Celebrate Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month

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Natalie Frank: Unbound 
Natalie Frank re-centers women as both the narrators and protagonists of some of the best-known and most controversial literary narratives. From classic fairy tales to erotic fiction, Frank approaches her subjects from a feminist perspective that celebrates female agency, sexuality, and authorship.

Aliza Nisenbaum: Aquí Se Puede (Here You Can)
For the sixth annual Atrium Project, New York-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum (born Mexico City, 1977) is creating large-scale portraits of individuals connected to Kansas City salsa music and dance communities. 

Deconstructing Marleen Gold
Deconstructing Marleen Gold focuses on the work of artist Marleen Gold’s (American, 1946–2020) work, and features artwork from Ron and Marleen Gold’s collection, as well as from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection that share themes and styles, breaking down collecting histories and threads, geographical inspiration, and unexpected connections. 

Seven Poses: A Gift Fit for a Queen
Hung Liu (Chinese American, 1948–­2021) was an artist born in China, raised under the Maoist regime, and educated in both China and the United States. A painter known for engaging and challenging narratives present within historical Chinese imagery, Liu created these seven prints based on a series of paintings inspired by historical photographs of Chinese courtesans from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By portraying these sex workers alongside birds, flowers, and other symbols common in Chinese decoration and including one-inch square collaged image depicting a “gift” object in the center of each print, Liu draws attention to the ways that these women have been commodified, while emphasizing their power, agency, and humanity. This exhibition marks the first time the entire series of prints will be on view at Kemper Museum.

UMKC Women's Center's Local Women's History Month Guide

Kansas City Public Library Women's History Month Resources

March 17, 4 p.m. Curating Art as Racial Justice Practice
This panel addresses how curatorial practice can contribute to racial equity and enhance solidarity between diverse audience groups. It will bring into discussion the strategies used by museums to acknowledge the legacy of colonial histories, dismantle exclusionary policies, and serve the interests of specific local communities. How can art exhibitions become a platform for conversations on racial issues? How can curators advocate not only for better representation of BIPOC artists but also for better support structures which ensure equitable access to arts education? How can exhibitions expose racial biases in the art world and perpetuate hope in a more equitable future? Curators Stephanie Fox Knappe (Nelson Atkins Museum of Art), Valerie Cassel Oliver (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), and Jade Powers (Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art) will introduce you to their recent exhibition projects and discuss how museums are participating in the dismantling of systemic racism.

March 17, 6 p.m. Voices in the Gallery: Panel Conversation on the Impact of the Midwest with Cinncinati Contemporary Art Center
Join us as curator Amara Antilla moderates a conversation between The Regional artists Rachel Cox, Huong Ngo, Natalie Petrosky, and Nikki Woods. At the heart of the discussion will be the Midwest and its influence on the artists and their work.

Belger Art Center Visiting Artist Morgan Peterson
The Belger Glass Annex hosts Morgan Peterson as the first Visiting Artist. During Peterson's visit, there are multiple opportunities to interact with the artist and learn about her processes.

Image credit: Installation view, Natalie Frank: Unbound, January 28–May 15,2022, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2022.