Future Exhibitions


World on the Horizon:
Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

August 31, 2017 through March 24, 2018
Co-curators: Allyson Purpura, senior curator & curator of African art and Prita Meier, assistant professor of Art History

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean will be the first major traveling exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili coast and their historically deep, fluid, and enduring connections to eastern and central Africa and the port towns of the western Indian Ocean world. The exhibition will offer audiences an unprecedented opportunity to view over 100 artworks brought together from public and private collections in East Africa, Europe, Oman, and the United States. Drawing from both historical and contemporary periods, World on the Horizon will explore the Swahili coast, hinterland, and western Indian Ocean rim as worlds linked not only by centuries of trade, but also through the flow of aesthetic ideas and practices that have long traversed the region. It will invite visitors to see Swahili aesthetic forms as itinerant and open to re-visioning across both time and space, and to consider what happens when different systems of signification meet in culturally confluent zones like the Swahili coast.
Available for travel.

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World on the Horizon has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor*; ADAA Foundation Curatorial Award and the Association of Art Museum Curators; College of Fine + Applied Arts Creative Research Award; Campus Research Board.

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2017 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

August 31 through September 23, 2017
Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future)

August 31 through December 22, 2017
Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex, Light Court, and West Gallery
Curated by Kristin Romberg, assistant professor of Art History

This exhibition takes the centennial of the Russian Revolution as an occasion to think about revolution as a broad category. It adopts a working method employed by early twentieth-century political organizers who co-authored slogans as a brainstorming device for developing consciousness of their contemporary situation and consensus about how to move forward. These slogans were intended less as propaganda than as agitation, propositions to be picked up and discussed in an ongoing process of collective self-production. Each of the works of contemporary art in this exhibition—by Chto Delat’, Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Jennifer Moon, Tameka Norris, and The Propeller Group—has been selected for its potential to start a conversation about what revolution means in our contemporary moment.

The exhibition is part of a series of programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, looking at the global impact of the Russian Revolution over the past 100 years.

Krannert Art Museum exhibitions are made possible in part by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Sponsored in part by the 1917: Ten Days that Shook the World / 2017: Ten Days that Shake the Campus Initiative; Center for Advanced Study; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Center for Global Studies; and Krannert Art Museum. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting, and Natural History in Early Modern Europe

August 31 through December 22, 2017
Main Level, Contemporary Gallery
Co-curated by Maureen Warren, curator of European and American art
and Anna Chen, curator at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Coveting Nature explores the ways in which botanists and entomologists worked in tandem with artists and illustrators to record and disseminate knowledge in the early modern period (1500-1800). Natural history owes much to the tradition of assembling cabinets of curiosity in which natural specimens were collected alongside objects with geological, ethnographic, and artistic significance. In this period, the refinement of printed images revolutionized the observational sciences. Increasingly sophisticated woodcuts and eventually engravings, which could be augmented with hand coloring, largely superseded hand-drawn images, more crude woodcuts, and verbal descriptions in scientific publications, while also appealing to artists and art lovers. These refined images were made by professional printmakers as well as by author-illustrators that engraved the plates for their own publications. “Coveting Nature” will also explore the early and significant contributions of female artists and naturalists, such as Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717), Anna Ruysch (1666-1754), and Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758), and their enduring legacy.

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