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.

Adam Cvijanovic: American Montage Programs

Opening and Artist Talk: Adam Cvijanovich

Friday, May 15, 2015
Kemper Museum
5:00 cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk
Free

Brooklyn-based artist Adam Cvijanovic discusses nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual art, architecture, and cinematic themes present in his paintings and installations. Also enjoy live improvis- ational electronica music by Kansas City-based Mnemosyne Quartet, responding to themes in American Montage in the atrium and docent guides in the exhibition throughout the evening. 

Artist Talk: June Ahrens

Friday, May 22, 2015
Kemper Museum
5:00 cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk
Free

Artist June Ahrens is a sculptor whose wall installation Used and Worn is featured in the Kemper Museum’s Depth and Meaning exhibition. Her sculpture Still Standing is also part of the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. This elegy to 9/11 is a poignant continuation of Ahrens’s sculptures that breathe new life into everyday materials.

Sunday Cinema: American Montage—Buster Keaton Shorts

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Kemper Museum Meeting Room
1:00 p.m.
Free

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.

Buster Keaton Shorts
One Week (1920, 25 min.), The Frozen North (1922, 17 min.), The Electric House (1922, 23 min.)
A pioneer in writing, acting, and directing in the silent film era, Buster Keaton’s short films are a major inspiration for Cvijanovic’s paintings. As important as D. W. Griffith as a film pioneer and inventor of cinematic language, Keaton injected his pictures with spaces that reflected the pathos of American life.

Curator-led tour: American Montage

Friday, June 12, 2015
Kemper Museum
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. tour
FREE

Join Kemper Museum Curator and Head of Adult Programs Erin Dziedzic in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery for a curator-led tour of Adam Cvijanovic: American Montage.

 

Sunday Cinema: American Montage—The Searchers

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Kemper Museum Meeting Room
1:00 p.m.
Free

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

The Searchers (directed by John Ford, 1956, 119 min.)

An unsettling Western that addresses racial hatred in American history, this story, driven by John Wayne’s anti-hero, is set against the ever- changing American landscape. Cvijanovic selects this work for Ford’s directorial ability to align the painful story with the equally relentless harshness of the landscape. 

 

Painting, Prospect, and Partnerships: Conversation and Book Signing

Friday, July 24, 2015
Kemper Museum
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. conversation and book signing
Free

Curator of Adam Cvijanovic: American Montage Erin Dziedzic, with renowned curator and catalogue contributor Dan Cameron discuss projects, partnerships, and meaningful connections with communities and artists. They have both worked with Adam Cvijanovic on signature projects. Copies of the catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition American Montage will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 

Sunday Cinema: American Montage—Chinatown

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

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
FREE

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: Meet Me at the Museum

Every Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Kemper Museum | FREE

Meet Me at the Museum tours are offered every Saturday. Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. 

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.

Workshops

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.