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. 

Message from Sean O’Harrow

Kansas City’s thirty day Stay-At-Home order is well underway, currently scheduled to continue through April 24, and as we all isolate ourselves in order to protect our community from this viral pandemic outbreak, I would like to just say that we wish you and your loved ones all the best in the coming weeks and months. 
The staff and volunteers of the museum are working hard to get great art material out through our website, smartphone app, and social media channels, and we are also preparing for everyone’s joyous return when this nightmare is all over!

COVID-19 Safety

With the announcement of Kansas City's month-long Stay-at-Home order, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will remain closed through Friday, April 24. This date may be revised by government authorities, so please continue to watch this space for further information.

We look forward to welcoming you to back to Kemper Museum soon!

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.