Narcissus (detail), 2002-2014 by Edgar Orlaineta


January 30 through March 28, 2015

Guest curators: Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox

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.

The artists included in MetaModern, most of whom were born in the 1960s, question the reverence accorded to classic modernism. Too young to have grown up eating their breakfast cereal from a Russel Wright spoon while seated in an Eames molded chair, these artists appropriate the language of the modernist movement critically, using it to interrogate the meaning of style and its relationship to history.

Exhibiting artists are: Conrad Bakker, Constantin Boym, Kendell Carter, Jordi Colomer, William Cordova, Elmgreen & Dragset, Fernanda Fragateiro, Terence Gower,
Brian Jungen, Olga Koumoundouros, Jill Magid, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Dorit Margreiter, Josiah McElheny, Edgar Orlaineta, Gabriel Sierra, Simon Starling, Clarissa Tossin, Barbara Visser, and James Welling.

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

Traveling Exhibition Details | Checklist | Catalogue

Catalogue sponsored in part by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Exhibition sponsored in party by Fox Development Corporation, Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, Krannert Art Museum Director’s Circle, and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

Select programming for this exhibition:

Thursday, January 29 · 5–6 pm
Spring 2015 Private Members' Preview & Reception
Please RSVP to Chris Schaede by calling 217 244 0516
or emailing

Thursday, January 29 · 6–7 pm
Spring 2015 Public Opening Reception
With opening comments by guest curators Ginger Gregg Duggan
and Judith Hoos Fox at 6 pm
All Galleries

Cash bar provided by Michaels' Catering
Hosted by the Krannert Art Museum Council
Please note: the museum will remain open until 9 pm.

Thursday, February 26 · 5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation | MetaModern
Featuring exhibiting artist Conrad Bakker, associate professor of Painting and Sculpture; with David Weightman, professor of Industrial Design; and Harvey Opgenorth, MFA candidate in Studio Arts
East Gallery [Map]

Thursday, March 12 · 5:30 pm
Book Talk and Exhibition Tour | “A Novel Look at MetaModern
Featuring Carol Inskeep, adult services librarian, Urbana Free Library;
and Anne Sautman, director of Education, Krannert Art Museum.
Talk and tour based on the highly acclaimed novel The Glass Room
by Simon Mawer. Copies of the book are available at the Champaign
Public Library, the Urbana Free Library, and the Giertz Education Center
at KAM. Read it on your own or with a friend or book club, then join this
free tour that relates the novel to the MetaModern exhibition.
East Gallery [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Champaign Public Library, the Urbana Free Library, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Krannert Art Museum

Select Press for MetaModern

Interview with exhibiting artist Fernanda Fragateiro, produced by Joe Barlow, aired on WCIA ciLiving February 17, 2015

Interview with MetaModern curators Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan, produced by Jenese Harris, aired on WICD TV February 6, 2015

MetaModern preview in January 2015 issue of ARTFORUM, written by Martha Buskirk and featuring the artwork of Conrad Bakker

| Read Article |

Interview with MetaModern co-curator Judith Hoos Fox by Arts & Entertainment Editor Melissa Merli, published in The News-Gazette January 25, 2015

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"New takes on modern design, Wegman's art are highlights at Krannert Art Museum" published January 14, 2015, U of I News Bureau release by Jodi Heckel, featuring the artwork of William Wegman, Conrad Bakker, and Dorit Magreiter

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Edgar Orlaineta
Narcissus (detail)
Two LCW chairs
(Charles and Ray Eames, 1946, for Hermann Miller, reproduction), steel cables
Courtesy Sara Meltzer,
New York
© Edgar Orlaineta