Kahlil Robert Irving and Jordan Carter at the Nerman Museum

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College celebrates the exhibition by St. Louis-based artist Kahlil Robert Irving, AnticKS & MOdels + My theater to your eyes with a dialogue sponsored by the African American Artists Collective of Kansas City between the artist and New York City’s Dia Art Foundation Curator Jordan Carter, on March 21, 6-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and will be available in person and online. Learn more about this event. 

Kahlil Robert Irving; photo courtesy the artist

Kahlil Robert Irving was born in San Diego, California in 1992. He currently lives and works in St. Louis. He attended the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University in St. Louis (MFA Fellow, 2017) and the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, Art History and Ceramics, 2015). He was an Artist in Residence at Art Omi in summer 2018. He was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award in 2019, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2020, and the inaugural Cultured magazine Young Artists Prize in 2023. 

Irving’s past solo exhibitions have taken place at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, Connecticut; the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minnesota. He has also participated in Social Works II at Gagosian Gallery in London; the Singapore Biennale, Singapore; Soft Water Hard Stone, The New Museum Triennial; and Making Knowing at the Whitney Museum of Art. This year, Irving has two simultaneous solo exhibitions at major institutions: the Nerman Museum, representing the Kansas City metro region, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis. 

Jordan Carter; photo by Lori Sapio

Jordan Carter is a curator at the Dia Art Foundation, a New York–based organization known for its prized collection of Minimalist and Conceptual art. Previously, Carter was Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2015–17, he was a Curatorial Fellow at the Walker Art Center. Before his time at the Walker, Carter was Fluxus Collection Intern at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Carter has also held curatorial and research positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Centre Pompidou in Paris. He holds a BA from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where he focused on Fluxus and global Conceptual art. 

AnticKS & MOdels + My theater to your eyes: Kahlil Robert Irving will be on view in the Nerman Museum’s Oppenheimer, Thompson and Anonymous galleries through July 7, 2024. This exhibition marks the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in Kansas and a return to the central Midwest. 


The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) serves as a cultural leader, facilitating deeper understanding of our world and contemporary issues through their exhibitions and permanent collection. The collection focuses on international, national, and regional contemporary artists, with an emphasis on diverse practitioners and educational access. In addition to gallery spaces within the Nerman Museum, over 300 works from the collection are installed across campus, integrating art into the daily lives of the JCCC campus community as well as greater Kansas City area residents and visitors. 

The Nerman Museum is located on the JCCC campus at 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. It is open to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about the museum, call 913-469-3000 or visit nermanmuseum.org

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