Around the Museum

Kemper Gala 2016 Promotional Video

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art would like to extend a special "thank you" to The Sandbox Agency (formerly Two West) for their gracious direction and production of this promotional video. Additional thanks is given to Make Digital Group for their consultation and content development on all aspects of Kemper Gala marketing.

The Mary Beth Smith Docent Program

Mary Beth Smith joined the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Docent program in 2006, becoming a valued long-term volunteer, and a favorite guide among Museum visitors of all ages. Her generosity of spirit and enthusiasm for modern and contemporary art and Kemper Museum led to a desire to honor her memory. As a result, the Scott and Mary Beth Smith family will graciously sponsor the Museum’s Docent Program for the next three years.

Kemper Summer Block Party Is Back!

2016 Kemper Summer Block Party
Saturday, August 20, 2016 
6:00–11:00 p.m.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111

Join us for an evening full of food, fun, festivities, friends, and film!

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.