Spring 2005

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
April 30 through May 8, 2005

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 eight areas of specialization—photography, industrial design, sculpture, painting, narrative media, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Although focused on individual creative expression and therefore uniquely varied, the artwork typically deconstructs, reconstructs, and recontextualizes the perceived environment, presenting a visual map of the relationship between our consciousness, our values, and our enduring motivations.

January 29 through April 3, 2005

Guest curators: Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan

The artists' materials are ordinary, their patience and results extraordinary. As the digitized image on the plasma screen becomes the ubiquitous means of communication today, and the keyboard supplants the hand, a number of artists draw inspiration instead from the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement of a hundred years ago. Informed by process art of the 1970s and attached to the grid that has organized much of the art of the last fifty years, these artists use hobby and craft skills, including meticulous hand-beading, sewing, quilting, silhouette cutting, collaging, and collecting. Their two- and three-dimensional contemporary works negotiate a path between organic and geometric form, between the pixilated and the painterly. Although there have been other investigations of extreme craft, this is the first exhibition to focus on the work of artists whose subject matter is obsession—from homemaking to hobbies to addictions.

Exhibition sponsored in part by Donald and Alice Dodds; Fox Development Corporation; Krannert Art Museum Council; Illinois Arts Council; and Hampton Inn

Apocalypse Then: Images of Destruction, Prophecy, and Judgment from Dürer to the Twentieth Century
January 18 through April 3, 2005

Presenting five centuries of art inspired by apocalyptic writing and thought, this exhibition included woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer and interpretations of the Book of Revelation by Dürer, Gustave Doré, and Odilon Redon. Other works in the exhibition revealed how apocalyptic imagery was used by artists as diverse as Georges Rouault, Rockwell Kent, and Philip Guston to illustrate their political, social, and personal reactions to war and revolution, as well as William Hogarth, William Blake, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns reacting to the inevitability of evil and death.

Organized by Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Exhibition programming

February 27
2 pm: Lecture
"Apocalypse Now," a talk by Barbara Rossing, author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

March 13
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition by Lisa Rosenthal, professor of Art History

Of Books and Tales:
Salvador Dalí and the World of Imagination

November 2, 2004 through April 3, 2005

Curator: Gisela Carbonell-Coll

This year marked the centennial of the birth of the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), one of the most controversial artists of the 20th century. This exhibition of work from the Museum's permanent collection investigated Dalí's fascination with literary and mythological characters. This installation was part of KAM's Featured Works Series (XIX).

Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography
April 16 through June 5, 2005

Venturing into uncharted territory with photographic and video installations, Mapping Sitting uses portraits by Arab photographers, including passport studio photographs, photo "surprise," itinerant photography, and group portraits to present a dynamic picture of the Middle East. The exhibition also raises larger questions about identity and culture as they are represented in portraiture photography. This exhibition is organized by two contemporary artists, Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari, using photographs from the Arab Image Foundation, an archive in Beirut with more than 50,000 images taken by professional and amateur photographers from the late 19th century to the present.

Sponsored in part by Illinois Arts Council and Hampton Inn

Exhibition programming

Thursday, April 28
7 pm: Lecture & Gallery Conversation with Walid Raad
"The Atlas Group," an imaginary, non-profit cultural research foundation based in Lebanon and New York, uses mixed-media installations combining humor, personal recollection, archival material, and references to the mass media to comment on the memories and desires that underlie the writing of history. Gallery Conversation follows presentation.
Sponsored in part by the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Sunday, May 8
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition by Kevin Hamilton, School of Art + Design, UIUC

American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh
June 3 through August 7, 2005

The retrospective American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh, organized by the Indiana University Art Museum, represented the first complete survey of the artist's career ever assembled. It included over eighty-five photographs, with the majority drawn from the Art Sinsabaugh Archive at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Organized by Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington