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

Tours: The Artist’s Eye

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:30 p.m.
FREE

Join us for coffee and a tour of the exhibition Worlds Otherwise Hidden. Artist and KCAI Associate Professor Diana Heise guides us through her own filmmaking process, reflecting on interactions between history, memory, place, and various connections with the themes and imagery found in Worlds Otherwise Hidden. This tour will begin with a brief presentation in the Meeting Room.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://worldsotherwisehiddenartistseyetour.eventbrite.com

 

Guided Meditation: Inner Panorama

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE

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.

RSVP for May 24 on Eventbrite:
https://kmcaguidedmeditation.eventbrite.com

Tours: Conversation

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

Join us for coffee and a tour of the exhibition Worlds Otherwise Hidden. Dan Cameron, artistic director of Open Spaces: A Kansas City Art Experience, discusses the work of artists in Worlds Otherwise Hidden and connections to performative aspects of their careers that will appear in Open Spaces.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://worldsotherwisehiddenconversationtour.eventbrite.com

Guided Meditation: Inner Panorama (July)

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE

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.

RSVP for July 12 on Eventbrite:
https://kmcaguidedmeditation-2.eventbrite.com

Tours: Curator-Led

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

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.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://worldsotherwisehiddencuratorledtour.eventbrite.com

Tours: The Artist’s Eye

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

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.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://worldsotherwisehiddeneyetour-2.eventbrite.com

Guided Meditation: Inner Panorama (Aug)

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

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.

RSVP for August 16 on Eventbrite:
https://kmcaguidedmeditation-3.eventbrite.com

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
FREE

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.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kmcaforfreedomstownhalldiscussionmigration.eventbrite.com

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!