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Kemper At The Crossroads Opens November 7

Kemper at the Crossroads, 19th and Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri.
rendering of Kemper at the Crossroads, courtesy KEM STUDIO
Kemper at the Crossroads, 19th and Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri.


The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has two locations near the Kansas City Art Institute and plans to open a third downtown, in the Crossroads Arts District, in November.

Kemper at the Crossroads will be located at 19th and Baltimore, at the former site of the Dolphin Gallery, which has moved to the West Bottoms.

The Kemper's Director and CEO Rachel Blackburn Cozad says the new space will be used for administrative functions and exhibitions, with a focus on emerging artists. Cozad describes some of the renovations: "There is one major primary gallery...we'll be blowing that out and making it as big of an exhibition space as possible."

Other changes include the creation of a "flex space" for exhibitions and events with a small lobby connecting the two spaces, and a new entryway off 19th Street.

The first exhibition is a sculptural video installation by Texas-based artists Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher and it opens November 7, on a First Friday in the Crossroads.

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