Fall 2007

School of Art + Design Faculty Art Exhibition
August 31 through September 30, 2007

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.

Exhibition programming

September 6
5 pm: Gallery Conversation
With exhibiting artists Ryan Griffis and Deke Weaver


Berni Searle: Approach
August 31 through December 31, 2007

berni searle

This exhibition contained seven large-scale pieces by South African artist Berni Searle, whose work in performance, photography, film, and video installation addresses racial and gender inequities through the use of her body, personal histories, and the construction of personal mythologies. Organized and circulated by the USF Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.

Exhibition support by the Nimoy Foundation, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs; the Arts Council of Hillsborough County; and the Board of County Commissioners. Image credit: Berni Searle, Home and Away, 2003, shot on S16mm film, transferred to DVD, 6 minutes, Camera: Alberto Iannuzzi, Assistant camera: Emiliano Fioré, Commissioned by NMAC Montenmedio Arte Contemporaneo, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain © Berni Searle


sponemann   The Archaeological Heritage of Illinois
    August 31, 2007 through June 7, 2009

    Guest Curators: Sarah Wisseman and  Tom Emerson

    Prepared by professional archaeologists at  the Illinois Transportation Archaeological  Research Program (ITARP), this exhibition presented objects of material culture  related to Native Peoples who lived in  Illinois from approximately 9500 BCE to  CE 1800. More than 100 items were on  display, including clay figurines, bracelets  and other ornaments, spear points and fish  hooks, pipes, cooking jars, digging and  weaving tools, and ceremonial objects of  exquisite quality and variety.

Krannert Art Museum worked with faculty and students of American Indian Studies, Native American House at the University of Illinois, and other collaborators including those whose ancestors are represented by these objects.

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Image credit: North America, Cahokia, Sponemann figurine, 12th century, flintclay, Courtesy of Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, U of I


intersculpt   Intersculpt 2007
    October 4 through 28, 2007

    Intersculpt is a global, networked exhibition  of digital sculpture realized through  computer-aided design, manufacturing, and  digital networks. This exhibition was  established in 1993 by l'Association Ars  Mathematica in Paris and has been held  biennially around the world. Artists from all  over the globe contribute 3-D models to a  central location via the World Wide Web in a
vetted contest; the winning sculpture designs are then printed in 3-D format in cities throughout the world.

The CANVAS Gallery presented Intersculpt 2007 in two thematic approaches: "mathematics" and "biomorphism." The first celebrated classical mathematically-derived and inspired sculpture, while the second conveyed the present artistic revival of cybersculpture inspired by "shapes of life"—humans, cells, animals, plants. The sculptures were presented both virtually, as 3-D objects in the CANVAS space, and physically as printed via computer-controlled machines. Intersculpt 2007 was simultaneously Webcast from L'Ecole Nationale Superieur des Artes et Metiers (ENSAM).

Exhibition programming

October 4
7 pm: Gallery Conversation
"Vedic Geometry and Tactile Mathematics," with Stewart Dickson, Visualization Research Programmer at the Integrated Systems Laboratory, Beckman Institute


facades  FACADES
    October 19 through December 30, 2007
Guest Curators: Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox

    An essential defining characteristic of architecture  becomes a pejorative when used to describe  people. The relationships between the outside of  a building and its interior, and between some- one's public face and the workings of his/her mind, were the subject of this gathering of recent  art. Gender roles, racial stereotypes, architectural  foils, and assumptions of all kinds came into play  in this investigation.

Exhibiting artists included Anna Nordquist Andersson, Janine Antoni, Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler, Vanessa Beecroft, Francis Cape, Jordi Colomer, Olafur Eliasson, Maria Friberg, Terence Gower, Huang Yan, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Wendy Jacob, Robert Lazzarini, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jillian McDonald, Christopher Rauschenberg, Joel Ross, Do-Ho Suh, Rick Valentin, and Michael Wolf.

Exhibition sponsored in part by the Fox Development Corporation; Office of the Chancellor, U of I; Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I; Illinois Arts Council; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and the Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler, Big Ten Coed, Mask No. 11, 2003, ink-jet print, Courtesy of the artists and Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago Illinois © Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler

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beauty  Consuming Racialized Beauty
    December 6 through December 12, 2007

    A student exhibition exploring the contemporary  politics of beauty, race, and representation,  Consuming Racialized Beauty provocatively  asked how the gendered and raced body is defined, disciplined, classified and ultimately  consumed as ugly/beautiful or un/desirable by  diverse publics. More than 15 works, ranging in  techniques from jewelry making to performance  to digital art, examined the relationships between  race, gender, sexuality and popular culture.

Image credit: Veronica Pomata, The Construction of Beauty, 2007, puzzle, Courtesy of the artist © Veronica Pomata