Artists exhibited include Polly Apfelbaum, Ken Aptekar, Christian Boltanski, Petah Coyne, Russell Crotty, Naomi Fisher, Till Freiwald, Jim Hodges, Alex Katz, Nikki S. Lee, Marco Maggi, Fairfield Porter, Lezley Saar, Shahzia Sikander, Do-Ho Suh, Robert Therrien, Wayne Thiebaud, Phoebe Washburn, Bruce Yonemoto, and many others.
Last 6 Months
Color Application presents select works of art from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection in a companion exhibition to Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers), currently on view in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery. Color Application explores artists’ methods of incorporating color, relating them to Apfelbaum’s succinctly colorful works, and creating a direct conversation between the works in the two exhibitions.
Abstracted Wonders: The Power of Lines presents a selection of abstract works from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection. The featured artists employ artistic approaches from kinetic art, geometric abstraction, Color Field, and Op (optical) art. Geometry and patterns in geography like those made by land and water inform horizontal, vertical, and perpendicular lines in these two- and three-dimensional works.
Kemper Museum presents a major exhibition of works by internationally-renowned New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum (American, born 1955). Featuring textiles, ceramics, and works on paper, Apfelbaum’s artistic practice branches out into broader social and historical contexts, and is situated in the legacy of post-war American art.
Flaw(less) explores themes of identity, stereotypes, and perception across cultures in works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. These works, dating from 1920 to 2013, present an opportunity to consider our shared experiences in the ways we present ourselves, how we are perceived, and what we may consider to be flaws in our appearance as we are subjected to the gaze of others through generations.
In this Moment presents figural works of art from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection that feature a range of techniques used to convey subtle gestures, instances of stillness, and contemplative states. Sally Michel Avery’s Long Nude (ca. 1976) references traditional representations of rest, showing the figure lying horizontally and elongated across the composition. In David Bates’s 97th Street Pier (1992), the figures on the wooden dock are angular, their limbs creating sharp right angles and triangular shapes throughout the composition.