Dynamic Structures: American Abstract Artists
March 2 – May 14, 2017
Main Level, West Gallery
Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite
In 1936, several artists in New York City, who grew tired of the lack of exhibiting opportunities for abstract artists, convened to discuss ways to promote and further the works of abstraction. The American Abstract Artists (AAA) emerged as a diverse group who engaged in various applications of abstraction: dynamic, clear geometry; abstraction influenced by surrealism and expressionism, often with biomorphic elements; and abstraction informed by the natural landscape. Overlooked during the 1930s and 1940s by major institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, the AAA aggressively protested these institutions and instead held their own exhibitions and forums to help garner acceptance of abstract art. The AAA can be seen as a predecessor to the New York School and abstract expressionism.
This exhibition features works from past members of the AAA, including Josef Albers, Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Corazzo, Sidney Gordin, Balcomb Greene, Gertrude Greene, Carl Holty, Karl Knaths, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, George L. K. Morris, Louise Nevelson, Irene Rice Peirera, Beatrice Riese, Judith Rothschild, Louis Schanker, Charles Green Shaw, Esphyr Slobodkina, David Smith, Julian Stanczak, Joan Waltemath, and Jean Xceron.
25th Annual Petals & Paintings Gala and Floral Design Exhibition
April 6–9, 2017
Main Level, All Galleries
Opening Gala and Silent Auction · 6:30–9 pm, April 7, 2017
Floral Design Exhibition · 9 am–5 pm, April 8 and 12 noon–5 pm, April 9, 2017
School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
April 7–22, 2017
Main Level, East Gallery
This annual exhibition represents the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in studio art and design. Marking a meaningful step further into the art world, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the artists’ exceptional creativity and inventiveness.
Public Opening Reception · 5–7 pm, April 8, 2017
Where the Arts Meet Physics
April 13–20, 2017
Lower Level, Classroom Studio
This exhibition presents projects stemming from the course Where the Arts Meet Physics, conducted by Smitha Vishveshwara, associate professor of Physics. The 2017 course surveyed exciting ways in which science has joined hands with a broad spectrum of the arts and celebrated the marvelous creations that emerged from this synergy.
Public Opening Reception · 5–6:30 pm, April 13, 2017
School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
May 6–14, 2017
Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Annex, and Light Court
In this annual exhibition, BFA graduates present a range of art and design studio practices that illustrate new and established technologies in material and virtual realms. The exhibition gives a public form to an undergraduate curriculum committed to the arts as a distinct and necessary approach to understanding, as well as an expression of diverse human experiences.
Public Opening Reception · 5–7 pm, May 6, 2017
Closing Commencement Reception · May 14, 2017
August 24, 2017 through March 24, 2018
Co-curators: Allyson Purpura, senior curator & curator of African art and Prita Meier, assistant professor of Art History
World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean will be the first major traveling exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili coast and their historically deep, fluid, and enduring connections to eastern and central Africa and the port towns of the western Indian Ocean world. The exhibition will offer audiences an unprecedented opportunity to view over 100 artworks brought together from public and private collections in East Africa, Europe, Oman, and the United States. Drawing from both historical and contemporary periods, World on the Horizon will explore the Swahili coast, hinterland, and western Indian Ocean rim as worlds linked not only by centuries of trade, but also through the flow of aesthetic ideas and practices that have long traversed the region. It will invite visitors to see Swahili aesthetic forms as itinerant and open to re-visioning across both time and space, and to consider what happens when different systems of signification meet in culturally confluent zones like the Swahili coast.
Available for travel.
World on the Horizon has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor*; ADAA Foundation Curatorial Award and the Association of Art Museum Curators; College of Fine + Applied Arts Creative Research Award; Campus Research Board.
2017 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition
August 24 through September 23, 2017
Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future)
August 24 through December 22, 2017
Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Annex, Light Court, and West Gallery
Curated by Kristin Romberg, assistant professor of Art History
This exhibition takes the centennial of the Russian Revolution as an occasion to think about revolution as a broad category. It adopts a working method employed by early twentieth-century political organizers who co-authored slogans as a brainstorming device for developing consciousness of their contemporary situation and consensus about how to move forward. These slogans were intended less as propaganda than as agitation, propositions to be picked up and discussed in an ongoing process of collective self-production. Each of the works of contemporary art in this exhibition—by Chto Delat’, Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Jennifer Moon, Tameka Norris, and The Propeller Group—has been selected for its potential to start a conversation about what revolution means in our contemporary moment.
The exhibition is part of a series of programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, looking at the global impact of the Russian Revolution over the past 100 years.
Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting, and the Life Sciences in Early Modern Europe
August 24 through December 22, 2017
Main Level, Contemporary Gallery
Curated by Maureen Warren, curator of European and American art
Krannert Art Museum
Photo by Kathryn Koca Polite