Around the Museum

2015 Kemper Gala: Bright Nights

Immerse yourself in an evening of colorful characters and beautiful views, all while helping support the programs that the Kemper Museum provides for free throughout the year. 

Valentine's Day Dinner at Café Sebastienne

Book your reservation now for Friday, February 14, 2020, and enjoy a special Café Sebastienne dinner experience with the one you love.

The evening will feature a special Valentine's Day fixed-price menu from 5:30–8:30 p.m. created by Chef Rick Mullins, including three courses priced at $55 per person. Purchase recommended wine pairings for an additional $20 per person, or any of the Café’s wine, beer, or cocktail selections at the listed price.

Click here to explore the 2020 menu.

Calling all Members! Holiday Pop Up at the Museum Shop

Making plans to shop for the perfect gift this holiday season? Join us for a special "Pop Up at the Museum Shop" taking place from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019!

Participating artists will include:
Jamie Gray, Jewelry
Victoria Poeschl, Ceramics
Jane Smeltzer, Textiles
Susan Tinker, Textiles
Momoko Usami, Ceramics
Malory Ward, Jewelry
Desiree Warren, Ceramics
Manda Wylde, Jewelry

Teen Arts Council Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for Kemper Museum's 2020 Teen Arts Council! Apply by Monday, December 2, 2019. 

Click here to download the application. 
Click here to apply online.

Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––August 29, 2019–– Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, with an opening reception taking place Thursday, September 12, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Raise a glass with the artist and enjoy live music from reggae band, Elisha Israel & AZ-One, with complimentary beer and wine provided by Café Sebastienne and cocktails thanks to Tom’s Town Distilling Co. of Kansas City. 

Naoko Wowsugi; ‘Atlas Obscura’ Book

“In the early 2000s, an artist from Japan came to study at the Kansas City Art Institute. She made a big impression on the arts community here ... and it made one on her as well. She shares the story behind ‘Thank You for Teaching Me English,’ now on display at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.”–– Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton, KCUR 89.3

Click here to listen to the full conversation.

An Interview with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Executive Director Sean O’Harrow

“Born in France, raised in Hawaii, educated at both Harvard and Cambridge University in England, and once employed as a hedge fund and technology finance executive in London, Sean O’Harrow brings a very unique perspective to his new position as executive director at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. He comes to Kansas City from the Honolulu Museum of Art, trading surfboards for ice skates. Previously the director at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City, he does know how cold it gets here—and decided to take this new post anyway.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Hires a New Executive Director

“Sean O’Harrow Will Bring ‘Exuberance’ and Creative Thinking to the 25-year-old Museum.” –– Bryan F. Le Beau, KC STUDIO

Click here to read the full article.


Kemper Museum finds next executive director in paradise

“The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will say aloha to a new executive director.” –– Brian Kaberline, Kansas City Business Journal 

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10 Art pieces or galleries to go see in Kansas City this spring

“Julie Blackmon lives in Springfield, Missouri and is known for her photography. If you’ve never seen her work, it is some of the more delightful art of our time. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is holding an exhibit called ‘Child’s Play: An Exploration of Adolescence.” It includes some of Blackmon’s works. Her photography shows real and imagined aspects of her family life. The exhibit as a whole focuses on concepts brought forth by neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. The exhibit will run till August 4, 2019.