Around the Museum

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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Belkis Ayon

“Artist Belkis Ayon died young. But in the course of her short life, she made her mark in the art world with her printmaking technique and her perspective on the mythology behind gender and race identity in Cuba. The first full retrospective of her work since her death is currently on view at the Kemper Museum.” –– Gina Kaufmann, KCUR 89.3

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Critically Acclaimed Show of Cuban Printmaker Stops at Kemper Museum

“Through Powerful Iconography and Enigmatic Narratives, Belkis Ayón (1967-1999) Addressed a Cuba in Crisis and the Larger Human Condition.” –– Anna Marie Hunter, KC STUDIO 

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“Worlds Otherwise Hidden,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

“In the grand scheme of art history, abstract art is still a new genre, but it is also old enough for reappraisals. In Worlds Otherwise Hidden, curated by Erin Dziedzic, Kemper Museum’s director of curatorial affairs, three international artists are doing just that. No longer is abstraction about academic formalism, spiritual excess or pseudo-scientific purity. Instead, Nari Ward, Kimsooja and Nevin Aladağ make abstract art from a cultural, historical and cosmopolitan perspective.” –– Neil Thrun, KC STUDIO

Nevin Aladağ, Kimsooja, and Nari Ward Create Visual Metaphors for Migration, Exile, and Belonging

“It is safe to say that the United States is in the midst of a deep crisis of identity, fueled by nationalism, fear-mongering across the political spectrum, and denial about the legacy of migration. Worlds Otherwise Hidden at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City features work by three artists who materially and abstractly tackle notions of blended culture and identity.

The Kemper’s Teen Art Council

“A new exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art encourages viewers to ask questions about the relationship between flaws and society's perception of beauty. The show is a project from the museum's Teen Arts Council.  Today, we heard from two of the members about why they picked certain pieces and what the show's theme means to them.” –– Gina Kaufmann, KCUR 89.3 FM

An Interview with Jade Powers

“Global Art, Contemporary Issues and Cultural Diversity Rank High on the Kemper Museum’s New Assistant Curator’s List of Interests” –– Harold Smith, KC STUDIO 

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