Around the Museum


KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI—August 9, 2017—After a national search and a process that included consultation with culinary experts from across the region, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s Board of Trustees and Museum leadership have selected Remy Ayesh (pronounced, "reh-mee" "ash”) as the new Executive Chef of Café Sebastienne. Ayesh’s first day at Café Sebastienne was Monday, July 31.

2017 Kemper Museum Summer Block Party

2017 Kemper Summer Block Party
Saturday, August 19, 2017
6:00–10:30 p.m.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art invites everyone for a FREE evening filled with food, fun, festivities, friends, and film—when it hosts the third annual Summer Block Party on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 6:00–10:30 p.m.

Chef Jennifer Maloney Courtyard Dedication

In honor of long-time and beloved executive chef Jennifer Maloney, who passed away in late 2016, the courtyard at Cafe Sebastienne is now named the Chef Jennifer Maloney Courtyard. A dedication celebration was held on Thursday, July 20th. The ceremony included a permanent plaque unveiling and a champagne toast accompanied by comments from Mary Kemper Wolf, chair of the Kemper Museum Board of Trustees, and Barbara O'Brien, executive director.

Michael Kirkendoll performance Friday, May 5

Michael Kirkendoll will perform Erik Satie’s enigmatic and rarely-heard work Vexations in a continuous, 11-hour reading accompanying the current installation of Rashid Johnson’s Hail We Now Sing Joy at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Kirkendoll’s performance will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5 when the museum opens and continue until closing at 9 p.m., approaching as close to the intended 840 repetitions of Satie’s short work as possible.

Music at the Museum: Will Matthews

Thursday, March 30
6:00–8:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:30–7:45 p.m. performance
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

For one last Thursday evening in March, Kemper Museum will host a live jazz music series in partnership with—and curated by—Kansas City’s American Jazz Museum. 

Special Performance: Xenia Rubinos

Xenia Rubinos will be activating the large installation by Rashid Johnson titled, "Antione's Organ" when she play the piano within the sculpture on Wednesday, March 29th beginning at 11:00 a.m. Rubinos will have performed at the Record Bar in Kansas City the evening prior with special guest: La Guerre. 

About the Artist

Art Madness is Upon Us!

'Tis the season of brackets and underdogs... that's right, it's ART MADNESS time! Over the next three weeks, we will be putting two works from our Permanent Collection head-to-head on Facebook and asking you to vote for your favorite by selecting the emoji corresponding to each work. The artwork with the most votes will advance to the next round.

Which work of art will win? Keep checking our Facebook Page and vote in each round until an "ART MADNESS CHAMPION" is crowned on April 3rd! 

Staff Profiles: Jessica Thompson-Lee

Meet our Museum Educator of Youth & Family, Jessica Thompson-Lee!

NMWA Women to Watch Call for Entries

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Women To Watch (Metals)
Presented in cooperation with the Kansas City Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts


ENTRY DEADLINE March 15, 2017
EXHIBITION June 16, 2017 – January 28, 2018, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Metals (The work of art must incorporate metal in part or in whole.)

In Loving Memory...

It is with immense sadness and overwhelming loss that we share the passing of our dear friend and beloved colleague, Chef Jennifer Maloney. On December 25, 2016 the family released the following statement, "At 9:55am on Christmas morning, Our love Jennifer Marie Maloney passed away peacefully and with her immediate family at her side … God bless you all for your prayers and good wishes. Peace."