This/That: Kemper Teen Arts Council Curated Exhibition
This/That brings to light ways of understanding art by methods of comparing and contrasting. Curated by the Kemper Teen Arts Council, the exhibition displays works of art from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection in pairs to encourage purposeful analyses and conversations. The Kemper Teen Arts Council has worked to create a space within the gallery that encourages questions and includes interactive elements that allow viewers to analyze these works of art in a meaningful and accessible way.
At first glance, the similarities and differences between each pairing may seem obvious. For example, Untitled (1983) by Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994) and Hobo Dyb, Denmark (2003) by Suzanne Caporael (American, born 1949) share abstract qualities, similar color palettes, and rectangular shapes. However, they differ in the application of paint: Francis’s work could be described as chaotic, whereas Caporael’s neat lines appear organized. Through compelling questions the Kemper Teen Arts Council further delves into the intricacies of these works to encourage viewers to look deeper, spend more time analyzing specific aspects of form and narrative, and locate unexpected dynamics of the pairing that bring them closer together or pull them further apart.
This/That combines an exhibition of works of art and interactive activities intended to provide an educational experience for the viewer. Designed as a space for examination with comparative and contrasting ideas, each pairing is connected in a meaningful way, thus increasing visitor understanding of the themes present in the work.
The Kemper Teen Arts Council is made possible through the generosity of Stanley Bushman and Ann Canfield, Charles Helzberg and Sandra Baer.