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.

January  |  February  |  March  |  April  |  May



January 2017

Thursday, January 19 · 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 Annah Sidigu, Will Schwartz, and Skyler Lalone
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio | Map

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

Opening Night | January 26, 2017

Celebrate with us and get a first look at the season's new art exhibitions. The evening will feature live music, refreshments, and the company of Champaign-Urbana art enthusiasts.

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

To attend, please RSVP to Chris Schaede by Friday, January 20 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, January 26 · 7:30 pm
Artist Performance | Autumn Knight
El Diablo y Cristo Negro
(60 min)
This series of scripted and improvised comedic dialogues explores the entwined relationship between good and evil, with the Devil and Black Christ as pivotal personas and appearances by Black Christ’s therapist and a flesh-eating monster. This performance is inspired by the Festival de Cristo Negro (Black Christ Festival) and regional mythology in Portobelo, Panama, asking broad questions about the place of religion and belief in evil among black cultures of the Americas. Featuring Chivas Michael, Autumn Knight, and Xavier Roe. Presented as part of the exhibition Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court Gallery | Map

Exhibition and performances sponsored in part by the Department of Dance, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Women’s Resources Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Intersections Living-Learning Community, and Krannert Art Museum. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

Saturday, January 28 · 2 pm
KAM Chamber Music Series | Rudolf Haken
Haken am Bach
(Part 1 of 2)
Featuring Bach sonatas, partitas, and suites, arranged for five-string viola and performed by Professor of viola, Rudolf Haken as a two-part series of Saturday concerts. The KAM Chamber Music Series is a program presented in partnership with the School of Music to explore connectivity between the visual arts and music and to enable visitors and listeners to experience performances by talented faculty artists in an intimate gallery setting. The series is curated by Daniel McDonough, clinical assistant professor of Music and member of the Jupiter String Quartet.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery | Map





February 2017

Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 · 2 pm
In Gallery Performances | In Rehearsal
(60 minutes)
Join the exhibition In Rehearsal as a performer negotiates the installation's physical possibilities and constraints.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court Gallery | Map



Thursday, February 2 · 7 pm
SPEAK Café | Open Mic Coffeehouse

SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, music, poetry, empowerment, and expression of the black experience at Illinois. It is free and open to all. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson.
Location: KAM Main Level, Espresso Royale Palette Café

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

Saturday, February 4 · 2 pm
Concert | The Maddy Marsan Project

Maddy Marsan performs original contemporary folk songs with a double reed quintet. This acoustic concert will feature vocals, guitar, two oboes, two bassons, a contrabassoon, and percussion
Listen Now
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery



Thursday, February 16 · 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 Edgar Garbaletto, Jess Willard, and Caitlin McGuire
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery | Map

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

Saturday, February 18 · 2 pm
KAM Chamber Music Series | Rudolf Haken
Haken am Bach
(Part 2 of 2)
Featuring Bach sonatas, partitas, and suites, arranged for five-string viola and performed by Professor of viola, Rudolf Haken as a two-part series of Saturday concerts. The KAM Chamber Music Series is a program presented in partnership with the School of Music to explore connectivity between the visual arts and music and to enable visitors and listeners to experience performances by talented faculty artists in an intimate gallery setting. The series is curated by Daniel McDonough, clinical assistant professor of Music and member of the Jupiter String Quartet.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery | Map


Saturday, February 25 · 2 pm
Dance Performance | Whatever... A Work in Progress
Breaking out of her typical dance-making rituals, choreographer Rebecca A. Ferrell will be showing works in progress of her new piece, Whatever... A Work in Progress, throughout the country. Her dancers, Carla Gruby and Charles Gowin, rehearse for an hour prior to each showing and then perform the piece in its current state. Whatever... A Work in Progress is a best friends' pas deux disguised as a heteronormative duet but really everyone is queer. Also a love letter to America. Also a ballet. Also a bullfight.
More on Rebecca Ferrell
Location: KAM Main Level, East Gallery | Map


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March 2017

Thursdays, March 2, 9, & 16 · 2 pm
In Gallery Performances | In Rehearsal
(60 minutes)
Join the exhibition In Rehearsal as a performer negotiates the installation's physical possibilities and constraints.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court Gallery | Map



Thursday, March 2 · 7 pm
SPEAK Café | Open Mic Coffeehouse

SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, music, poetry, empowerment, and expression of the black experience at Illinois. It is free and open to all. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson.
Location: KAM Main Level, Espresso Royale Palette Café

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

Saturday, March 4 · 2 pm
KAM Concert | Etherphonic Theremin Orchestra
Eight space-controlled theremins will perform eerie, otherworldly improvised soundscapes in one of the largest ensembles of its kind. Conducted by Barry R. Morse, DMA.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom | Map


Thursday, March 9 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | Sudden Sound Concert
Attic Talent featuring Darin Gray and Robert Beatty

Attic Talent is a duo exploring surrealistic blends of melodic, haunting, and beautiful sound with original projection art featuring Darin Gray (upright bass, percussion, electronics) and Robert Beatty (electronics, visuals). While best known as a bassist regularly on tour with TWEEDY, On Fillmore, Jim O’Rourke, and William Tyler, Gray’s prepared bass and electronics setup has been featured in collaborations with leading improvisers in Chicago, Europe, Brazil, and Japan. Gray has been collaborating with Lexington, Kentucky-based visual artist and electronic musician Robert Beatty for the past three years, releasing their debut album in correlation with this Sudden Sound performance.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery | Map

Sponsored in part by the Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, School of Music, an anonymous donor, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM

Thursday, March 16 · 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 Michael Hurley, Ben Miller, and Zach McVicker
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery | Map

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

Thursday, March 30 · 7:30 pm
Artist Performance | Autumn Knight
Here and Now
(150 min)
Drawing on elements of psychology and theatre, this performance is a constructed situation exploring group relations as a means to self-knowledge among participants. Featuring Kelley Hershman and Autumn Knight.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court Gallery | Map

Exhibition and performances sponsored in part by the Department of Dance, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Women’s Resources Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Intersections Living-Learning Community, and Krannert Art Museum. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

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April 2017


Tuesdays, April 5 & 26 · 2pm
Gallery Performances | Music of Lament
(60 minutes)
A cellist joins the exhibition In Rehearsal to perform the music of lament.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court Gallery | Map



Thursday, April 6 · 7 pm
SPEAK Café | Open Mic Coffeehouse

SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, music, poetry, empowerment, and expression of the black experience at Illinois. It is free and open to all. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson.
Location: KAM Main Level, Espresso Royale Palette Café

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

Wednesday, April 12 · 2:30 pm
Gallery Conversation | Choreography and Trauma

(60 minutes)
Dancers respond to Knight's invitation to speak on themes related to the artist's work. This conversation will feature Rebecca A. Ferrell, Cynthia Oliver, and Endalyn Taylor from the Department of Dance and featured performer in "Lament" Abijan Johnson.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court Gallery | Map



Wednesday, April 19 · 7:30 pm
Artist Performance | An Experimental Freezing of a Room Through Metaphorical Means

(30 minutes)
Enacting two "scores" of artists' instructions from the longstanding exhibition do it, initiated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, this performance features Autumn Knight as a figure of black motherhood against the courtroom soundtrack of George Zimmerman's acquittal of the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida in 2013.
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Pool, 201 East Peabody Drive



Thursday, April 20 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | Sudden Sound Concert
Cooper-Moore

Cooper-Moore is an instrument-builder/designer based in New York City, whose music is informed by the avant jazz and improvised music communities he regularly performs in since the early 1970s, but is also deeply rooted in the Gospel, Blues, and Bluegrass traditions from his upbringing in rural, segregated Virginia. As part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, this solo performance will feature handcrafted instruments constructed from found and repurposed materials including diddley-bow, three-string fretless banjo, and mouth bow. Cooper-Moore last appeared in the Sudden Sound Concert Series as a member of Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host (April 2015).
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery | Map

Sponsored in part by the Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, School of Music, an anonymous donor, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM

Thursday, April 13 · 7:30 pm
Artist Performance | Autumn Knight
Lament
(30 min)
In this choreographed performance, Knight proposes specific movements, coded with languages of addiction, class, and mental illness while ruminating on laments in music and popular culture. The performance features Abijan Johnson, in collaboration with choreographer Rebecca A. Ferrell.
Location: University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 West Pennsylvania Avenue

Exhibition and performances sponsored in part by the Department of Dance, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Women’s Resources Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Intersections Living-Learning Community, and Krannert Art Museum. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.


May 2017

Thursdays, May 4 & 11 · 2 pm
In Gallery Performances | In Rehearsal
(60 minutes)
Join the exhibition In Rehearsal as a performer negotiates the installation's physical possibilities and constraints.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court Gallery | Map


Friday, May 19 · 7 pm
Art Remastered | Solo Showcase

Come support local musicians as they respond to artwork on display at Krannert Art Museum. Tour the galleries as musicians perform solo works near the artwork they have chosen for inspiration. Organized by Kamila Glowacki.

Featured performers include:
Cii La'Cole
Olguie Freyre-Homar
Brandon Beachum
Cole Rabenort
Kayla DeSouza
Maddy Marsan
Eric Stanley
Location: KAM Main Level, All Galleries | Map




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 Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, School of Music, an anonymous donor, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM

Thursday, March 9 · 7:30 pm
Attic Talent featuring Darin Gray and Robert Beatty
Attic Talent is a duo exploring surrealistic blends of melodic, haunting, and beautiful sound with original projection art featuring Darin Gray (upright bass, percussion, electronics) and Robert Beatty (electronics, visuals). While best known as a bassist regularly on tour with TWEEDY, On Fillmore, Jim O’Rourke, and William Tyler, Gray’s prepared bass and electronics setup has been featured in collaborations with leading improvisers in Chicago, Europe, Brazil, and Japan. Gray has been collaborating with Lexington, Kentucky-based visual artist and electronic musician Robert Beatty for the past three years, releasing their debut album in correlation with this Sudden Sound performance.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery | Map


Thursday, April 20 · 7:30 pm
Cooper-Moore Cooper-Moore is an instrument-builder/designer based in New York City, whose music is informed by the avant jazz and improvised music communities he regularly performs in since the early 1970s, but is also deeply rooted in the Gospel, Blues, and Bluegrass traditions from his upbringing in rural, segregated Virginia. As part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, this solo performance will feature handcrafted instruments constructed from found and repurposed materials including diddley-bow, three-string fretless banjo, and mouth bow. Cooper-Moore last appeared in the Sudden Sound Concert Series as a member of Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host (April 2015).
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel 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