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Catalogue and Programs Complement Lois Dodd: Catching the Light,
On view May 18–August 26 at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The exhibition Lois Dodd: Catching the Light is the first career retrospective for New York- and Maine-based painter Lois Dodd, now in her 80s, and features more than fifty paintings from six decades. The exhibition is on view May 18–August 26, 2012, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The exhibition, organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary, is accompanied by a catalogue as well as a number of programs.
About the artist
Born in 1927, Lois Dodd is best known for her works in which she paints the world around her—the cityscapes of New York City and the woods and gardens of Maine. A key member of New York’s postwar art scene, she was a founding member of Tanager Gallery, one of the 10th Street cooperatives. She also found a second home in Maine and became associated with the Lincolnville artists, including Alex Katz and Neil Welliver, before moving to Mid-Coast Maine where she has lived and painted for several decades.
Lois Dodd: Catching the Light exhibition catalogue
$40 (Member discounts available) Available in the Kemper Museum Shop and www.kemperart.org Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers ISBN: 978-1-891246-23-4
The exhibition catalogue Lois Dodd: Catching the Light with essays by Alison Ferris, Barbara O’Brien, and John Yau includes 51 color plates and 26 illustrations. In the essays, Ferris, curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, focuses on Maine and its influences on the artist’s work. O’Brien, chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and exhibition curator, explores the daily life and influences on the artist. Yau, poet, art critic, curator, and professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, examines her work in New York. The catalogue also includes personal reflections on the artist by Will Barnet, Frances Barth, Charles Cajori, Wolf Kahn, Alex Katz, Leslie Land, Mel Leipzig, Carl Little, Norma Marin, Elizabeth O’Reilly, and Philip Pearlstein.
Exhibition-Related Programs
Space is limited for some programs, and several programs require reservations. All programs are FREE.

Walk-in Tours
10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and 1:00 p.m., Saturdays | FREE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

For those interested in learning more about what’s on view at the Kemper Museum, they may meet a docent for a tour of Lois Dodd: Catching the Light as well as other exhibitions. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.
Groups of ten or more should contact the Museum to arrange a free docent-led tour.
Call 816-457-6136 or email lpark@kemperart.org.

Talk: Lois Dodd, An American Original
2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 3 | Meeting Room | FREE

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Barbara O'Brien, the Kemper Museum’s chief curator and curator of Lois Dodd: Catching the Light, shares personal stories and images of her time spent with Dodd in Maine and New York City. O'Brien, who contributed to the exhibition catalogue, will read unpublished excerpts from her interviews with the artist.

Summer Reading Series: A Look and a Listen
10:30–11:00 a.m., Wednesdays, June 6–July 25 | FREE

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Children’s librarians from the Kansas City Public Library will select and read books related to the paintings in Lois Dodd: Catching the Light. Preschoolers and care providers are invited to the Museum every Wednesday in June and July, except July 4. It’s B.Y.O.P. (bring your own pillow).

Minds in Motion
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 | FREE

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Individuals with memory loss are invited for a gallery conversation and creative workshop inspired by the art in Lois Dodd: Catching the Light. This program is organized in collaboration with the Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is required. Call 816-457-6134 or email reservations@kemperart.org.

Open-Air Observational Painting
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 9 | Meeting Room | FREE

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
In conjunction with Lois Dodd: Catching the Light, meet at the Museum to study Lois Dodd’s methods and loosen up with observational painting exercises using window light, then move to Loose Park to capture the effects of shifting sunlight on forms found in nature. Sharon Hunter-Putsch will teach the workshop, open to all experience levels. Registration is required. Call 816-457-6134 or email reservations@kemperart.org.

Double Vision Lecture: Fishtanks and Plugs
Friday, June 15, Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m., Lecture: 6:00 p.m. | Meeting Room | FREE

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Heidi Van and Cory Imig discuss their individual artistic practices, the business and behind-the-scenes antics that fuel their collaborative ambitions with Fishtank Performance Studio and Plug Projects (two of Kansas City’s thriving spaces founded by artist-entrepreneurs), and how they are extending the tradition of artist-run spaces championed by Lois Dodd.

Camp Kemper: On Location
12:30–3:00 p.m., Wednesday–Friday, June 20–22 (ages 5–8) | FREE
12:30–3:00 p.m., Wednesday–Friday, July 11–13 (ages 9–12) | FREE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

After looking closely at interior and open-air paintings in Lois Dodd: Catching the Light, campers will spend three days creating art on location. The Museum’s galleries, grounds, and nearby parks will inspire both 2D and 3D projects. Registration is required. Contact 816-457-6136 or reservations@kemperart.org.

Concert: Windows on Summer
2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23 | Museum Atrium | FREE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Composer and electroacoustic pioneer Paul Rudy presents a concert for the solstice and explores the sounds of summer and connections between his compositions and the artworks in Lois Dodd: Catching the Light. Rudy is recipient of the Rome Prize and Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Wurlitzer Foundation fellowships, and is professor of composition at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Double Vision Lecture: Soulscapes and the Garden After Dark
Friday, July 13, Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m., Lecture: 6:00 p.m. | Meeting Room | FREE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

In conjunction with the exhibition Lois Dodd: Catching the Light, painter and printmaker Jane Voorhees offers a guided journey through her own mythic landscapes. Then, Alan Branhagen, director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, reveals what takes place in the garden after dark.

Family Day: Celebrate Summer
Noon–3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 22 | FREE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Stay cool inside while exploring paintings of nature in Lois Dodd: Catching the Light. Then head outside to catch the light in your own sun print and enjoy a refreshing treat. Museum members will take home additional art supplies to continue the creativity.

Scavenger Saturday for Families
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18 | FREE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

During this self-guided adventure, special clues and questions help children and adults discover works in the exhibition Lois Dodd: Catching the Light. Upon completion, children receive a take-home art activity related to the work on view. Scavenger Saturdays take place on the third Saturday of each month.

Creative Movement Class: The Overlooked Body
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Sundays, August 19 and 26| Meeting Room | FREE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

In the Museum’s meditative environment, stretch your body and imagination with choreographer, dancer, and instructor Jane Gotch. Classes begin with a gentle, systematic warm up of the spine, joints, muscles, and senses, followed by an exploration of artwork in Lois Dodd: Catching the Light through creative movement and choreography. Come to one or both classes. Registration is required. Call 816-457-6134 or email reservations (at) kemperart (dot) org.

Hours and Admission

The Kemper Museum (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday; and 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday. Café Sebastienne serves lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; and dinner 5:30–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday. The Museum and Café are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free.

Kemper at the Crossroads (33 West 19th Street) is open noon–8:00 p.m., Friday (open until 10:00 p.m. on First Fridays) and noon–6:00 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The galleries of Kemper East (200 E. 44th Street) are open 10:00 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday–Friday. Admission is free.

Thank you

The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the generous support of Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee; Alexandre Gallery, New York; and William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee.

Support for Kemper Museum exhibitions is generously provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Francis Family Foundation; Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee; David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee; ArtsKC Fund—Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City; DST Systems, Inc.; and Sosland Foundation.

For more general information about the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, visit www.kemperart.org.

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