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.

Adam Cvijanovic: American Montage Programs

Sunday Cinema: American Montage—Chinatown

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Kemper Museum Meeting Room
1:00 p.m.

This three-part Sunday Cinema series, curated by artist Adam Cvijanovic, is presented in conjunction with his exhibition American Montage. These films represent major influences on both American film and the artist’s contemporary art practice.

Chinatown (directed by Roman Polanski, 1974, 130 min.)

Los Angeles, a city already precarious in its desert location where no city should logically exist, is the site for Polanski’s noir crime drama. The city is seen as even more impermanent as wealthy crooks work to divert scarce water resources. Jack Nicholson’s character, J. J. Gittes, takes on an adultery case that becomes a meditation on the city itself.

Artist Talk: Environmental Histories

Friday, September 18, 2015
Kemper Museum
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk

Artist and member of the experimental film platform SPECTRA, Timothy Amundson presents his project The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness, an effort to highlight the Kansas creek as a place for engagement and inspiration.

Tour: Gallery Conversations

Every Saturday at 1:00 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.


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.