Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents 8–12 exhibitions per year in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, the Barbara & Paul Uhlmann Gallery, and the Kemper East Gallery. The Museum curates exhibitions from its Permanent Collection and of the work of emerging, midcareer, and established artists.
BioNexus KC’s annual Science to Art exhibition is a presentation of intrinsic images found in science. The purpose of Science to Art is to provide a platform for regional 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 fieldwork performed by the scientists and their teams. These images were submitted by scientists from Columbia, Missouri to Manhattan, Kansas.
This/That brings to light ways of understanding art by methods of comparing and contrasting. Curated by the Kemper Teen Arts Council, the exhibition displays works of art from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection in pairs to encourage purposeful analyses and conversations. The Kemper Teen Arts Council has worked to create a space within the gallery that encourages questions and includes interactive elements that allow viewers to analyze these works of art in a meaningful and accessible way.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s fourth annual Atrium Project is a commissioned, site-specific installation by artist Angel Otero (b. 1981, Santurce, Puerto Rico; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York), a visual artist best known for his process-based paintings. While much of his works have been influenced by memories based in photographs and other family memorabilia combined with the gestures of twentieth century painting, his latest works highlight the artist’s unique process as a form of narrative in itself.
Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British artist Hew Locke and involves a wide range of media: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation. Locke explores the languages of colonial and postcolonial power and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. Activating his awareness of colonial impact, Locke modifies historical source material and artifacts to focus attention on the United Kingdom, its monarchy, and his (then newly independent) childhood home of Guyana in South America.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is partnering again with Charlotte Street Foundation to host the Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award exhibition, featuring recent works by Kansas City-based artists Boi Boy, Megan Pobywajlo, and Fatimah Tuggar.