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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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

June 2016

Deconstructing Robert Mangold

June 17, 2016 - June 11, 2017

Deconstructing Robert Mangold brings together an extraordinary range of conceptual, formal, and social connections between American Minimalist Robert Mangold (1937–) and other artists from the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection. Seven of Mangold’s original woodcuts, Untitled A through G (2000) and Curved Plane Figure III (1995), are presented in dialogue with works by his contemporaries: Immovable Iconography (1990) by Nancy Graves (1939–1995) and Roses and Roofs (1987) by Janet Fish (1938–). These three artists all attended Yale University in the early…

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August 2016

José Lerma: La Venida Cansa Sin Ti

August 19, 2016 - June 26, 2017

José Lerma, Spanish-born, Chicago-based artist, presents a commissioned site-responsive project for a prominent location in the Kemper Museum Atrium. Upon visiting the Kemper Museum and Kansas City, the artist found inspiration within the art upon the walls of the Museum and the architecture within the surrounding community. Frederick James Brown’s commissioned project for the Kemper Museum’s Café Sebastienne, particularly the patterns and repeated motifs that appear within the massive grid of paintings, inspired Lerma to make his own historical representation…

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February 2017

RASHID JOHNSON: HAIL WE NOW SING JOY

February 9 - May 21

Kemper Museum is thrilled to present Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings, sculptures, and the Midwest debut of a monumental multi-media installation by Rashid Johnson. New York-based Johnson employs a range of materials in his new works, which are grounded in complex explorations of history, identity, and escapism. For example, in his “escape collages,” layered images of lush palm trees allude to his imagining tropical landscapes beyond his Chicago hometown, while the title references impulses derived…

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