• John Chamberlain, (American, 1927–2011)
    Apparentlyoffspring, 1992, acrylic on steel, 48 x 70 x 73 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2012.14.01.

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    Photo: John Chamberlain/Gagosian Gallery.

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    John Chamberlain, (American, 1927–2011)
    Apparentlyoffspring, 1992, acrylic on steel, 48 x 70 x 73 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2012.14.01.

    © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
    Photo: John Chamberlain/Gagosian Gallery.

    For information on Copyright Clearance and Image Reproduction, please review our Image Use Guidelines​.

Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial

Thursday, September 16, 2021 to Sunday, February 20, 2022
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

For the major group exhibition, Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial, Kemper Museum has engaged an Advisory Group of thirteen civic partners comprising curators, educators, artists, and cultural leaders to identify themes and throughlines related to the state’s history that will be illuminated by nearly 40 works from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Together, these partners will apply their broad expertise to the museum’s Permanent Collection and consider the ways art can impact history and society, as well as the ways that artists can help us navigate the local and the global. This process will culminate in an exhibition of Permanent Collection artworks that speak to the issues that impact our state—and the state of contemporary art more broadly—as we enter Missouri’s next century.

The exhibition is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and co-curated by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs, and Jade Powers, assistant curator.

Advisory Council Members

Dr. Dina Bennett | Director of Collections & Curatorial Affairs
American Jazz Museum

Gaylene Crouser | Executive Director
Kansas City Indian Center

Anne Ducey | Senior Graphic Designer & Exhibit Coordinator
Kansas City Public Library

Paul Gutierrez | Director of Programs and Events
Kansas City Museum

Kimi Kitada | Jedel Family Foundation Curatorial Fellow
Charlotte Street Foundation

Kathy Liao | Artist, Artist INC Program Specialist
Mid-America Arts Alliance

Toya Like | Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Eleanor Lim-Midyett, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
Kansas City Art Institute

Lee Wong Medina | Second Secretary Associated Consul
Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City

Glenn North | Executive Director
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center

Joey Orr | Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas

Daniel Wildcat | Indigenous and American Indian Studies Faculty
Haskell Indian Nations University

Carmaletta Williams | Executive Director
Black Archives of Mid-America