Fall 2015 Exhibitions

Attachment at Krannert Art Museum


August 28 through December 12, 2015

Curators: Amy L. Powell, Allyson Purpura, Kathryn Koca Polite
With assistance from doctoral student in Art History Dana Ostrander

Works of art are not singular or isolated things. Rather, we understand them in relation to the contexts in which they were produced and the investments they solicit from us—the feelings they engender, the values they accrue, and the communities they make. When considering a museum collection in terms of such attachments, the museum becomes an entangled actor, and the bonds between the institution and the objects in its care come into view as much as artists’ connections to their subjects and the forces of encounter between artwork and viewer.

Attachment is a thematic collaboration among KAM curators and draws from most areas of the museum’s permanent collection along with a selective number of loans. Organized under five themes—appendages, supports, shadow bodies, accumulations, and refusals—the exhibition examines critical scenes of attachment to encompass material, affective, bodily, psychoanalytic, cultural, political, and institutional frames of reference.

Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbott, Conrad Bakker, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ray Charles, Carl Chiarenza, Willie Cole, Isabelle Cornaro, Walker Evans, Vernon Fisher, Frank Gallo, Jess, Vera Klement, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Bea Nettles, Melissa Pokorny, Fritz Scholder, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Hedda Sterne, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, and Purvis Young; along with selections from the museum’s African, Asian, ancient Peruvian, and decorative arts collections, including Marcel Proust’s 18th-century settee.

Exhibition sponsored in part by Fred and Donna Giertz


Ricker Library of Art and Architecture has created a library guide for this exhibition, containing information on the artist's life and work. It contains bibliography, images, and online resources.
Exhibition Library Guide

Select programming for this exhibition:

August 27, 2015 | Main Level, All Galleries
5pm | Private Reception for Museum Members

6 pm | Public Opening Reception
Cash bar provided by Michaels’ Catering
Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

October 1, 2015 | Main Level, East Gallery [Map]
5:30 pm | Gallery Conversation: Attachment
With Brett Kaplan, professor of Comparative & World Literature, director of Jewish Studies, and a Conrad Humanities Scholar;
Melissa Pokorny, associate professor of Sculpture; and
François Proulx, assistant professor of French
Moderated by exhibition curators Amy L. Powell and Allyson Purpura

November 12–14 | Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center
7:30 pm | November Dance 15: Attachment
KAM and Dance at Illinois are both exploring the theme of attachment. November Dance 15 celebrates the choreographic contributions of inventive Dance faculty and students, both past and present.

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Tamarind Institute and the Rebirth of Lithography

August 28 through December 12, 2015

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

The method of lithography—a printing process in which one draws onto a stone where ink is absorbed and repelled throughout to create an image—was invented in the late 18th century by Alois Senefelder. The technique was adopted by the early 19th-century French Romantics Eugène Delacroix and Théodore Géricault, was utilized extensively by the social and political caricaturist Honoré Daumier, and enjoyed a revival in the late 19th century, particularly in France, with Odilon Redon and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Artists in the early 20th century—Edvard Munch, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and others—experimented with the medium as well.

In the late 1950s, however, the artist June Wayne became aware that the technique of lithography, specifically the collaboration between the artist and a master printer, was gradually dying in the United States. After securing funding from the Ford Foundation, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc. (later, Tamarind Institute, when it moved from Los Angeles to Albuquerque) was established in 1960, with Wayne acting as the founding director. Wayne, and others associated with Tamarind, wanted to push lithography beyond its limits and described Tamarind as a place to: train a new generation of master printers, entice some of the finest artists to experiment with lithography, establish ethical standards, develop markets, and, in Wayne’s words, “restore the prestige of lithography by actually creating a collection of extraordinary prints.”

Over 600 artists have worked at Tamarind Institute in some capacity since its founding. This exhibition—which includes a very small selection of the museum’s permanent collection of over 500 Tamarind prints—highlights the Institute’s successful efforts, with works by such varied artists as Garo Antreasian, Elaine de Kooning, Roy DeForest, Rafael Ferrer, Françoise Gilot, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Nicholas Krushenick, George McNeil, Kenneth Price, Deborah Remington, Ed Ruscha, and June Wayne.

Documenting Inequality 2015 at Krannert Art Museum

Documenting Inequality
Campus Conversations on Undergraduate Education

December 3 through 12, 2015
Lower Level | Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery)

This exhibition will present the final projects of students in Documenting Inequality, a course that emerged out of the University of Illinois Campus Conversation on Undergraduate Education initiative to pilot Grand Challenge Learning tracks on the topics of Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment; Health and Wellness; and Social Inequality and Cultural Understanding.

Taught by Terri Weissman, Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Art + Design, the class specifically examines how documentary and community-based art addresses economic and social inequality among children and young people in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the ways art can enhance understanding of lived and historical experiences of inequality beyond the limits of journalistic or scholarly accounts that inform our day-to-day understanding.

Student projects on view

1. Kira Bolos
We Can’t Breathe, video, 9:39 minutes

2. Jarell Charleston, Giovanni Descorbeth, Alan Lin, Djavon Mayfield, Jake Valentine
The Perspective, video, 14:00 minutes

3. Riley Corboy
Not Your Distraction, video, 10:43 minutes

4. Charles Donegan
My Story: The Underlying Truth, video, 9:39 minutes

5. Maureen Hand, Keeley Martell, Emilee Rietveld
Bullying Uncovered, video, 7:20 minutes

6. Molli Jahns
Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, video, 9:30 minutes

7. Lauren Jakobsson
The Catch All: Inequality within the LGBT Community, audio recording, 14:50 minutes

8. Jessi Jardine and Charmi Shah
The Defining Challenge of Our Time, video, 8:11 minutes

9. Fabian Jimenez and Michelle Villa
Tattoos: The Limiting Art, video, 9:24 minutes

10. Kaylynn Lam
Untitled, audio recording, 9:19 minutes

11. Kevin Langowski
Mental Disorder, video, 9:46 minutes

12. Nadia Munir and Rakshitha Rajan
Race and Space, video, 9:55 minutes

13. Rachel Pyon
Microaggressions: The Underlying Truth, video, 9:57 minutes

14. Daniel Reyes
Transgender Inequality in the Workforce, audio recording, 14:21 minutes

Select programming for this exhibition

December 3, 2015 | Main Level, Link Gallery
5-7pm | Public Opening Reception
5-9pm | Student Documentaries on View on Lower Level

Also in the CRL Gallery:

Student Projects from the Grand Challenge Learning Course Cultures of Debt

The audio pieces on display represent work produced by students in the Grand Challenge Learning Course: Cultures of Debt, a class designed to explore the interaction of debt and inequality in the 21st century and taught by Lauren Goodlad. Modeled on the National Public Radio “StoryCorps” format, students interviewed one or more subjects and then framed their recordings so as to capture a sense of these lived perspectives on complex social phenomena.

The stories they assembled adopt the outlook of college students, immigrants, parents, workers, and retirees. These projects touch on "cultures of debt," which extend geographically to Greece, India, Malaysia, Mexico, and the United States as well as socially to the struggles of single parenting, the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, the dilemmas of sovereign debt, and the financing of higher education in the US and abroad.

Audio File #1 | Vanessa Kalinowska
With the increase of college tuition, student loan debt has become a reality for college graduates in the United States. Amy, a single parent, wished to return to school for a better job while helping her daughter, Madi, to attend college as well. Both came to recognize that taking on debt was the only way to pursue their vision of a better future.

Audio File #2 | Vaibhav S. Shastry
Universities like Illinois have a large and growing number of international students. In this audio file, Anya, a student from India, reminds us that many other young people in India will never have that opportunity.

Audio File #3 | Khushi Suri
Listening to Eleni, a Greek citizen who is a long-time resident of the United States, enables us to see how a country's struggle to manage unsustainable levels of debt has affected family and friends who live far apart. Hardest for Eleni to bear are the mistaken perceptions of Greece which she finds in the US and European media.

Audio File #4 | John Paul Smith
Melanie acquired $60,000 in debt as a student going to a private college. In this audio file, she resists the conventional idea that people should pay off their debts as soon as possible but also recognizes the shame that comes with indebtedness.

Audio File #5 | Tzu-Jui Chiang
Given his confusion about how student loans work, Don did not think much about the debts he had taken on while earning his undergraduate degree in marketing. The need to pay off his loans--in part to enable a plan to do some missionary work abroad--left him grateful for the lessons he learned about the importance of financial autonomy.

Audio File #6 | Rosie Velazquez
Ricardo is a Mexican immigrant on a journey to achieve the American Dream. His story highlights the failures that led him into debt as well as the successes that helped him to get a fresh start.

Audio File #7 | Gabriela Gendek
Most Americans hope to retire if they wish by the age of seventy; however, this was not the case for Tony, who lost a significant portion of his savings in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. This is the story of his efforts to regain financial security in the face of personal and financial loss.

Audio File #7 | Colin Staske
The hardest part of Cheryl's experience after dropping out of high school was coming to terms with how far that decision had put her back in life.

Audio File #8 | Caleb Heinz
Young people in America have historically seen higher education as a means to a successful and happy life. However, the rising costs of education have presented new challenges to students. Andrew is a freshman and this is his story about the difficulties of financing a college degree.

Audio File #9 | Hassan Rahim Kamil
Mothers are resilient people, even when they handle parenthood solo. As the only breadwinner of her family, Hana has to deal with prices hikes and exchange rate s that are the result of local politics.

Nkata: An Installation by Nnenna Okore

Nkata: An Installation by Nnenna Okore

August 28 through December 23, 2015

Curator: Allyson Purpura

Chicago-based artist Nnenna Okore has received international acclaim for installations in which she reconfigures organic or discarded materials into abstract, richly textured forms of extraordinary range and nuance. Okore is keenly sensitive to the rhythms and contours of everyday life. The repetitive acts of stitching, twisting, rolling, or weaving; the familiar sounds of sweeping, chopping, talking, and washing all deeply inform her aesthetic, as they signal both transience of human labor and its inevitable mark on the material world.

For her project at Krannert Art Museum, Okore will build on her recent investigations into the revelatory properties of burlap—a modest material that she frays, dyes, and transfigures into monumental, diaphanous forms that tumble and cascade from the gallery walls. Indeed, these works are not merely installed in the space; they “inhabit” it—an experience enhanced by the integration of a video projection into the installation that reflects Okore’s experiments with the sensorial and spatial translation of materiality into sound and light. Okore’s enduring interest in the sound and metaphoric power of language inspires the installation title Nkata, an Igbo word meaning “conversation” and “basket.” Both are containers of sorts, whether of meanings or things, and both take form, like Okore’s art, through the entanglement of fibers, voices, and narrative strands.

Nnenna Okore is professor of Art at North Park University, Chicago, where she teaches Sculpture and the Contemporary Arts of Africa. She earned her BA degree in Painting in 1999 from the University of Nigeria where she studied with the artist El Anatsui, and her MA and MFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2004 and 2005. Okore has received several awards and has been shown in numerous galleries and museums internationally. Most recently she was recipient of the Fulbright Scholar Award, for which she spent a year in Nigeria teaching at the University of Lagos and producing new works.

Exhibition sponsored in part by the Krannert Art Museum Exhibition Support Fund

Select programming for this exhibition:

November 5, 2015 | Main Level, Contemporary Gallery [Map]
5:30 pm | Artist Talk and Gallery Conversation: Nkata
Featuring exhibiting artist Nnenna Okore; Eric Benson, associate professor of Graphic Design, and Molly Briggs, instructor in the School of Art + Design and doctoral candidate in Landscape Architecture History and Theory; moderated by exhibition curator Allyson Purpura

2015 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition

2015 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

August 28 through December 23, 2015

The 2015 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition is a showcase for arts research and current work by faculty teaching in the School of Art + Design. Artwork on view represents a broad range of teaching disciplines, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metals, new media, art education, art history, graphic design, and industrial design.

Exhibiting faculty include: Miyuki Ansari, Conrad Bakker, Stephen Cartwright, Glen C. Davies, Tyler Denmead, Paul Duncum, Ryan Griffis, Ben Grosser, Brad Hudson, Steven Hudson, Chris Kienke, Emmy Lingscheit, Jorge Lucero, Guen Montgomery, Melissa Pokorny, Linda Murphy Robbenolt, Jaime Sawka, Joseph Squier, Billie Jean Theide, Brad Tober, Deke Weaver, and Catherine Wiesener

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Danny Lyon
From Lindsey's Room, Louisville (detail)
Silver gelatin print
Gift of Arnold M. and Temmie Gilbert
© Danny Lyon/ Magnum photos

David Hare
Untitled (detail)
ca. 1975
Gift of Lloyed E. Rigler
© Estate of David Hare

Kira Bolos
We Can't Breathe
Video, 9:39 min

Nnenna Okore
Courtesy of the artist

Deke Weaver
ELEPHANT (detail)
Video documentation of live performance in the series

The Unreliable Bestiary
Courtesy of the artist