Film, Concerts, Performances

Free lectures, films, and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum hosts a cinema series and various performances of contemporary, classical, and jazz music in addition to dance and theatre programs. 

2018 Italian Film Festival

Enjoy the local premiere of three recent, critically-acclaimed Italian films and a program of short films at the 2018 Italian Film Festival USA of Kansas City. All films shown in Italian with English subtitles at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Admission is FREE to all film screenings.

Thursday, April 5 | 7:00 p.m.
FRIENDS BY CHANCE • TUTTO QUELLO CHE VUOI
(Director, Francesco Bruni, Comedy/Drama, 2017, 116 min.)
Alessandro unwillingly takes a job as an aging poet’s walking companion. Over time, the poet's failing mind reveals memories of a hidden treasure. Following the clues, Alessandro and his friends take the poet on a trip in search of the treasure, but find the true treasure hidden within their own hearts!

Thursday, April 12 | 7:00 p.m.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM • PROGRAMMA DI CORTOMETRAGGI
(Comedy, Drama, Animation, 2017, 120 min.)
Seven recent short films—The Line, At My Home, Pipinara, Simposio Suino in Re Minore, Crosstitch Road, The Fisherman and The Little Italian Girls—are in competition for your vote for best short film.

Thursday, April 19 | 7:00 p.m. 
IT'S ALL ABOUT KARMA • QUESTIONE DI KARMA
(Director, Edoardo Falcone, Comedy, 2017, 90 min.)
The eccentric heir to an industrial dynasty believes a con man is his reincarnated father. An absurd encounter develops into an unusual friendship, as they find they have more in common than they think. A surprising comedy about friendship.

Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 p.m.
AT WAR FOR LOVE • IN GUERRA PER AMORE
(Director, Pierfrancesco Diliberto, aka Pif, Comedy, 2016, 99 min.)
New York City, 1943. Sicilian immigrant Arturo falls in love with Flora, but she's engaged to the son of a mafia boss. Arturo's only option is to ask Flora's father for her hand, but he still lives in Sicily. Penniless but determined, Arturo enlists in the US Army and takes a "free" trip to Sicily at the start of the Allied invasion.

 

Performances

Local performance companies such as Reach, a movement collective; aha! dance theatre; the Coterie Theatre; and Ron Megee's Late Nite Theatre have performed dance and theatre acts inspired by the Museum’s exhibition programming and works in the permanent collection.