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KCUR Food Critics: The Best Brunches In Kansas City In 2020

“Weekend brunch with its fancy avocado toast and creative cocktails has become an institution for many Kansas Citians over the years, even if not everyone is a fan.” 

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20 in ’20: Top Reasons to Visit Kansas City in 2020

“Named one of “16 Cities to Visit Before All Your Friends Catch On” by Conde Nast Traveler, Kansas City is poised to have its year in 2020. Among the monumental anniversaries worth celebrating stands a new addition to the burgeoning skyline, fresh expansions at world-class attractions, and landmark exhibitions at some of the finest museums in the region.” ––VisitKC

Vegan and Vegetarian Dining Options in Kansas City

“Plant-based dining is more than a trend or a flash in the pan. More affordable and available than ever before, Kansas City’s vegan and vegetarian options offer healthy, sustainable menus without sacrificing flavor or taste.” ––VisitKC

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Meetings Today: Inspiring Arts Experiences in Kansas City

“The works displayed at the Kemper Museum represent some of the most celebrated contemporary contributions from today’s art world. The entire museum can be used for an event, during which attendees can browse all the unique art on view throughout the galleries.” ––Carolyn Blackburn, Meetings Today

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KCUR: An exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art explores the theme of British colonialism.

"The artist behind the exhibit grew up in Guyana and experienced reverberations of British colonialism in his life firsthand. Today he lives in London and wrestles with Britain's history and the version of itself that it exports through his art." —Gina Kaufmann, KCUR's Central Standard

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Kemper Museum’s 2020 Artist Dinner Series Launches with Fanfare

"Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is one of only a handful of museums in the Midwest which features a gourmet restaurant tucked away inside its walls. So when Café Sebastienne’s culinary team unveiled an Artist Dinner Series last year, it soon became one of the hottest tickets in town. Tickets went so quickly it even caught the museum a bit off guard. Seems the only thing cultural aficionados like more than appreciating art is enjoying a perfectly executed, intimate, epicurean meal designed around it."

Review: “Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

“Perhaps the most hopeful works in Locke’s exhibition are the watercolors titled ‘Guyana House Boat.’ Locke skillfully depicts well-constructed houseboats that feel strong and inviting. Here, the boat is not a device of war or colonialism or a desperate act of the refugee, nor even a transitory vessel to get you from one place to another. A house boat is a home, a place to rest, even while one moves. If the rest of Locke’s work focuses on an unjust history, his houseboats dream of a better way.”––Neil Thrun, KC STUDIO 

British Artists Now: A Look at UK Artists from Across the Atlantic

“Few artists are so directly concerned with the British condition—with its imperial past and its multicultural present—as Hew Locke. Statues of kings and queens, coats of arms, flotillas of naval warships and architectural Victoriana have all featured in the Scottish-Guyanese artist’s work. Which is why it is surprising, perhaps, that his exhibition Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing has travelled from the Ikon gallery in Birmingham, England, to Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (until 19 January 2020).” ––Johnathan Griffin, Art Agency Partners

Review: Angel Otero "Diario"

“As a sprawling amalgamation of experiences, epiphanies and inputs, Angel Otero’s new installation at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, “Diario,” represents humanity’s psychological landscape. The apparent chaos of the piece belies its sophistication; the sculpture’s densely layered components illustrate not only the tangible influence of its creator, who was born in Puerto Rico and divides his time between Chicago and New York, but also reveal the invisible impacts we all endure as part of a sentient, emotionally driven species.” ––Matthew Thompson, KC STUDIO 

25 Kemper watchers pick 25 favorites

"Oct. 2 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 opening of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and a quarter century of exhibitions and acquisitions that have expanded and enriched the Kansas City cultural landscape. In recognition of this milestone, KC Studio asked 25 Kemper watchers — including artists, critics, patrons, collectors and area museum professionals — to pick a favorite work of art or exhibition, which we chronicle in the following pages." — Alice Thorson, editor