Artful Summer Exhibit Openings

When the heat becomes too much, head indoors. There’s plenty to see at Kansas City’s art museums.

Check out what’s in and what’s out in the exhibition halls this summer.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Three new site-specific installations are now open at the Nerman and all collections are on display until Sept. 27.

“The Space Between” by Mark Cowardin challenges consumption through sculpture. With materials such as wood, fluorescent lights, bronze, porcelain and more, Cowardin creates a narrative that juxtaposes life and industry.

In Amir H. Fallah’s exhibition “The Caretaker,” Fallah creates an alternative portrait of his subject Mark Raduziner using paintings and sculptural constructions. The artist draws on elements unique to Raduziner, such as his collection of more than 300 cactus plants, to craft a thorough representation of Raduziner’s life.

Rodolfo Marron III’s show, “A Poke Ghost and the Garden of Tearz,” takes influence from the mythology of Mexico’s Huichol people and centers on a deer named Ella who lived in neighborhood in northeast Kansas City until she was killed in 2013. Deer also carry significant meaning in Huichol culture. Using these elements, Marron explores Ella’s afterlife.

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art debuted its summer exhibition—”American Montage by Adam Cvijanovic”—earlier in May. Cvijanovic’s art bursts with color and draws on 19th-century American landscape painting and 20th-century cinematic techniques. The 13-piece exhibition features the artist’s work from the past 15 years, including one piece that stretches nearly 17 feet tall. The exhibition is on display until Sept. 20.

Adam Cvijanovic’s Nuart. Photo via

You can see Xaviera Simmons’ “Number 16,” a video work that reveals her studio process, at the museum until June 7. From June 6 to June 14, the Kemper displays a selection of its 20th anniversary gifts, including pieces by Christopher Brown and June Ahrens.

At Kemper’s Crossroads location, the No Boundaries: Teen Art Initiative show continues through Aug. 9 and features the work of 21 Kansas City students ages 13 to 15. The nearly yearlong “Make Your Mark” exhibition, a 10-piece show focused on the featured artists’ signature mark, closes on Aug. 8.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Opening this summer at the museum is “Emmet Gowin: Photographs” on July 1. This free exhibit displays a selection of work by one of the mid-20th century’s most prominent photographers.

The Nelson also debuted “Phillip Haas: The Four Seasons” in April, a collection of 15-foot-tall sculptures that serve as 3-dimensional interpretations of the Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portrait series of the same name. The physical features of the four sculptures, located on the museum’s south lawn are rendered using forms appropriate to the season. Wander through now – Oct. 18.

Photo via the museum’s Facebook page.

Many exhibits, including “American Soldier, “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” and “Ferran Adriá: Notes on Creativity,” end this summer. Check the museum’s website for end dates. –Lauren Rutherford