Current Exhibitions

Artists Including Me: William Wegman

Contemporary Gallery · January 30 – July 25, 2015

Curated by William Wegman

Using gentle, subversive humor, Wegman parades through the history of art with references to iconic artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Edward Hopper, Vassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian—and art movements—from the Renaissance up through Minimalism and Pop Art. These playful visual puns often explore Wegman’s appreciation and admiration for the work of art itself, but they also invite the viewer to question what lies beyond the edge of the frame. Although most of the works have been created within the last ten years, the exhibition spans back to the mid-1970s and includes drawings, photographs, and postcard paintings mounted on wood panels.

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Versions and Revisions

Gelvin Noel Gallery · Jan 30 – May 2 | May 26 – July 25, 2015

Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

Meant as a complement to both MetaModern and Artists Including Me, this exhibition displays works from the permanent collection that directly reference canonical works of art, specific artists, and art historical styles. Some artists convey a sense of adoration for their subject—playfully or with great reverence—while others use their works to critique society, religion, or even the art historical canon. While focusing on works from the 1960s through the early 2000s, the exhibition highlights artists such as Vija Celmins, Salvador Dalí, Marlene Dumas, Yves Klein, Richard Pettibone, Mel Ramos, Karl Wirsum, and Huang Yan.

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Speculative Visions of Pragmatic Architectures

Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court · Jan 30 – July 25, 2015

Curated by Jeff Poss

The university’s faculty within the detail+FABRICATION Program of The Illinois School of Architecture are exploring the role of fabrication and making. Rather than privileging finished products, objects, or built work, these designers are placing an increased focus on the process of making as a means for surveying alternative outcomes. The first component features the work of three faculty members exploring the conception and evolution of ideas manifested in physical form in the past year as part of competition entries, successful grants, and collaborations with architecture students.

A second component to Speculative Visions is an exhibition of work by Erik Hemingway, associate professor of Architecture. Erik Hemingway Modernism will document his process of “Modernism as Preservation” to mid-century residences located in California and Illinois, including several designed by A. Quincy Jones, Mies van der Rohe, and John Replinger. This exhibition of Hemingway’s design and preservation work will attempt to raise awareness in saving lesser-known modernist homes as well as highlighting the history of their regional design importance.

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With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints
from the Postwar Years

Asian Gallery · Continuing through July 25, 2015

Curated by Anne Burkus-Chasson

This exhibition features the work of sōsaku hanga artists from the late 1950s and 1960s. To clarify their singular manipulations of the print medium, examples of traditional ukiyo-e and modern shin hanga are also on display. The work of foreign print artists who worked in Japan—Paul Jacoulet and Clifton Karhu—underscores both the diversity that modern Japanese prints inspired and the enduring identity of the woodcut in Japan.

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Encounters: The Arts of Africa

African Gallery · On continuous view

Exhibition 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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William Wegman
Hopper Origami (detail)
Oil and postcards on
wood panels
Courtesy of the artist
© William Wegman

John Clem Clarke
Hyacinthe Rigaud—
Louis XIV
Gift of George M. Irwin
© John Clem Clarke

Camden Greenlee and Brian Vesely
Hydromorph (detail)
Mixed Media
Courtesy of the artists
© Camden Greenlee and Brian Vesely

Kiyoshi Saitō
Gioji Kyoto, 1955
Color woodcut
University of Illinois Purchase

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