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.
The language of gesture continues to be expressed and felt through the creative vision of the hundreds of artists whose works activate the Museum and whose unique lexicon, with gestural grounding, drives relevant dialogue and intention into the world. Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum emphasizes the Museum’s trajectory of collecting and exhibiting art by celebrating the alignment of these combined histories today and with eyes toward the future.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, in cooperation with the Kansas City chapter of National Museum of women in the Arts (NMWA) is proud to host Women to Watch (Paper). The Women to Watch exhibition series features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which NMWA has outreach committees. From illustrative to sculptural, this year’s exhibition explores paper as an artistic medium. All self-identifying women currently living in Kansas or Missouri, within 150 miles of Kansas City, were eligible to enter.
Kemper Museum debuts a major solo installation by London-based, Edinburgh-born artist Hew Locke (born 1959). The most comprehensive exhibition to-date of work by Locke – which will include two works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection – this exhibition involves a wide range of media, making extensive use of collage and found objects, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation.
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.