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Discussions & Lectures

Krannert Art Museum enriches the learning environment for students, faculty, families and visitors by providing opportunities to engage on important topics in the visual arts.

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August 2015

Thursday, August 27
Opening Reception | Fall 2015 Exhibitions

Members' preview and reception · 5–6 pm
Public opening reception · 6–7 pm

Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome
to join us for an evening reception to celebrate the museum's fall season.

Exhibitions opening include:

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  • Nkata: An Installment by Nnenna Okore
  • Tamarind Institute and the Rebirth of Lithography
  • School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

Location: All Galleries [Map]



September 2015

Thursday, September 3· 5:30 pm
Art + Design Lecture Series
"The Future of the Future"
Featuring Surya Vanka, professor emeritus, School of Art + Design at Illinois
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

This lecture series is designed to showcase notable national and international artists, designers, and scholars whose work or point of view is engaging and topical. It is sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum


Monday, September 21 · 5:30 pm
Author Talk and Film Screening | Woman in Gold
Featuring an introductory talk by Lisa Silverman, author of Interwar Vienna; followed by a screening of the 2015 drama Woman in Gold (109 min, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds). A post-film discussion with Silverman and Maureen Warren, curator of European and American Art at KAM, will follow the film.

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Cost: Free
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

This film and discussion are produced in partnership with the Program in Jewish Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sponsored in part by the Rosenthal Family Endowment and Krannert Art Museum.


Thursday, September 24 · 5:30 pm
Art + Design Lecture Series
"New Directions in Design and Ergonomics"
Featuring Bryce Rutter, founder and CEO of Metaphase Design Group, Inc.
From the designer's profile: "Dr. Rutter is a renowned specialist in ergonomic product design and is the leading worldwide expert in the design of handheld products. His work ranges from robotic surgical systems, surgical instruments & devices to smart phones, computer input devices & wearables through to food & beverage packaging, and beauty & personal care products. His company, Metaphase, has and continues to define new product categories, rejuvenate sleepy brands and develop breathtaking design innovations that fit like a glove for several of the world’s most prestigious and influential brands and scorching start-ups. As a thought leader in ergonomic design, Dr. Rutter has received over 75 international design excellence awards, and been awarded over 100 patents."
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

This lecture series is designed to showcase notable national and international artists, designers, and scholars whose work or point of view is engaging and topical. It is sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum




October 2015

Thursday, October 1 · 5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation | Attachment
Featuring Brett Kaplan, professor of Comparative & World Literature, director of Jewish Studies, and a Conrad Humanities Scholar; Melissa Pokorny, associate professor of Sculpture; and François Proulx, assistant professor of French; moderated by exhibition curators Amy L. Powell and Allyson Purpura
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]


Friday, October 2 · 12 noon
Fall Luncheon & Lecture
"What is Public Art Good For?"
by Mary Jane Jacob
This luncheon, sponsored by the Krannert Art Museum Council, will feature Mary Jane Jacob, Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Description
Artists’ role in the public realm has long been debated history. What value does their work in public space have? And for those artists who take up social issues as public actions, are their projects useful and of benefit to others. In this lecture Mary Jane Jacob will look at how today’s artists are seeking to offer social values through their public works. She will probe the emergent processes they employ and the experiences their works give their constituencies.

Biography
Mary Jane Jacob is a curator who, through hundreds of exhibitions, site-specific and community-based projects, and public programs, has actively worked with artists to expand the practice and public discourse of art as a shared process. Study into the nature of the art experience has lead to a trio of anthologies: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, Learning Mind: Experience into Art, and Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society. As Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she also undertook the major program A Lived Practice that looked at social practice and thought today through an exhibition, programs, the publication series Chicago Social Practice History.

Event Details
Public invited; reservations and advance payment required.
Location: Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect, C.

Please contact Chris Schaede at 217-244-0516 or email kam@illinois.edu for reservation information.


Wednesday, October 7 · 5:30 pm
Members' Night | Meet & Greet
"Meet the New Curators"

Get to know KAM’s new curators: Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Maureen Warren, curator of European and American Art. They'll talk with museum members about their backgrounds, research interests, and plans for Krannert Art Museum exhibitions and events.
A catered reception will follow; reservations are encouraged.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

Museum members, please RSVP to Chris Schaede at 217-244-0516 or kam@illinois.edu by Friday, October 2 to attend.


Thursday, October 8 · 5:30 pm
Art + Design Lecture Series
"Interruption and Absence: A History of Lynching (Latinos) and How It Changed What I Think About Contemporary Art"
Featuring Los Angeles-based artist Ken Gonzales-Day, professor of Art and Humanities at Scripps College
From the artist's profile: "Ken Gonzales-Day is a Los Angeles-based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. The Searching for California Hang Trees series offered a critical look at the legacies of landscape photography and the Profiled series considered the sculptural depiction of race from a wide range of museum collections."
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

This lecture series is designed to showcase notable national and international artists, designers, and scholars whose work or point of view is engaging and topical. It is sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum


Thursday, October 15 · 5:30 pm
Art + Design Lecture Series
"Artist Talk by Jon Rubin"
Featuring multi-disciplinary artist Jon Rubin, assistant professor of Art at the School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University.
From the artist's profile: "Jon Rubin's work explores the social dynbamics of public spaces and the libes of ordinary individuals. His solo and collaborative projects include creating a game show for ideas, running a gallery that only presents exhibitions on people who live in its neighborhood, opening a fake store in an indoor shopping mall, making a punk band play the same song, over and over, for 5 hours, running his own clandestine restaurant, creating a show with a 10 year old boy, broadcasting an office?s telephone conversations through a talking piano, running a neighborhood truck that gives away free homemade goods and services, producing a cable access variety show at a senior center, and most recently developing his own nomadic autonomous art school. He has exhibited video, drawings, installations and public projects internationally including at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico, The Rooseum, Sweden, The de Young Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, Nemo Film Festival, Paris, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,The Albany Museum of Art, New York, The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners."
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

This lecture series is designed to showcase notable national and international artists, designers, and scholars whose work or point of view is engaging and topical. It is sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum


Tuesday, October 20 · 5:30 pm
Art + Design Lecture Series
"Artist Talk by Andrea Geyer"
Featuring artist Andrea Geyer, assistant professor of New Genres, Art, Media and Technology at Parsons: The New School for Design

From KAM curator Amy L. Powell: "Andrea Geyer stages what she calls 'temporal translations,' which begin with extensive research on historical persona, texts, and ideas; among them indigenous dispossession of land in the southwestern United States (Spiral Lands, 2007-2009), Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem (Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb, 2009), Weimar Republic culture and politics (Comrades of Time, 2011), and the women who founded the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Insistence, 2013).

Using photography, film, and performance with keen attention to language, Geyer guides the historical record into our present moment and takes up forgotten or discarded historical methodologies, making unexpected and politically-charged alignments between past and present. "

Geyer’s video Insistence and series photographs Comrades of Time will be featured in Krannert Art Museum’s Spring 2016 group exhibition Time / Image.
Location: Art + Design Main Level, Room 107

This lecture series is designed to showcase notable national and international artists, designers, and scholars whose work or point of view is engaging and topical. It is sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum




November 2015

Thursday, November 5 · 5:30 pm
Artist Talk and Gallery Conversation
"Nkata"

Featuring exhibiting artist Nnenna Okore; with Eric Benson, associate professor of Graphic Design; and Molly Briggs, instructor in School of Art + Design and doctoral candidate in Landscape Architecture History and Theory; moderated by exhibition curator Allyson Purpura
Location: KAM Main Level, Contemporary Gallery

Sponsored in part by the Krannert Art Museum Exhibition Support Fund





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Voice Reading Series
2014
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