Future Exhibitions

Spring 2015


East Gallery · January 30 – March 28, 2015

Curated by Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan

Modernist design, that radical and iconoclastic break with the past, is now itself a thing of the past. Perhaps sufficiently so that over the last few years, artists have been treating modernist designs as icons themselves, and incorporating them—sometimes literally and often conceptually—into their own work. These recombinations and modifications result in an entirely unique mix: a meta-modernism in which the original source is changed, self-referential, abstracted. Using classic elements in new configurations, artists from across the world are making original works of art that comment on the claims of the past in light of the complexities of the present.

This exhibition will travel to five other venues and will have an accompanying catalogue.

Exhibition Details

Artists Including Me

Contemporary Gallery · January 30 – July 25, 2015

Curated by William Wegman

Using gentle, subversive humor, Wegman parades through the history of art with references to iconic artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Edward Hopper, Vassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian—and art movements—from the Renaissance up through Minimalism and Pop Art. These playful visual puns often explore Wegman’s appreciation and admiration for the work of art itself, but they also invite the viewer to question what lies beyond the edge of the frame. Although most of the works have been created within the last ten years, the exhibition spans back to the mid-1970s and includes drawings, photographs, and postcard paintings mounted on wood panels.

Versions and Revisions

Gelvin Noel Gallery · January 30 – May 2, 2015

Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

Meant as a complement to both MetaModern and Artists Including Me, this exhibition displays works from the permanent collection that directly reference canonical works of art, specific artists, and art historical styles. Some artists convey a sense of adoration for their subject—playfully or with great reverence—while others use their works to critique society, religion, or even the art historical canon. While focusing on works from the 1960s through the early 2000s, the exhibition highlights artists such as Vija Celmins, Salvador Dalí, Marlene Dumas, Yves Klein, Richard Pettibone, Mel Ramos, Karl Wirsum, and Huang Yan.

Speculative Visions of Pragmatic Architectures

Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court · January 30 – May 2, 2015

Curated by Jeff Poss

The university’s faculty within the detail+FABRICATION Program of The Illinois School of Architecture are exploring the role of fabrication and making. Rather than privileging finished products, objects, or built work, these designers are placing an increased focus on the process of making as a means for surveying alternative outcomes. The first component features the work of three faculty members exploring the conception and evolution of ideas manifested in physical form in the past year as part of competition entries, successful grants, and collaborations with architecture students.

A second component to Speculative Visions is an exhibition of work by Erik Hemingway, associate professor of Architecture. Erik Hemingway Modernism will document his process of “Modernism as Preservation” to mid-century residences located in California and Illinois, including several designed by A. Quincy Jones, Mies van der Rohe, and John Replinger. This exhibition of Hemingway’s design and preservation work will attempt to raise awareness in saving lesser-known modernist homes as well as highlighting the history of their regional design importance.

With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints
from the Postwar Years

Asian Gallery · Continuing through May 17, 2015

Curated by Anne Burkus-Chasson

This exhibition features the work of sōsaku hanga artists from the late 1950s and 1960s. To clarify their singular manipulations of the print medium, examples of traditional ukiyo-e and modern shin hanga are also on display. The work of foreign print artists who worked in Japan—Paul Jacoulet and Clifton Karhu—underscores both the diversity that modern Japanese prints inspired and the enduring identity of the woodcut in Japan.

2015 Petals & Paintings Gala and Exhibition

All Galleries · April 10 – 12, 2015

The Petals & Paintings gala and exhibition is Krannert Art Museum's annual fundraising event held during University of Illinois Moms’ Weekend. This year, Petals & Paintings will run from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12.

Petals & Paintings provides local residents, businesses, and visiting parents with an opportunity to support the museum while enjoying innovative floral designs inspired by works of art on display throughout Krannert Art Museum. Award-winning florists from throughout the Midwest will create one-of-a-kind designs for the exhibition.
Guest curator for the event is Champaign florist and University of Illinois alumnus, Rick Orr, AIFD.

2015 School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

East Gallery · April 8 – May 3, 2015

This annual exhibition represents the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in studio art and design. Marking a meaningful step further into the art world, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the artists' exceptional creativity, curiosity, and inventiveness.

Sponsored in part by John and Alice Pfeffer and Krannert Art Museum

2014 School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

East Gallery, Gelvin Noel Gallery, and Light Court · May 9 – 17, 2015

In this annual exhibition, Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign present a range of art and design studio work that illustrates new and established techniques in a variety of disciplines. The exhibition gives public form to an undergraduate curriculum committed to pursuit of the arts as a distinct and necessary approach to understanding, as well as an expression of diverse human experiences.

Sponsored in part by John and Alice Pfeffer and Krannert Art Museum

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