Are you an art lover on a budget? The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is a free contemporary art museum located in Kansas City. Opened in 1994, the museum has a growing permanent collection of both contemporary and modern art from around the world. The museum also hosts lectures and workshops, which are also free and meant for all ages.
Every year, the Kemper Museum presents 10–12 special exhibitions. These include group and solo artist exhibitions, featuring both new and renowned artists from the U.S. and around the world. Previously displayed artists include Liza Lou, Rashid Johnson, Alison Saar, Adam Cvijanovic, Fairfield Porter, and many others.
Additionally, performances, workshops, lectures, and film and video series are offered regularly in the museum's meeting room and atrium.
The building itself was designed by architect Gunnar Birkerts and measures more than 23,200 square feet. Construction for the facilities began in October 1992, and the museum was finally opened in October 1994.
A large atrium, central to the museum, culminates in an articulated skylight 22 feet high. Extended from either side of the atrium are two wings. The Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery is the museum’s main gallery, measuring 5,697 square feet, and hosts three major exhibitions each year. Three smaller galleries on the south end of the building also display rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Works of art are always on view in the atrium and the corridors of each wing.
In addition to gallery spaces, the museum houses an A/V-equipped Meeting Room Gallery, Museum Shop, and Café Sebastienne, which includes the Chef Jennifer Maloney Courtyard.
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