Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Kemper Museum's Exhibition Gets 'Dressed Up'

Hope Gangloff, Vera, 2013; acrylic on canvas, 81 x 54 inches.
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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Up to Date
4:06 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Three Summer Dishes From Café Sebastienne Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney

Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Credit Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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.

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Visual Arts
4:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Laura McPhee, Photographing The Grandeur Of The West

Artist Laura McPhee at the Kemper Museum.
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

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Visual Arts
5:27 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kemper Founders Step Down From Museum Board

Crosby and Bebe Kemper in front of the artwork, 'Prince Patutszky Pleasures' (1962) by Jules Olitski.
Photo: Dan Wayne Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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

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Visual Arts
9:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Erin Dziedzic Named Kemper Museum Curator

Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
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.

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Visual Arts
12:16 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Kemper ARTcast: Lordy Rodriguez

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.

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Visual Arts
3:24 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Bryan Park and David Ellis

Where we are (installation view)
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.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with Angela Dufresne

Artist Angela Dufresne

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.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Kemper Hosts First Museum Retrospective For Lois Dodd

Men’s Shelter, April, 1968; oil on linen, 47 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from the Kemper Foundations.
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. 

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Visual Arts
12:50 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Kemper Museum Announces Resignation Of Director

Rachael Blackburn Cozad, the Kemper Museum's director and CEO, has resigned. She plans to start two new arts-related businesses.
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.

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The Arts
12:30 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Economy Rebounding, Kemper Museum Cuts Staff

Tom Otterness' "Crying Giant" outside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
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.

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:36 am
Fri March 6, 2009

Kemper ARTcast 5: In Loving Memory of You

Archie Scott Gobber, In Loving Memory of You, 2007?08; enamel on wood panels, 80 x 144 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Purchase made possible by the Collectors Forum and the Sosland Acquisition Fund, 2008.26

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.

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Visual Arts
12:17 pm
Fri April 14, 2006

Arts Roundup, April 14

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.

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