's Talks page for more information.

Workshops

Hands-on workshops for adults have included watercolor painting, acrylic portrait painting, monotype printing, wire sculpture, collage, mixed media, and creative writing. Led by area artists, these workshops provide creative opportunities that expand on themes and media present in Kemper Museum exhibiting artists' works. Learn to express yourself, work with new materials, and consider new processes and ideas.