Upcoming Exhibitions

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. 


1/28/22 to 5/15/22
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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.

Spanning a decade of Frank’s feminist drawing practice, Unbound will present work from the artist’s four major drawing series, each of which is the result of Frank’s rigorous research.

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3/4/22 to 6/12/22
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Kemper Museum’s Deconstructing exhibition series presents works that share themes and styles in relationship to one another, breaking down collecting histories and threads, geographical inspiration, and unexpected connections between them.

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6/3/22 to 9/11/22
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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.

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6/24/22 to 10/16/22
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Women to Watch exhibition series is a unique collaboration between the National Museum of Women Artists (NMWA) and its national and international committees. Each exhibition, held every few years, focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by NMWA’s curators and features underrepresented, self-identifying women artists from each committee’s respective region.

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9/30/22 to 1/8/23
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Julie Blackmon (American, born 1966) has centered her life and career in and around Springfield, Missouri, the southwestern Missouri city home to nearly 500,000 residents and three universities. One of nine children and a mother of three, Blackmon’s color photographs depict family, community, and landscape deeply rooted in the artist’s Midwestern cultural heritage. The conflation of art and life—the everyday life of her family at home in Missouri—has been the continued subject of her photographic work.

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11/18/22 to 3/5/23
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New York-based artist Christian Ruiz Berman (Mexican-American, born 1982) uses his interest in art, architecture, memory, and storytelling to create intimate paintings that pay respect to environmentalists who have lost their lives fighting for animal rights. Exploring illusion and depth on flat surfaces, his work includes inspiration from 19th century New England die-cut valentines. He converts this style into large paintings that use animal imagery to engage in conversations about environmental issues, wildlife, and climate change. 

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