Fall 2014 Exhibitions

2014 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

2014 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

East Gallery · August 29 – September 27, 2014

This annual exhibition highlights new work produced by the School of Art + Design faculty, ranging from paintings and sculpture to graphic design and new media, exploring the collaborative relationship between the School of Art + Design and Krannert Art Museum.

2014 Image Gallery

Selected artwork from exhibiting faculty in the School of Art + Design

2014 Exhibiting Artists and Designers

Eric Benson | Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Stephen Cartwright | Associate Professor, Sculpture & Foundations

Glen C. Davies | Adjunct Instructor, Painting

Paul Duncum | Professor, Art Education & Visual Culture

Ryan Griffis | Associate Professor & Chair, New Media

Benjamin Grosser | Visiting Instructor, New Media

Gerald Guthrie | Professor, Foundations

Patrick Hammie | Assistant Professor, Painting

Laurie Hogin | Professor & Chair, Painting

Steven Hudson | Adjunct Lecturer, Painting

Chris Kienke | Assistant Professor & Chair, Foundations

Katie Latona | Adjunct Lecturer

Emmy Lingscheit | Assistant Professor, Printmaking & Foundations

Jorge Lucero | Assistant Professor, Art Education

Guen Montgomery | Clinical Assistant Professor, Foundations

Melissa Pokorny | Associate Professor, Sculpture

Rachele Riley | Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Billie Jean Theide | Professor & Chair, Studio, Metal & Ceramics

Brad Tober | Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Deke Weaver | Associate Professor, New Media: Video, Performance

David Weightman | Professor, Industrial Design


After the Front Line

After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars

August 29 through December 23, 2014

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

To complement La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I, the exhibition After the Front Line presents works by artists who served in various capacities during World War I (1914–18) and World War II (1939–45). Viewers gain a sense of how military conflict can profoundly influence one’s artistic practice, as well as how it can alter artists’ worldviews and attitudes toward society. Some of the exhibited works offer scathing social commentaries while others expose the atrocious aftermath of war. Selected from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes paintings and works on paper by numerous European and American artists, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Leon Golub, George Grosz, Jack Levine, Ellsworth Kelly, Henry Moore, and Jacques Villon.

And They Are Wild Beasts, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, 1811-12

Goya's War: Los Desastres de la Guerra

August 29 through December 23, 2014

Curators: Janis Tomlinson and Robert G. LaFrance

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) created eighty etchings that comprise Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) in reaction to the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the political turmoil that followed. The exhibition reconsiders the artist’s endeavor within its historical context by presenting the etchings in five groups—Carnage, Atrocity, Martyrdom, Famine, and Emphatic Caprices—that reveal Goya’s stylistic evolution over the four years (1810–14) during which he etched these plates. Viewers become newly aware of Goya’s accomplishment as they imagine him obsessively recording the accounts he heard, or inventing nightmares of atrocity that remain, unfortunately, relevant today.

The original Spanish-language captions for these powerful images are translated into English and further explained in a comprehensive illustrated catalogue that explores the series as the intersection of three narratives—of a war that devastated a nation; of the changing world of the artist; and, finally, of the extreme and often futile sacrifices of war, which Goya conveyed with unprecedented intensity. The installation at Krannert Art Museum also features printmaking materials and a comparison with a bound, later edition of the series from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

This exhibition is a collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums of the University of Delaware. It is curated by Janis Tomlinson, director, University Museums, and circulated by the Pomona College Museum of Art. Robert G. La France curated the installation and additional content at Krannert Art Museum.

Sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation, Fred and Donna Giertz, and
the Friends of Krannert Art Museum

Simay poster, WWI, University of Illinois Rare Book Library

La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I

August 29 through December 23, 2014

Curators: David O'Brien and Pauline Parent

This exhibition presents objects from two important university collections—the first consisting of 105 large lithographic posters made as propaganda in support of the French war effort, and the second comprised of approximately 4,500 photographs, in all likelihood commissioned by the French Ministry of War. The posters’ creators range from some of the best-known graphic artists of the day—such as Adolphe Willette and Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen—to illustrators now completely forgotten. The posters employ an array of patriotic subjects to promote various activities, but most encourage the French populace to lend money to the war effort. The origins of the photographs remain obscure, but they document diverse military units and activities in locations across Europe.

Select programming: for this exhibition:

Opening Event and Reception for the Cross-Campus Initiative
“The Great War: Experiences, Representations, Effects”

Thursday, September 4 · 6–8 pm
There will be a brief talk at 6:30 pm with a reception following the program.
Gelvin Noel Annex and Link Gallery

Scholar Lecture
“The French Poster and World War I”

Wednesday, October 1 · 5:30 pm
Featuring Ségolène Le Men, professor at the Université Paris Ouest
Nanterre-La Défense
KAM Auditorium

Scholar Lecture
"En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I"

Monday, September 29 · 5 pm
Featuring Teri Edelstein, Museum Strategies, Chicago
KAM Auditorium

Global Groove, Nam Jun Paik

Global Groove 1973/2012

October 17 through December 23, 2014

Curator: Michael Rush

In terms of the long sweep of art history, video art is a very new phenomenon. Born in the mid-1960s, when television and video technologies became available outside of broadcast studios and pioneering artists Nam June Paik and Andy Warhol obtained their first portable video cameras, video art is now ubiquitous in the modern world… or at least videos have become so. YouTube alone launches forty-eight hours of video every minute! The art of video is another matter. Global Groove 1973/2012 celebrates this art form by paying homage to its first major practitioner, Nam June Paik (1932–2006), and offering an overview of current examples of the genre by an international sampling of artists, some of whom are working under very difficult political constraints.

This presentation features Paik’s seminal 1973 video, Global Groove, as a jumping-off point from which to explore current trends in international video art. A characteristically fast-paced barrage of images and sounds, Global Groove was, at the time, Paik’s prophetic statement about the future ubiquity of video. “This is a glimpse of a video landscape of tomorrow, when you will be able to switch to any TV station on the earth and TV Guides will be as fat as the Manhattan telephone book,” he said. His kinetically edited single-channel video anticipated the “video cities” we now inhabit (New York, Shanghai, Seoul), where video screens as high as buildings engulf entire city centers.

What Paik was not necessarily predicting was the rapid rise of video as an artistic medium. As video cameras and digital editing equipment have become ever more accessible, starting in the 1990s, video has been adopted by artists worldwide. This exhibition is a tribute to that international phenomenon featuring artists from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States. Global Groove highlights multiple artistic approaches to the medium, from low-tech to highly cinematic, personal, and diaristic to intensely political and challenging.

Global Groove is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Michael Rush.

Sponsored in part by Friends of Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Art Museum Exhibition Support Fund

Select programming for this exhibition:

Gallery Talk | Global Groove, Video Ecology
Tuesday, November 11 · 12–1 pm
Featuring Hayan Kim, Ph.D. candidate in Art History
East Gallery

Nam June Paik was one of the first artists to broadcast his work on television in the early 1970s. Global Groove (1973) was shown on January 30th, 1974 on WNET/Channel 13, a New York-based public television station. At that time Paik thought television networks should function primarily as communication channels for sharing information of public interest. He expected that video would allow individuals to join the heterogeneous socio-cultural dialogues on a TV set, enrich diversity in the Global television ecosystem, and promote mutual understanding between different cultures in the global village. The dizzying barrage of moving images in Global Groove reflect Paik’s idea of a utopian TV station, where anyone can freely produce and exchange information through video. Paik and other artists’ videos exhibited in Global Groove 1973/2012 suggest coexistence of life forms in our globalized world, regardless of their differences in forms, contents, and spatiotemporal contexts.

Hayan Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History, and 2014-2015 pre-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Hayan’s research focuses on contemporary lens-based media art, and digital art. She is currently writing her dissertation, Play: Early Video Art and the American Television Ecosystem, which examines how various artists and video makers in the 1960s and 70s reimagined passive TV audiences as politically-charged, heterogeneous information conduits.


Krannert Art Museum
School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition (Installation view), 2013
Photo: Kathryn Koca Polite

Cleve Gray
Conjunction 151
(detail), 1976
Acrylic on canvas
Art Acquisition Fund
© Estate of Cleve Gray

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Y son fieras (And They Are Wild Beasts) (detail)
ca. 1811-12
Etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint
Courtesy Pomona College Museum of Art
Claremont, California

Souscrivez à l’emprunt de la liberation! (Subscribe to the liberation!)
(detail), 1918
Color lithograph
Courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives
Champaign, Illinois

Nam Jun Paik in collaboration with John Godfrey
Global Groove (detail), 1973
Single-channel video
with sound, 23 min
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
© Nam Jun Paik Studios