August 28 through December 12, 2015

Curators: Amy L. Powell, Allyson Purpura, Kathryn Koca Polite
With assistance from doctoral student in Art History Dana Ostrander

Works of art are not singular or isolated things. Rather, we understand them in relation to the contexts in which they were produced and the investments they solicit from us—the feelings they engender, the values they accrue, and the communities they make. When considering a museum collection in terms of such attachments, the museum becomes an entangled actor, and the bonds between the institution and the objects in its care come into view as much as artists’ connections to their subjects and the forces of encounter between artwork and viewer.

Attachment is a thematic collaboration among KAM curators and draws from most areas of the museum’s permanent collection along with a selective number of loans. Organized under five themes—appendages, supports, shadow bodies, accumulations, and refusals—the exhibition examines critical scenes of attachment to encompass material, affective, bodily, psychoanalytic, cultural, political, and institutional frames of reference.

Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbott, Conrad Bakker, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ray Charles, Carl Chiarenza, Willie Cole, Isabelle Cornaro, Walker Evans, Vernon Fisher, Frank Gallo, Jess, Vera Klement, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Bea Nettles, Melissa Pokorny, Fritz Scholder, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Hedda Sterne, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, and Purvis Young; along with selections from the museum’s African, Asian, ancient Peruvian, and decorative arts collections, including Marcel Proust’s 18th-century settee.

Exhibition sponsored in part by Fred and Donna Giertz

Select programming for this exhibition:

August 27, 2015 | Main Level, All Galleries
5pm | Private Reception for Museum Members
Please RSVP to Chris Schaede by phone at 217 244 0516
or by email at by Friday, August 21 if planning to attend.

6 pm | Public Opening Reception
Cash bar provided by Michaels’ Catering
Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

October 1, 2015 | Main Level, East Gallery [Map]
5:30 pm | Gallery Conversation: Attachment
With Brett Kaplan, professor of Comparative & World Literature, director of Jewish Studies, and a Conrad Humanities Scholar;
Melissa Pokorny, associate professor of Sculpture; and
François Proulx, assistant professor of French
Moderated by exhibition curators Amy L. Powell and Allyson Purpura

November 12–14 | Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center
7:30 pm | November Dance 15: Attachment
KAM and Dance at Illinois are both exploring the theme of attachment. November Dance 15 celebrates the choreographic contributions of inventive Dance faculty and students, both past and present. For more information, visit

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Danny Lyon
From Lindsey's Room, Louisville (detail)
Silver gelatin print
Gift of Arnold M. and Temmie Gilbert
© Danny Lyon/ Magnum photos