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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

January 2018

Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)

January 25, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Kemper Museum is pleased to present Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999). This landmark retrospective is the first in the United States dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón—the late Cuban visual artist who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society, Abakuá, to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. Ayón’s signature technique was collography, a printing process in which materials of various textures and absorbencies are collaged onto a cardboard matrix and then run…

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March 2018
Free

Panel Discussion: “Spiritual Imprints: A Conversation on Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón, Self-Making, and Art in the Americas”

March 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Kemper Museum presents a panel discussion inspired by the life, work, and legacy of Afro-Cuban artist Belkis Ayón. Organized and moderated by Joseph R. Hartman (UMKC), art writer and professor of Art History and Latinx Studies, this panel brings together scholars, artists, and performers engaged with the art and culture of the Caribbean and Latin American diaspora to explore issues of self-making, art, and spirituality in conjunction with the exhibition, Nkame. Panelists: Firelei Báez — Dominican-born, New York-based artist. Her installation, To See Beyond Its Walls, is on view…

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Free

“Nkame” Tours: Curator-Led

March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for coffee followed by a tour of the exhibition, Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999). Erin Dziedzic, Kemper Museum director of curatorial affairs, leads a lively tour through the five sections of the exhibition, Nkame. RSVP on Eventbrite: https://nkamecurator.eventbrite.com Exhibition tours connect you with the art and exhibitions on display at Kemper Museum while connecting you with curators, conservators, educators, artists, and more.

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April 2018
Free

“Nkame” Tours: The Artist’s Eye

April 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for coffee followed by a tour of the exhibition, Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999). Artist and KCAI printmaking professor Laura Berman leads an informative discussion focused on the printmaking technique of collography, used in the exhibition, Nkame. RSVP on Eventbrite: https://nkame-eye2.eventbrite.com Exhibition tours connect you with the art and exhibitions on display at Kemper Museum, while connecting you with curators, conservators, educators, artists, and more.

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Free

Performance: Cubanisms

April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Cubanisms is a Kansas City–based septet driven by the Cuban tres, a guitar-like instrument native to Cuba. The band presents unique and inspired arrangements featuring traditional and contemporary Cuban rhythms. Make a night of it and book your dinner reservation at Café Sebastienne here! RSVP on Eventbrite: https://nkamecubanisms.eventbrite.com

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20 E. Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-361-0616
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