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.

Summer 2019

2019 Block Party

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–10:30 p.m.
FREE | Registration required

Kemper Museum’s fifth annual block party! Join us to celebrate the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary with featured music, food trucks, exhibition tours, family activities, a Museum Shop trunk show, and outdoor movie screening on the museum lawn to close the evening. Click here for full details.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://2019-block-party.eventbrite.com

In Conjunction with Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

“Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing” Exhibition Opening

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Join us in celebrating the exhibition, Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, featuring new work by artist Hew Locke. Raise a glass with the artist and enjoy live music from reggae band, Elisha Israel & AZ-One

RSVP on Eventbrite: 
https://kempermuseum-hew-locke-opening.eventbrite.com

Thanks to Tom’s Town Distilling Co. of Kansas City for generously sponsoring cocktails, with complimentary beer and wine provided by Café Sebastienne.

 

Artist Talk: Hew Locke

Friday, September 13, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. program
FREE | Reservations Required

Artist Hew Locke presents on major themes throughout his career and works in the exhibition, Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing.

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

Hew Locke (born 1959, Edinburgh, UK; lives and works in London) explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, how different cultures fashion their identities through visual symbols of authority, and how these representations are altered by the passage of time. These explorations have led Locke to a wide range of subject matters, imagery, and media, assembling sources across time and space in his deeply layered artworks.

Across his work, Locke’s ability to fuse existing material and historic sources with his own political or cultural concerns, whether via visual juxtapositions or through the re-working of a pre-existing object or photograph, leads to witty and innovative amalgamations of history and modernity. This layering of time is accompanied by a unique merging of influences from the artist’s native Guyana and London, where Locke now lives and works, leading to richly textured, visually vibrant pieces that stand on a crossroad of histories, cultures, and media.

Guided Meditation Series (September)

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

A special series hosted 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 yoga mat and small cushion, if possible.No experience necessary. Space is limited. 

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

Harriman-Jewell Series Performance: Randall Goosby

Friday, October 4, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

American violinist Randall Goosby will bring music to Kemper Museum in conjunction with his appearance with the Harriman-Jewell Series. Noted for his “masterly level of control” and “exquisite tone” (New York Times), this event will include a short performance followed by a Q&A with audience members.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-harriman-jewellseries-randallgoosby.eventbrite.com

At 22, violinist Randall Goosby has already racked up an impressive set of achievements. At 13, he became the youngest person ever to win the impressive Sphinx Concerto Competition. As an undergraduate at Juilliard, Goosby studied under Itzhak Perlman; he has performed as soloist with orchestras across America; and has been honored as a Rising Star of the Stradivari Society. Discover this exciting young artist who is destined for a stellar career.

Guided Meditation Series (October)

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

A special series hosted 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 yoga mat and small cushion, if possible.No experience necessary. Space is limited.

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

"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 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 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 Vogtis 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.

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!