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August 2018

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents Paul Henry Ramirez: Sweet On

August 17, 2018 - July 27, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Sweet On is a site-responsive installation by Texas-born, New Jersey-based artist Paul Henry Ramirez. Ramirez drew inspiration for this work from a quotation attributed to R. Crosby Kemper Jr. (1927–2014) in the anniversary publication, “Marking 20 Years: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art”: “Joy is to be surrounded by beauty.”

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents Flaw(less): Kemper Teen Arts Council Curated Exhibition

August 17, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Flaw(less) explores themes of identity, stereotypes, and perception across cultures in works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. These works, dating from 1920 to 2013, present an opportunity to consider our shared experiences in the ways we present ourselves, how we are perceived, and what we may consider to be flaws in our appearance as we are subjected to the gaze of others through generations.

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October 2018

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents Structured Visions: The Photographs of Ralston Crawford

October 26, 2018 - April 6, 2019
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

Ralston Crawford worked in a consistently formal, or abstract, manner across a variety of mediums. His photographs provide a look at a vital era of abstraction in American art, and at the cultural scenes and subjects from which that creative sensibility arose. His subjects ranged from urban and industrial themes to ships and sailing, jazz, the people and culture of New Orleans, bullfighting and religious processions in Spain, and the destructive power of the atomic bomb.

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November 2018

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents Solitary: Alienation in Modern Life

November 9, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 PM CST
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

World Wars I and II brought widespread death and destruction to the world, leaving many survivors with lifelong physical and psychological scars. This exhibition of prints and drawings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Marie Laurencin, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Otto Dix, and others reveals the impact of these modern forces.

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December 2018

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents (RE)CLAIM: Indigenous Artists Reflect on Identity

December 14, 2018 - June 16, 2019
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

The selection of artists in this exhibition is representative of a larger community of contemporary Native artists working to assert Native perspectives and challenge misconceptions. Presented entirely through the artists’ own works and words, (RE)CLAIM shares their reflections on the always relevant question of identity.

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January 2019

Belger Crane Yard Studios presents Reinvented

January 4 - April 13
Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

On the not-so-sunny side of California, teenage Alix bounces between motel rooms while taking care of her brothers for her absent mother. Her classmate, Mason, is a budding songwriter sent to America for high school by his father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This Rolling World Premiere is a coming-of-age tale about motel kids and parachute kids making something out of nothing in the land of plenty.

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents The Contemporary Figure

January 9, 2019 - December 31, 2019
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

This collection of works features contemporary objects from the 1960s to today with varying presentations of the human figure. Although artists have depicted the human figure for millennia, 20th-century movements such as Conceptual art, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism moved away from the time-honored practice of figurative art. Our current moment is rich with a resurgence of diverse artists working with the figure.

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents 15th-17th Century Italian and Spanish Textiles

January 9 - June 16
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

This exhibition showcases silk and linen fragments spanning the 15th-17th centuries, a period of expanded exploration and trade, when Italy and Spain emerged as major centers of textile production.

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Nocturnes by Patrick Jacobs

January 11 - March 2
KCAI Crossroads Gallery, 1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

An exhibition of moonlit landscape dioramas, Nocturnes, by Patrick Jacobs opens January 11 at KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice. Each nocturne is constructed in miniature mounted within the walls of a freestanding room and viewable through circular glass lenses. Jacobs created these works during his residency at the gallery.

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents Divine Inspiration

January 16 - July 14
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

Few individuals have exercised such a powerful grip on the Western imagination as Jesus of Nazareth. Believed by his followers to be the Son of God, he was central to religious life in Europe. Unsurprisingly, the defining moments of his life figure prominently in Western Art. The drawings and prints in this rotation will explore how various artists from the 14th to the 18th centuries interpreted the key episodes in Christ’s life.

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