Current Exhibitions

Thursday, January 29
Opening Reception | Spring 2015 Exhibitions

Members' preview and reception · 5–6 pm
Public opening reception · 6–7 pm

Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome
to join us for an evening reception to open the museum's spring season
with opening comments at 6 pm by Ginger Greg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox,
guest curators of MetaModern.

Exhibitions opening include:

  • MetaModern
  • Artists Including Me: William Wegman
  • Versions and Revisions
  • Speculative Visions of Pragmatic Architectures
  • With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years

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With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints
from the Postwar Years

Asian Gallery · Continuing through May 17, 2015

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

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