Current Exhibitions
Fall 2014 Exhibitions Open August 28 · 5–7 pm

Global Groove, 1973/2012

East Gallery · October 17 – December 23, 2014

Exhibition curated by Michael Rush

Global Groove 1973/2012 celebrates this art form by paying homage to its first major practitioner, Nam June Paik (1932–2006), and offering an overview of current examples of the genre by an international sampling of artists, some of whom are working under very difficult political constraints.

Exhibition organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University

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Goya's War: Los Desastres de la Guerra

Contemporary Gallery · August 29 – December 23, 2014

Exhibition curated by Janis Tomlinson
Installation and additional content curated by Robert G. La France

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) created eighty etchings that comprise Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) in reaction to the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the political turmoil that followed. The exhibition reconsiders the artist’s endeavor within its historical context by presenting the etchings in five groups—Carnage, Atrocity, Martyrdom, Hunger, and Emphatic Caprices—that reveal Goya’s stylistic evolution over the four years (1810–14) during which he etched these plates.

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This exhibition is a collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums of the University of Delaware. It also contains supplementary materials from the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs
from World War I

Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court · August 29 – December 23, 2014

Exhibition curated by David O'Brien and Pauline Parent

This exhibition presents objects from two important university collections—the first consisting of large lithographic posters made as propaganda in support of the French war effort, and the second comprised of WWI photographs, in all likelihood commissioned by the French Ministry of War.

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After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars

Gelvin Noel Gallery · August 29 – December 23, 2014

Exhibition curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

After the Front Line presents works by artists who served in various capacities during World War I (1914–18) and World War II (1939–45). Viewers gain a sense of how military conflict can profoundly influence one’s artistic practice, as well as how it can alter artists’ worldviews and attitudes toward society.

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With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints
from the Postwar Years

Asian Gallery · August 29 – December 23, 2014

Exhibition curated by Anne Burkus-Chasson

With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years showcases woodcuts that helped to shape a postwar image of Japan in the minds of the American public. The exhibition concentrates on the work of sōsaku hanga printmakers from the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike traditional Japanese print designers, whose work is also represented in the exhibition, sōsaku hanga artists carved their own woodblocks and made their own impressions. The term sōsaku, ordinarily translated as “creative,” was coined to denote a work that is original to its maker. Innovative and striking, the work of sōsaku hanga artists was widely collected in the U.S. during and after the years of the Allied Occupation of Japan. Their work, part of a centuries-long printmaking tradition, invites inquiries not only about the nature of “modernity” but also about the transformative role that visual images play in making history.

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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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Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Y son fieras (And They Are Wild Beasts) (detail)
ca. 1811-12
Etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint
Courtesy Pomona College Museum of Art
Claremont, California

Souscrivez à l’emprunt de la liberation! (Subscribe to the liberation!)
(detail), 1918
Color lithograph
Courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives
Champaign, Illinois

Cleve Gray
Conjunction 151
(detail), 1976
Acrylic on canvas
Art Acquisition Fund
© Estate of Cleve Gray

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

Wosene Worke Kosrof
Migrations II (detail)
© Wosene Worke Kosrof