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.
Five Years and Counting features works of art acquired for the Permanent Collection in recent years. Together these works showcase the museum’s remarkable exhibition history and dedication to collecting significant works by women artists and artists of color that reflect the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns within modern and contemporary art and culture.
New York-based artist Christian Ruiz Berman (Mexican American, born 1982) draws from personal histories of migration and adaptation in his intricate paintings. His stylistic influences are wide: perspectives and the mood of Japanese ukiyo-e printing; the direct and tragicomic nature of mariachi ballads and Mexican folklore; and the confrontation of Indigenous, European, and Tibetan Buddhist symbology. He remixes traditions of abstraction, realism, and trompe l’oeil into joyous compositions that teem with color and vitality.