Spring 2012


Carolee Schneemann:
Within and Beyond the Premises


January 27 through April 1, 2012

Curators: Elizabeth Brown and Kathleen Harleman

(c) Carolee Schneemann

A multidisciplinary artist, Carolee Schneemann transformed the definition of contemporary art, steering it toward a discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. Schneemann initially examined these issues through the medium of painting, but in the early 1960s she began employing other media—notably, performance art, installation art, and documentary photography—to explore suppressive taboos and the relationship between the individual human body and the social body.

This retrospective exhibition presented Schneemann's career from her earliest work to her most recent investigations, ultimately revealing the artist's thought process. The exhibition included paintings, drawings, photography, installation work, video projections, and writings. Schneemann is a MFA graduate from the School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Carolee Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises, curated by Brian Wallace, was first organized by and presented at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz from February–July 2010. This revised presentation was organized by Krannert Art Museum in partnership with The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington.

Sponsored in part by the School of Art + Design Ed Zagorski Visitor's Fund; Image credit: Carolee Schneemann, Aggression for Couples, 1972, Self-shot gelatin silver prints with hand coloring and collage, Collection of the artist, Photo: Susan Alzner © Carolee Schneemann

Exhibition Programming

January 26
5–6 pm: Private Reception for Museum Members
6–7 pm: Public Opening Reception (museum open until 9 pm)
Featured a gallery conversation with exhibiting artist Carolee Schneemann at 6 pm
Sponsored by the Krannert Art Museum Council

February 23
7 pm: Film screening of !Women Art Revolution
Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center and Krannert Art Museum

March 1
7:30 pm: Artist Lecture – "Mysteries of the Iconongraphy"
A visual lecture by Carolee Schneemann in which she discussed the mysteries of a notched stick, paper folds, indentations, and the slice of line in space, and how they were followed as unexpected structural motives, up to and including her recent photographic grids and objects.
Sponsored by the School of Art + Design Ed Zagorski Visitor's Series, Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Krannert Art Museum


Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from
Illinois Collections

January 27 through April 29, 2012

Guest Curator: Jon Liebman




Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections
was designed as a sampling tour through the world of American contemporary glass art, showing the wide diversity of technique and vocabulary used by the artists. Emphasizing the latter half of the fifty-year history, and including a few early pieces, the works in this exhibition were all drawn from the private collections of those living in Illinois, with a small bias towards artists with a connection to Illinois.

A few of the artists represented in the exhibition, including Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, and Joel Philip Myers were students of Harvey Littleton, while many others were students of Littleton's students. Almost all of the artists are actively producing glass art today, with the exception of Littleton, Labino, who is deceased, and William Morris.

Sponsored in part by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group, Fox Development Corporation, Jon and Judith Liebman, and Joy Thornton-Walter and John Walter; Image credit: Marvin Lipofsky, SF Tacoma Group #3, 2006–07, Blown glass, Courtesy of Donna and Barry Rice, Photo: Chris Brown © Marvin Lipofsky

Exhibition Programming

January 26
5–6 pm: Private Reception for Museum Members
6–7 pm: Public Opening Reception (museum open until 9 pm)
Featured a gallery conversation with exhibiting artist Carolee Schneemann at 6 pm Sponsored by the Krannert Art Museum Council

February 9
5:30 pm: Exhibition Tour
"Through the Glass, Looking," a tour with Jon Liebman, guest curator

March 8
5:30 pm: Panel Discussion
"Contemporary," with Jon Liebman, guest curator; Carmen Lozar, artist; John Miller, assistant professor of Art, Illinois State University; Amy Rueffert, instructor of Ceramics, U of I; and Joy Thornton-Walter, collector


After Abstract Expressionism

January 27 through April 29, 2012

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

Post-war Abstract Expressionism had
established itself as a popular style
within the art world by the late 1950s.
However, at that time many artists did
not share the same interest in exploring
the inner creativity of the artist and began
to challenge the Abstract Expressionists
by turning almost exclusively to culture.
Instead of exploring the artist's individuality, these assemblage and Pop artists renewed a relationship between art and everyday life by incorporating popular culture through the use of found objects and images from popular media.

This installation from the museum's permanent collection highlighted a broad range of artistic styles, mainly from the United States, during the late 1950s through the 1970s, from Nouveau Réalisme to Pop Art and Minimalism. The selection, including paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, and Niki de Saint Phalle, illustrated the various ways that artists attacked notions of modernism in very diverse styles.

Sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Image credit: Rinaldo Paluzzi, Spacial Construction, 1974, Acrylic on canvas, Gift of Dr. Frederick Van Abeele 1982-8-1,
© Rinaldo Paluzzi


Jerusalem Saved! Inness and the Spiritual Landscape

August 26, 2011 through May 13, 2012

Curator: Robert G. La France

In 1880, a collapsing roof damaged a monumental painting entitled The New Jerusalem by American painter George Inness. The artist recovered the mutilated masterpiece from the rubble and cut its remnants into separate paintings that now belong to different museums. In this exhibition, Krannert Art Museum exhibited its fragment, Evening Landscape, reunited with two counterparts from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, A Visionary Landscape and The Valley of the Olives, to recompose The New Jerusalem once again.

This exhibition shared the story of the rediscovery, conservation, and reconstruction of the painting by art historian Michael Quick and conservator Eric Gordon. It also introduced the contributions of scholars Sally Promey and former University of Illinois professor Rachael Z. DeLue to the interpretation of the painting's spiritual and scientific content. Landscapes from Krannert Art Museum's collection by painters influenced by Inness's style, and a late work by the artist himself, provided a survey of American landscape painting through the early twentieth century.

Sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Image credit: George Inness, The New Jerusalem, 1867–80, Oil on canvas, Reconstruction from three fragments: The Valley of Olives and Visionary Landscape, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland and Evening Landscape, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign; Photo © The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore


School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts

April 15 through 29, 2012

This annual exhibition represented the
culmination of intense artistic development
for graduate students in studio art and
design. Marking a meaningful step further
into the art world, the exhibition highlighted
and celebrated the artists' exceptional
creativity, curiosity, and inventiveness.

Sponsored by John and Alice Pfeffer;
Image credit: Installation view, 2012



School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts

May 5 through 13, 2012

In this annual exhibition, BFA graduates
presented a range of art and design studio
practices that illustrate new and established
technologies in material and virtual realms.
The exhibition gave public form to an under-
graduate curriculum committed to the arts
as both a distinct and necessary approach
to understanding, as well as an expression
of diverse human experiences.

Sponsored by John and Alice Pfeffer;
Image credit: Installation view, 2012



Petals & Paintings

April 20 through 22, 2012

Petals & Paintings is an annual two-day
exhibition and museum fundraiser that
features innovative floral displays created
by award-winning floral designers from
across the Midwest. The floral arrangements
are in response to works in KAM's permanent
collection. The exhibition is curated by
Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute
of Floral Designers.


Walking in Paris:
Viewing the City and Its Denizens in the 19th Century

May 22 through August 12, 2012

Curator: Robert G. La France

In this installation, the museum invited
viewers to visit Paris through a selection
of paintings, prints and photographs that
evoke the voyeuristic experience of the
flâneur, an idle stroller who enjoys the
urban environment in all its glory and
decadence. The selection of artists included
Pierre Bonnard, August-Louis Lepère,
Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,
and several others.

Sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Image credit: Camille Pissarro, Statue d'Henri IV, matin, soleil d'hiver (Statue of Henri-VI, Morning, Winter Sunlight), 1900; Oil on canvas; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Merle J. Trees 1951-1-2