Around the Museum

Chef Jennifer Maloney Courtyard Dedication

In honor of long-time and beloved executive chef Jennifer Maloney, who passed away in late 2016, the courtyard at Cafe Sebastienne is now named the Chef Jennifer Maloney Courtyard. A dedication celebration was held on Thursday, July 20th. The ceremony included a permanent plaque unveiling and a champagne toast accompanied by comments from Mary Kemper Wolf, chair of the Kemper Museum Board of Trustees, and Barbara O'Brien, executive director.

Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne closed for Independence Day

Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observation of Independence Day. We will resume normal hours of operation Wednesday, July 5, 2017. 

Michael Kirkendoll performance Friday, May 5

Michael Kirkendoll will perform Erik Satie’s enigmatic and rarely-heard work Vexations in a continuous, 11-hour reading accompanying the current installation of Rashid Johnson’s Hail We Now Sing Joy at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Kirkendoll’s performance will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5 when the museum opens and continue until closing at 9 p.m., approaching as close to the intended 840 repetitions of Satie’s short work as possible.

Music at the Museum: Will Matthews

Thursday, March 30
6:00–8:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:30–7:45 p.m. performance
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

For one last Thursday evening in March, Kemper Museum will host a live jazz music series in partnership with—and curated by—Kansas City’s American Jazz Museum. 

Special Performance: Xenia Rubinos

Xenia Rubinos will be activating the large installation by Rashid Johnson titled, "Antione's Organ" when she play the piano within the sculpture on Wednesday, March 29th beginning at 11:00 a.m. Rubinos will have performed at the Record Bar in Kansas City the evening prior with special guest: La Guerre. 

About the Artist

Art Madness is Upon Us!

'Tis the season of brackets and underdogs... that's right, it's ART MADNESS time! Over the next three weeks, we will be putting two works from our Permanent Collection head-to-head on Facebook and asking you to vote for your favorite by selecting the emoji corresponding to each work. The artwork with the most votes will advance to the next round.

Which work of art will win? Keep checking our Facebook Page and vote in each round until an "ART MADNESS CHAMPION" is crowned on April 3rd! 

Staff Profiles: Jessica Thompson-Lee

Meet our Museum Educator of Youth & Family, Jessica Thompson-Lee!

NMWA Women to Watch Call for Entries

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Women To Watch (Metals)
Presented in cooperation with the Kansas City Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts


ENTRY DEADLINE March 15, 2017
EXHIBITION June 16, 2017 – January 28, 2018, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Metals (The work of art must incorporate metal in part or in whole.)

In Loving Memory...

It is with immense sadness and overwhelming loss that we share the passing of our dear friend and beloved colleague, Chef Jennifer Maloney. On December 25, 2016 the family released the following statement, "At 9:55am on Christmas morning, Our love Jennifer Marie Maloney passed away peacefully and with her immediate family at her side … God bless you all for your prayers and good wishes. Peace."

I SUPPORT KEMPER MUSEUM: Linda Lighton, artist + philanthropist

Kemper Museum is happy to share the good news that Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins, long-time members and friends of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, contributed a lead gift to our year-end campaign, doubling the amount they gave last year. Please join them with your own generous gift today.

Linda and Lynn know their gift goes far to cover the cost of exhibitions and programming that our audience truly appreciates free of charge. The Museum is grateful for their confidence and commitment to the Museum and the arts.