The Kemper Museum: Celebrating 20 Years

It’s hard to believe that 1994 was TWENTY years ago! I suppose time flies when you’re musing over brilliant, inspiring—sometimes puzzling—contemporary art.

On October 2, 1992, one of the country’s foremost modernist architects—Gunnar Birkerts—began guiding construction of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Exactly two years later, the museum opened its doors to reveal free-flowing gallery spaces, a 22 feet high articulated skylight and ever-changing exhibitions by emerging artists.

Café Sebastienne
Café Sebastienne | Photo credit: The Perfect Bite Kansas City

Today, the Kemper Museum houses a stunning permanent collection spanning works from Andrew Wyeth to Georgia O’Keeffe, plus special exhibits showcasing a multitude of artistic styles, influences, nationalities and backgrounds. But the museum doesn’t end there.

The Kemper Museum also boasts one of Kansas City’s premier restaurants—Café Sebastienne. Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney uses local organic ingredients to craft her seasonal menus and diners have responded in kind. This year, Café Sebastienne was voted one of the Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America by OpenTable diners.

Dale Chihuly installation
Dale Chihuly installation | Photo credit: Sunnyvale to Baddeck

With a wide variety of seating and catering options, the museum also makes the perfect place for your next private event. From corporate meetings to wedding receptions, the Kemper Museum makes every event memorable.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the museum is throwing a decadent, “roaring twenties” themed gala this Saturday, October 11. With guests treated to divine fare from Café Sebastienne and endless libations, this event is sure to send the museum into their next decade with style.

Proceeds from this gala event will ensure that the free exhibits, events and educational programs brought to us by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will continue to win the hearts and expand the minds of many a Kansas Citian for years to come.

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