2017 Kemper Museum Summer Block Party

2017 Kemper Museum Summer Block Party

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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.

Kemper Museum Docents will be welcoming gallery-goers and offering insightful tours of Museum galleries, sculptures, and Permanent Collection works of art all evening. Kemper Museum Shop will be joining in the art-filled-festivities by offering four simultaneous trunk shows by local artists, showcasing their creations ranging from ceramics and jewelry to one-of-a-kind clocks and pillows.

Through a partnership with Kansas City Art Institute, visitors may experience informal tours, see student-led art demonstrations, and view the amazing ceramics teaching gallery at the Richard J. Stern Ceramics Building or peruse the state-of-the-art technology that is being utilized at KCAI’s Beals Lab. Both buildings are located immediately adjacent to Kemper Museum and easily walkable

At approximately 8:30 p.m. (sundown) everyone will be encouraged to find a spot on the Museum Grounds to experience an outdoor film screening.



6:00 – 7:00 p.m.      Live Music | Kansas City Latin Jazz All-Stars | Led by Pablo Sanhueza the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars, is a collaborative project of musicians with long standing presence and impact in contemporary Afro-Latin American music.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.      DJ Fat Sal is serving up a range of music guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor!

8:30 – 10:30 p.m.    Outdoor Film Screening 


Featured Exhibitions
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s
to Today | Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery
This exhibition introduces the work of more than twenty exceptional artists in conversation with one another for the first time. With works in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of unique visual vocabularies within the non-representational expression. Magnetic Fields marks the first U.S. presentation dedicated exclusively to the formal and historical dialogue of abstraction by women artists of color.

Firelei Báez | Kemper Museum Atrium | ARTIST PRESENT
Kemper Museum debuts artist Firelei Báez’s (Dominican-born, New York-based) site-specific project for the Museum’s Atrium, a commissioned series now in its second year. Báez imagery builds upon the convergence of cultural histories and examines immigration, identity, and social and historical relevance from both human and folkloric perspectives. Jared Quinton, writer and critic for Artsy, in February 2016 described Báez as “one of our most gifted and relevant young artists working today.” 

Women to Watch | Metals | Sally Kemper Wood Gallery
An exhibition developed in cooperation with the Kansas City Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Women to Watch | Metals features the work of Cheryl Eve Acosta, Debbie Barrett-Jones, Angelica Sandoval, Jessica Thompson-Lee, and Desiree Warren. The exhibition was juried and curated by Kemper Museum Executive Director Barbara O’Brien.  

Enjoy a bite to eat at the two food trucks stationed on the North side of the Kemper Museum. Come early for limited complimentary items from these food trucks.

  • Food Trucks (Jerusalem Cafe and Kona Ice)
  • Free Drinking Water
  • Beverages available for purchase at the Museum


Children and Families

  • Take part in a printmaking exploration lab and create prints on unconventional surfaces inspired by Firelei Báez's new art installation in the Museum’s Atrium. 
  • Follow the clues and discover contemporary art on an “ART-tastic” scavenger hunt!

Docent Tours

  • Join trained Kemper Museum Docents as they offer free insightful tours of Kemper Museum galleries, sculptures, and Permanent Collection works of art throughout the evening.

Trunk Show

  • Peruse through four simultaneous trunk shows featuring Kansas City artists showcasing their work for Block Party attendees. Artists include Heidi Herrman, Megan Karson, Anjelica Sandoval, and Desiree Warren.