Spring 2006


Uninterrupted Flux:
Hedda Sterne, A Retrospective

January 21 through March 26, 2006

Guest Curator: Sarah Eckhardt

Hedda Sterne's impressive art career began in the late 1930s when she exhibited with the Surrealists in Paris. She attained national prominence in the 1940s and 1950s, exhibiting with Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko, and her career continues into the present. Yet despite her dynamic body of work, Sterne has been almost completely ignored in art historical narratives of the post-war American art scene. Uninterrupted Flux: Hedda
Sterne, A Retrospective
brought together almost 100 works from museums across the country and Sterne's own collection, and highlighted notable periods in her artistic career, including her "Machine" and "Spray Roads" paintings, portraits, installations, and recent drawings.

Exhibition sponsored in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; John Deere Foundation; Illinois Arts Council; Donald & Alice Dodds; Fox Development Corporation; A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; Hickory Point Bank & Trust; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle Fund; Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts; and in-kind support provided by Hampton Inn. Image credit: Hedda Sterne, Machine 5, 1950, oil on canvas, Festival of Arts Purchase Fund

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Exhibition programming

February 9
7:30 pm: Sudden Sound Concert
"See Hear Now," a live, improvised performance-based projection art and music collaboration by Gisela and David Gamper, set in an immersing environment. Sponsored in part by the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts

February 12
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition led by Erin Donovan, curatorial assistant

March 2
7 pm: Gallery Conversation
"Life Drawing," with Lawrence Rinder, dean of Graduate Studies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and by the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts

pattern language   Pattern Language:
  Clothing as Communicator

    January 21 through April 9, 2006
The many functions of clothing vary culturally, geographically, and through history. This exhibition highlighted the ways in which artists go beyond the everyday utility of clothing, and instead use garments as a format to critique standard notions about clothing, fashion, and society, and to invent new forms of communication between wearers, their clothes, and the fashion system. The exhibition included historical work, contemporary projects new proposals, and interactive and wearable editions, some commissioned specifically for this project.
The exhibition was organized by Tufts University Art Gallery.

Exhibition sponsored in part by Fred and Donna Giertz; in-kind support provided by Hampton Inn. Alicia Framis, Anti_Dog Copywriting Unwanted Sentences, 3 May 2003, Birmingham, 2003 © Alicia Framis

Exhibition programming

January 26
6 pm: Gallery Conversation
With exhibition curator Judith Hoos Fox and Nicole Faurant, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

February 2
7 pm: Gallery Conversation
With Linda Scott, author of Fresh Lipstick

February 16
7 pm: Artist Talk
With Patrick Killoran, exhibiting artist

March 12
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition led by Judith Hoos Fox, curator

March 16
7 pm: Lecture
"Pictorial Politics of the Body: Studying Images of Underwear," by Olga Gurova, Fulbright Visiting Senior Scholar

Project 66: An Exploration of Utopia
Inspired by the Works of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

January 21 through March 19, 2006

Project 66 was both an installation and a website created by a group of students from the School of Art + Design, the Department of Computer Science, and other campus units who collaborated on the project in a summer 2005 course taught by professors Roy Campbell in Computer Science, Jonathan Fineberg in Art History, and Kevin Hamilton in Narrative Media and Painting.

To learn more about the project visit the following website: http://orchid.cs.uiuc.edu/people/adamczyk/final/

french poster  Pour la Victoire: French Posters
  and Photographs of the Great War

   April 18 through October 15, 2006
Guest Curators: David O'Brien and Emily Evans
Graphically charged, lushly colored lithographic posters from World War I vividly depict the place of women in the war effort, the need for personal sacrifice on the home front, and the position of French colonial subjects. This exhibition of French posters was drawn from University Archives holdings and accompanied by documentary photographs from the Rare Book Library.

Image credit: unknown French artist, Untitled (Victory), c. 1914–18

Exhibition programming

May 14
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition led by Emily Evans, exhibition co-curator

Designing Experiences:
How Graphic and Industrial Design Shape Daily Life

April 28 through July 30, 2006

Guest curators: Graphic and Industrial Design Program Students, with Henry Brimmer and Deana McDonagh

Design is less about generating products than it is about creating experiences through products that satisfy functional, as well as spiritual, cultural, social, tribal, and emotional needs. This exhibition profiled everyday products and solutions to visual communication problems created by U of I Graphic and Industrial Design alumni, and included information about the designers, their design process, and the history of the products.

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
April 15 through April 30, 2006

This annual exhibition represents the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in photography, industrial design, sculpture, painting, narrative media, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Composed of uniquely varied works, the exhibition formed a visual map that deconstructed, reconstructed, and recontextualized the perceived environment.

School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
May 6 through May 14, 2006

The work of over 100 BFA graduates in this 2nd annual exhibition displayed a broad range of art and design studio practices that illustrated new and established technologies in material and virtual realms. Participating students specialized in crafts, graphic design, industrial design, painting, sculpture, and photography.