Kemper Art Museum ‘Building the Future’ celebration May 4

Above: James Kolker, university architect and associate vice chancellor, talks with visitors to the “Transformative Visions” exhibit at the Kemper Art Museum. The exhibit is on display through May 22. (Photo: Whitney Curtis/Kemper Art Museum)

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum presents its final opening reception before closing for construction.

This summer, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will commence a major expansion as part of Washington University’s larger East End Transformation.

On Friday, May 4, the museum will mark the start of construction with a special “Building the Future” celebration. The event, which coincides with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ “2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition,” will include special festivities marking this exciting time in the museum’s history. It will be the last opening reception before the museum closes to the public May 22.

The public reception takes place from 7-9 p.m., with a member preview from 5:30-7 p.m. Valet parking will be available on the south side of Steinberg Hall on Forsyth Boulevard ($5; free for members). For more information, visit kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.

Also on view through May 22 will be “Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now.” The exhibition, which opened earlier this spring, explores how planning, building design and construction have shaped the university’s East End over the last century.

1927 photograph of Bixby Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

Bixby Hall, circa 1927, from the exhibition, “Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now.”

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, Leslie Markle, the museum’s curator for public art, and James Kolker, university architect and associate vice chancellor, will discuss “Transformative Visions” as part of a special Facebook Live event. Markle and Kolker co-curated the exhibition with Eric Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture in the Sam Fox School.

For more information or to tune in, visit facebook.com/wustl.