Around the Museum

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


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.

Meet Devin Rumley, the Kemper Museum's new Museum Educator

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art would like to welcome Devin Rumley to the Museum as our new Museum Educator, School and Family. Devin has experience as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, as well as working with the Kemper Museum as a Family Programs Educator. Devin has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and is working toward two Masters degrees in arts education and administration—at UMKC and Harvard University. To introduce Devin to the kids and families of Kansas City and beyond, we sat down with her for a brief conversation. Please join us in welcoming Devin to the Museum!

New Additions to the Online Permanent Collection

"New and On View"

New Hours at Kemper at the Crossroads

Beginning July 1, 2015, the Kemper at the Crossroads and Kemper East are extending each location's hours of operation in a response to the growing positive demand from the public. The new hours will be:


Kemper at the Crossroads
33 W. 19th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Wednesday—Thursday: 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m.
Saturday: noon—4:00 p.m.


Kemper East
200 E. 44th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Surprise artist talk by exhibition artist Andrew Erdos

Some opportunities are planned, while others may take you by surprise... both often abound at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. This past Wednesday was no exception. New York-based artist Andrew Erdos (pictured above) visited the Kemper Museum to see Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, an exhibition that featured one of his amazing works.

No Boundaries 2015 Teen Art Initiative


The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s No Boundaries Teen Art Initiative brings together elite, motivated students from the Kansas City community to EXPLORE, CREATE, and COLLABORATE. Participants will have the opportunity to:

Explore multiple art genres and mediums (all supplies provided).
Expand creative concepts
Practice the art of presentation and constructive critiques.
Learn from and work with visiting artists from the Kemper Museum exhibitions. Be mentored by three distinguished artist-educators.