Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art announces “Natalie Frank: Unbound” Public Programming

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art announces “Natalie Frank: Unbound” Public Programming

Free artist talks, workshops, and more will enliven this exhibition of feminist drawings that reimagine some of the best-known literary narratives through both onsite and virtual programming.

 

KANSAS CITY, MO—From January 27 to May 15, 2022, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will present nearly 20 programs—both virtual and in-person—in conjunction with the exhibition “Natalie Frank: Unbound." Spanning a decade of Brooklyn, New York-based artist Natalie Frank’s (American, born 1980) feminist drawing practice, the exhibition will present work from the artist’s four major drawing series: “Tales of the Brothers Grimm”  (2011–14), “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2016), “Story of O” (2017–18), and “Madame d’Aulnoy” (2019–20).

Designed for an intergenerational audience with broad interests, these programs provide multiple entry points into the complex issues at play in Frank’s drawings, as well as the artistic techniques she employs in her creative practice. Traditional Kemper Museum favorites like themed trivia night and Camp Kemper art day camps for kids will continue and new programs including a guided figure drawing series, and a collaboration with the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library will debut. All programs are free and open to the public, thanks to museum members and supporters.

As the pandemic continues, many of these programs will be presented and archived virtually, allowing people to participate from all over the world at their convenience. Please refer to the museum’s safety precautions for in-person programs, which are updated as the situation continues to evolve.

A listing of all programs is below, and more information can be found at kemperart.org/event-calendar.

Access the exhibition media kit.

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Artist Talk: Natalie Frank
Thursday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m. CT | Kemper Museum & Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Artist Natalie Frank (American, born 1980) discusses her creative practice and exhibition of drawings inspired by some of the best-known and most controversial literary narratives.

Register for the virtual program | Register for the limited capacity in-person program.

Natalie Frank: Unbound” Opening Celebration 
Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum
FREE | All Ages | Timed Tickets Required

Join the artist at Kemper Museum for a preview of "Natalie Frank: Unbound" and celebrate the exhibition’s opening.

Register for the limited capacity in-person program.

Camp Kemper
FREE | Ages 6–12 | Registration required

Day camps for kids featuring creative activities inspired by the exhibition. To register, email eclosen@kemperart.org.

Virtual Winter Camp Kemper: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Folklore
Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. CT | Zoom | Register by Jan. 22

Virtual Spring Camp Kemper: Illustration
Wednesday, Mar. 30–Friday, Apr. 1, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. CT daily | Zoom | Register by Mar. 16

Spring Camp Kemper: Storytelling Through Art

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum (outdoors) | Register by May 7

Talk and Tours: “Natalie Frank: Unbound”
FREE | All Ages | Registration Encouraged

Kemper Museum’s Talk and Tour series invites participants to enjoy casual conversations with curators, educators, artists, designers, and others offering insight into their work and its connection to the exhibition.

Curator-led with Erin Dziedzic
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2–3 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum | Register.

Artist’s Eye with SK Reed
Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2–3 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum | Register.

Fairy Tales Reimagined: The Brothers Grimm and Natalie Frank
Thursday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum
FREE | All Ages | Registration Required

Experience "Natalie Frank: Unbound" from a literary perspective in collaboration with the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. Naphtali Faris, Lone Jack branch manager at Mid-Continent Public Library; and Kaite Stover, director of readers' services at the Kansas City Public Library, will facilitate a participatory discussion with Jade Powers, assistant curator at Kemper Museum. In advance, participants will receive a list of readings, podcasts, and other supplemental materials compiled by Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library to enrich the experience.

Register for this limited capacity in-person program.

Virtual Guided Meditations
Thursdays, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, and May 5, 7 p.m. CT | Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration Required

In these virtual events, participants will be guided through meditation, qigong, breathing instruction, and sound healing, streamed from the Natalie Frank: Unbound galleries. No experience necessary and classes vary.

Register for Thursday, Mar. 10 | Register for Thursday, Apr. 14 | Register for Thursday, May 5

Gallery Guided Meditations
Thursdays, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, and May 5, 7 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum
FREE | All Ages | Registration Required

Participants will be guided through meditation, qigong, breathing instruction, and sound healing in the Natalie Frank: Unbound galleries. No experience necessary and classes vary.

Register for Thursday, Mar. 10 | Register for Thursday, Apr. 14 | Register for Thursday, May 5

Studio Nights: Figure Drawing
FREE | Ages 13+ | Registration Required

Two evenings of figure drawing at the museum with a visiting art instructor, featuring live models. This new series of thematic and dramatic guided figure drawing sessions is inspired by work in the exhibition "Natalie Frank: Unbound," Materials provided. All levels of experience are welcome. Email eclosen@kemperart.org to register.

Studio Night: Theatrical Movement and Gesture
Thursday, Mar. 31, 6–8 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum

Studio Night: Fantasy and the Figure
Thursday, Apr. 28, 6–8 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum

Kemper Museum Trivia Night: Fairy Tales
Thursday, Apr. 21, 6–8:30 p.m. | In person at Kemper Museum (outdoors)
FREE | All Ages | Registration Required

An outdoor trivia night focusing on fairy tales in conjunction with themes present in the  exhibition, "Natalie Frank: Unbound." Complimentary meals will be provided to each registered team, courtesy of Café Sebastienne. Register your team of 3–6 participants by emailing Jade Powers at jpowers@kemperart.org with your team name as the subject. Space is limited.

 

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Media Contact: 
Louise Forster (she/her/hers)
Marketing and Communications Manager
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
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