Spring 2013

Blind Field

January 25 through March 31, 2013

Curators: Tumelo Mosaka and Irene V. Small

Guimaraes and Corederio, Campo Cego (Blind Field)

Brazil has long been called "the country of the future." From the dramatic construc-
tion of the ultramodern capital of Brasília in the late 1950s to the country's status as an emerging economic powerhouse in the 21st century, Brazilian national identity is inextricably intertwined with the idea of its potentiality. Yet the Brazilian saying from which this idea derives is more complex, for it suggests that the notion of potentiality is itself something of a mirage, an illusion that blinds its citizens to the reality of the present day. In 1970, the French sociologist and philosopher Henri Lefebvre described the "blind field" as a transitional zone that lies between socio-economic modes of production and escapes comprehension within existing ideological paradigms. This exhibition took up blindness as a critical category, a metaphor for the way in which the obstruction of perception can illuminate alternate modes of knowledge and experience. It focused on a young generation of artists working in Brazil who offered a critical perspective on processes of transition within contemporary society, be it from the public space of the street to the virtual zone of the computer screen, or the scale of local communities to the structure of large-scale political action. These works spoke to the complexity and heterogeneity of an art milieu that is both tied to the local and manifestly global in reach.

ARTISTS: Jonathas de Andrade, Tatiana Blass, Marcelo Cidade, Carolina Cordeiro, Marilá Dardot, Marcius Galan , Cao Guimarães, André Komatsu, Graziela Kunsch, Cinthia Marcelle, Rodrigo Matheus, Carlos Mélo, Lais Myrrha, Nicolás Robbio, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Shima (Marcio Shimabukuro), Marcelo Solá, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, and Héctor Zamora

Sponsored in part by Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I; the Francis P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts, U of I; Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, U of I; College of Fine + Applied Arts Creative Research Award, U of I; Fox Development Corporation; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, U of I; the Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art; Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago; and Krannert Art Museum; Image credit:Cao Guimarães and Carolina Cordeiro,
Campo Cego (Blind Field), 2008 © Cao Guimarães and Carolina Cordeiro

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Exhibition Programming

January 24
5–6 pm: Private Reception for Museum Members
6–7 pm:
Public Opening Reception (museum open until 9 pm)
With opening comments by Tumelo Mosaka and Irene Small, curators of Blind Field, at 6 pm
Cash bar provided by Michaels' Catering
Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

February 14, 5:30 pm
Artist Talk
“The Refusal of the Artwork”
With exhibiting artist Graziela Kunsch
Sponsored in part by Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art Fund and Krannert Art Museum

Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L'Ouverture Series

January 25 through April 28, 2013

Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) was one of the most influential and compelling painters of the twentieth century whose work focused on the struggles of historical and contemporary black culture. When twenty years old, Lawrence began a series of 41 paintings on the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the revolutionary who led the founding in 1791 of Haiti as the first republic established by former slaves. The Haitian Revolution has been an important symbol of the fight against slavery and the struggle for emancipation and civil rights in the United States and around the world. The Toussaint L'Ouverture series (1937–38) was on loan from The Amistad Research Center, Tulane University and was an important focus for the University of Illinois' celebration of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (1862).

Exhibition courtesy of the Armistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana and sponsored in part the Office of the Chancellor; Office of the Provost; Office of Equal Opportunity and Access; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and Krannert Art Museum; Image credit: Jacob Lawrence, Toussaint L'Ouverture Series, 1938 © Estate of Jacob Lawrence

Exhibition Programming

January 24
4–5:30 pm: Lecture
"Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'Ouverture Series: Historical & Art/Historical Contexts"
Barry Gaither, Executive Director, Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, will discuss this important series by Jacob Lawrence, his inspirations and style—which he once described as "dynamic cubism"—and his important legacy for American and Afro-American art.
College of Law Auditorium
Sponsored in part the Office of the Chancellor; Office of the Provost; Office of Equal Opportunity and Access; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and Krannert Art Museum

Processing the Everyday

January 25 through April 28, 2013

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

On a daily basis, we encounter a variety of stimuli that we consciously and unconsciously digest—a limitless combination of mass media imagery, banal and mundane objects, and other elements within our immediate physical surroundings. The works in this exhibition explored the different ways we navigate these occurrences of the everyday by highlighting both subtle and deliberate processes of art making, directly calling attention to particular aspects while, at other times, slowly revealing them. It is the close examination of the artwork's process that grants us a way into understanding and perceiving our own everyday life.

Starting in the 1950s with the rise of television and a growing consumerist culture, society became inundated with advertisements and other constructed images, forcing artists to seek not only new ways of defining art but also bringing attention to how social and cultural context constructs meaning and perception. Today, artists continue to investigate the changing contexts of art as our current technological advances and instant accessibility to information have the potential to blur the relationship between life and art. Focused on the latter half of the twentieth century, Processing the Everyday featured works by William Anastasi, Sam Jury, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, among others.

Sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Image credit:William Anastasi, Untitled, (Subway Drawing), 2008, Gift of Wynn and Sally Kramarsky 2011-2-1

Moshekwa Langa Counterpoints InstallationCounterpoints / Moshekwa Langa: Mogalakwena

January 25 through July 28, 2013

Curator: Allyson Purpura

Moshekwa Langa
Installation view, 2013
© Moshekwa Langa

Born in rural Bakenberg, South Africa in 1975 and now based in Amsterdam, internationally acclaimed artist Moshekwa Langa uses everyday objects and organic materials to create whimsical, map-like collages and imaginary landscapes that link disparate things. Langa's diaristic paintings and assemblages are born of a boyhood fascination with the power of words to conjure images in the mind's eye. Discovering that Bakenberg—located in the apartheid-era KwaNdebele "homeland"—was not even on the maps he was shown at school, Langa assembled his own map and inserted himself into it. Today, Langa is perhaps best known for his introspective, almost insurgent visual journeys through time, place, and memory, and for his attention to ephemeral acts and events that evoke enduring narratives of (be)longing, displacement, and solitude.

Immersive and topographical, Langa's poetic installations emerge from his intimate connections to people and places, often lost or left behind. Though free of distinct destinations, they are navigable terrains, adeptly exploiting the aesthetic and accidental offerings of his chosen materials. Langa "draws" with yarn and string, and delights in the abundance of small colorful toys interspersed among fanciful outcrops of books and LPs. The beet juice, salt crystals, wine, coffee, and tea with which he paints possess an organic materiality that is eternally giving, and in Langa's hands, capable of extraordinary beauty. Collaged adjacencies clipped and created anew become layered striations and fragmented terrains of Dutch tulip fields, South African thorn trees, mirages, and thresholds of interior, mystical spaces. Indeed, Langa's psycho-geographical mark-making throws into relief the limits of place-based identity, African or otherwise, and the liberating power to envison the spaces in between.

Sponsored in part by the Francis P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and AppliedArts, the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

Select Programming:

January 24, 5–6 pm
Private Members' Reception
Please RSVP to Chris Schaede (217 244 0516 or kam@illinois.edu) by Friday, January 18.

January 24, 6–7 pm
(museum open until 9 pm)
Public Opening Reception
With opening comments by Tumelo Mosaka and Irene Small, curators of Blind Field,
at 6 pm
Cash bar provided by Michaels' Catering
Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

February 21, 5:30 pm
Artist Talk
With exhibiting artist Moshekwa Langa
Lectureship supported by the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Ed Zagorski Visitors Series, and Krannert Art Museum

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts

MFA 2013April 11 through 28, 2013

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, 2013

School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts

BFA show 2013

May 4 through 12, 2013

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 and PaintingsPetals & Paintings

April 12 through 14, 2013

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 was curated by
Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute
of Floral Designers.

Miro DetailSurrealism and Its Influence

May 21 through July 28, 2013

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

With its beginnings in the literary arts, the modern art movement Surrealism explored the potential of an individual's unconscious to create expression. These artists and writers believed that the conscious mind repressed one’s imagination and sought to uncover the irrational in the everyday through their art. Due to the outbreak of World War II, many surrealist artists sought refuge in the United States, most settling in New York City. It was during this time that the émigré artists, namely Roberto Matta and Yves Tanguy, came into contact with and directly influenced young American artists such as William Baziotes, Jackson Pollock, and other abstract expressionists. Included in this exhibition are works by major surrealist artists as well as paintings, works on paper, and photographs by artists they influenced in the United States.

Image: Joan Miró, Homage to Miró (detail), 1973, Color lithograph
Gift of Nancy P. Saunders 1983-13-4

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