Spring 2004

stringfellow   Jamming with the Man:
   Allen Stringfellow, A Retrospective

    June 4 through August 1, 2004

    Guest curator: Phoebe Wolfskill

    Allen Stringfellow, an important and understudied
    Champaign native, has dedicated his lifelong artistic
    pursuits to the celebration of African-American life
    and culture. Focusing predominantly on the themes
    of jazz music, dance, and African-American history,
    this exhibition paid tribute to Stringfellow's artistic
    career and facility working with a variety of mediums,
    including collage, watercolor, and paper mâché.

Image credit: Allen Stringfellow, Da Street Corner Blues, 1930s, Courtesy of the Nicole Gallery, Chicago

Exhibition programming

October 12–23
Community Mural Project
With local artists Lee Boyer and Derrick Holley

From Hand to Lip:
The Art and Technology of Making a Greek Vase

May 29 through August 1, 2004

Guest curator: Sarah Wisseman

Ancient Greek vases are artistic and technical masterpieces created by artists working in teams to construct, decorate, and fire the pottery. This exhibition featured vases along with photographs and x-rays that illustrated otherwise invisible forming and decorating techniques used by the Greek masters. From KAM's Featured Works Series (XVII).

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
April 24 through May 16, 2004

This annual exhibition is the culmination of three years of intense professional artistic development for graduate students in the School of Art + Design. The program offers ten areas of specialization: photography, industrial design, sculpture, painting, narrative media, metals, ceramics, glass, graphic design, and printmaking. Through the use of metaphor, symbolism, or documentation, this year's exhibition illustrated a spirit of interrogation that allows for both a new insight into contemporary iconography and a reexamination of the commonplace.

Petals and Paintings
April 16 through 18, 2004

Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, again curated this outstanding exhibition which combined works of art from the Museum's permanent collection with creative floral arrangements by award-winning floral designers throughout Illinois, the St. Louis area, and beyond.

Changing Rooms: The Creation of Cinematic Space
in the Works of Harry Horner

April 2 through September 19, 2004

Guest curator: Christine Catanzarite

Academy Award–winning production designer Harry Horner created vivid sets for films as diverse as Born Yesterday, The Hustler, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? This exhibition spotlighted two very different, but equally striking, films designed by Horner: from the small-town naturalism of Grover's Corners in Our Town (1940) to the opulence of Washington Square in The Heiress (1949). Original sketches and other production materials focused on Horner's artistic contributions to these two of his most successful films.

Exhibition programming

April 21
12 pm: Exhibition Walk-through
Guided tour of the exhibition led by exhibition curator Christine Catanzarite

Social Studies: Eight Artists Address Brown v. Board of Education
April 2 through May 23, 2004

Guest curator: David O'Brien

This exhibition brought together eight important contemporary artists to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case. The participating artists—Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Brett Cook-Dizney, Virgil Marti, Gary Simmons, Carrie Mae Weems, Pamela Vander Zwan, and Jennifer Zackin—each have a history of producing art that deals directly with gender, class, race, and politics. The exhibition not only drew attention to the historical court decision, but also provoked viewers to meditate on issues of identity, tolerance, and integration as they relate to education today.

Exhibition programming

April 7
5:30 pm: Artists@Krannert
Talk by exhibiting artist Pamela Vander Zwan

May 5
4 pm: Artists@Krannert
Talk by exhibiting artist Carrie Mae Weems

The Social Context of Violence in Ancient Peruvian Art
March 27 through May 23, 2004

Guest curator: Helaine Silverman

Ancient Peruvian art, including ceramics and textiles, often depicted battle scenes, triumphal processions, and warriors carrying trophy heads. This exhibition, held in conjunction with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities' year-long theme of “Violence,” investigated the meaning behind this iconography. From KAM's Featured Works Series (XVI).

Exhibition programming

May 9
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition by Helaine Silverman, exhibition curator

Picturing Performance: Japanese Theater Prints of the Utagawa School, 1790–1868
January 23 through March 21, 2004

Guest curator: Ronald Toby

Japanese artists and print publishers of the Edo period (1600–1868) celebrated the world of the kabuki theater and its stars in richly colored, crafted, and composed prints that are today highly prized for their vibrant originality. This exhibition gave the
visitor a glimpse into Japanese art, dress, and values during the last century of the Edo period. In 2000, the Utagawaha Monjinkai Foundation donated 50 of these works Ukiyo-e to the Giertz Education Center.

Exhibition and programming sponsored in part by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Department of East Asian Languages; School of Art + Design; Department of History, U of I; Illinois Arts Council; and Hampton Inn.

Exhibition programming

February 8
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition led by exhibition curator Ronald Toby

February 18
5:30 pm: Lecture
"Visions of a Japanese Vendetta: Chushingura on State and in Prints," a talk by Henry D. Smith, author and scholar on Japanese culture

Bon Coiffure: Hair Signs from West Africa
January 23 through March 21, 2004

Guest curator: Dana Rush

In Africa, la coiffure or “hairdressing” is both an art and a vocation that characterizes ethnicity and individuality. This exhibition featured a private collection of hairdressers' commissioned hand-painted “hair signs,” African sculpture from the permanent collection, as well as a work by Carrie Mae Weems that states "Went Looking for Africa and found it tightly woven in a woman's hair.” This was part of KAM's Featured Works Series (XV).

Exhibition programming

March 14
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition led by exhibition curator Dana Rush

Whistler and Japonisme:
Selections from the Permanent Collection

September 26, 2003 through March 28, 2004

The artistic style of James McNeill Whistler, which is so admired today, was not as well appreciated in the 19th century. Marking the 100th anniversary of Whistler's death, this exhibition highlighted his works on paper and examined the influence that Japanese woodcuts had on his artistic technique.

Exhibition programming

January 11
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition by Roxanne Stanulis, exhibition curator

mona hatoum   Beyond East And West: Seven Transnational Artists
    January 23 through April 4, 2004

    Guest curators: David O'Brien and  David Prochaska

    Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational  Artists displayed recent work by seven  important contemporary artists who come  from the region stretching from Egypt to  Pakistan, but who have lived much of their  lives in Europe or the United States. The  artists, Jananne Al-Ani, Ghada Amer,  Mona Hatoum, Y. Z. Kami, Walid Raad, Michal Rovner, and Shahzia Sikander, draw on their experiences of displacement and knowledge of multiple cultures to offer alternative visions of the contemporary world. They have crossed or collapsed political, cultural, and religious borders, and disrupted conventional and stereotypical representations of time and place, and of history and geography. Their art offers new kinds of intercultural understanding.

The exhibition addressed various experiences of travel, exile, diaspora, alienation, and integration, feelings of longing and belonging, memories of places and people, encounters with divergent views of sexuality and gender, alternate political understandings of the world, and cultural practices that both divide and unite us.

Exhibition sponsored in part by the Chancellor's Initiative for the Humanities in a Globalizing World; Silicon, Carbon, Culture: Combining Codes through the Arts, Humanities, and Technology; Krannert Art Museum Council; Illinois Arts Council; and Hampton Inn. Image credit: Mona Hatoum, Traffic, 2002, suitcases, plastic, metal, and human hair, Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York, Photo: Arturo Gonzalez de Alba

Exhibition programming

February 4
10 am: Exhibition Walk-through
With exhibition curator David O'Brien

February 7
4 pm: Video Presentation and Discussion
Screening of A Loving Man, by exhibiting artist Jananna Al-Ani, followed by discussion

March 3
5:30 pm: Gallery Conversation
"Beyond East and West" with exhibition curator David O'Brien

Beyond East and West Conference February 6–7:The conference, organized by David O'Brien and David Prochaska, explored contemporary transnational artistic practice, paying special attention to artists moving between the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States. It was held in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists . Participants include both major artists and leading scholars:

Evelyne Accad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jananne Al-Ani, artist, London
Fred Bohrer, Hood College
Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
Holly Edwards, Williams College
Okwui Enwezor, University of Pittsburgh/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keya Ganguly, University of Minnesota
Salah Hassan, Cornell University
Y.Z. Kami, artist, New York City
Jane Kuntz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Walid Raad, artist, New York City
Shahzia Sikander, artist, New York City
Zohreh Sullivan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Barbara Thompson, Dartmouth College

The conference and accompanying exhibition were funded with the generous support of: Silicon, Carbon, Culture Initiative, Hewlett Endowment for International Conferences, the Rohlen Fund for Visiting Artists, the Chancellor's Initiative for the Humanities in a Globalizing World, the School of Art + Design Visiting Artists Fund, the Crossing Borders Program, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the Miller Visiting Scholar Fund, the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society, the Program for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.