East Gallery, Gelvin Noel Gallery, and Light Court · May 9 – 17, 2015
Public Opening Reception · May 9, 5–7 pm
The annual exhibition of works by graduates from the School of Art + Design's Bachelor of Fine Arts programs represents the full range of contemporary art and design practices. Exhibiting artists have worked rigorously to develop individual visions and to solve complex problems with cross-disciplinary teams. As you will see in the works on display, they have learned trusted methods and forms, but have also challenged conventions. Emerging technologies and ideas can be seen across painting and typography, product design and sculpture. This exhibition is but a sample of their efforts and achievements to represent, reflect and reimagine the world around us.
Sponsored in part by John and Alice Pfeffer and Krannert Art Museum
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: Recent Works by Nnenna Okore
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.
School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition
Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex, Light Court Gallery, & 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.
Collage: Moving Beyond Paper
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Interrogating similar strategies of use and reaction to material as in the exhibitions Attachment and Nkata: Recent Works by Nnenna Okore, 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.
Krannert Art Museum
Photo by Kathryn Koca Polite