The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is an acclaimed contemporary art museum in Kansas City, which sees over 100,000 visitors each year. Missouri's largest contemporary museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in 1994 and is based in three locations. It boasts a growing collection of contemporary and modern works of art by artists from around the world. In addition to its highly acclaimed permanent collection, the Museum also hosts temporary and traveling exhibitions, a variety of installations, workshops and symposia, film and video series, concerts, and other creative programs.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art features a permanent collection of works by artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Christian Boltanski, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Grace Hartigan, and Robert Mapplethorpe. In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum presents 10–12 special exhibitions each year of both established and emerging artists such as Kojo Griffin, Fairfield Porter, Alex Katz, and Alison Saar.
The mission of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is to foster an appreciation and deeper understanding of modern and contemporary art, to stimulate dialogue between artists and art-lovers, and present significant works of art as educational resources. Through a dynamic permanent collection of artworks and thought-provoking exhibitions, the Museum strives to reflect the complexity, creativity, and vitality within the sphere of contemporary and modern art. Through an excellent variety of educational programs, ranging from classes, lectures, and workshops to demonstrations, family days, and performances, the Museum aims to provide an array of opportunities for people of all ages to become involved in the world of art.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art features a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art from around the world, dating back to works from the Armory Show in 1913, in a range of media from paintings, photographs, and sculptures to works on paper, film and video, and mixed media.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art offers a range of diverse and engaging educational programs for adults, teens, families and children throughout the year.
Programs for families and children include Family Day: Annual Open Studio inspired by Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder, which showcases the incredible two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks of Bridge Builder, Siah Armajani. School Tours for children from preschool through university are offered with the aim of engaging students in discussions about modern and contemporary art. Scavenger Saturday is held on the third Saturday of each month and offers families and children the opportunity to hone their art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art.
TOTs on Tuesday includes reading books, singing songs, exploring and creating art alongside a Kemper Museum educator and librarian. The Kemper Museum also provides gallery conversations and lively discussions by docents and other art experts on the Museum’s current exhibitions. Fine Art Friday offers interactive experiences in the Museum’s galleries, docent-led tours of the current exhibitions and exploration of art through activities, discussion, and observation.
For teens, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has a No Boundaries Teen Art Initiative that brings together the top students from the community to explore, create and collaborate art in multiple ways. These include practicing the art of presentation and constructive critiques, expanding creative concepts, exploring various art genres and mediums, learning from and working with visiting artists, and being mentored by three distinguished artist-educators.
Adult programs include free hands-on workshops, demonstrations, film festivals, talks and lectures, performances and symposia, as well as docent-led tours for groups of 10 or more.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 4420 Warwick Boulevard in Kansas City and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Thursday and Friday evenings offer extended hours until 9:00 pm. The Museum is home to Café Sebastienne, one of Kansas City's premier restaurants, which serves contemporary cuisine in a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner, Café Sebastienne combines the worlds of contemporary art and cuisine with a menu of delectable dishes prepared from locally sourced ingredients and organic fare.
The Museum Shop at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art sells a variety of items, objects, and gifts inspired by the Museum’s past and current exhibitions, including hand-crafted jewelry, contemporary art books, apparel, stationary and more.
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4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111, Phone: 816-753-5784