Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" is now open! Reserve free timed tickets to experience the exhibition at kemperart...
06/26/2021

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" is now open! Reserve free timed tickets to experience the exhibition at kemperart.org.

Image: Exhibition opening, "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology," June 25, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Evergy is the lead corporate sponsor for Kemper Museum's presentation of "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology"

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" is now open! Reserve free timed tickets to experience the exhibition at kemperart.org.

Image: Exhibition opening, "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology," June 25, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Evergy is the lead corporate sponsor for Kemper Museum's presentation of "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology"

ARTnews profiles artist Mildred Thompson, citing the key role that Kemper Museum's 2017 exhibition "Magnetic Fields: Exp...
06/23/2021
How Mildred Thompson’s Vibrating Canvases Envisioned Our World As It Could Be

ARTnews profiles artist Mildred Thompson, citing the key role that Kemper Museum's 2017 exhibition "Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today" played in bringing attention to the artist and her work.

Her abstract paintings are informed both by color theory and an interest in scientific principles.

The Kemper Teen Arts Council curated a virtual exhibition from Kemper Museum's permanent collection, choosing works that...
06/19/2021

The Kemper Teen Arts Council curated a virtual exhibition from Kemper Museum's permanent collection, choosing works that resonated with them after the past year and reflected their feelings about the future.

"Artist Frederick James Brown was well known for his immense collection of portraits based on jazz and blues musicians. I chose 'They Had the Right to Sing the Blues' for the Future. To me, it displayed a sense of unity and kinship that I hope will be in the near future." – Sym'one Lee, 2021 Teen Arts Council Member

Check out the full exhibition at kemperteens.org.

PS: the Teen Arts Council is accepting applications now!

Image: Frederick James Brown, (American, 1945–2012), "They Had the Right to Sing the Blues," 1995, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 148½ inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art,
Kansas City, Missouri, Anonymous Gift, 2002.20.01. © Frederick J. Brown Trust / Artist's Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Kemper Teen Arts Council curated a virtual exhibition from Kemper Museum's permanent collection, choosing works that resonated with them after the past year and reflected their feelings about the future.

"Artist Frederick James Brown was well known for his immense collection of portraits based on jazz and blues musicians. I chose 'They Had the Right to Sing the Blues' for the Future. To me, it displayed a sense of unity and kinship that I hope will be in the near future." – Sym'one Lee, 2021 Teen Arts Council Member

Check out the full exhibition at kemperteens.org.

PS: the Teen Arts Council is accepting applications now!

Image: Frederick James Brown, (American, 1945–2012), "They Had the Right to Sing the Blues," 1995, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 148½ inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art,
Kansas City, Missouri, Anonymous Gift, 2002.20.01. © Frederick J. Brown Trust / Artist's Rights Society (ARS), New York.

In 2019, Kemper Museum presented an exhibition by artist Polly Apfelbaum titled "Waiting for the UFOs (a space set betwe...
06/18/2021

In 2019, Kemper Museum presented an exhibition by artist Polly Apfelbaum titled "Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)."

The work "Life Spirit," 2018, commemorates forty years of the pride flag as a symbol of pride and activism for the LGBTQ+ community and it set the color palate used throughout the exhibition. It was in manufacturing that the eight stripes were reduced to six (the hot pink dropped and the blue and turquoise blended), giving Apfelbaum license to play with the poetics and resonance of color.

The original flag, hand-dyed and machine-stitched by Gilbert Baker (American, born 1951, Chanute, KS; died 2017, New York, NY) in San Francisco in 1978, had eight stripes. Baker saw optimism in the rainbow, and associated each color in his flag with a positive aspect of life identified by a single word.

The words never appeared on Baker’s flags, but Apfelbaum includes variations on them on the corresponding stripes of her wall: pink is for “Sexuality,” red for “Life,” orange for “Healing,” yellow for “Sunlight,” moss green for “Nature,” dark green for “Art, ” blue for “Serenity/ Harmony,” and violet for “Spirit.” She carried these colors, and their symbolism, into the stripes that covered the gallery walls and framed the "Sun Targets" on view.

Image 1: Installation view, "Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)," January 24–April 28, 2019, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. © 2019 Polly Apfelbaum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, and courtesy of the artist, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, Frith Street Gallery, London, and Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria. Photo: E.G. Schempf.

Image 2: Polly Apfelbaum at the exhibition opening, January 24, 2019. Photo: Kenny Johnson.

Café Sebastienne at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is one of Eater's 26 essential KC restaurants. Check out the full ...
06/17/2021
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Café Sebastienne at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is one of Eater's 26 essential KC restaurants. Check out the full list:

From loaded barbecue platters and red-sauce Italian to al pastor tacos and paratha wraps, these are the must-try eats in Kansas City.

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" will open on Friday, June 25 with an evening outdoor reception (registration requ...
06/10/2021

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" will open on Friday, June 25 with an evening outdoor reception (registration required) and will be on view through October 24.

This large-scale media environment features thousands of suspended light bulbs that mirror the pulse of visitor participants. The immersive environment highlights the basic but essential biological element—the heartbeat—shared amongst us all.

Reserve FREE timed tickets to visit at kemperart.org.

Installation view, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Pulse," Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., November 21,
2018–April 28, 2019. © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, courtesy of Antimodular Studio. Photo: Miguel Legault.

Evergy is the lead corporate sponsor for Kemper Museum's presentation of "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology."

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" will open on Friday, June 25 with an evening outdoor reception (registration required) and will be on view through October 24.

This large-scale media environment features thousands of suspended light bulbs that mirror the pulse of visitor participants. The immersive environment highlights the basic but essential biological element—the heartbeat—shared amongst us all.

Reserve FREE timed tickets to visit at kemperart.org.

Installation view, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Pulse," Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., November 21,
2018–April 28, 2019. © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, courtesy of Antimodular Studio. Photo: Miguel Legault.

Evergy is the lead corporate sponsor for Kemper Museum's presentation of "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology."

"Now, Then, and Tomorrow" speaks to our collective and individual experiences over the past year and a half through work...
06/03/2021

"Now, Then, and Tomorrow" speaks to our collective and individual experiences over the past year and a half through works selected by the Teen Arts Council.

This virtual exhibition features works from Kemper Museum's Permanent Collection and is online now at the kemperteens.org.

Image: Susanne Kühn, (German, born 1969), "Regina arbeitet (Regina Working)," 2009, acrylic on canvas, 78 7/8 x 90⅝ inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the E. Kemper Carter and Anna Curry Carter Community Memorial Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 2010.21.01. © Susanne Kühn, 2015 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bildkunst Bonn

"Now, Then, and Tomorrow" speaks to our collective and individual experiences over the past year and a half through works selected by the Teen Arts Council.

This virtual exhibition features works from Kemper Museum's Permanent Collection and is online now at the kemperteens.org.

Image: Susanne Kühn, (German, born 1969), "Regina arbeitet (Regina Working)," 2009, acrylic on canvas, 78 7/8 x 90⅝ inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the E. Kemper Carter and Anna Curry Carter Community Memorial Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 2010.21.01. © Susanne Kühn, 2015 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bildkunst Bonn

These textures...🤤Reserve free timed tickets to see Vaughn Spann's first museum exhibition at kemperart.org. Closes June...
06/02/2021

These textures...🤤

Reserve free timed tickets to see Vaughn Spann's first museum exhibition at kemperart.org. Closes June 13!

Details of Vaughn Spann (American, born 1992), "Dalmatian No. 7 (Militant Formation),” 2018. On view in "Vaughn Spann: Open Onto," March 19–June 13, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Highlighting works in Kemper Museum's permanent collection that emphasize the personalities of the architectures of popu...
05/28/2021

Highlighting works in Kemper Museum's permanent collection that emphasize the personalities of the architectures of popular cities and interior spaces, "Cityscapes and Indoor Spaces" contrasts the bustling energy of the city with the quiet intimacy of indoor spaces.

On view through July 11.

Michael Eastman, (American, born 1947) "Isabella's Two Chairs," 2000. chromogenic color print on paper, edition 8 of 10, 53¾ x 39¾ inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum purchase, Enid and Crosby Kemper and William T. Kemper Acquisition Fund, 2003.20.01. art and photo © Michael Eastman

Highlighting works in Kemper Museum's permanent collection that emphasize the personalities of the architectures of popular cities and interior spaces, "Cityscapes and Indoor Spaces" contrasts the bustling energy of the city with the quiet intimacy of indoor spaces.

On view through July 11.

Michael Eastman, (American, born 1947) "Isabella's Two Chairs," 2000. chromogenic color print on paper, edition 8 of 10, 53¾ x 39¾ inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum purchase, Enid and Crosby Kemper and William T. Kemper Acquisition Fund, 2003.20.01. art and photo © Michael Eastman

In her "Seven Poses" series in 2004, artist Hung Liu depicts Chinese sex workers alongside symbols like birds, vessels, ...
05/25/2021

In her "Seven Poses" series in 2004, artist Hung Liu depicts Chinese sex workers alongside symbols like birds, vessels, flowers, and animals that are common in Chinese decoration, drawing our attention to the commodification of these women. Through her signature layered abstractions, Liu manipulates these images, which reference 19th and 20th century commercial and tourist photography, and removes the figures from their contexts, asking viewers to consider them in a new light.

Twelve of Hung Liu's works, including "Seven Poses," are in the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. The last image shows Liu speaking at a 2019 artist dinner series event at Kemper Museum.

Images 1–7: Hung Liu, (Chinese, born 1948), "Untitled," 2004, from the portfolio "Seven Poses," pigment print and chine collé on paper, edition 3 of 30, 14 x 14 inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Jo and Bob Loyd, 2005.04.01–07. © Hung Liu.

Image 8: Hung Liu at Kemper Museum Artist Dinner Series in 2019. Photo by Kenny Johnson.

Installation has begun for our next major exhibition, "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" Powered by the heartbeats o...
05/22/2021

Installation has begun for our next major exhibition, "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" Powered by the heartbeats of museum visitors, this new immersive light and sound environment was created by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (born 1967), an internationally recognized media artist working at the intersection of architecture, technology, and performance.

This site-specific project features an upside-down canopy of mountains and valleys made from thousands of suspended light bulbs that mirror the pulse of visitor participants. The immersive environment highlights the basic but essential biological element—the heartbeat—shared amongst us all.

Free timed tickets for "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology" are available TODAY at the kemperart.org.

Images: Installation view, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer "Pulse Room," Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2014. © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, courtesy of Antimodular Studio. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay.

Digital rendering, "Pulse Topology," Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, June 10–October 24, 2021. art and image © and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and courtesy ofAntimodular Studio.

@evergy is the lead corporate sponsor for Kemper Museum's presentation of "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology."

Vaughn Spann's "Goliath," on view through June 13.Reserve free timed tickets at kemperart.org.Image: Installation view, ...
05/19/2021

Vaughn Spann's "Goliath," on view through June 13.

Reserve free timed tickets at kemperart.org.

Image: Installation view, “Vaughn Spann: Open Onto,” March 19–June 13, 2021, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2021.

Vaughn Spann's "Goliath," on view through June 13.

Reserve free timed tickets at kemperart.org.

Image: Installation view, “Vaughn Spann: Open Onto,” March 19–June 13, 2021, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2021.

The "Speaking to Relatives" galleries may be closed, but you can still engage with Dyani White Hawk's art and ideas on o...
05/18/2021

The "Speaking to Relatives" galleries may be closed, but you can still engage with Dyani White Hawk's art and ideas on our virtual platforms.

Check out our guide to all of the "Speaking to Relatives" virtual content and catch up on the virtual artist talks, guided meditations, and performances that accompanied the exhibition here: http://ow.ly/sa3D50EPIph

Photo: Exhibition closing, "Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives," May 13, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Kenny Johnson, 2021.

The "Speaking to Relatives" galleries may be closed, but you can still engage with Dyani White Hawk's art and ideas on our virtual platforms.

Check out our guide to all of the "Speaking to Relatives" virtual content and catch up on the virtual artist talks, guided meditations, and performances that accompanied the exhibition here: http://ow.ly/sa3D50EPIph

Photo: Exhibition closing, "Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives," May 13, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Kenny Johnson, 2021.

This is the final weekend of "Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives." (😭)One of our favorite things about an exhibitio...
05/14/2021

This is the final weekend of "Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives." (😭)

One of our favorite things about an exhibition is seeing it through your eyes. This weekend, we'll be sharing some of our favorite visitor photos from the galleries in our stories. If you have a photo to share, we'd love to see it!

If you haven't seen the exhibition yet (or need to squeeze in one last visit!), now's your chance! Reserve free timed tickets at kemperart.org.

Installation view, "Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives," February 18–May 16, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

This is the final weekend of "Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives." (😭)

One of our favorite things about an exhibition is seeing it through your eyes. This weekend, we'll be sharing some of our favorite visitor photos from the galleries in our stories. If you have a photo to share, we'd love to see it!

If you haven't seen the exhibition yet (or need to squeeze in one last visit!), now's your chance! Reserve free timed tickets at kemperart.org.

Installation view, "Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives," February 18–May 16, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

White Hawk’s Kemper exhibit is a rejection of Indigenous annihilation
05/13/2021
White Hawk’s Kemper exhibit is a rejection of Indigenous annihilation

White Hawk’s Kemper exhibit is a rejection of Indigenous annihilation

Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives, February 18–May 16, 2021, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. // Photo by E. G. Schempf “Everything here is formed in relation to every other living and nonliving thing from the earth. All our relations.” —There There b...

05/11/2021

It's time! Our annual catalogue sale is happening now at the Museum Shop at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Have you watched Kansas City Ballet's "New Moves" series yet? With all due respect to Netflix it's the thing we've binge...
05/10/2021

Have you watched Kansas City Ballet's "New Moves" series yet? With all due respect to Netflix it's the thing we've binge watched in a while.

Choreographer James Kirby Roger’s "Songs Without Words" was performed and filmed at Kemper Museum for the episode 2, which you can watch at the link in bio until May 23.

We were honored to serve as one of the locations for the series of dance films alongside our KC friends: Charlotte Street, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Union Station Kansas City Inc., Kansas City Museum, Belger Arts and KCPT.

Image: Still from @KCBallet's "New Moves" Episode 2. @[email protected]

Have you watched Kansas City Ballet's "New Moves" series yet? With all due respect to Netflix it's the thing we've binge watched in a while.

Choreographer James Kirby Roger’s "Songs Without Words" was performed and filmed at Kemper Museum for the episode 2, which you can watch at the link in bio until May 23.

We were honored to serve as one of the locations for the series of dance films alongside our KC friends: Charlotte Street, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Union Station Kansas City Inc., Kansas City Museum, Belger Arts and KCPT.

Image: Still from @KCBallet's "New Moves" Episode 2. @[email protected]

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Since opening in 1994, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has had a strong commitment to its mission: enriching lives through the experience of contemporary art by exhibiting, collecting, and educating in a free and welcoming environment. The museum and boasts a rapidly growing Permanent Collection of modern and contemporary works of art from around the world, hosts exhibitions, installations, film and video series, lectures, concerts, workshops, and other creative programs – all open to the public and free for all ages.

The Museum is also home to Café Sebastienne, one of Kansas City's premier restaurants, which combines the worlds of contemporary art and contemporary cuisine in the heart of Kemper Museum. Local. Fresh. Seasonal. Café Sebastienne features first-class ingredients and local, organic, and sustainable foods in simple but elegant dishes. For reservations call 816-561-7740 or visit our Info & Reservations page. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri Open Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Come visit! www.kemperart.org


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I’ve went to the Kemper since it was built. I brought the Boys & Girls Club kids to it bi-weekly. It was a place to socialize, teach & enjoy. Scratch the surface and you find the museum supports ICE & babies in cages. Until you give an authentic response & divest, I will work just as hard in tell people not to attend and demand accountability from you. This is disgusting and you need to answer to the public and to the artists!
Shame on Ms. Kemper and UMB! I live in California now but usually visit Kemper and Nelson museums when I come home for visits. I will NOT visit Kemper the next time, and I have notified my KC friends and family, too. Shame on trustee Mariner Kemper! I usually visit Kemper and Nelson museums when back home visiting, but not Kemper the next time.
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I think it would benefit artists to know that Kemper Museum is complicit in the detention and abuse of immigrants.
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