Be Inspired! connected works new to the Permanent Collection and the opportunity for the community to hear from the artists who created them. New work in diverse media by Nicole Awai, Angela Dufresne, Bo Joseph, Matt Rich, Jim Sajovic and (non-Permanent Collection) filmmaker Stacey Steers was featured.
Inspired by the best-selling book The Map as Art, this exhibition presents artworks that explore issues of mapping—whether conceptually or quite literally—while also examining the personal gesture involved in large-scale works. The exhibition features works by Ingrid Calame, Nathan Carter, Tiffany Chung, Joyce Kozloff, Lordy Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and Heidi Whitman. The exhibition is co-curated by Kemper Museum Director and Chief Curator Barbara O’Brien and Katharine Harmon, author of The Map as Art (published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).
Inspired by the plein air paintings of Lois Dodd, whose retrospective at the Kemper Museum is on view February 8–August 4, 2012, this exhibition brings together works that convey varied approaches to the long-standing tradition of painting flowers. In the heyday of New York’s male-dominated, mid-century art scene, Dodd was wary of flower painting as a stereotypically feminine practice. By the 1990s, however, she embraced the vibrant blooms of a neighbor’s garden in Maine as subject.
Eric Fertman creates sculpture and drawings that exist in a state of collision. Not the sort of impact from which we (or the works of art) emerge buried or bruised, but a pile-up of the imagination on a highway of free associations. Elegant survaces and awkward forms are inspired by imagery culled from memory, art history, sketchbooks, pop culture, and film–all treated as co-equals.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait, the first museum exhibition to present portraiture by the Kansas City-based artist. Well known for his plein air painting, Niewald can often be found with easel and brushes at his favorite Kansas City locations, including Loose Park and Penn Valley Park. However, the artist has a long history of studio painting that includes both still lifes and portraits.