Around the Museum

Museum Shop Artist: Kent Stetson

Born on a horse farm, Kent learned fundamentals of leather craft from his mother, and metal craft from his father who is a blacksmith.  At Brown University, Kent focused in on new media and arts—where different digital technologies were applied to create art that merged traditional and cutting edge techniques.  He believes, "...that a great handbag can engage people in the same way as art."  Be sure to view his newly released video, below.

Paul Uhlmann, Jr. (1920-2016)

Rarely in the life of an institution does an individual make a profound and indelible mark on both its history and future.  Such was the case with Paul Uhlmann, Jr., and his relationship to Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Throughout his life, Paul earned a remarkable reputation as a respected Kansas City business, civic, and cultural leader. His passing on March 30, 2016, provides cause to reflect on his legacy and impact at Kemper Museum.

New Additions to the Online Permanent Collection

“Focus on Photography”
We are excited to reveal this month’s new additions to our Online Permanent Collection. 

February’s edition highlights some of the amazing photography artwork in our Permanent Collection. Each of the artist’s works are now on display digitally for the first time.

Take a look at the works of art that were added this month featuring: Lynn Davis, Todd Hido, Mike Sinclair, Jamie Warren, and Cindy Sherman.  

Holiday Hours 2015

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art 2015 holiday hours are as follows:

December 24, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 25, CLOSED

December 31, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 1, 2016 CLOSED

All other days will follow regular hours.
Tues–Wed 10–4
Thurs–Fri 10–9
Sat–Sun 10–4
Mon closed

New Hours Beginning December 1, 2015

On December 1, 2015, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, at 4420 Warwick Boulevard, will begin offering extended Thursday evening hours. 

Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Finland speaks at Museum opening

On Friday, October 3, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland opened to the public and at once welcomed the beauty and culture of Finland into the heart of Kansas City. Following the reception and panel discussion which featured four of the exhibiting artists from Finland, Curator and Executive Director Barbara O'Brien welcomed a select group of patrons and members of the community to a private gathering held within the Museum's own Café Sebastienne. It was at this gathering that an esteemed guest addressed the group.

Performance by Helado Negro

Friday, October 16
7:00 p.m. cash bar and live performance

Headlining, Florida-born, Brooklyn-based musician Helado Negro performs his blend of electronic compositions and live vocals with the dreamy movements of local volunteer “tinsel dancers” in this choreographed performance. This is Helado Negro’s first performance in Missouri, and only a couple weeks before he performs as part of the inaugural programming at the newly opened contemporary art museum in Los Angeles simply known as, The Broad.  

Kemper East Hosts Mini Vinnie Bini

Danh Vō
Pop-up “Cake” invitation, 2010 / 2015 
Paper and candle

The limited edition pop-up cake invitation card was first designed in 2010 by Kristine Suhr in collaboration with Danh Vō for his exhibition Hip Hip Hurra! at the National Gallery of Denmark. Vō refreshed the design for the occasion of his exhibition mothertongue at this year’s Danish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, adding an exterior band depicting his first passport photo, taken at age five upon his arrival in Copenhagen.

Dark Days, Bright Nights featured in Kansas City Star

BY JON NICCUM

Special to The Star

 

Because an expanse of Finland lies north of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets for 60 days in the summer. Likewise, it never rises for 60 days in the winter. 

Understandably, this surreal phenomenon has quite an effect on the population. 

Scavenger Saturday's Fresh New Look

Scavenger Saturday has a new look, and with that comes fun new art activities for the whole family! Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a fun self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-tastic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit.