Around the Museum

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.

Amy Sherald; ‘Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity’

“Amy Sherald has two paintings at the Kemper Museum (one of which is part of a new portraiture exhibit) and is also painting the official portrait of Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.” –– Gina Kaufmann, KCUR 89.3

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The Kemper’s thrilling show of Outwin Portraits holds up a timely mirror

“The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery awarded Amy Sherald’s ‘Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)’ first place in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. It is the image you see on this page, and I'll talk about it more in a minute. But time is running out for you to see it in person at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. If it's not yet January 7 when you read this, go to the Kemper and come back. I'll wait.” –– Annie Raab, The Pitch 

The Kemper’s thrilling show of Outwin Portraits holds up a timely mirror

“The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery awarded Amy Sherald’s ‘Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)’ first place in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. It is the image you see on this page, and I'll talk about it more in a minute. But time is running out for you to see it in person at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. If it's not yet January 7 when you read this, go to the Kemper and come back. I'll wait.” –– Annie Raab, The Pitch 

At the Kemper, a ‘Treasure Hunt’ Lead from Colonial Louisiana to Today’s Kansas City

“Land-locked Kansas City might not have obvious connections with the Caribbean Sea. But in creating her new wall-sized installation at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, an artist based in New York – by way of Haiti and the Dominican Republic – found connections that run deep.” –– Vicky Diaz-Camacho, KCUR 89.3

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Arts News: Kemper Museum Mural Layers Beauty and Social History

“Peeling wallpaper and crumbling walls usually signify things in disarray. In Firelei Báez’ mural ‘To See Beyond Its Walls (and access the places that lie beyond),’ the Kemper Museum’s latest commissioned atrium project, that’s the point. Báez’ portrait of a beautiful woman of color wearing a wrapped headdress is at first sight appealingly decorative.

Hometown artist scores ’prestigious’ exhibition

“For Desiree Warren, art creativity may come through an idea from somebody else’s junk pile.” –– Greg Mast, The Ottawa Herald 

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Honors: Angelica Sandoval

“This KC Artist is Attracting Shows and Award for Her Unconventional Work with Porcelain.” –– Dana Self, KC STUDIO


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Women to Watch exhibition promotes equal representation

“The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art triennially hosts an exhibit called Women to Watch through a partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The most recent Women to Watch exhibit opened last summer and ran for 8 months, closing Jan. 8.” –– Margaret Stansell, University News

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