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.
5 pm: Gallery Conversation
With exhibiting artists Ryan Griffis and Deke Weaver
Berni Searle: Approach
August 31 through December 31, 2007
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
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
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).
7 pm: Gallery Conversation
"Vedic Geometry and Tactile Mathematics," with Stewart Dickson, Visualization Research Programmer at the Integrated Systems Laboratory, Beckman Institute
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
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