January 27 through July 8, 2017
Organized by the graduate students of ARTH 546, a practicum in curatorial methods: Alyssa Bralower, Yue Dai, Evin Dubois, Maria Garth, Michael Hurley, Cory Imig, Lilah Leopold, Jenny Peruski, Luis Gonzalo Pinilla, and Allison Rowe.
The course was led by Terri Weissman, associate professor of Art History, and Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary art.
The year 2017 marks the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the founding of the University of Illinois.
Land Grant draws from libraries, archives, and collections across campus to propose an expanded field for considering the university—its founding and history, land use practices, and questions of indigeneity—all while assessing the current status of public higher education in the United States. Recognizing the ability of images to both legitimize and contest power, and experimenting with curatorial methods of evidence and inquiry, this exhibition takes stock of where we, as university students, stand today in relation to such questions.
In addition to individual lenders, Land Grant works with materials from Krannert Art Museum, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, University Archives, the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, the Geological Samples Library, the President's Office, the College of Engineering, and the Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library.
Select programming for this exhibition:
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
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.
Gallery Conversation | March 2 · 5:30 pm
Exhibition organizers will give a gallery tour at 5:30 pm, followed by a Gallery Conversation with faculty members Kevin Hamilton, David Hays, and Terri Weissman, who will discuss themes of the exhibition, their own work, and the art and archival materials on view at 6 pm. All are welcome.
Billy Morrow Jackson
We The People:
The Land-Grant College Heritage
Oil on board
Museum Purchase through the John Needles Chester Fund