Characterized by fluid movements, gestural marks, and subjects inspired by music and dance, Free-Flowing celebrates the intuitive style in works from the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection.
José Lerma, Spanish-born, Chicago-based artist, presents a commissioned site-responsive project for a prominent location in the Kemper Museum Atrium. Upon visiting the Kemper Museum and Kansas City, the artist found inspiration within the art upon the walls of the Museum and the architecture within the surrounding community.
The inspiration for patterns is all around us—from concentric circles rippling from a stone thrown into the water to camouflaged bodies of plants, insects, and animals. Patterns provide elements of texture, elegance, drama, and style that illuminate an artist’s concept. The expressions of everyday life and vibrantly abstracted forms presented in Pattern Scheme evoke qualities of time, balance, repetition, focus, and design that emerge from the unique styles, subjects, and stories of each artist, connected through their varying use of pattern.
Deconstructing Robert Mangold brings together an extraordinary range of conceptual, formal, and social connections between American Minimalist Robert Mangold (1937–) and other artists from the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection. Seven of Mangold’s original woodcuts, Untitled A through G (2000) and Curved Plane Figure III (1995), are presented in dialogue with works by his contemporaries: Immovable Iconography (1990) by Nancy Graves (1939–1995) and Roses and Roofs (1987) by Janet Fish (1938–).
This exhibition focuses on a selection of works by identifiable figures of American Pop art, widely known for their signature styles that elevate the meanings of everyday symbols, signs, and subjects.
The structure and concept of the bridge has been a major theme of Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani’s work for decades. In celebration of Armajani’s Kansas City No. 1 (2000), gifted by the Sosland Foundation to the Kemper Museum in honor of the Museum’s twentieth anniversary, the exhibition Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder presents the artist’s exploration of the structural and philosophical underpinning of bridges since the late 1960s.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to partner with Charlotte Street Foundation to present the work of Charlotte Street's 2016 Visual Artist Awards Fellows. New works by Madeline Gallucci, Rodolfo Marron III, and Shawn Bitters will be featured in the 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition opening September 2, 2016 at Kemper at the Crossroads. The exhibition is curated by Kemper Museum's Director of Curatorial Affairs, Erin Dziedzic.
Cut and Paste presents works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection that are made using a range of collage techniques, from digital and printed to glued and sewn objects extracted from one context and fashioned into another. Our modern notion of collaging, or papier-collé (French for glued or stuck paper), was ignited in the early twentieth century by artists such as Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) and Georges Braque (1882–1963), who incorporated various text, photographs, found objects, and paper into works of art, resulting in an entirely new medium.
The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute’s (KCALSI) third annual Science to Art exhibition features intrinsic images found in biomedical research, which is often displayed on research journal covers. The purpose of Science to Art is to provide a platform for scientists to display and describe their research through the visual arts. Each of these remarkable images tells a personal research story and poetically captures the research performed by the scientists and their teams.
Matter and Force presents select works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection that allow viewers to ponder the physical elements—dirt, clay, wood, paint—that artists use to harmonize material substance with creative vision. Throughout the exhibition viewers are encouraged to consider the artist’s choice of materials and the methods used to combine and arrange these elements into a unique work of art that visually references the natural world.
This exhibition presents works from the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection by American artist Frank Stella (b. 1936), inspired by Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. Connecting Chaos illustrates Stella’s groundbreaking methods for linking the chaotic ebb and flow of imagery in his mixed-media art practice.
A Whisper of Where It Came From highlights works by six artists who integrate ceramics into their broader mixed-media art practices including painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, and installation. Artists Huma Bhabha, Nicole Cherubini, Mark Cooper, Jiha Moon, Sterling Ruby, and Arlene Shechet each activate the tactility of clay by creating surfaces that capture the gesture of the artist’s hand. The works of art, created during the past decade, include references to figuration, abstraction, landscape, and still life traditions.
Mixed Impressions presents works in a range of media from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection demonstrating artists’ impressionistic styles in developing geometric, abstract, and representational imagery. For example, Ethiopian-born artist Julie Mehretu’s Okemos Drawings (Quartet A) (2008) depicts in four unique drawings an intricately abstracted cityscape formed by a layered web of drawn lines in black and white and color.
This exhibition of works from the Permanent Collection of the Kemper Museum was inspired by the poem “Autumn Twilight, Dwelling Among Mountains” by the eighth-century Chinese poet Wang Wei.
The poem describes nature’s introduction of the twilight atmosphere— new rains, moonlight through the trees, wind through the bamboo leaves, and withering blossoms. Just as the words of Wei’s poem elicit images of a landscape, the selected works on view show the artists’ attention to light and composition.
Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland gathers together and investigates the inspirations, methods, and practice of Finnish painters. Dark Days, Bright Nights presents 43 works of art—stylistically disparate and often visually dazzling—from 13 artists ranging from the post-WWII generation to those who have come of age squarely in the 21st century. The exhibition features 41 two-dimensional paintings, a sculptural installation, and a projected video installation.
Exhibition features 30 inmate portraits and images by photographer Nick Vedros.
Prisons are hard, unforgiving places, built for incarceration not rehabilitation. If inmates hope to change, they need to find the will, courage and strength to do so, against long odds.
Inside Kansas Correctional Facilities, men and women are doing just that through an intense program of weekly transformative meetings that has greatly reduced recidivism rates. Inmates freely confront each other (and their own inner demons) with unflinching honesty, often for the first times in their lives.
The second in a series of exhibitions presented at Kemper at the Crossroads, The Center is a Moving Target addresses the evolving rhythm and elusive modern definition of “regionalisms” in contemporary art. Artists living and working within a two-hundred-mile radius of Kansas City along a central corridor of the Midwest—from Iowa, through Kansas City, and to Oklahoma—address the history and peculiarities of place in projects that explore architectural concepts of our time.