Fall 2010

School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition
August 26 through September 26, 2010


One of the most visible aspects of the rich collaborative relationship between KAM and the School of Art + Design, this ongoing annual exhibition provides the community with an opportunity to view new work by the school’s world-class artists and designers.

Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; the School of Art + Design; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Installation view, 2010

Exhibition Programming

September 16–5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation with A + D Faculty Artists with Luke Batten, associate professor of Photography and Patrick Hammie, assistant professor of Painting

Allan deSouza: The Farthest Point
August 26 through December 30, 2010

Curator: Allyson Purpura


The Farthest Point brings together new and recent works by the internationally recognized photo-conceptual artist Allan deSouza. Born in Nairobi in 1958 and of south Asian descent, deSouza moved to England with his family while still a child. He studied at the Bath Academy of Art and at Goldsmith’s College in London and was a key figure in the black British arts movement in the 1980s. Best known for creating images of elusive sensuality, much of deSouza’s work explores the conditions and consequences of being “placed” in racial, sexual, and temporal frames. Using his body and landscape as points of departure, his mixed-media photographic works combine illusion and pseudo-biographical narrative to explore the instability of memory and the pull between things familiar and foreign. In doing so, the artist probes our own attachments to the idea of “authentic” places, histories, and identities. Allan deSouza lives and works in San Francisco, where he is assistant professor of New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Lida Abdul, Blossom, from the Lost Pictures Series, 2004, C-print, Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, New York / New Delhi © Allan deSouza

Exhibition Programming

October 12–5:30 pm
CAS/Millercomm Lecture
"Migration Patterns: Art of the Fly," a lecture by exhibition artist Allan deSouza (this lecture was canceled)

October 14–5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation on the work of Allan deSouza
With John Jennings, professor of Graphic Design; Harry Liebersohn, professor of History; Fiona Ngô, assistant professor in Asian American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies; and moderated by Allyson Purpura, curator

The Bikeriders: Danny Lyon
August 26 through December 30, 2010

Curator: Tumelo Mosaka


“A picture is worth a thousand words” may be a cliché, but the challenge is one that photographer Danny Lyon has embraced throughout his career. Working in opposition to sterile and stereotyped images in the media, Lyon is committed to chronicling soberly the external world, to describing the underlying complexities of ordinary American lives. Lyon first published photographs as an activist for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, documenting Civil Rights protests across the country. The Bikeriders (1968), a body of work documenting the life stories of the notorious Chicago Outlaw motorcycle gang, established Lyon’s reputation as a photojournalist with a passion for examining his subjects closely. The photographs selected for this exhibition come from the museum’s permanent collection and chronicle the experience and lifestyle of the Outlaws, of which Lyon was a part for over two years.

Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Danny Lyon, Crossing the Ohio, Louisville, 1966, Silver gelatin print,Gift of Arnold and Temmie Gilbert 1988-14-8 © Danny Lyon

lautrec    Turn of the Century Posters:
    Toulouse-Lautrec and Others

    August 26 through December 30, 2010

    Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

    In the late nineteenth century, the rise of color
    lithography along with an increasing demand
    for advertisements presented artists with an
    alternative space to exhibit their artworks.
    Mass-produced posters ranged from large-
    scale ads for consumer products such as lamp
    oil and bicycles, to promotional materials for
    cabaret performances at the Moulin Rouge or
    the Divan Japonais. Artists were sought after to
    create intimate, small-scale prints for literary journals, playbills, and exhibition announcements, enabling their art and reputations to reach an ever-broadening audience. This installation from the museum’s permanent collection highlighted posters by artists including Pierre Bonnard, Alphonse Mucha, Jan Toorop, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and illustrates how artists utilized lithography for different purposes and with varying regional stylistic characteristics.

Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonais, 1893, Crayon, brush, spatter, and transferred screen lithograph, Estate of William S. Kinkead 1984-44-7

Lida Abdul
August 26 through December 30, 2010

Curator: Tumelo Mosaka


Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, artist Lida Abdul creates artworks in a variety of media that explore issues of migration, memory, and restoration. Specifically, her work addresses the destruction and political conflict that has wreaked havoc in Afghanistan in recent decades. In the late 1980s, Abdul was forced to flee her home country and live as a refugee in India and Germany before moving to the United States. Since 2001, she has returned to Afghanistan where she stages video-based works that examine nation-building efforts. Presently, she lives and works between Afghanistan and the United States.

Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Lida Abdul, In Transit, 2008, DVD video, 4 minutes 48 seconds, Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Giorgio Persano, Italy © Lida Abdul

paschke    Figures in Chicago Imagism
    August 26, 2010 through January 9, 2011

    Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

    While post-World War II artists in New York
    explored their inner creative processes
    through abstract expressionism, many artists
    in Chicago generated figurative works
    focused on issues created by the war. The
    Monster Roster, a group of Chicago artists
    that included Leon Golub, Theodore Halkin,
    and June Leaf, created intense works that
    illustrated their existential explorations
    through figuration. These artists, along with
    Don Baum, Peter Saul, and H. C. Westermann, influenced a younger generation of Chicago artists with their complete dedication to craft and craftsmanship, as well as with their witty sense of humor.

Many of these younger artists, such as Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, and Karl Wirsum, were students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1960s. Group names emerged from organized exhibitions—The Hairy Who?, Non-Plussed Some, and False Image—but collectively the artists were categorized as Chicago Imagists and known for quirky, humorous, and highly sexualized works that investigated what images are and how they function within different contexts. Though each artist possesses a highly unique style, all share formal commonalities and influences while working in a variety of media. This selection of paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection aimed to broaden the scope of Chicago Imagism by including not only artists commonly exhibited as such, but also those who were influential in the creation of the school.

Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Ed Paschke, Hubert, 1977, Lithograph, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Bernard R. Wolf 1983-41-21 © Ed Paschke

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lemieux    The Strange Life of Objects:     The Art of Annette Lemieux
    October 29, 2010 through January 9, 2011

    Guest Curators: Lelia Amalfitano and
    Judith Hoos Fox

    The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of
    Annette Lemieux
provides the first critical
    overview of this artist’s dynamic and varied
    career. Lemieux first garnered attention on
    the newly global art scene of the 1980s.
    Since that time she has continued to produce
    work that grows in depth and resonance,
    proving herself to be an artist of lasting
    significance. Her commitment to content over
    material motivates her to work with an ever-expanding range of media. Whether employing marble or scrim, paint or popular imagery, Lemieux masters and invents techniques and processes that correlate with states of mind, resulting in an artistic landscape that probes the personal, the conceptual, the political, the feminist, the literary, the critical, and the historical.

For this exhibition, work from the past twenty-five years was carefully selected according to both chronological and thematic developments in Lemieux’s practice, tracing themes such as the relationship between personal memory and cultural history, content and medium, and text as image.

Annette Lemieux is currently professor of the Practice in Studio Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Major funding provided by the Richard M. and Rosann Gelvin Noel Krannert Art Museum Fund with additional sponsorship by Fox Development Corporation; Fred and Donna Giertz; Nancy B. Tieken; Office of the Chancellor, U of I; Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council. Image credit: Annette Lemieux, Weight, 1990, Water-based ink and oil on canvas,Gift of Peter Michael 2006-8-1 © Annette Lemieux

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For information on the exhibition catalogue, please visit our catalogues page.

Exhibition Programming

October 28–6–8pm
Public Opening Reception
Featuring a gallery conversation with the artist at 6 pm and music by Los Guapos

November 4–5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation on the work of Annette Lemieux
With Brett Kaplan, associate professor of Comparative and World Literature and Jewish Studies; Ned O'Gorman, assistant professor of Communication; and Tim van Laar, professor of Art

August 26, 2010 through January 9, 2011

Guest Curator: Hank Kaczmarski


And though all animals fix their gaze upon the earth, he gave to man an uplifted face and bade him stand erect and turn his eyes to heaven. –Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Long before Ovid observed our need to find a place in the Universe, scientists and philosophers created images of the observed sky from their stationary platform on earth. From geocentric drawings in the 1493 Liber Chronicarum, three dimensional armillary spheres in the sixteenth century, and the heliocentric orrery to the modern understanding of our universe as expanding at unimaginable speed and being possibly only one of an infinite number of universes—artists, technicians, and now autonomous imaging robots have created a historical record capturing the artistry of Nature at the grandest scale.

A collaboration between Krannert Art Museum and the Illinois Simulator Laboratory of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Astronomic! highlights the history of imaging the Universe. Using 2D paintings, an electronic LED wall, 3D objects, and an immersive virtual reality viewing room (CANVAS), this exhibition enables museum visitors to consider the artistry of medieval representations of the Universe, explore 20th century artistic and satellite-imaged renderings of distant space, and fly through galaxies in 3D.

Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council.

Area High School    2010 Area High School
    Art Exhibition

    December 7, 2010 through January 7, 2011

    The School of Art + Design and Krannert Art
    Museum at the University of Illinois at
    Urbana-Champaign hosted the first annual     art exhibition for area high school art
    students in the Link Gallery. This exhibition
    was an opportunity for art students in area
    high schools to present their work to the
    community. Schools that were included:
    Champaign Centennial High School, Fisher
    High School, Heritage High School, Home
    and Independently Schooled, Oakwood
    High School, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, St. Thomas More High School, Unity High School, University High School, Urbana, Urbana High School, and Villa Grove High School