"Needless to say, when Kemper does fully reopen, things will be different than when it last greeted the public in March. Admission will remain free, but timed tickets and masks will be required.
"Originally the theme of 'Tightrope' was one of attempting to balance the rapid changes a city undergoes as its urban core grows and develops. Sime realized that tension can also be exacerbated by the expansion of and dependence on technology in our lives.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––August 11, 2020––While our physical doors must remain closed, beginning today you can now explore the work of contemporary Ethiopian artist Elias Sime virtually, thanks to our partnership with Google Arts & Culture, and go behind-the-scenes to learn more about this artist and his work through our latest app tours (available in English and Spanish), including Cuseum's Augmented Reality (AR) powered “Museum from Home” feature which allows users to virtually place works by Elias Sime on your own walls.
"Whoever coined the phrase, “The show must go on” never witnessed a citywide shut down due to a pandemic. The stay-at-home mandate hit the arts community especially hard. By March, stages went dark. Art galleries closed. Performances were canceled. And scheduled fundraisers were sidelined.
"No one knows when Kansas City cultural life will return to normal. Not even Siri. But the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will still be hosting this traveling exhibit through January 31, 2021—catch it when you can." ––Judith Fertig, IN Kansas City
“Art helps us make sense of the world around us.” Don Schreiner, director of advancement, thinks those words from a museum board member sum up the value Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has been bringing to the heart of Kansas City since 1994.