What do Ingmar Bergman, kid-lit heroine Pippi Longstocking, 1970s pop-music icons Abba, clothing company H&M, and Volvos have in common? They all hail from Sweden. Tonight, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick, 816-753-5784) opens Taking Turns, the work of another Swede, artist Johanna Billing. Billing puts people in contrived situations — packing and moving a stranger's belongings, rehearsing a dance number — and films their actions and interactions. Taking Turns features seven shorts, including 2007's "This Is How We Walk on the Moon," a 27-minute video documenting a group of musicians learning to sail off the coast of Scotland. Local musician J. Ashley Miller (of the Golden Calves) has organized a musical collective, which will accompany tonight's opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Taking Turns is on view through February 1, 2009.
Fri., Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2008