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Wednesday, April 16

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Homeschool Museum Programs: Homeschool Art Sampler
Kemper Museum | FREE

Make the Kemper a part of your homeschool routine. Homeschool art programs like our monthly Homeschool Art Sampler and Fine Art First Friday are designed to serve co-op groups or individual families.

The programs consist of 1 hour and 30 minute sessions held on the afternoon of the first Friday of the month (Fine Art Friday) and the morning of the third Wednesday of each month (Homeschool Art Sampler).

The themes of each program change from month to month and take place in the Museum's galleries, and are designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Programs are drop-in with no registration required.


Saturday, April 19

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.


Saturday, April 19

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, April 19

Presentation: 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Open: noon–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads Conversations: Rashawn Griffin and Diana Heise with Cristina Albu
Kemper at the Crossroads | FREE

Artists Rashawn Griffin and Diana Heise join Cristina Albu, assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in an engaging conversation about convergence and the intersections of personal and historical place and culture in contemporary art.

Diana Heise, Le Morne Echoes, 2013, archival pigment print, 40 x 60 inches; Courtesy of the artist.


Friday, April 25

7:00 p.m.

Italian Film Festival: La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer, Director Guiseppe Tornatore, 2012, 124 min.)
Meeting Room | FREE

Virgil Oldman is a world-renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally damaged Claire to oversee the valuation and sale of her family’s priceless art collection, Virgil forms an attachment to her and is soon he is engulfed by a passion which will rock his bland existence to the core. Film screened in original language English.


Saturday, April 26

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, April 26

6:00 p.m.

Italian Film Festival: Bianca come il Latte, Rossa come il Sangue (White as Milk, Red as Blood, Director Giacomo Campiotti, 2012, 102 min.)
Meeting Room | FREE

Leo is a typical sixteen-year-old: he likes to chat with friends, play soccer, joyride on his scooter and listen to his iPod. School is agonizing to him. Then, a new and “different” history and philosophy teacher arrives and encourages the students to live deeply and follow their dreams. Leo feels he possesses the strength of a lion but is held back by a terrifying nemesis: the color white. Everything in his life that represents deprivation and loss is white. On the other hand, red is the color of love, passion, and blood; red is the colour of the girl of his dreams, Beatrice. Film screened with English subtitles.

Based on the book of the same name by Alessandro D'Avenia.


Sunday, April 27

2:00 p.m.

Italian Film Festival: Il Rosso e il Blu (The Red and The Blue, Director Giuseppe Piccioni, 2012, 98 min.)
Meeting Room | FREE

Set against the background of a Roman school, the stories of an art history professor who has lost his passion for the job, a young substitute who is doing his best and trying to “save” a very eccentric and rebel student, and a stern and irreproachable head mistress who is forced to deal with a strange student who has been forgotten by his mother. Film screened with English subtitles.

Based on a book of the same name by real-life teacher Marco Lodoli, The Red and the Blue is a comedy about life in a modern day high school.


Friday, May 2

1:00–2:30 p.m.

Homeschool Museum Programs: Fine Art Friday
Kemper Museum | FREE

Make the Kemper a part of your homeschool routine. Homeschool art programs like our monthly Homeschool Art Sampler and Fine Art First Friday are designed to serve co-op groups or individual families.

The programs consist of 1 hour and 30 minute sessions held on the afternoon of the first Friday of the month (Fine Art Friday) and the morning of the third Wednesday of each month (Homeschool Art Sampler).

The themes of each program change from month to month and take place in the Museum's galleries, and are designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Programs are drop-in with no registration required.


Saturday, May 3

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Sunday, May 4

Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Ages 9–12 1:30–3:30 p.m.*

ArtReach: Creeping Color
Kemper Museum | Free with registration

The work of Polly Apfelbaum seems to ooze across the gallery floor. Students will explore this work and more with art educator, Jessica Thompson-Lee, and create designs of their own using weaving and braiding techniques.

To sign-up, complete the registration form and email it to education@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136.

*Enrollment is full, a waiting list has been established


Saturday, May 10

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Friday, May 16

5:00–7:00 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION: Conversations—Marking 20 Years
Kemper Museum | Free

Conversations—Marking 20 Years brings together premiere works of art from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art on the occasion of the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Pairings and clusters will spark dialogue between the visitor and the works of art, questions amongst friends who visit the exhibition, and conversations about the relationships between artists and the art that is a testament to their time. Marking 20 Years indeed marks a signature moment in the history of the Kemper Museum. It offers visitors an opportunity to reflect upon the creation of the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection, to be delighted by a favorite, or to be challenged by works new to the Collection.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Yellow Jonquils #3, 1936; oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches; Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation and the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust and Foundation, 2005.12


Saturday, May 17

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.


Saturday, May 17

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Tuesday, May 20

11:00–11:30 a.m.

Tots on Tuesdays
Kemper Museum, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery | FREE

Bring in your preschooler for a fun and fashionable get together every third Tuesday. Explore bright colors and bold patterns in Dressed Up, play color-matching games, try on crazy hats, and read stories with a trendy twist. Appropriate for ages 3-5.


Wednesday, May 21

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Homeschool Museum Programs: Homeschool Art Sampler
Kemper Museum | FREE

Make the Kemper a part of your homeschool routine. Homeschool art programs like our monthly Homeschool Art Sampler and Fine Art First Friday are designed to serve co-op groups or individual families.

The programs consist of 1 hour and 30 minute sessions held on the afternoon of the first Friday of the month (Fine Art Friday) and the morning of the third Wednesday of each month (Homeschool Art Sampler).

The themes of each program change from month to month and take place in the Museum's galleries, and are designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Programs are drop-in with no registration required.


Saturday, May 24

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, May 31

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, May 31

Presentation: 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Open: noon–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads Conversations: Miki Baird and Garry Noland with Danny Orendorff
Kemper at the Crossroads | FREE

Artists Miki Baird and Garry Noland join Danny Orendorff, Charlotte Street Foundation curator in residence, to discuss shared visual sensibilities and implied style.


Sunday, June 1

2:00–3:00 p.m.

BIG DRAW: Sketching at the Museum
Kemper Museum | Free with Registration

Whether you are a seasoned draftsman or it’s your first time, join in a Kansas City artist-led sketching experience in the galleries or on the grounds of the Kemper Museum. For all ages and all skill levels. Paper and pencils will be provided or bring your own. Please email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll. Space is limited.


Friday, June 6

11:00–11:30 a.m.

Fine Art Friday: Family Tours
Kemper Museum | Free

Stop by for a free family-friendly tour with an experienced gallery guide for an opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, and learn more about art and artists. A take-home art activity will be provided at the end of each tour.


Friday, June 6

Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: 6:00 p.m.

Artist Talk: Jarrett Mellenbruch
Kemper Museum | Free

Artist Jarrett Mellenbruch talks about his project Float installed on the grounds of the
Kemper Museum.


Saturday, June 7

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, June 14

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Sunday, June 15

2:00–3:00 p.m.

BIG DRAW: Sketching at the Museum
Kemper Museum | Free with Registration

Whether you are a seasoned draftsman or it’s your first time, join in a Kansas City artist-led sketching experience in the galleries or on the grounds of the Kemper Museum. For all ages and all skill levels. Paper and pencils will be provided or bring your own. Please email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll. Space is limited.


Tuesday, June 17–19

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ages 6–8

Camp Kemper: Summer 2014
Kemper Museum | Free with registration*

Take inspiration from the Kemper Museumís permanent collection featuring works by Georgia OíKeefe, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol to create original artworks using a variety of materials and methods. Each day reveals a new technique including needle felting, wax etching, glass painting, and more.

To register, email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136

*Enrollment is full, a waiting list has been established


Tuesday, June 17

11:00 a.m.–noon

Tots on Tuesdays
Kemper Museum, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery | FREE

Come and create at the Kemper Museum this summer. Join an amazing librarian and art educator to look at artworks in the Permanent Collection, hear a story or two, and create an inspired art activity just right for little hands. Appropriate for ages 3-5.


Saturday, June 21

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.


Saturday, June 21

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, June 21

Presentation: 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Open: noon–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads Conversations: Linda Lighton and Mark Southerland with Erin Dziedzic
Kemper at the Crossroads | FREE

Artists Linda Lighton and Mark Southerland join Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs at the Kemper Museum, to talk about cross-disciplinary collaborative art practice.

Linda Lighton and Mark Southerland, Sisters, 2013, brass and porcelain, 25 x 18 x 14 inches; Courtesy of the artists


Tuesday, June 24–26

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ages 9–12

Camp Kemper: Summer 2014
Kemper Museum | Free with registration*

Create sculptures inspired by the 3-D works of Louise Bourgeois, Frank Stella and Dale Chihuly from the Kemper’s permanent collection. Experiment with a variety of media while you learn sculpture techniques, create armature supports and build 3-D designs using a variety of materials like wood, wire, and modeling clay.

To register, email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136

*Enrollment is full, a waiting list has been established


Friday, June 27

Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: 6:00 p.m.

Spotlight Artist Presentation: On Location
Kemper Museum | Free

Kansas City-based artist and UMKC professor Barry Anderson talks about his ambitious multidisciplinary project The Janus Restraint, filmed on location in Iceland and Kansas City.


Saturday, June 28

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, July 5

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Sunday, July 6

2:00–3:00 p.m.

BIG DRAW: Sketching at the Museum
Kemper Museum | Free with Registration

Whether you are a seasoned draftsman or it’s your first time, join in a Kansas City artist-led sketching experience in the galleries or on the grounds of the Kemper Museum. For all ages and all skill levels. Paper and pencils will be provided or bring your own. Please email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll. Space is limited.


Tuesday, July 8–10

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ages 6–8

Camp Kemper: Summer 2014
Kemper Museum | Free with registration*

Take inspiration from the Kemper Museumís permanent collection featuring works by Georgia OíKeefe, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol to create original artworks using a variety of materials and methods. Each day reveals a new technique including needle felting, wax etching, glass painting, and more.

To register, email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136

*Enrollment is full, a waiting list has been established


Saturday, July 12

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Tuesday, July 15–17

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ages 9–12

Camp Kemper: Summer 2014
Kemper Museum | Free with registration*

Create sculptures inspired by the 3-D works of Louise Bourgeois, Frank Stella and Dale Chihuly from the Kemper’s permanent collection. Experiment with a variety of media while you learn sculpture techniques, create armature supports and build 3-D designs using a variety of materials like wood, wire, and modeling clay.

To register, email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136

*Enrollment is full, a waiting list has been established


Tuesday, July 15

11:00 a.m.–noon

Tots on Tuesdays
Kemper Museum, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery | FREE

Come and create at the Kemper Museum this summer. Join an amazing librarian and art educator to look at artworks in the Permanent Collection, hear a story or two, and create an inspired art activity just right for little hands. Appropriate for ages 3-5.


Saturday, July 19

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.


Saturday, July 19

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Sunday, July 20

2:00–3:00 p.m.

BIG DRAW: Sketching at the Museum
Kemper Museum | Free with Registration

Whether you are a seasoned draftsman or it’s your first time, join in a Kansas City artist-led sketching experience in the galleries or on the grounds of the Kemper Museum. For all ages and all skill levels. Paper and pencils will be provided or bring your own. Please email reservations@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll. Space is limited.


Friday, July 25

Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: 6:00 p.m.

Conversations: Interpreting Milestones
Kemper Museum | FREE

Join Doran Cart, senior curator at the National World War I Museum, and Barbara O’Brien, executive director of the Kemper Museum, for a lively conversation that touches upon commemorative milestones at both museums.


Saturday, July 26

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Friday, August 1

11:00–11:30 a.m.

Fine Art Friday: Family Tours
Kemper Museum | Free

Stop by for a free family-friendly tour with an experienced gallery guide for an opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, and learn more about art and artists. A take-home art activity will be provided at the end of each tour.


Saturday, August 2

noon–3:00 p.m.

Art for All! Family Day Event
Kemper Museum | Free

Docent tours, hands-on art making, take-home activities, and collaborative experiences will be offered throughout the afternoon in conjunction with Accessible Arts of Kansas City. All programming will include adaptations and strategies to ensure accessible settings and inclusive experiences for all.


Saturday, August 2

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, August 9

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Friday, August 15

Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: 6:00 p.m.

Bud Shark of Shark’s Ink Talks Working with Artists, Residencies, and Collecting
Kemper Museum | Free

Bud Shark, master printer and owner of Shark’s Ink, discusses his work with several artists from the Kemper Museum’s Collection and the art and insight of print collecting.


Saturday, August 16

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.


Saturday, August 16

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Tuesday, August 19

11:00 a.m.–noon

Tots on Tuesdays
Kemper Museum, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery | FREE

Come and create at the Kemper Museum this summer. Join an amazing librarian and art educator to look at artworks in the Permanent Collection, hear a story or two, and create an inspired art activity just right for little hands. Appropriate for ages 3-5.


Saturday, August 23

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, August 30

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, August 30

7:00–11:00 p.m.

Kemper Block Party: Sweet Summer
Kemper Museum | FREE

Inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic Cakes & Pies, the Kemper Museum hosts a sweet summer block party with sugary treats, an outdoor film, and more.

Wayne Thiebaud, Cakes & Pies, 1994-95, oil on canvas, 72 x 64 inches; Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 1995.100; Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph: Dan Wayne


Saturday, September 6

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Sunday, September 7

2:00–2:45 p.m.

Tri-Percussion: Music Around the World
Kemper Museum | FREE

Musical styles and instruments from across the world: Gahu drumming from Ghana, West Africa, performed on Ghanian barrel drums; Brazilian samba, performed parade style; Calypso steel drumming from the Caribbean Islands, and more.


Saturday, September 13

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Friday, September 19

Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

Double Visions: Art and Science
Kemper Museum | FREE

Uli Sailer Das, executive director for Overland Park’s Museum of Prairiefire, talks about the interaction of art and science at the museum. Artist Joe Bussell speaks about the influence of science and technology on the biological forms in his artwork.


Saturday, September 20

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Children and adults can look together at works of art in the Museum's galleries. After completing a self-guided activity, kids will receive a free take-home art project. Scavenger Saturdays take place on every third Saturday of the month.


Saturday, September 20

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.


Saturday, September 27

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour
Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.