Current Exhibitions

Documenting Inequality

April 14–21, 2016
Lower Level | Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery)
Curated by Terri Weissman and Ryan Griffis

This exhibition presents the final projects of students in Documenting Inequality, a course that emerged out of the University of Illinois’ Campus Conversation on Undergraduate Education initiative to pilot Grand Challenge Learning tracks on the topics of Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment; Health and Wellness; and Social Inequality and Cultural Understanding. Taught by two faculty in Art + Design—Ryan Griffis, Associate Professor of New Media, and Terri Weissman, Associate Professor of Art History—the class examines how documentary and community-based art addresses economic and social inequality among children and young people in the U.S. Emphasis is placed on how art can enhance our understanding of lived and historical experiences of inequality beyond the limits of journalistic or scholarly accounts that inform our day to day understanding.

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts

April 8–23, 2016
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery and Contemporary Gallery

Public Opening Reception | April 9, 5–7 pm
This annual exhibition represents the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in studio art and design. Marking a meaningful step further into the art world, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the artists’ exceptional creativity and inventiveness.

Sponsored in part by John and Alice Pfeffer and Krannert Art Museum.

Time / Image

January 29 through April 23, 2016
Main Level | East Gallery
Curated by Amy L. Powell

Time / Image explores the deep relationship among cinema, time, and thought in contemporary art. The selected artists address time as an expansive dimension for interrogating the chronologies that govern how we live, for revisiting historical narratives and inherited genealogies, and for proposing futures yet to exist. They each seek out and develop temporal strategies of representation, whether in cinematic images that animate the past and revive ghostly residues, in montage and other creative juxtapositions that posit trans-historical and formal alignments, or in their close attention to mediums capable of representing time, including cinema and video but also photography, sculpture, and painting. The exhibition’s title and loose philosophical framework refer to Gilles Deleuze’s texts on cinema, which he argued shaped time as a tangible and active force in the world, capable of being reordered and reimagined.

Time / Image features works by Siemon Allen, Matthew Buckingham, Allan deSouza, Andrea Geyer, Leslie Hewitt, Isaac Julien, Lorraine O’Grady, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, Ruth Robbins, and Gary Simmons.

An accompanying screening program will survey critical temporal interventions in film and video, featuring titles by Robert Bresson, Cecilia Dougherty, Andrea Geyer, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Chris Marker, The Otolith Group, Raoul Peck, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Hito Steyerl, Clarissa Tossin, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Time / Image is organized by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/ College of Fine + Applied Arts, and Krannert Art Museum.

Spheres of Influence: African Vessels from the KAM Collection

January 29 through May 15, 2016
Main Level | Asian Gallery
Curated by Allyson Purpura

Spheres of Influence features a selection of 24 ceramic pots from regions across Africa. Visually compelling for their robust yet elegant forms and beautifully restrained surface designs, these vessels are also highly social objects.

Made predominantly by women artists with deep knowledge of local materials, molding and firing techniques, and the logics of design and efficient form, pots also embody a politics of gender. Women’s close identification with their vessels and control over the process of their production attest to the power of women’s creative labor and their ability to transform earth into containers of enduring meaning, value, and sociality. The exhibition is enhanced by several loans from Spurlock Museum and local private collections, and includes film footage of African potters at work.

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