Around the Museum

“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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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s Jade Powers Curates a list of her favorite things

“Last summer, Jade Powers moved to Kansas City to work as assistant curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.” –– Sarah Gish, THE KANSAS CITY STAR

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Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne closed for Independence Day

Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observation of Independence Day. We will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, July 5, 2019. 

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On Saturday, August 24, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will continue the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary celebration with our fifth annual FREE Summer Block Party, taking place from 6:00–10:30 p.m. throughout the Museum grounds.

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Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––April 25, 2019––Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum with a free opening reception taking place Thursday, May 16, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Celebrating Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, enjoy complimentary beer and wine provided by Café Sebastienne and cocktails thanks to Tom’s Town Distilling Co. of Kansas City.

Kemper Museum T-Shirt Design Competition

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is excited to announce a t-shirt design competition in celebration of our twenty-fifth anniversary! The Museum invites area artists to enter an original t-shirt design. The winning design will receive a $500 cash prize and be available for sale in the Kemper Museum Shop, where all purchases support Kemper Museum's free exhibitions and programs.

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E(ART)h Extravaganza 2019

Join us Saturday, April 27, during the last weekend of Waiting for the UFOs for an unforgettable Earth Day-inspired event!

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Activities will include:

Flash talks at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. by artist Amanda Gehin, exploring the relationships between native plants and hosts like caterpillars, bees, and butterflies. (20 minutes each)