• Amy Sherald, Try on dreams until I find the one that fits me. They all fit me., 2017, oil on canvas, 54 x 43 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 Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2017.02.01.
    © Amy Sherald. Photo: Monique Meloche Gallery

    Amy Sherald, Try on dreams until I find the one that fits me. They all fit me., 2017, oil on canvas, 54 x 43 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 Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2017.02.01.
    © Amy Sherald. Photo: Monique Meloche Gallery

Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum

Thursday, May 16, 2019 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Lexicon is a special exhibition celebrating the artists who have shaped the exhibiting and collecting history of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art since its founding in 1994. The exhibition will present well-known works by artists in the Museum’s Permanent Collection alongside new and never-before-seen acquisitions from the past five years. New works by artists whose exhibitions have greatly impacted Kemper Museum over the past quarter century will also be added in three stages, transforming and refreshing the gallery over the course of the exhibition.

Emphasizing the trajectory of collecting and exhibitions at Kemper Museum, this momentous exhibition celebrates the alignment of these combined histories in the present with eyes toward the future. The language of gesture continues to be expressed and felt through the creative vision of the thousands of artists whose works activate the Museum and whose unique lexicon gives dialogue, relevancy, and intention to the world. 

Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and curated by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs. As part of this exhibition, a new twenty-fifth anniversary catalogue will be published in honor of this milestone year.