Future Exhibitions

Fall 2015

Exhibitions Opening | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Private Members Reception · 5–6 pm
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Public Opening Reception · 6–7 pm
Exhibitions will remain open to visitors until 9 pm


August 28 through December 12, 2015 |
Main Level | East Gallery
Curated by Amy L. Powell, Allyson Purpura, and Kathryn Koca Polite

This exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection will consider the material and affective bonds between artist and subject, artwork and viewer, museum and object. In addition to works from the decorative arts, African, and ancient Peruvian collections, artists in the exhibition include Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Willie Cole, Marlene Dumas, Jess, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Purvis Young, and Illinois-based artists Conrad Bakker, Frank Gallo, and Melissa Pokorny.

Nkata: An Installation by Nnenna Okore

August 28 through December 23, 2015 |
Main Level | Contemporary Gallery
Curated by Allyson Purpura

Born in 1975, Nnenna Okore’s work focuses broadly on the concepts of recycling, transformation, and the regeneration of forms based on observations from ecological and manmade environments. She is drawn to naturally ephemeral materials and the conditions that cause them to degrade. Provisionally titled Nkata, an Igbo word for both “conversation” and “basket,” the KAM exhibition will feature new fiber work inspired by this double meaning, and will explore the broader implications of using materials as metaphoric strategies and temporal frames. Okore is a professor of Art at Chicago's North Park University, where she teaches sculpture.

Tamarind Institute and the Rebirth of Lithography

August 28 through December 23, 2015 |
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

In the late 1950s, the artist June Wayne became aware that the technique of lithography—a printing process in which one draws onto a stone where ink is absorbed and repelled throughout to create an image—was gradually dying in the United States. After securing funding from the Ford Foundation, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc. (later, Tamarind Institute, when it moved from Los Angeles to Albuquerque) was established in 1960. Wayne and others associated with Tamarind wanted to push lithography beyond its limits and described Tamarind as a place to: train a new generation of master printers, entice some of the finest artists to experiment with lithography, establish ethical standards, develop markets, and, in Wayne’s words, “restore the prestige of lithography by actually creating a collection of extraordinary prints.”

This exhibition will feature works by such varied artists as Garo Antreasian, Elaine de Kooning, Roy DeForest, Robert DeNiro, Sr., Rafael Ferrer, Françoise Gilot, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Nicholas Krushenick, George McNeil, Kenneth Price, Deborah Remington, Ed Ruscha, and June Wayne.

School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

August 28 through December 23, 2015
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex, Light Court & Asian Gallery

The Annual Faculty Exhibition, a longstanding tradition, will mark the 90th collaboration between the School of Art + Design and Krannert Art Museum. It showcases the current creative practices of the extraordinary artists and designers who teach in the School of Art + Design. The work is as varied as the many programs in which the faculty teach—from painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and metalsmithing to new media, graphic design, industrial design, and more.

Documenting Inequality: Campus Conversations on Undergraduate Education

December 3 through 12, 2015
Lower Level | Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery)

This exhibition will present the final projects of students in Documenting Inequality, a course that emerged out of the University of Illinois Campus Conversation on Undergrduate 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 Terri Weissman, Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Art + Design, the class specifically examines how documentary and community-based art addresses economic and social inequality among children and young people in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the ways art can enhance understanding of lived and historical experiences of inequality beyond the limits of journalistic or scholarly accounts that inform our day-to-day understanding.

Spring 2016

Time / Image

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 John Akomfrah, Black Audio Film Collective, 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

Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

This installation of works from the museum’s permanent collection will focus on the technique of collage. Whereas collage traditionally incorporates the act of cutting, gluing, and reassembling images together on paper or canvas, this exhibition will explore issues of materiality as artists further experiment with the method of collage and three-dimensional assemblage. Exhibing artists may include Don Baum, Victor Ekpuk, Nancy Grossman, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, and Allen Stringfellow.

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