Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

photo: EG Schempf / Collection of the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

Brooklyn-based artist Adam Cvijanovic paints on sheets of a tough, durable product called Tyvek. It's often used to wrap or protect a building during construction, but for Cvijanovic it provides the canvas for his large-scale portable murals.

"I am really interested in narrative because I'm very interested in time," says Cvijanovic. "And I think painting as a plastic art, as a frozen moment in time, can offer insights into it."

courtesy: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Art collecting can be a hobby, a passion, or even an obsession. An exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, takes a look at the holdings of one Kansas City couple — and the connection between collector and artist.

A contemporary collection grows by a piece or two at a time

Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Halloween season is a time when, for at least a night or two, you can become something – or someone – else.  An exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art called Dressed Up explores the "theater of the self," and the role of nature, culture, reality and perception.

Creating a new self-image

"Let’s be really ornery in the museum," encourages librarian Meghann Henry. "And on the count of three, you're going to count shout ‘Good morning!’ One, two three, 'Good morning!' Pretty good, alright."

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With summer produce in full bloom, Café Sebastienne's Jennifer Maloney shares some summer dishes from the restaurant's kitchen.

Chilled Cantaloupe and Basil Soup

Serve this cool favorite with a dry Riesling wine.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

In the exhibition Laura McPhee: River of No Return at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the more than two dozen photographs - each six by eight feet - loom large. McPhee's series explores the grandeur of the West, tensions between ranchers and environmentalists, and human impact on the land - and its often unintended consequences. 

Growing up McPhee

Photo: Dan Wayne / Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The founders of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are stepping down from museum leadership.

Bruce Mathews

After conducting a national search, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art today announced the selection of a new Curator and Head of Adult Programs: Erin Dziedzic. She starts at the museum in late April.

Kemper ARTcast: Lordy Rodriguez

Mar 14, 2013

It was while studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York that The Map as Art artist Lordy Rodriguez first started to explore themes of identity and place.

Kemper ARTcast: Bryan Park and David Ellis

Dec 10, 2012
courtesy of artist Bryan Park

A local sculptor/educator and a prototype model maker talk about their process in conjunction with the exhibition The Map as Art at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with Angela Dufresne

Dec 4, 2012

A 1991 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Angela Dufresne paints loose figurative works that evoke works by seminal artists of 19th-century Europe and America, such as Thomas Cole and Frederick Church as well as French painters Jean Corot and Gustave Courbet. Dufresne manipulates idyllic scenes to rewrite history in her works.

D. James Dee

Artist Lois Dodd is known for painting from the inside looking out and the outside looking in - from the cityscapes of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to the gardens near her farmhouse in rural Maine. 

Kemper Museum Hires New Director

Jun 7, 2012
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The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has appointed a new museum director: Current chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections Barbara O'Brien.

Courtesy of Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Friday it has begun a search for a new director. According to museum officials, director and CEO Rachael Blackburn Cozad has resigned.

Courtesy of Missouri Department of Tourism

Despite a recent article in The Kansas City Star titled "Sting of recession fades for Kansas City art museums," the sting has not faded - and perhaps still burns - for newly terminated employees at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Kemper ArtCast: Observational Expertise

Apr 30, 2012
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents a two-part exhibition, exploring utopia and dystopia through works from its permanent collection. The titles of the exhibitions, In Loving Memory of You, come from the Kemper Museum's recent acquisition by Kansas City-based artist Archie Scott Gobber. In this edition, a conversation between Gobber and Museum Director and CEO Rachael Blackburn Cozad.

Arts Roundup, April 14

Apr 14, 2006

This week, Archie Scott Gobber: Ready or Not is the inaugural exhibit in the Review Studios exhibit space, a local children's boutique presents a rock and roll concert at the RecordBar for parents and their kids, and a show at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art combines popular music and car culture.