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Kemper Museum Community Statement

In response to the recent focus on Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, UMB, and a detention facility in Rhode Island:

Kemper Museum fully supports a safe and welcome space for dialogue and discussion on topics that are important to the community and its future, thoughtfully exploring issues and solutions.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art does not condone the physical or psychological harm, verbal abuse, harassment, humiliation, or exploitation, systematic or otherwise, of individuals or groups. 

Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––August 29, 2019–– Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, with an opening reception taking place Thursday, September 12, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Raise a glass with the artist and enjoy live music from reggae band, Elisha Israel & AZ-One, with complimentary beer and wine provided by Café Sebastienne and cocktails thanks to Tom’s Town Distilling Co. of Kansas City. 

JOIN US FOR KEMPER MUSEUM'S 2019 BLOCK PARTY

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.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://2019-block-party.eventbrite.com  

2019 Acquisition Announcement: Noctilucent (2018) by Liza Lou

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––May 10, 2019––In celebration of the Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the first acquisition of 2019 to the Museum’s Permanent Collection is Noctilucent (2018), by world-renowned Los Angeles-based artist Liza Lou.

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.

Rockin’ Rockhill Sunday Street Party

We're excited to be partnering with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to kick-off the summer with this special family event!

E(ART)h Extravaganza 2019

Join us Saturday, April 27, during the last weekend of Waiting for the UFOs for an unforgettable Earth Day-inspired event!

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-apfelbaum-extravaganza.eventbrite.com

Activities will include:

Flash talks at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. by artist Amanda Gehin, exploring the relationships between native plants and hosts like caterpillars, bees, and butterflies. (20 minutes each)

KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART NAMED TO THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS HALL OF FAME 2019

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce that we have been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame from The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app. Exceptional wedding professionals who have earned four or more of The Knot Best of Weddings awards are inducted into the prestigious The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art names Sean O’Harrow as Executive Director

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––January 11, 2019––After an extensive search, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has named Sean O’Harrow as its next Executive Director.  

Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––January 10, 2019––Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers) with an opening reception taking place Thursday, January 24, from 6:00–8:00 p.m., kicking-off Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary year. Raise a glass with the artist, with complimentary beer and wine provided by Café Sebastienne and cocktails thanks to Tom’s Town Distilling Co. of Kansas City.