• Ed Blackburn, (American, born 1940)
    Landscape, 2011, digital print on paper, edition 2 of 3, 17 x 22 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2011.04.01.
    art and photo © and courtesy of the artist

    Ed Blackburn, (American, born 1940)
    Landscape, 2011, digital print on paper, edition 2 of 3, 17 x 22 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2011.04.01.
    art and photo © and courtesy of the artist

  • Anthony Lepore, (American, born 1977)
    Untitled (Brooklyn, NY)," 2005, from the series I Would Make You My Own
    pigment print on paper, edition 1 of 10, 27 x 34 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the artist and Marvelli Gallery, New York, 2009.01.01.
    art and photo © Anthony Lepore, Courtesy the artist and Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles

    Anthony Lepore, (American, born 1977)
    Untitled (Brooklyn, NY)," 2005, from the series I Would Make You My Own
    pigment print on paper, edition 1 of 10, 27 x 34 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the artist and Marvelli Gallery, New York, 2009.01.01.
    art and photo © Anthony Lepore, Courtesy the artist and Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles

  • Michael Eastman, (American, born 1947)
    Isabella's Two Chairs, 2000
    chromogenic color print on paper, edition 8 of 10, 53¾ x 39¾ inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum purchase, Enid and Crosby Kemper and William T. Kemper Acquisition Fund, 2003.20.01.
    art and photo © Michael Eastman

    Michael Eastman, (American, born 1947)
    Isabella's Two Chairs, 2000
    chromogenic color print on paper, edition 8 of 10, 53¾ x 39¾ inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum purchase, Enid and Crosby Kemper and William T. Kemper Acquisition Fund, 2003.20.01.
    art and photo © Michael Eastman

Cityscapes and Indoor Spaces

Friday, April 16, 2021 to Sunday, July 11, 2021
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Cityscapes and Indoor Spaces contrasts the bustling energy of the city with the quiet intimacy of indoor spaces, as depicted in selected works of art from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection. This exhibition highlights works that emphasize the personalities of the architectures of popular cities and interior spaces. 

In Looking Up Broadway, Again! (1993), Red Grooms (American, born 1937) uses his well-known whimsical style to “bring to life the texture of the city.” The bright colors on the street along with the traffic give this depiction of Broadway Street in midtown Manhattan a loud and busy feel. In City Edge (1988), Night Ridge (1987), and Neighborhood Ridge (1984), Wayne Thiebaud (American, born 1920) paints San Francisco’s Potrero Hill district, where he moved in 1972. Thiebaud’s interest in the steep hills of the city mirror many of the buildings and bring character to these works even though no figures are present. Philip-Lorca DiCorcia (American, born 1951) takes candid snapshots of pedestrians, capturing surprised, unposed moments in contemporary city streets in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Naples, among others. Japan (1994) exudes instantaneity and intensity, suggesting Tokyo’s energy.

Focusing on interior spaces, Michael Eastman (American, born 1947) created a portrait in Isabella’s Two Chairs (2000) using a large chandelier, hanging clothing, and two chairs standing in for figures to give the viewer a glimpse into this home. Untitled (Brooklyn, NY), from the series I Would Make You My Own (2005) by artist Anthony Lepore (American, born 1977) depicts a young woman in her living room working with her falcon. For this work, Lepore focuses on themes of family and pets to explore people’s desire to possess and connect with the world around them. The works in this exhibition showing interiors create a sense of intimacy that allows for a brief understanding of the personality of the homes depicted and the lives of the people in them.

Cityscapes and Indoor Spaces is curated by Jade Powers, assistant curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Exhibition Checklist

Artists featured in this exhibition include:

Ed Blackburn       Phillip-Lorca Di Corcia
Michael Eastman                  Red Grooms
Betty Lane                       Anthony Lepore
Nicholas Prior         
        Wayne Thiebaud

To discover more about the works in Cityscapes and Indoor Spaces, download the exhibition checklist:

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