Current Exhibitions

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.

Collage: Moving Beyond Paper

January 29 through March 26, 2016
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection from the latter half of the 20th century, Collage: Moving Beyond Paper emphasizes the continual evolution of collage, beyond the traditional cutting, gluing, and reassembling images together on paper or canvas. This exhibition explores issues of materiality as artists experiment with two-dimensional collage and three-dimensional assemblage.

Featured artists include: Samuel Marcus Adler, Arman, Don Baum, Willie Cole, Francois Deschamps, Nancy Grossman, Jess, Kenneth Kerslake, Ellen Lanyon, Jenni Lukac, Robert Motherwell, David Salle, Salvatore Scarpitta, Frank Stella, John Stezaker, Allen Stringfellow, Andrew Topolski, and Ulfert Wilke.

Collecting Photography

January 29 through March 26, 2016
Main Level | Contemporary Gallery
Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

In the exhibition Collecting Photography, recent acquisitions from the past ten years give the viewer insight into Krannert Art Museum's current collecting efforts—active acquisition of international artists who interrogate social, political, and environmental concerns. The exhibition also highlights modern and contemporary artists who have moved beyond formalist approaches and have pushed the conventions of photography through experimentation with the medium.

Featured artists include: Zhao Bandi, Amy Barkow, Luke Batten, Harold Edgerton, Donna Ferrato, Bai Guanghua, Yu Haibo, Sam Jury, Annette Lemieux, Susan Rankaitis, Joel Ross, Tamen, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman.

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