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.

In Conjunction with Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Exhibition Opening

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Join us in celebrating the exhibition, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, featuring new work by Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based artist Summer Wheat, and raise a glass with the artist!

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

Click here to learn more about the exhibition.


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: Summer Wheat

Friday, February 7, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–7:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Summer Wheat presents on works in the exhibition, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, addressing major themes explored throughout her career.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-artisttalk-summerwheat.eventbrite.com

Summer Wheat (b. 1977, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) earned a BA from University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. Recent solo exhibitions include Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (2020); KMCA, Louisville, Kentucky (2019); Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles (2018); Smack Mellon, New York (2018); Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2017); and Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City (2016). Her work has been featured in recent museum exhibitions, including ICA Collection: Expanding the Field of Painting, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2013–14); Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (2013); and Paradox Maintenance Technicians: A Comprehensive Manual to Contemporary Painting from Los Angeles and Beyond, Torrance Art Museum (2013). She is the recipient of the 2016 New York NADA Artadia Award given to one artist exhibiting at NADA New York. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago and is now part of the permanent collection of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Wheat’s work is also in the permanent collections of Pérez Art Museum, Miami; the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle; and The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Hearts for Art

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Friday, February 14, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
FREE | No registration required

Join the national movement to spread the love with Hearts for Art. All week long you are invited to participate by placing a paper heart in front of the work on view you love the most.

Post about it on social media with the tags #kempermuseum and #heartsforart, and we’ll share your favorites!

Step 1:  Take a picture of your heart with the work you love, post it on your favorite social media platform, and tag it #kempermuseum and #heartsforart.

Step 2: Place your paper heart on the floor in front of the piece that captures your heart. You are also welcome to write a short love letter to your favorite work of art on the paper heart, inspiring others.  

Kemper Museum will be counting hearts and announcing works that receive the most love all throughout the week!

Sweete Accordes

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–7:00 p.m.
FREE | Registration Required

Anne Hardy Biswell and George Moss of Sweete Accordes will create an intimate experience, performing Medieval to late Baroque era lute music, a period referenced in Summer Wheat’s exhibition, Blood, Sweat and Tears.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-music-sweeteaccordes.eventbrite.com

Famous English poet and playwright, William Shakespeare said that the lute had the power to transport listeners into a kind of ecstasy. Artist Summer Wheat is inspired by works throughout art history including paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, which fall during Shakespeare’s life time. Sweete Accordes transports audiences through their lute music to these historic periods, giving audible context to some of the imagery and themes explored in Wheat’s exhibition.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears Talk & Tour: Curator-Led

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Registration Required

Enjoy coffee and a casual tour of the exhibition with Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum, as she offers insights from the planning for Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-tour-summerwheat-dziedzic.eventbrite.com

Blood, Sweat, and Tears Talk & Tour: Artist’s Eye

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Registration required

Enjoy coffee and a casual tour of the exhibition with Shawn Bitters, artist and associate professor in the University of Kansas Visual Art Department, as he connects his use of historical imagery with works in the exhibition.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-tour-summerwheat-bitter.eventbrite.com

Shawn Bitters is originally from Orem, Utah, and received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. He is an associate professor in The University of Kansas Visual Art Department. Solo exhibitions include Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York; Swarm Gallery, Oakland, California; Open Spaces KC, Kansas City; and The Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum in Japan. He has also exhibited works at Planthouse Gallery, New York; The International Print Center of New York; Dieu Donné Papermill, New York; Icebox Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Michener Museum of Art, Doylestown, Pennsylvania; the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and the Visual Art Center at the University of Texas, Austin. He has been an artist-in-residence at Officina Stamperia Del Notaio, Tusa Sicily; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida; Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium; The Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum in Japan; and the Danish Council of Artists Residency on Hirsholm Island, Denmark. Bitters was one of three recipients of a 2016 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award, Kansas City, Missouri.

Kemper Museum Trivia Night: All About the Ladies!

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:30 p.m.
FREE | Email jpowers@kemperart.org to register

Artist Summer Wheat celebrates female figures in her narratives, and for this lively trivia night the focus will be on female artists and other remarkable womxn around the world.

This Kemper Museum Trivia night in celebration of artist Summer Wheat will include five-rounds of questions with themes including art and artists, music, movies, accomplishments from 2019, and a special mystery round to test your skills!

Complimentary food and two beverage tickets will be provided to each in attendance, courtesy of Café Sebastienne. Space is limited.

Register your team of 3-6 participants by emailing Jade Powers, assistant curator at Kemper Museum at jpowers@kemperart.org with 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.

Guided Meditation Series (March)

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | Registration Required

A special series hosted inside Kemper Museum galleries with Sat Inder K. Khalsa of KC Kundalini 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-guidedmeditation-march.eventbrite.com

Dia de Arte en Español

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
GRATIS | Todas las edades

Recorre el arte de Summer Wheat con un docente de habla hispana, crea obras de arte con un artista local, y disfruta de algo de comida y música! Todo este evento, incluyendo la actividad de elaboración de arte, se presentará en español.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-dia-de-arte.eventbrite.com

Blood, Sweat, and Tears Talk & Tour: Perspectives

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Enjoy coffee and a casual tour of the exhibition with Stephanie Lawrence, graduate art history student at University of Kansas City-Missouri, as she highlights art historical narratives in the exhibition, Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-tour-summerwheat-lawrence.eventbrite.com

Stephanie Lawrence is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her area of interest is contemporary art and photography with a special focus on Latin American studies. During graduate school, Stephanie has served as a curatorial intern at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art assisting in programs related to the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary year. She received a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with an emphasis in magazine design, and much of her professional career was spent in New York City at Conde Nast where she worked in the art departments of such influential magazines as Vogue and House & Garden.

Guided Meditation Series (April)

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00-8:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

A special series hosted inside Kemper Museum galleries with Sat Inder K. Khalsa of KC Kundalini 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-guidedmeditation-april.eventbrite.com

Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

Attention all teachers! It’s time to celebrate YOU! Stop by to enjoy complementary appetizers and drinks while making art, meeting other awesome teachers, and learning about how you can creatively incorporate contemporary art into any curriculum. 

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-teacher-appreciation.eventbrite.com

Workshop: An Intuitive Night

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

It’s time for a special evening of metal pressed artmaking, gallery games, tarot card readings with Laura Pensar of Moth & Candle, and a signature cocktail created by Café Sebastienne—all inspired by intuitive perception and ancient imagery informing Summer Wheat’s work in the exhibition, Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Space is limited.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-workshop-intuitivenight.eventbrite.com

Laura Pensar is a Kansas City-based Tarot card reader and designer. She received her master’s degree in printmaking from UMKC and has since turned her artistic focus to designing playing cards and Tarot decks. An intuitive reader, she has been studying Tarot and working with the cards since she was twelve years old. Her readings help illuminate the available pathways before you and empower you to make the choices you need to make. Pensar’s art combines ritual with new experiences to support self-awareness and growth. Her days are spent drawing, studying the history and art of Tarot and cartomancy, taking photos, traveling, and practicing yoga. She continues to make Kansas City home base, with her partner and two children in a house by the creek where the sidewalk ends.

Guided Meditation Series (May)

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:00–8:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations Required

A special series hosted inside Kemper Museum galleries with Sat Inder K. Khalsa of KC Kundalini 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-guidedmeditation-may.eventbrite.com

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!