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10:50 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Kemper Museum Hires New Director

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo.
Frankphotos flickr

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has appointed a new museum director: Current chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections Barbara O'Brien.

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Visual Arts
11:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Kemper ArtCast: Observational Expertise

Wilbur Niewald, Trees at Linda Hall Library, 1996 oil paint on canvas 29 x 36 inches.
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection

In this interview, Kemper Museum Educator of School and Family Programs, Lauren Park, talks to exhibition artist Wilbur Niewald about the term “plein air” painting.

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ARTcast Interview
2:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Interview With The Artist Eric Fertman

Eric Fertman, Stems, 2010; stained oak, steel, horsehair, 50 in. x 18 in. x 12 1/2 in.
Image courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery

Kemper Museum Chief Curator Barbara O’Brien interviews Brooklyn-based artist Eric Fertman, who made a conscious decision to stay in New York after graduating with a BFA from Cooper Union in 1997.

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Visual Arts
9:32 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with the Artist Wilbur Niewald

Self Portrait, 2010; oil on canvas, 32 x 23 inches.
courtesy of the artist

Kansas City artist Wilbur Niewald has been associated with the Kansas City Art Institute for 76 years, and claims it has changed, “but not as much as you would imagine…it's always been like an oasis.”  In this Kemper ARTcast, Dr. Jacqueline Chanda, recently inducted President of the Kansas City Art Institute, asks Niewald about the changes in his painting over his career in conjunction with the Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait, now on view at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Wilbur Niewald: Painting What He Sees

Artist Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, draws and paints from direct observation – what he sees around him.

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Visual Arts
1:09 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Artist Petah Coyne: Peacocks as Symbol of Renewal

Artist Petah Coyne talks to docents before the opening of The Big Reveal at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Sculptor Petah Coyne's Untitled #1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu) is a massive installation, featuring a 14-foot-high apple tree covered in black sand, and taxidermied pheasants and peacocks. The subtitle of the work refers to Coyne's friendship with the late poet Leslie Scalapino, and n? shu - a centuries old Chinese writing technique used by women, stories told in secret writing.

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Visual Arts
8:17 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Kemper ARTcast: June Ahrens

June Ahrens, Still Standing, 2010; reclaimed jars, glass, aluminum, 24 x 72 x 30 in.;
Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist June Ahrens sits with Chief Curator Barbara O'Brien to discuss her works relating to September 11, in the exhibition Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens.

Kansas City, Mo. – Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens
September 9-December 24, 2011
Kemper Museum

From the Kemper's website: "Artist June Ahrens's work addresses issues of loss, pain, fragility, danger, and survival. Her work is obsessive in spirit and uses reclaimed or repurposed everyday objects."

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Visual Arts
10:55 am
Wed September 21, 2011

June Ahrens: Tapping Memories through Material

June Ahrens, Hiding in Plain Site, 2008; site-dependent installation, acrylic mirror and light, 174 inches diameter.
Courtesy of the artist

Artist June Ahrens draws on a wide range of materials, from rusty razor blades and air conditioner filters to insulation foam and pillows.

Kansas City, Mo. – The latest series by the artist uses broken acrylic mirrors, broken jars, and bottles to create works inspired by the events of 9/11.

KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with Ahrens recently during the installation of two of her pieces, Hiding in Plain Site and Still Standing, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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