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.

Explore Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum and other works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection featured across four galleries; check out the brand new Atrium Project installation by Angel Otero; experience Lowriders of Kansas City––a special addition to this year’s event; dance to the epic sound of Hi-Lux; enjoy lawn games, face-painting, a photobooth, and art-making activities for visitors of all ages; stop by the Museum Shop for another installment of “Pop Up at the Museum Shop: Block Party Edition” where visitors can purchase locally-made jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, and more; visit the KCAI Ceramics Department for live demonstrations; and at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.) find a spot on the Museum Grounds for this year's outdoor film screening: the 2017 Disney/Pixar hit, Coco.

Special Events (6:00–8:30 p.m.)
Lowriders of Kansas City are rolling art objects. Hydraulic pumps make these lowrider cars balance on three wheels or hop in the air, while the custom hand-crafted interiors, sound systems, and beautiful murals painted on their exteriors make them entirely unique. Lowriding is a family lifestyle bringing works of art to the KC streets, riding low, and slow. 

Hi-Lux is a modern-soul band from Kansas City. By blending and bending the boundaries between soul and funk, funk and reggae, Hi-Lux aims to get you up on your feet to feel the music. The band is led by singer Julia Haile and consists of Tim Braun on guitar, Nick Howell on keys, Kian Byrne on drums, and Dan Loftus on bass.

Food and Drink: 
Enjoy a bite to eat at some of Kansas City’s favorite food trucks, including Jerusalem Cafe, KC Sweet Treats, Roadkill Cafe, and Polar Oasis. Be sure to RSVP for the event to be eligible for complimentary food truck items!

Café Sebastienne will host a cash bar with ice cold beer, soda, wine, and cocktails available for sale.

Fun Family Activities: 
ART-astic Face Painting
Have your face painted with a design inspired by artwork from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Pinback Button Making with Students from St. Paul’s Day School
Join art students from St. Paul’s Day School for a pin-back button making art activity. Create your own button design inspired by artwork on view, or have one of the talented young artists make one for you. 

All-Ages Art Activity
Enjoy an all-ages collage activity using paint skins (paint that is poured onto a glass surface and then peeled off) and other materials inspired by the new Atrium Project installation by Puerto Rico-born, New York-based artist Angel Otero.  

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) Ceramics Department Tours
Visit the KCAI Ceramics Department at the Richard J. Stern Ceramics Building for live student demonstrations and view the outstanding teaching collection, which includes works by KCAI students, alumni, and faculty.

Pop Up at the Museum Shop: Block Party Edition
Now an annual tradition taking place as part of the Summer Block Party, the Museum Shop is excited to host area artists for "Pop Up at the Museum Shop: Block Party Edition” beginning at 6:00 p.m. Participating artists will include: Crown & Heart KC (Jewelry), Malory Ward (Jewelry), Desiree Warren (Ceramics), and Bernie Lee (Kansas City Stationary). Museum members will receive DOUBLE their discount storewide, ranging from 20-40% off! Not a member yet? Join now online or in-person at the Shop to help keep the Museum free for everyone all year long.

Outdoor Film Screening | Disney/Pixar’s Coco 
Join us on the museum lawn for an outdoor screening of Disney/Pixar’s Coco (2017), a vibrant tale of family, fun, and adventure. An aspiring young musician named Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster, Hector (voice of Gael Garcia Bernal), becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions.

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About Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kansas City’s renowned FREE contemporary art museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in October 1994 and boasts a growing Permanent Collection that uniquely bridges modern and contemporary works of art featuring artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Keltie Ferris, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Rashid Johnson, Joan Mitchell, Richard Mosse, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Special exhibitions, installations, lectures, and workshops, as well as youth, teen, and family programs are regularly hosted at the Museum.