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.

Programs in Conjunction with Worlds Otherwise Hidden

Artist Mixtapes

Friday, May 18, 2018 to Friday, August 3, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:00 p.m.

Join us each Friday throughout the summer to enjoy a selection of music played in Kemper Museum’s atrium curated by artists Nevin Aladağ, Kimsooja, and Nari Ward.

Tours: Curator-Led

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:30 p.m.

Join us for coffee and a tour of the exhibition Worlds Otherwise Hidden. Erin Dziedzic, Kemper Museum director of curatorial affairs, explores how planning for this exhibition came together and the importance of public programs in conjunction with Worlds Otherwise Hidden.

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Tours: The Artist’s Eye

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:30 p.m.

Join us for coffee and a tour of the exhibition Worlds Otherwise Hidden. Visual artist and quilter Marla A. Jackson discusses narrative quilt patterns like those found in works by Nari Ward, oral histories, and the vital coded language of the Underground Railroad. Jackson was the organizer for the first National African American Quilt Convention, held in Lawrence, Kansas. This tour will begin with a brief presentation in the Meeting Room.

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For Freedoms Town Hall: Migration

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. program

In partnership with For Freedoms, an artist-run Super PAC founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, Kemper Museum hosts a town hall discussion, moderated by Attorney Jessica Piedra, as a safe platform for topical conversations that seek to encourage a more active, collaborative, inclusive, and empathetic community.

Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s historic “Four Freedoms” speech outlining four essential human rights, this program explores freedom from fear through the subject of migration. Panelists were born outside of the United States and now live in the Kansas City metro area. Using a method called Question Bridge, the panelists—and anyone in the audience who self-identifies as an immigrant—will ask and respond to each other’s questions. The discussion will address both personal experiences transcending boundaries and finding community, and broader perspectives on how the movement of people influences society and culture over time. Audience members who do not self-identify as immigrants will be privileged listeners to this dialogue.

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En asociación con For Freedoms (Para Libertad) un Super PAC dirigido por artistas fundado por Hank Willis Thomas y Eric Gottesman, el Museo Kemper organiza un foro público, moderado por la Abogada Jessica Piedra, como una plataforma segura para conversaciones temáticas que buscan alentar una comunidad más activa, colaborativa, inclusiva y empática.

Con un método llamado “Puente de Preguntas”, los panelistas y cualquier persona del público que se identifique como inmigrante harán y responderán las preguntas de los demás. La discusión abordará tanto las experiencias personales que trascienden los límites y la búsqueda de la comunidad, como las perspectivas más amplias sobre cómo el movimiento de personas influye en la sociedad y la cultura a lo largo del tiempo. Los miembros de la audiencia que no se identifican a sí mismos como inmigrantes serán oyentes privilegiados de este diálogo.

Guided Meditation: Inner Panorama (Aug)

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.

Laura Frank of Inner Space Yoga directs a series of guided meditation and sound healing experiences inside Kemper Museum galleries. Participants will be led into the dreamy and deeply restorative state of consciousness between awake and asleep with the use of guided meditation, qigong, breathing instruction, and sound healing. A small number of blankets and mats will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own if possible. No experience necessary. Space is limited.

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Summer 2018

Paul Henry Ramirez in Conversation

Friday, August 17, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. talk

Join Texas-born, New Jersey-based artist Paul Henry Ramirez in conversation with Kemper Museum Director of Curatorial Affairs, Erin Dziedzic, on his work and newly commissioned year-long installation for the Museum atrium, Sweet On.

Ramirez drew inspiration for this work from Museum Founder R. Crosby Kemper Jr.’s (1927–2014) quote, “Joy is to be surrounded by beauty.” Ramirez’s abstract installation conjures the texture and forms of such references as toys, candy, cosmetics, and cartoons, presenting an awareness of the body and its influence on the materials and shapes of manufactured objects and imagery. Sweet On embraces the sophistication of the body and its abilities to elicit joy, one of our most sought-after emotions.

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Kemper Museum Annual Block Party

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6–10:30 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Kemper Museum’s fourth annual block party features music, food trucks, exhibition tours, family activities, a Museum Shop trunk show, and an outdoor movie to close the evening. Celebrate the debut of the Museum’s newest year-long installation by artist Paul Henry Ramirez.

Drop-In Gallery Tours

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

Drop-In Gallery Tours are offered every Saturday from 1:00–2:00 p.m. During this time, a Kemper Museum docent is available to answer questions or lead a brief, informal tour of works on display. 

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