Message from Sean O’Harrow

Message from Sean O’Harrow

Kansas City’s thirty day Stay-At-Home order is well underway, currently scheduled to continue through April 24, I would like to just say that we wish you and your loved ones all the best in the coming weeks and months. 

As we all isolate ourselves in order to protect our community from this viral pandemic outbreak, the staff and volunteers of the museum are working hard to get great art material out through our website, smartphone app, and social media channels, and we are also preparing for everyone’s joyous return when this nightmare is all over!
Please know that we are thinking of every one of you and your families, and that we sincerely hope for the best for you all during this incredibly tough time.
Here are links to some of our most popular resources:
Virtual Playdates video series – uploaded weekly, click on any of the video links for a step-by-step tutorial of an art project using items found around your home and inspired by a work of art currently on view at Kemper Museum.
Artist Talk by Summer Wheat – coinciding with the opening weekend of Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears, artist Summer Wheat gave a lecture which included stories from her youth in Oklahoma and her journey to invent new and ingenious methods of creating paintings inspired by medieval tapestries and mysterious artifacts.
Artist Talk by Liza Lou – in honor of Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Los Angeles-based artist Liza Lou gave a special artist talk beginning with how her major exhibition, Backyard and Kitchen, ignited amazing public interest and how her work has evolved since those early years (scroll down for excerpt and full-length video options).

Kemper Museum smartphone app – available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch download or to explore as a web app online, learn more about work on view throughout the museum, including insights from the artists themselves.
Google Arts & Culture – explore beautiful images of works from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection, and then discover more about that artist’s presence around the world. You can also learn more about other renowned Kansas City institutions, including Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, thanks to Google Arts & Culture’s first online exhibition exploring the culture of a single American city: Kansas City: Smoke Rings and the Finer Things, highlighting the history, people, and culture that makes Kansas City the Heart of America. 

Please stay healthy and safe, and by all means, do reach out to us if you want to know more about our offerings or just want someone to talk to. I can be reached directly at:

Do take care of yourselves, and I hope to see you all soon!
Yours ever so sincerely,