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Kemper Museum Announces New Exhibition with Related Artist Conversations for Kemper at the Crossroads

     Starting this fall, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will begin a new exhibition Be Inspired! with a related series of artist conversations at Kemper at the Crossroads. Currently, Kemper at the Crossroads is closed for installation until Friday, September 7. Thereafter, Kemper at the Crossroads will be open to the public during First Fridays, noon–10:00 p.m.
    Kemper Museum Director and Chief Curator Barbara O'Brien organized Be Inspired! to put First Fridays visitors in touch with artists from around the world as well as highlight works of art, most from the Kemper Museum's permanent collection. Works of art by all Be Inspired! artists will be on view at Kemper at the Crossroads from September to June. At 6:00 p.m. on First Fridays, an artist from the series will speak with visitors about his/her artworks (see schedule below). Visitors on First Fridays will also see Petah Coyne's monumental work Untitled #1335 (Scalapino Nu Shu) (2009–10) and visit a pop-up Museum Shop.

Above: Nicole Awai, Go Go Green Compression: Mix More Medial, 2010; graphite, acrylic, nail polish on paper, 38 x 50 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Gift of the Vilcek Foundation

    Kemper at the Crossroads remains active as a gallery on First Fridays as well as serving as a location for back-of-house operations for the Museum.
    The artists' visits are part of the Karen and Jack Holland Visiting Artist Program.

Be Inspired!

September: Kemper at the Crossroads is open noon–10:00 p.m., Friday, September 7 with special screenings at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. of Stacy Steers' film Night Hunter (2011). (Steers will visit in December. See below.)

October: Visiting Artist Nicole Awai, 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 5

Born in Trinidad, Nicole Awai is a painter who now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The Vilcek Foundation gave the Kemper Museum two works by the artist—Go Go Green: Compression Mix More Medial (2010) and Go Go Gone (2011). Awai belongs to a new generation of Caribbean artists striving to establish their presence in the international contemporary art scene. She holds a BA and MFA in multi-media art from the University of South Florida, and her works have been on view at PS1/MOMA and the Busan Biennale in Korea in 2008, among others.

November: Visiting Artist Angela Dufresne, 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 2

A 1991 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Dufresne paints loose figurative works that evoke works by seminal artists of 19th-century Europe and America, such as Thomas Cole and Frederick Church as well as French painters Jean Corot and Gustave Courbet. Dufresne manipulates idyllic scenes to rewrite history in her works. In 2011, the Kemper Museum acquired her painting The lost fishing village of Diderot, Boucher, and Lorraine or the movie set of pioneer legacy (2009), a gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Funds. She holds a BA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

December: Visiting Artist Stacy Steers, 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 7

Filmmaker Stacy Steers will speak about her labor-intensive films composed from thousands of individual, handmade works on paper. The Museum will screen Night Hunter (2011) during First Fridays at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. In this handmade film, composed of more than four thousand images, the actress Lillian Gish is seamlessly appropriated from silent-era cinema and plunged into a new and haunting role in Steers' film. Night Hunter evokes a disquieting dreamscape, drawn from allegory, myth, and achetype. The artist lives in Boulder, Colorado.

January and February: Kemper at the Crossroads is closed.

March: Visiting Artist Bo Joseph, 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 1

Bo Joseph's works are colorful, richly textured abstractions combined with figurative elements, all of which are silhouettes made with stencils. The Kemper Museum holds two works by Joseph in its permanent collection. Untitled (2005) is a gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, and Return to Plato's Cave (2009) is a Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a. Born in Berkeley, California, in 1969, he earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. His works have been on view in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.

April: Visiting Artist Matt Rich, 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 5

In his works, Matt Rich combines geometric forms to create compositions that are a visual patchwork, and in many ways he creates colorful works on paper that are reminiscent of Al Held and Frank Stella's geometric imagery. In 2012, the Kemper Museum purchased his work Double Twist (2012) for its permanent collection. A native of Boston, Rich has a BA in visual arts and history of art and architecture from Brown University and an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been on view at the International Print Center in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, as well as a number of galleries throughout the United States and Europe.

May and June: Kemper at the Crossroads is open noon–10:00 p.m., Fridays, May 3 and June 7with special screenings at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. of Stacy Steers' film Night Hunter (2011). (Steers will visit in December. See below.)

Hours and Admission

Kemper at the Crossroads (33 West 19th Street) is open noon–10:00 p.m., First Fridays, starting September 7. Admission is free.

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.

The galleries of Kemper East (200 E. 44th Street) are open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Friday. Admission is free.

Thank you

The artists' visits are part of the Karen and Jack Holland Visiting Artist Program.

Support for the Kemper Museum 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; Sosland Foundation; and Sunderland Foundation.

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