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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

816-753-5784| http://www.kemperart.org

Mission Statement
Founded in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents modern and contemporary art of the highest quality and significance. It collects, preserves, documents, interprets, and exhibits a growing permanent collection; develops and presents special exhibitions; and offers a variety of educational programs. Admission is always free and the Museum serves a diverse and inclusive public population.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the Museum are to stimulate dialogue, to foster understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art, and to present significant works of art as educational resources. In shaping its permanent collection it strives to reflect the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns within modern and contemporary art. In selecting its exhibitions it strives to represent national and international aesthetic and cultural diversity. In its educational programs (which include lectures, workshops with visiting artists, tours, family days, demonstrations, and performances in a variety of media) it strives to provide opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

The Museum’s audience consists of the public and students of the greater Kansas City area and region, visitors to the area, national and international communities of scholars and art-interested persons, families, children, and those with special needs. In all of these efforts the Museum, its Trustees, and its staff seek to achieve a high standard of scholarship and excellence in keeping with the most current standards of the Museum profession.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Thursday | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday | 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

Upcoming Events

March 2017

In the Palm of Your Hand, My Words and My Thoughts

March 3, 2017 - October 29, 2017

The Post-Impressionist group the Nabis ended their correspondence between members signing, “E.T.P.M.V. et M.P.,” standing for a French phrase “En ta paume, mon verbe et ma pensée” (“In the palm of your hand, my words and my thoughts”), emphasizing their interest in the symbolic resonance of their work. In this exhibition, this title phrase denotes the connection between works of art and statements written about the artists’ work and practice. In the palm of your hand, my word and my…

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June 2017

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today

June 8, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today introduces the work of more than twenty exceptional artists in conversation with one another for the first time. With works in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of unique visual vocabularies within non-representational expression. By highlighting these artists’ individual approaches to form, color, composition, material exploration and conceptual impetus within hard-edge and gestural abstraction, Magnetic Fields provides an expanded history of non-pictorial image and object-making. The exhibition not only celebrates these artists…

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Women to Watch | METALS

June 16, 2017 - January 28, 2018

The Women to Watch exhibition series features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which NMWA has outreach committees. From the ornamental to the functional, this year’s exhibition explores metal as a medium. Juried and curated by Kemper Museum Executive Director Barbara O’Brien. Women to Watch | METALS features the following artists: Cheryl Eve Acosta Debbie Barrett-Jones Angelica Sandoval Jessica Thompson-Lee Desiree Warren   Exhibition Opening with Artists Friday, June 16 5:00–7:00 p.m. exhibition opening and cash bar, 6:00 p.m.…

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August 2017
Free

Artist Talk: Firelei Báez

August 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk Dominican-born, New York–based artist Firelei Báez discusses her newly commissioned atrium project at the Kemper Museum and her interest in themes of anthropology, science fiction, black female subjectivity, and women’s work.

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KEMPER MUSEUM SUMMER BLOCK PARTY

August 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Performances 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Live Music | Kansas City Latin Jazz All-Stars | Led by Pablo Sanhueza the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars, is a collaborative project of musicians with long standing presence and impact in contemporary Afro-Latin American music. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  DJ Fat Sal is serving up a range of music guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor! 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.  Outdoor Film | A League of Their Own (1992), 2h 8min | Starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks  Two sisters…

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October 2017

KEMPER MUSEUM GALA

October 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

ESCAPE SOUTH TO THE CARIBBEAN FOR A NIGHT OF LIVELY RHYTHM, TROPICAL COCKTAILS AND COLORFUL CELEBRATION. ARRIVE IN YOUR RUFFLED BEST! KEMPER GALA RETURNS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017. THIS YEAR WE ESCAPE TO THE CARIBBEAN FOR A NIGHT OF LIVELY RHYTHM, TROPICAL COCKTAILS AND COLORFUL CELEBRATION. ARRIVE IN YOUR RUFFLED BEST! If you attended the 2016 event, you already know what a huge showing of support this Gala proved to be—with nearly 500 patrons in attendance. What you may not have known is that…

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