Current Exhibitions

Exhibition Opening | Thursday, December 3, 2015

Documenting Inequality
Campus Conversations on Undergraduate Education

Public Opening Reception · 5–7 pm
Exhibition will remain open to visitors until 9 pm


August 28 through December 12, 2015
Main Level | East Gallery
Curated by Amy L. Powell, Allyson Purpura, and Kathryn Koca Polite

This exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection will consider the material and affective bonds between artist and subject, artwork and viewer, museum and object. In addition to works from the decorative arts, African, and ancient Peruvian collections, artists in the exhibition include Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Willie Cole, Marlene Dumas, Jess, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Purvis Young, and Illinois-based artists Conrad Bakker, Frank Gallo, and Melissa Pokorny.

Nkata: An Installation by Nnenna Okore

August 28 through December 23, 2015 |
Main Level | Contemporary Gallery
Curated by Allyson Purpura

Born in 1975, Nnenna Okore’s work focuses broadly on the concepts of recycling, transformation, and the regeneration of forms based on observations from ecological and manmade environments. She is drawn to naturally ephemeral materials and the conditions that cause them to degrade. Provisionally titled Nkata, an Igbo word for both “conversation” and “basket,” the KAM exhibition will feature new fiber work inspired by this double meaning, and will explore the broader implications of using materials as metaphoric strategies and temporal frames. Okore is a professor of Art at Chicago's North Park University, where she teaches sculpture.

Tamarind Institute and the Rebirth of Lithography

August 28 through December 23, 2015
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

In the late 1950s, the artist June Wayne became aware that the technique of lithography—a printing process in which one draws onto a stone where ink is absorbed and repelled throughout to create an image—was gradually dying in the United States. After securing funding from the Ford Foundation, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc. (later, Tamarind Institute, when it moved from Los Angeles to Albuquerque) was established in 1960. Wayne and others associated with Tamarind wanted to push lithography beyond its limits and described Tamarind as a place to: train a new generation of master printers, entice some of the finest artists to experiment with lithography, establish ethical standards, develop markets, and, in Wayne’s words, “restore the prestige of lithography by actually creating a collection of extraordinary prints.”

This exhibition will feature works by such varied artists as Garo Antreasian, Elaine de Kooning, Roy DeForest, Robert DeNiro, Sr., Rafael Ferrer, Françoise Gilot, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Nicholas Krushenick, George McNeil, Kenneth Price, Deborah Remington, Ed Ruscha, and June Wayne.

School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

August 28 through December 23, 2015
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex, Light Court & Asian Gallery

The School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition showcases current creative practices of the excellent artists, designers, educators, and art historians who teach at the school. The work is as varied as the many programs in which the faculty teach—from painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and metalsmithing to new media, graphic design, industrial design, and more.

Encounters: The Arts of Africa

On continuous view
Main Level | African Gallery
Curated by Allyson Purpura

In October 2012, Krannert Art Museum opened Encounters: The Arts of Africa, a renovated gallery dedicated to KAM's African Art collection.

The completely redesigned space invites visitors to see exhibited objects not only as visually compelling works of art in their own right, but also as objects of encounter that can “tell” stories about the broader social contexts and often fraught global histories through which they have journeyed.

The gallery is organized thematically and many displays include touch screens that contain video clips of artist interviews, masquerades, and descriptive vignettes. These bring the “telling” of African stories into the museum experience and draw out resonances among the objects on view.

In May 2014, the Association of Art Museum Curators announced its 2013 Awards for Excellence, awarding Encounters: The Arts of Africa co-first prize for a museum of its size.

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Danny Lyon
From Lindsey's Room, Louisville (detail)
Silver gelatin print
Gift of Arnold M. and Temmie Gilbert
© Danny Lyon/ Magnum photos

Nnenna Okore
Courtesy of the artist

David Hare
Untitled (detail)
ca. 1975
Gift of Lloyed E. Rigler
© Estate of David Hare

Deke Weaver
ELEPHANT (detail)
Video documentation of live performance in the series

The Unreliable Bestiary
Courtesy of the artist

Elephant masqueraders
in Bandjoun, Cameroon
, 1985. Photo by Claude Pavard