Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents 8–12 exhibitions per year in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, the Barbara and Paul Uhlmann Gallery, the Meeting Room Gallery, the Atrium, and the Kemper East Gallery. The Museum curates exhibitions from its Permanent Collection and of the work of emerging, midcareer, and established artists.
For the sixth annual Atrium Project, New York-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum (born Mexico City, 1976) is creating large-scale portraits of individuals connected to Kansas City salsa music and dance communities.
Nisenbaum is known for her bright paintings and unique approach to portraiture. Nisenbaum has exhibited her work across the world, working with locals in each city—from Immigrant Movement International members in Queens, NY to staff of the Liverpool Alder Hey Children’s Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the major group exhibition, Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial, Kemper Museum has engaged an Advisory Group of thirteen civic partners comprising curators, educators, artists, and cultural leaders to identify themes and throughlines related to the state’s history that will be illuminated by nearly 40 works from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection.
Natalie Frank: Unbound is the first survey exhibition of Brooklyn, New York-based artist Natalie Frank’s (American, born 1980) drawings inspired by some of the best-known and most controversial literary narratives.
The first major multi-museum survey dedicated to contemporary artists based in the Midwest, The Regional work by approximately 25 artists working across painting, photography, installation, and performance. The artists come from a variety of backgrounds and are currently based across the region in cities like Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, among others.