Artist Dinner Series

Building on the history of unique culinary events hosted by Kemper Museum's Café Sebastienne under the direction of Executive Chef Rick Mullins, join us for a special series of Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Artist Dinners exploring the art and artists of our time through a remarkable menu.

August 7: Virginia Jaramillo

Join us Wednesday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. to explore Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum featuring work by El Paso, Texas-born, New York-based artist, Virginia Jaramillo. Her painting Principle of Equivalence (1975) was gifted to the Museum’s Permanent Collection in 2012 and is a stunning example of the signature elegant lines sweeping across aqueous hued backgrounds in her works from that period. Whether creating bold abstract paintings, sculptural mixed media compositions, or meticulously formed handmade works on paper, Jaramillo’s sources span history and cross cultures. Jaramillo has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the past six decades, and her work has been widely celebrated in Kansas City. (Photo: Stan Narten)

Price: $125 per person 
*price includes drinks, dinner, and gratuity 

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August 23: Angel Otero

Join us Friday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. for a special private dinner with Puerto Rican-born, New York-based artist, Angel Otero, following his public talk and debut of Kemper Museum’s fourth annual Atrium Project. This commissioned, site-specific installation draws on Otero’s process-based approach, influenced by memories based in photographs and other family memorabilia combined with the gestures of twentieth century painting. Instead of representing his life through art, Otero is said to archive moments within it by creating opportunities of surprise and discovery. In addition to numerous visits to Kansas City to source the found objects and images included in this newest work, Otero spent time with Chef Mullins to discuss their shared love for the distinct ingredients and flavors found in food from the Caribbean. (Photo: courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul; Javier Romero)

Price: $125 per person 
*price includes drinks, dinner, and gratuity

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September 13: Hew Locke

Join us Friday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing with British artist Hew Locke, our honored guest for Kemper Museum’s third Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Artist Dinner. Exploring 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 is a focus of Locke’s work. Born in Edinburgh, UK, Locke spent his formative years –spanning the 1960s and 70s– in Guyana, before returning to the UK, providing opportunity for a creative and complex menu that parallels the artist’s oeuvre. (Photo: courtesy of the artist © Max McClure)

Price: $125 per person 
*price includes drinks, dinner, and gratuity 

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October 2: Hung Liu

Taking place on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Kemper Museum’s opening, join us Wednesday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. for a special private dinner with Kemper Museum Permanent Collection artist Hung Liu. Born in Changchun, China, in 1948, Liu grew up under the Maoist regime and studied mural painting as a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, before immigrating to the United States in the early ‘80s to attend the University of California, San Diego. Known for paintings based on historical Chinese photographs, Liu’s subjects over the years have been sex workers, refugees, street performers, soldiers, laborers, and prisoners, among others, challenging the documentary authority of historical Chinese photographs through her reflective process. A two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in painting, Liu also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International in 2011, and has been called “the greatest Chinese painter in the United States.” Meet the artist, learn more about Liu’s work, her deep connections to Kemper Museum and Kansas City, and enjoy a remarkable menu inspired by the artist. 

Price: $500 per person 
*price includes drinks, dinner, and gratuity 

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