Fall 2006

The School of Art + Design Faculty Art Exhibition
August 25 through September 24, 2006

One of the oldest annual faculty art exhibitions in the country, and a major event in the region, this show highlights the current achievements of the artists and upholds the national reputation of the school.

CANVAS: Electronic Gallery

CANVAS is a large, real-time, multidimensional virtual reality laboratory and exhibition space open to all during museum hours. CANVAS is a collaborative project with the Integrated Systems Laboratory at the Beckman Institute and the School of Art + Design. View installation photographs

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Exhibition programming

September 14
7–8 pm: Open Class
Rose Marshack, Nicholas Duchnowski, and Abby Watt direct How to Make Art for the CANVAS Without Knowing How to Program a Computer to assist in the creation of virtual worlds through text files, common sound, and picture files.

October 26
7–9 pm: Icons
The CANVAS presented three-dimensional immersive environments responding to the question "What is an icon?" created with Krannert Art Museum by artists and others from all over the world

bannister   Cosmic Consciousness:
   The Work of Robert Bannister

    August 25 through October 15, 2006
Guest Curator: Glen C. Davies

    Born in 1911, this outsider artist—a native of  Urbana—spent his early years convalescing  in a local sanitarium. Stricken with anemia in 1950, he left the home of foster grandparents to enter the Champaign County Nursing Home, where an occupational therapist introduced him to carving and drawing. After his release in 1961, he lived in a one-room apartment near West Side Park, painting, drawing, and writing works that are meditations on human life tinged with humor and a self-proclaimed "cosmic consciousness."

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Exhibition programming

September 21
5:30 pm: Gallery Conversation
With exhibition curator Glen C. Davies

Surrealist Interventions: Selections from
Krannert Art Museum and the University of Illinois Library

August 25 through March 4, 2007

Guest Curator: Jordana Mendelson

This exhibition paired Surrealist paintings, photographs, prints and drawings from the Krannert Art Museum collection with the movement's experiments in print culture—from manifestos and single-page tracts to elaborately designed serials and limited-edition books—on loan from the University's Library. Collaboration across media and continual reinvention in the face of controversy have contributed to Surrealism's reputation as one of the most vital and enduring avant-garde practices of the twentieth century.

Exhibition programming

September 28
5:30 pm: Film Screenings
Un Chien Andalou (1929), directed by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, and L'Age d'Or (1930), directed by Luis Buñuel

October 19
5:30 pm: Film Screenings
Eating Sea Urchins (1930), directed by Luis Buñuel, and Las Hurdes: Land without Bread (1933), directed by Luis Buñuel

svensson  David Svensson/SpaceLight
    September 1 through October 22, 2006

    This was the first U.S. museum presentation of  the work of emerging Swedish artist David  Svensson, who draws from the modernist  aesthetic in joining the practices of art and  design. Seven glowing sculptural works were  exhibited in the glass-walled link between the  museum and the School of Art + Design.  Following the exhibition on the U of I campus,  the I space Gallery in Chicago exhibited a site-specific film work by Svensson for the  I space windows.


Exhibition sponsored in part by the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden and the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts, with special thanks to Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Exhibition programming

August 31
8 pm: Gallery Conversation
With exhibiting artist David Svensson

saint in the city  A Saint in the City:
  Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal

    October 27 through December 31, 2006

    This exhibition explored the arts and
    expressive culture of Islamic West Africa
    through a dynamic and influential movement
    in Senegal known as the Mouride Way, based
    on the teachings of the Muslim saint
    Sheikh Amadou Bamba. A Saint in the City
    introduced audiences to the striking range of
    Mouride arts—from large popular murals,
    intricate glass paintings, and calligraphic
    healing devices to posters for social activism,
    colorful textiles, and paintings by inter- nationally-known contemporary artists. The
    presentation included a devotional sanctum filled with sacred imagery and an urban market scene capturing the bustle of contemporary Dakar.

Exhibition was organized and produced by the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, and curated by Dr. Mary Nooter Roberts and Dr. Allen F. Roberts in collaboration with Senegalese community leaders and artists in both Dakar and Los Angeles.

It was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities. Additional support was provided by the UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center. Exhibition sponsored in part by the Krannert Art Museum Council and Hampton Inn

Exhibition programming

October 27
12 pm: Lecture
"Praising the Saints in Senegalese Popular Music," a talk by Dr. Patrica Tang

November 6
4 pm: Lecture
"Serene Shadows: Aura and Icon in Postcolonial Senegal," a talk by Allen F. Roberts, Deparment of French and Francophone Studies, University of California at Lost Angeles

December 6
A Saint in the City Colloquium
Featuring exhibiting artists and scholars speaking on Sufism around the world, with keynote address by exhibition curator Dr. Mary Nooter Roberts

klee   When We Were Young: New    Perspectives on the Art of the Child
    October 27 through December 31, 2006

    Guest Curator: Jonathan Fineberg

    While frequently studied from the point of view of
    cognitive psychology and pedagogy, art by children
    has not been seriously addressed by art historians.
    When We Were Young juxtaposed selected child-
    hood works of preeminent historical artists with
    modern and contemporary children's drawings to
    demonstrate their visual richness and inventive-
    ness and to explore the criteria used for assessing
    prodigious artistic talent in the very young.

Organized by Krannert Art Museum and The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Exhibition sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation

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Exhibition programming

November 2
5:30 pm: Gallery Conversation
With exhibition curator Jonathan Fineberg

strad   Music and Art of the 17th–18th Centuries:    A Quartet of Ornamented String    Instruments by Antonio Stradivari
    October 27 through December 3, 2006

    This exhibition featured three of the eleven known  decorated instruments made by Stradivari, on loan  from the Smithsonian Institution. The exquisite  marquetry and ornamental design of these master- pieces typify the sophistication of baroque decorative  art. This was a unique opportunity to see and hear remarkable instruments. The musical program and  visual arts context in which they were exhibited  covered the 17th—18th centuries.

    The exhibition and related programs were sponsored by the  Sousa Archives.

    Exhibition programming

    November 12 1 pm: Musical Performance "A Musical Serenade: Stradivari's Decorated String Quartet  Smithsonian Chamber Players"