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Free lectures, films, and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum hosts cinema series and various performances of contemporary, classical, and jazz music in addition to dance and theatre programs.

PROGRAMS for children and families

Past current exhibition-related performances:

Funky Mama
Saturday, February 21, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
A favorite among families in Kansas City, independent children’s recording artist Krista “Funky Mama” Eyler performs for kids in a funk/soul style with a strong sense of narrative phrasing and dynamite energy. Drop-in. No registration necessary. Open to all ages.

PROGRAMS for adults

Sunday Cinema: Piece by Piece
This three-part documentary series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition.

Sunday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.
Waste Land (Director Lucy Walker, 2010, 99 min.)
Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to Brazil where he photographs an eclectic band of catadores or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s collaboration with these inspiring individuals follows the reimagining of their lives through art.

Sunday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.
Herb & Dorothy (Director Megumi Sasaki, 2008, 87 min.)
Herb & Dorothy tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period.

Sunday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
(Director James Crump, 2007, 77 min.)
This documentary chronicles the contributions of curator Sam Wagstaff and his relationships with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician/poet Patti Smith.


Spanning classical, jazz, and contemporary music, past performances include regional groups such as Dark Matter, NewEar, Terrestrial Consort, BCR, Mariah Wind Trio, Doug Talley Quartet, Dangerous Kitchen, Hearts of Darkness, the Ragin’ Cajuns, Panapolli Trio, Fontana, the Kansas City Guitar Society, the Kansas City String Quartet, and Aeolian Effect.


Local performance companies such as Reach, a movement collective; aha! dance theatre; the Coterie Theatre; and Ron Megee's Late Nite Theatre have performed dance and theatre acts inspired by the Museum’s exhibition programming and works in the permanent collection.

Consult the calendar for other upcoming events.