Concerts and Performances at Krannert Art Museum

Concerts & Performances

Krannert Art Museum hosts free jazz, chamber music, dance, vocal, and spoken word performances every semester, providing new ways to experience the connections between the visual arts and other creative forms.

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September 2016

Thursday, September 8 · 7 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Café
SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, and Black Power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]

Sponsored in part by African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum

Thursday, September 15 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | VOICE Reading Series
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois, featuring Checkwube Danladi (fiction), Taylor Micks (poetry), and Katherine Kendig (fiction)
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery) [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing MFA program and Krannert Art Museum

Thursday, September 22 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | Sudden Sound Concert
Featuring Mary Halvorson and Stephan Crump in the duo, "Secret Keeper". Guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Stephan Crump are collaborators and composers whose recent second release Emerge reveals a new level of chemistry. The duo's Intakt records debut was Super 8.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery) [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, Illinois School of Music, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM




October 2016

Saturday, October 1 · 3 pm
KAM Chamber Music Series | Lyric Theatre at Illinois
Fusing the performing and visual arts, KAM galleries transform into an intimate performance venue where listeners can engage with top chamber music musicians from the University of Illinois. This concert will feature students from Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, a comprehensive program embracing a broad continuum of opera and musical theatre to reflect the artistic demands of the 21st century musical stage as the program reinforces the highest standards of singing, acting, and movement.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery) [Map]



Thursday, October 13 · 7 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Café
SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, and Black Power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]

Sponsored in part by African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum

Thursday, October 20 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | Sudden Sound Concert
Eric Leondardson is an audio artist who performs with the Springboard, an instrument built by the artist to explore the sonic potential of coil springs and other materials and amplified by a piezo disc contact microphone. Leonardson's trio evokes otherworldly landscapes in sound.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery) [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, Illinois School of Music, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM

Saturday, October 22 · 2 pm
Student Dance Performance| Baby Blue
Baby Blue is a one-day showing of work led by Oksana Kuzma in collaboration with BFA students in the Department of Dance, exploring the essence of improvisational techniques in a site-specific environment. Exposing raw movement through simplicity, repetition, and duration, this work is aimed at generating a conversation about the moments in life that transcend boundaries and unify us as humans with similar experiences, losses, and relationships.

In correlation with the museum’s exhibit, Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle, Baby Blue asks the questions: what is lost through displacement? And what origins we choose to hold onto as we relocate? This evening promises ambient modern dance, visual ecstasy, and an invitation to leave this world for a brief moment and enter into a state of reflection, examination, and inquiry.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery) [Map]

Choreographed by Oksana Kuzma in collaboration with dancers, Abi Elliot, Diana Shepherd, Phoebe Ballard, Lauren Mendelson, and Sarah Stern. Cinematography by Oksana Kuzma.

Thursday, October 27 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | VOICE Reading Series
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois, featuring Katrina Gaffney (poetry), Alison Syring Bassford (fiction), and alumnus John Dudek (poetry)
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery) [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing MFA program and Krannert Art Museum

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November 2016


Thursday, November 3 · 7 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Café
SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, and Black Power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]

Sponsored in part by African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum

Thursday, November 17 · Celebrate Opening Night
Celebrate with us and get a first look at KAM's newly renovated main floor galleries. The evening will feature live music, refreshments, and the opening of new art exhibitions.

Private Preview & Reception for Museum Members | 5–6 pm Reception catered by Michaels' Catering

To attend, please RSVP to Chris Schaede by Friday, November 4 via email or by calling 217-244-0516.

Public Opening Reception | 6–7 pm
With opening welcome by Acting Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and Museum Director Kathleen Harleman at 6 pm.

Public opening reception hosted by the Krannert Art Museum Council.

Thursday, November 17 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | VOICE Reading Series
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois, featuring Liz Howey (fiction), Nick Molbert (poetry), Amelia Hawkins (fiction)
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery) [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing MFA program and Krannert Art Museum

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Sudden Sound Concert Series

The Sudden Sound Concert Series presents leading artists in the fields of improvised music and the jazz avant-garde, establishing Krannert Art Museum as a destination for enthusiasts of today’s most progressive music from the US and abroad.
Curated by Jason Finkelman, director, Global Arts Performance Initiatives

Sponsored in part by the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, Illinois School of Music, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM

September 22 · 7:30 pm
Featuring Secret Keeper
Meeting as members of the New York creative music scene in 2011, guitarist /composer Mary Halvorson and bassist/composer Stephan Crump immediately planned to collaborate. Their recent second release Emerge reveals a new level of chemistry first heard on their Intakt Records debut, Super 8. Crump last appeared in Urbana in 2014 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as a principal member of Vijay Iyer's Trio, while Halvorson is making her second Sudden Sound appearance this year. Her first was as a member of the Tomeka Reid Quartet.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL gallery) [Map]


October 20 · 7:30 pm
Featuring Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio Eric Leonardson is an audio artist who performs internationally with the Springboard, an instrument he constructed in 1994 to explore the sonic potential of coil springs and other readily available materials amplified by a piezon disc contact microphone, which he plays with cello bows and homemade friction mallets.

Leonardson's performances illustrate how vigrations from materials and everyday objects may produce uniquely striking sounds for composed and improvised works. His trio evokes otherworldly landscapes in sound. Glen Engstrand of The Improvisor remarks, "The music travels between mesmerizing and explosive. My guess is that [Leonardson] improvises locally but composes globally."
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL gallery) [Map]


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Voice Reading Series (2015), Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

VOICE Reading Series

The VOICE Reading Series showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois. The 2016–2017 season will include readings by Chekwube Danladi, Taylor Micks, Katherine Kendig, Katrina Gaffney, Alison Syring Bassford, alumnus John Dudek, Liz Howey, Nick Molbert, Amelia Hawkins, Annah Sidigu, Will Schwartz, Skyler Lalone, Edgar Garbelotto, Jess Willard, Caitlin McGuire, Michael Hurley, Ben Miller, and alumnus Zach McVicker.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing Program and Krannert Art Museum

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Image:

Secret Keeper
Mary Halvorson and Stephan Crump
2012
Photo by Gus Powell
© Gus Powell

Voice Reading Series
at Krannert Art Museum
2015
Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly