Fall 2013 Exhibitions


August 30 through September 22, 2013

KAM’s OPENSTUDIO series presented performances in conjunction with artist residencies that were intended to forge interdisciplinary learning and cultural exchange between internationally renowned visiting artists, faculty, students, and the community. OPENSTUDIO 2 celebrated three major initiatives directed, choreographed, and performed by illustrious faculty members from the College of Fine + Applied Art’s Department of Dance and their celebrated colleagues from across the country.

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

Tere O'Connor: "Sister"

Tere O'Connor: Sister

Bleed, 2013
Choreographer: Tere O'Connor
Dancers: Cynthia Oliver and David Thomson
Photo: Natalie Fiol

2013 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and contemporary choreographer Tere O’Connor created a new duet, Sister for dance artists Cynthia Oliver and David Thomson.

Commissioned by KAM and premiering as part of OPENSTUDIO 2 on September 11 and 12, the duet was the third work in O’Connor’s Bleed project that looks at the multiple strata of information comprising a dance.

Bleed premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival December 11–14, 2013.

Jennifer Monson: "Live Dancing Archive"

Jennifer Monson: Live Dancing Archive

Jennifer Monson
Live Dancing Archive
Photo: Valerie Oliveiro

The extraordinary dance artist, choreographer, and Guggenheim award winner Jennifer Monson created Live Dancing Archive in three components: an evening length solo performance, a video installation, and a digital archive. The performance premiered to great acclaim at New York’s The Kitchen in February 2013; it was presented again as part of OPENSTUDIO 2 on September 19.

Live Dancing Archive (www.livedancingarchive.org) includes choreography by Monson, video installation by Robin Vachal, sound by Jeff Kolar, lighting by Joe Levasseur, costumes by Susan Becker, dramaturge by Betsy Brandt, production management by Davison Scandrett, digital archive by Young Jae Bae, and dressing by Tatyana Tenenbaum.

The video installation was shown as part of the OPENSTUDIO 2 exhibition, except when dance rehearsals and performances were taking place.

Renée Wadleigh: "Dance On Video Installation"

Renee Wadleigh: Dance On Video Installation

Approaching Green, 2005
Choreographer: Donna Uchizono
Dancers: Alex Escalante and Hristoula Harakas
Photo: Jason Akira Somma

Distinguished dancer with the Paul Taylor Company, choreographer, and teacher Renée Wadleigh’s Dance On Video Installation features world-class contemporary dance artists from the United States and abroad whose work embodies current concerns and developments in the visual arts.

The videos illustrate correspondences between developments in contemporary art and dance that took shape in the 1960’s and intensified by the middle of the 1990’s.

This installation ran from September 3–21 (see schedule of videos on view).

Select programming for this exhibition:

Tuesday, September 3 through Saturday, September 21
Dance On Video Installation
Collected and arranged by Renèe Wadleigh, professor in Dance,
"Dance On Video Installation" includes an impressive collection of dance
works on video from around the world (see complete schedule).
East Gallery

Monday, September 9 – 5 pm
Video Screening and Gallery Conversation
"The Intersection of Dance and the Visual Arts"
With Renèe Wadleigh, professor in Dance, featuring excerpts from her compilation Dance On Video Installation
East Gallery

Wednesday, September 11 – 7:30 pm
Dance Performance
Choreographed by Tere O'Connor, professor in Dance, and featuring
Cynthia Oliver, professor in Dance, and David Thomson, dance artist
East Gallery
A public reception and Gallery Conversation with the artists follows the performance.

Thursday, September 12 – 7:30 pm
Dance Performance
Choreographed by Tere O'Connor, professor in Dance, and featuring
Cynthia Oliver, professor in Dance, and David Thomson, dance artist
East Gallery
A Gallery Conversation with the artists follows the performance.

Wednesday, September 18 – 5:30 pm
Artist Talk
"Transmission Alert: Sonic Practice in the Electromagnetic Spectrum"
With Jeff Kolar, audio artist
East Gallery
Sponsored in part by Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts and Krannert Art Museum

Thursday, September 19 – 7:30 pm
Dance Performance
"Live Dancing Archive"
Featuring Jennifer Monson, professor in Dance
East Gallery
A Gallery Conversation with the artists follows the performance.

Choreography: Jennifer Monson
Video Installation: Robin Vachal
Composer: Jeff Kolar
Lighting: Joe Levasseur
Costumes: Susan Becker
Dramaturge: Betsy Brandt
Production Manager: Davison Scandrett
Digital Archive: Young Jae Bae
Dresser: Tatyana Tenenbaum

Correspondents of Ray Johnson

August 30, 2013 through January 5, 2014

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

Philip Guston, Curtain

Philip Guston
Curtain, 1980
Gift of Allen and Rachel Weller and the John Needles Chester Fund 1983-1-1
© Estate of Philip Guston

To complement the exhibition Return to Sender, the Gelvin Noel Gallery was the showcase for works from the museum’s permanent collection by artists who corresponded with the collagist and mail artist Ray Johnson. In 1962 Johnson founded the New York Correspondence School (NYCS), an international network of visual artists, writers, and celebrities who exchanged mail art and engaged in mail art events. Although he declared the NYCS’s “death” by 1973, Johnson continued to be quite prolific with his “add to and return” correspondence under different group names, such as the Buddha University and the Marcel Duchamp Fan Club. This exhibition included Pop artists such as Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Mel Ramos, and Karl Wirsum, with whose work Johnson’s shared similarities.

Sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and Krannert Art Museum

Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise

August 30, 2013 through January 5, 2014

Curator: Tumelo Mosaka

Christopher Baker, Hello World!

Christopher Baker
Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise, 2010
Photo: Chris Houltberg
© Christopher Baker

This project is an installation comprised of thousands of unique video diaries gathered from the Internet by the artist Christopher Baker whose works engage technology and its influence on our daily lives.

In this work, each video diary consists of individuals speaking candidly to an imagined audience about their intimate experiences. The installation is arranged in a rectangular grid with 5,000 faces all speaking. It produces a singular abstract image with a multi-channel sound shifting between individuals and groups to create an immersive sound scape.

The work examines how media tools like YouTube provide a democratic and participatory platform that is accessible and yet, unsuccessful at emotionally connecting with the public. HELLO WORLD! draws our attention to how social media has become a tool for exchanging information and ideas; however, there are also limits to what can be experienced through these web-based technologies.

Sponsored in part by IllinoisArts Council, a state agency and Krannert Art Museum

Return to Sender: Ray Johnson, Robert Warner and the New York Correspondence School

August 30, 2013 through January 5, 2014

Guest Curator: Miriam Kienle

Tables of Content: Ray Johnson and Robert Warner Bob Box Archive / MATRIX 241
January 27–May 20, 2012 at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)
Courtesy of Robert Warner and BAM/PFA
Photo: Sibila Savage

In the mid-1950s, the New York-based artist Ray Johnson (1927–95) initiated a new form of artistic practice called “mail art,” in which participants received a letter or object in the post, added to or subtracted from that item, and then mailed it onward to another participant or returned it to Johnson. Through this process Johnson established a network of artists called the New York Correspondence School (NYCS), many of who still send and receive mail art today.

Robert Warner, one of the participants in this network, engages the legacy of this school both by sending mail art and creating art installations out of 13 boxes of NYCS ephemera that Johnson gave him in 1988. These boxes—which contain objects that speak to Johnson’s signature iconography (e.g. bunnies, cupids, snakes, postage stamps, etc.) as well as mail art works by the various members of the NYCS—constitute a veritable cabinet of curiosities, particularly when unpacked by Warner. For this exhibition, Warner will reinstall the boxes, this time emphasizing Box 13 which contains ephemera from a mail art event that Johnson organized in Illinois in 1974 through an Illinois Arts Council grant.

In addition to these more ephemeral gestures, the exhibition included 25 collages that Johnson made for gallery exhibitions. While Johnson is best known for his freewheeling mail art, he also produced exquisitely constructed collages that were built out of dense layers of NYCS ephemera and made to portray prominent artists, curators, and critics of the New York art world. Similar to the mail art, however, these portraits are collective—never simply of one person but of many.

Sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and Krannert Art Museum

Select programming for this exhibition:

August 29
5–6 pm: Private Members' Reception
Please RSVP to Chris Schaede (217 244 0516 or kam@illinois.edu) by Friday, August 23.

6–7 pm (museum open until 9 pm): Public Opening Reception
With opening remarks by exhibiting artist Robert Warner at 6 pm followed by live music.
Cash bar provided by Michaels' Catering
Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

October 10
5:30 pm: Film Screening
Ray Johnson Correspondence School (1974) and How to Draw a Bunny (2002)
Ray Johnson Correspondence School is a rare unreleased short film by John Orlandello. This campy short documents a performance and exhibition that Johnson made as an artist-in-residence at Western Illinois University in the early 1970s. (5 min)
Courtesy WIU Archives and Special Collections
How to Draw a Bunny is a documentary by John Walter and Andrew Moore that explores the fascinating life and mysterious death of the artist and underground icon, Ray Johnson. (90 min)

November 14
5:30 pm: Gallery Conversation
With Miriam Kienle, guest curator and doctoral candidate in Art History

Yun-Fei Ji: Selected Works

August 30, 2013 through January 5, 2014

Curator: Tumelo Mosaka

Yun-Fei Ji, The Lower Ninth Ward (detail), 2008

Yun-Fei Ji
The Lower Ninth Ward (detail), 2008
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
© Yun-Fei Ji

Chinese artist Yun-Fei Ji creates artworks using Chinese traditional materials such as ink and watercolor on handmade mulberry or xuan paper to explore the violence and suffering of communities affected by the Three Gorges Dam project in China, world’s largest hydropower plant. The dam project was not without controversy especially considering the displacement of millions of vulnerable communities and its destruction of the environment. The loss of forests and agricultural lands together with the displacement of villages has created an environmental disaster of epic proportion. Ji’s images capture the struggle and despair of people forced into worse conditions of poverty and degradation. These works raise questions and document the accountability of industrial development to local communities.

Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Manufactured Landscapes

"Three Gorges Dam Project, Feg Jie #5"
Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, China
Photo: Edward Burtynsky

This documentary, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, features the world and work of Canadian photographer and visual artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes” —quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, and dams—Burtynsky creates beautiful and troubling images from scenes of environmental devastation.

Manufactured Landscapes follows Burtynsky through China as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution, including a critical focus on the Three Gorges Dam.

This film was displayed daily as a companion to Yun-Fei Ji: Selected Works.
Running time: 90 minutes

Sponsored in part by Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and Krannert Art Museum

School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

October 6, 2013 through January 5, 2014

2010 Faculty Installation

Krannert Art Museum
Installation view, 2010
Photo: Kathryn Koca Polite

This annual exhibition highlighted new work produced by the School of Art + Design faculty, including painting, sculpture, graphic design, new media, performance art, and art historical research. This was an opportunity to view artwork by world-class artists and designers and to explore collaborative creative relationships at the core of the College of Fine + Applied Arts.

2013 Exhibiting artists include: Conrad Bakker, Eric Benson, Stephen Cartwright, Glen Davies, Tyler Denmead, Paul Duncum, Ryan Griffis, Benjamin Grosser, Gerry Guthrie, Kevin Hamilton, Lawrence Hamlin, Patrick Earl Hammie, Laura Hetrick, Laurie Hogin, Brad Hudson, Chris Kienke, Steve Kostell, Emmy Lingscheit, Jorge Lucero, Areli Marina, Deana McDonagh, KT Meaney, Guen Montgomery, Jennifer Bergmark O'Connor, Melissa Pokorny, Linda Robbennolt, Joel Ross, Tammie Rubin, Amy Rueffert, Cliff Shin, Billie Thiede, Joyce Thomas, Brad Tober, Brian Wiley

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