Opened in the fall of 1994, the Kemper Museum has become one of the most respected galleries in the region. The permanent ... More
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Opened in the fall of 1994, the Kemper Museum has become one of the most respected galleries in the region. The permanent collection donated by Bebe and Crosby Kemper features contemporary works. Temporary exhibits included a complete retrospective by fashion photographer, Herb Ritts. The museum also exhibited and ultimately acquired a moving AIDS tribute by Robert Juarez. The building itself is also worth a look. Constructed with a plethora of nooks and crannies and two elongated wings, the structure looks like a bird in flight from above. Admission is free.
A great dose of art without the commitment of a large Museum. The work constantly rotates so there is always something new to see. Fantastic cafe for lunch or dinner- great place for dates, and a sweet little museum store which is one of the best I have seen.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has a lot of really good work on display. I enjoy visiting the Kemper Museum not just because its free (giving a little donation is considerate) but they have really great exhibits of contemporary artists on display from time to time. My favorite display was a long time back when they had Dale Chihuly's art on display, a gifted glass blower. They still have a piece that Mr. Chihuly donated to the Kemper Museum that hangs there today.
I love going to the Kemper. There's always something new and unique to see, and I consider the time spent there as quality time. I don't always like every exhibit, true, but I always come away thinking, "What a neat place!" It's the perfect "size" for me! And the parking is so convenient!
We went to the Kemper after visiting the Nelson, which is a beautiful museum. I've been to a few modern art museums and this one is by far the smallest and least interesting! There was a room playing three movies which were good, a room with a few works in it, including one sad Warhol and a tiny Pollock, a room with the current exhibition, and a photography room. I actually asked the guard (why there were so many, I don't understand) if there was more to the museum, but there wasn't. Even though admission is free, the Kemper's not worth checking out. They had a cafe in there that looked pretty good, so if you're looking for lunch in a neat place, then by all means go. But in terms of art, the Kemper lacks.