Around the Museum

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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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.