Kansas City’s Notable New Exhibits in 2018

From high-profile traveling shows to inventive displays created at some of the city’s finest institutions, the exhibitions coming to Kansas City in 2018 are sure to dazzle, impress and inspire. 

The Art of the Brick – Union Station

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Art of the Brick - Nathan Sawaya - Yellow


Internationally renowned, this popular exhibit showcases the power of Legos as an artistic medium. With more than 100 works on display, plus reimagined artistic masterpieces constructed using Legos, The Art of the Brick is a Union Station experience that’s full of wonder.

Jan. 25, 2018–May 28, 2018

Through the Eyes of Picasso – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Explore the African and Oceanic art that inspired iconic painter Pablo Picasso in this exhibit at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which features more than 170 paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more.

Through April 8, 2018

The Big Picture – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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The Big Picture marks a two-year, $10-million mission that expanded The Nelson’s photography collection, resulting in more than 800 photographs spanning 180 years of the artform.

April 27, 2018–Oct. 7, 2018

Images of the Great War – National WWI Museum and Memorial

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Liberty Memorial

The final two years of World War I marked the entrance of the United States into the conflict, an intervention that changed the course of history. National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Images of the Great War showcases the pictorial work created during the war—particularly during this time period—with works on display by illustrators hailing from the USA, France, Britain and Germany. Be on the lookout for special events memorializing the 100th anniversary of Armistice, as well.

Through May 13, 2018

Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments – The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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Once the most popular playground game in the country, Playing for Keeps examines the impact of marbles and the VFW Marble Tournaments that ran from 1947 to 1962. Visitors will hear firsthand stories of tournament players, view a mid-century modern living room, discover trophies, memorabilia and more, all at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Beyond Planet Earth – Museum at Prairiefire

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Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, this Museum at Prairiefire exhibit explores the mysteries of space, from a mission to Mars and a moon landing to one of Jupiter’s icy moons.

Through Feb. 12, 2018

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero