Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art announces “Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives” Opening Week

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art announces “Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives” Opening Week

To mark the exhibition’s opening and allow for social distancing, Kemper Museum offers a week-long elevated experience featuring special dishes from Café Sebastienne, limited edition merchandise in the Museum Shop, and take-home art activities for all ages.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – (February 2, 2021) – Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives,” opening Thursday, February 18, 2021.

This major solo exhibition of mixed-media work by Minneapolis-based artist and 2021 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Alumni Award recipient Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota, born 1976) is a ten-year survey of painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation. White Hawk works across different cultures, histories, and visual traditions demonstrating the significance of a shared history between Native and non-Native groups and encouraging conversations that challenge lacking representations of Native peoples, arts, and voices in contemporary art and beyond.

The exhibition begins with a preview for Kemper Museum members the evening of Thursday, Feb. 18 and will open to the public on Friday, Feb. 19. To mark the opening of “Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives” many areas of the Museum have created distinct programs to enliven the themes of the exhibition. The opening week will feature in-gallery activations and performances, self-guided activities and take-home art kits for youth and families, dishes inspired by White Hawk’s work created by Café Sebastienne’s Chef Rick Mullins, and the release of the catalogue along with other items related to the exhibition, available in the Museum Shop. The week will culminate with an artist talk by White Hawk on Thursday, February 25 that will be livestreamed on Zoom in addition to being projected at the Museum.

Throughout opening week, Kemper Museum will maintain all of its Missouri ArtSafe certified safety precautions, including a mask requirement and capacity limits.

“Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives” will remain on view through May 16, 2021 and will be accompanied by virtual events for all ages. See attached programs list, and visit our online calendar to learn more.

Kemper Museum is sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, among many others. Adult public programming for this exhibition is supported by the Jack and Karen Holland Visiting Artist Program. Please visit for a more complete list of funding sources.

For high-resolution images and general media inquiries please contact:

Louise Forster
Marketing and Communications Manager
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art | 816-457-6132 (direct)

Image credit: Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota, born 1976), Seeing, 2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Soininen, El Paso, Texas. © Dyani White Hawk, Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.