Event Calendar

Education is at the heart of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Throughout the year, Kemper Museum offers more than 60 educational programs free to the public.

The Museum hosts artist talks, performances, lectures, concerts, workshops for aspiring artists of all ages, and other creative programs designed to both entertain and challenge.

Programming is generously supported by the Jack and Karen Holland Visiting Artist Program​.

Please note: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri) is temporarily closed to support Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to learn more.

Friday, October 2, 2020

October Movie Night Series: "Portrait of a Black Man" and "Aggie"

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:30 p.m.
Email programs@kemperart.org

Join Kemper Museum for an October Movie Night Series! This event will take place outside in the Kemper Museum parking lot with spaces for each group to enjoy the film while social distancing. Please bring blankets, mats, or cushions. Food trucks will be on site for movie-goers to grab food before the show. It’s predicted to be a little cool this October, bring your warm clothes. 

Register your group of up to 6 people by emailing programs@kemperart.org with your name. We will respond with a reserved spot for you and your group. Space is limited.

SPECIAL SCREENING - Portrait of a Black Man (2020)
Director / DP / Editor / Sound Design: Morgan Cooper
Short, running time 3m 9sec

To say that making this film was cathartic would be an understatement. It’s a direct reflection of the wide emotional swings I've experienced throughout my life and even more so since the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. As black men, trauma is inherent; but despite the burden we carry and the obstacles we face, finding joy and a spirit of perseverance is the truest act of resistance. My hope is that this film inspires others to keep going, keep fighting, and through it all...seek joy.
- Morgan Cooper

Aggie (2020)
Director: Catherine Gund
Documentary, running time 1h 32min

Aggie is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists—particularly women and people of color—and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. 

For more information, visit the film's website or the Aubin Pictures Instagram.

Friday, October 16, 2020

October Movie Night Series: "On the Basis of Sex"

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:30 p.m.
Email programs@kemperart.org

Join Kemper Museum for an October Movie Night Series! This event will take place outside in the Kemper Museum parking lot with spaces for each group to enjoy the film while social distancing. Please bring blankets, mats, or cushions. Food trucks will be on site for movie-goers to grab food before the show. It’s predicted to be a little cool this October, bring your warm clothes. 

Register your group of up to 6 people by emailing programs@kemperart.org with your name. We will respond with a reserved spot for you and your group. Space is limited.

On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Director: Mimi Leder
Rated: PG-13
Biography/Drama, running time 2h

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Scavenger Saturday: Outdoor Sculptures Edition

At-Home Activity OR Kemper Museum lawn
All day
FREE | All ages | Registration required

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at Kemper Museum! Receive all the clues for a self-guided scavenger hunt to take an “ART-astic” adventure to explore Kemper Museum’s outdoor sculptures. Participants may either complete the hunt out on the Museum’s lawn or virtually using the Kemper Museum app.

Please be aware that the interior of Kemper Museum will not be open to the general public on Saturday, October 17.

Register by October 8 if you would like to receive a FREE art-making activity by mail, inspired by the theme of the hunt (we'll follow up by email to confirm your address; please note: at this time, we can only mail packages to addresses in the United States).

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

TOTs on Tuesday

At-Home Activity | Zoom
10:30–11:30 a.m. (virtual)
FREE | Ages 3–5 | Registration required

TOTs on Tuesday is now virtual! Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper Museum educator and a Kansas City librarian. Register by October 9 to receive by mail all the art materials necessary for this FREE event, along with the Zoom link to participate! (We'll follow up by email to confirm your address; please note: at this time, we can only mail packages to addresses in the United States.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Talk & Tour: Perspectives

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Farhan Karim, associate professor of architecture and design at the University of Kansas, contextualizes Sime’s work within the architectural tradition of Ethiopia. 

Farhan Karim is an associate professor in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas, and the current president of the Society of Architectural and Urban Historians Asia (SAUHA). He worked as an architect, interior designer, and furniture designer in Bangladesh, USA and Australia, and is the author of, Of Greater Dignity than Riches: Austerity and Housing Design in India (2019). 

This talk & tour will also be available via Zoom. Click here if you would like to register to attend this event virtually and a link will be provided.

Friday, October 23, 2020

October Movie Night Series: "Hocus Pocus"

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:30 p.m.
Email programs@kemperart.org

Join Kemper Museum for an October Movie Night Series! This event will take place outside in the Kemper Museum parking lot with spaces for each group to enjoy the film while social distancing. Please bring blankets, mats, or cushions. Food trucks will be on site for movie-goers to grab food before the show. It’s predicted to be a little cool this October, bring your warm clothes. 

Register your group of up to 6 people by emailing programs@kemperart.org with your name. We will respond with a reserved spot for you and your group. Space is limited.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Director: Kenny Ortega
Rated: PG
Family/Comedy, running time 1h 36min

You're in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy return from 17th-century Salem after they're accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters! It's a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth – but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat!

 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Mystery Art Challenge: Art(full) Spaces and Places

At-Home Activity | Instagram Live
1:00 p.m. (virtual)
FREE | All ages | Registration required

Inspired by the artworks SubTropolis by Lisa Sanditz and Regina arbeitet (Regina Working) by Susanne Kühn, this month take part in an art challenge all about spaces and places! Register by October 22 to receive your free mystery package by mail filled with unknown art materials (we'll follow up by email to confirm your address; please note: at this time, we can only mail packages to addresses in the United States). Then, either by yourself or with friends and family you live with, use only the materials in the mystery package to invent your own imaginative space or place. 

Tune in on Friday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. on Instagram Live to see what ideas others in the community come up with ––and then help us create an Instagram art gallery at #kemperartchallenge featuring all your creations!