Spring 2015 Exhibitions

MetaModern at Krannert Art Museum


East Gallery · January 30 – March 28, 2015

Curated by Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan

Modernist design, that radical and iconoclastic break with the past, is now itself a thing of the past. Perhaps sufficiently so that over the last few years, artists have been treating modernist designs as icons themselves, and incorporating them—sometimes literally and often conceptually—into their own work. These recombinations and modifications result in an entirely unique mix: a meta-modernism in which the original source is changed, self-referential, abstracted. Using classic elements in new configurations, artists from across the world are making original works of art that comment on the claims of the past in light of the complexities of the present.

| Exhibition description, press coverage, and select programming |

This exhibition travels to five additional venues and has an accompanying catalogue.
Traveling Exhibition | Catalogue

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2015 Petals & Paintings Gala and Exhibition

All Galleries · April 10 – 12, 2015

The Petals & Paintings gala and exhibition is Krannert Art Museum's annual fundraising event held during University of Illinois Moms’ Weekend. This year, Petals & Paintings will run from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12.

Petals & Paintings provides local residents, businesses, and visiting parents with an opportunity to support the museum while enjoying innovative floral designs inspired by works of art on display throughout Krannert Art Museum. Twenty-one award-winning Midwest florists will create one-of-a-kind designs for the exhibition.

Guest curator for the event is Champaign florist and University of Illinois alumnus, Rick Orr, AIFD.

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School of Art + Design
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 11 through May 2, 2015
East Gallery

In this annual exhibition, Masters of Fine Arts graduates in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign present works that represent 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 highlights and celebrates the artists' exceptional creativity, curiosity, and inventiveness.

Sponsored in part by John and Alice Pfeffer and Krannert Art Museum

Select programming for this exhibition:

Public Opening Reception
April 11 · 5–7 pm
Refreshments | Link Gallery
Exhibition | East Gallery

Public Performance | mass
April 16 · 7 pm
Mass is an interactive sculpture created by Laura Wennstrom for the 2015 MFA Exhibition. Kristie Simson and Elise Frost, from the department of dance, will activate the installation through movement. Please join us as we explore this collaborative dance/art performance.
East Gallery

Exhibiting Artists and Designers

Megan Diddie
Jie (Sylvia) Ding
Krystal Harper
Cherie Fanning
Maurice Meilleur
Daniella Pavlic
Jaime Sawka
Alexandra Schutz
Randi Stella
Laura Wennstrom
Hailun Zhou

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2015 School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

East Gallery, Gelvin Noel Gallery, and Light Court · May 9 – 17, 2015
Public Opening Reception · May 9, 5–7 pm

The annual exhibition of works by graduates from the School of Art + Design's Bachelor of Fine Arts programs represents the full range of contemporary art and design practices. Exhibiting artists have worked rigorously to develop individual visions and to solve complex problems with cross-disciplinary teams. As you will see in the works on display, they have learned trusted methods and forms, but have also challenged conventions. Emerging technologies and ideas can be seen across painting and typography, product design and sculpture. This exhibition is but a sample of their efforts and achievements to represent, reflect and reimagine the world around us.

Sponsored in part by John and Alice Pfeffer and Krannert Art Museum

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Speculative Visions of Pragmatic Architectures

January 30 – May 2 | May 26 – July 25, 2015

Curator: Jeffery Poss

University faculty within the detail+FABRICATION Program of the Illinois School of Architecture are exploring the role of fabrication and making. Rather than privileging finished products, objects, or built work, these designers are placing an increased focus on the process of making as a means for surveying alternative outcomes. The first component of this exhibition features the work of three faculty members who explore the conception and evolution of ideas as manifested in physical form during the past year  as part of competition entries, successful grants, and collaborations with architecture students.

A second component to Speculative Visions is an exhibition of work by Erik Hemingway, associate professor of Architecture. Erik Hemingway Modernism documents his process of “Modernism as Preservation” to mid-century residences located in California and Illinois. These include several structures designed by A. Quincy Jones, Mies van der Rohe, and John Replinger. The exhibition of Hemingway’s design and preservation work will attempt to raise awareness about saving lesser-known modernist homes while highlighting the history of their regional design importance.

Contributors to this exhibition include: Erik Hemingway, Hugh Swiatek, Brian Vesely, Camden Greenlee, and photography of replinger [RESTORATION] is provided courtesy of Phillip Kalantzis-Cope.

Select programming for this exhibition:

Wednesday, February 4 · 6–8 pm
Architecture Workshop
"Technology in Making: Use of Advanced Fabrication Equipment in Craft"
3 Art East Annex, Studio One
Architecture Annex
1208 West Peabody Drive, Urbana

Wednesday, February 19 · 5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation | "Speculative Discussion of Pragmatic Architectures"
Featuring Jeffery Poss, guest curator and professor of Architecture; with
Erik Hemingway, associate professor of Architecture; Hugh Swiatek,
fabrication coordinator, School of Architecture; and Brian Vesely,
lead designer at make-lite, School of Architecture
Light Court Gallery and Gelvin Noel Annex [Map]

Artists Including Me: William Wegman

Artists Including Me: William Wegman

January 30 through July 25, 2015

Co-curators: Kathleen Harleman and Kathryn Koca Polite

Originally a painter, contemporary artist William Wegman became well known for photographs of his Weimaraners. Categorized as a minimalist and conceptual artist, his works often times suggest a surrealist absurdity. Throughout his career, Wegman experimented with different media--video, photography, drawing, and painting--and over the years these four types of media have converged.

Using gentle, subversive humor, Wegman parades through the history of art with references to iconic artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Edward Hopper, and Wassily Kandinsky—and art movements—from the Renaissance up through Minimalism and Pop Art. These playful visual puns often explore Wegman’s appreciation and admiration for the work of art itself, but they also invite the viewer to question what lies beyond the edge of the frame. Although most of the works have been created within the last ten years, the exhibition spans back to the mid-1970s and includes drawings, photographs, and postcard paintings mounted on wood panels.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943, Wegman received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1967.

Sponsored in part by the Krannert Art Museum Exhibition Support Fund

Select programming for this exhibition:

In the Bauhaus, 1999 by William Wegman

Thursday, March 5 · 5:30 pm
Artist Talk | William Wegman
Join us for this Artist Talk with exhibiting artist and University of Illinois alumnus William Wegman, who will talk about his approach to making art and the current solo exhibition Artists Including Me: William Wegman.
Presented as part of the School of Art + Design Visitors Series
KAM Auditorium [Map]

Sponsored in part by the School of Art + Design Ed Zagorski Visitors Fund
and Krannert Art Museum

Video: William Wegman Artist Talk

Note: Click to view full video of the March 5, 2015 Ed Zagorski Visitors Series Artist Talk by U of I Alumnus William Wegman.

Versions and Revisions

Versions and Revisions

January 30 – May 2 | May 26 – July 25, 2015

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

As a complement MetaModern and Artists Including Me, this exhibition features works from the permanent collection that directly reference canonical works of art, specific artists, and art historical styles. Some artists whose work is on display convey a sense of adoration for their subject—either playfully or with reverence—while others use their works to critique society, religion, or the art historical canon.

Focusing on works from the 1960s through the early 2000s, the exhibition highlights artists such as Vija Celmins, Salvador Dalí, Marlene Dumas, Yves Klein, Richard Pettibone, Mel Ramos, Karl Wirsum, and Huang Yan.

Select programming for this exhibition:

Thursday, February 23 · 7:30 pm
Film Screening and TalkBack | "Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists"
A lavishly-illustrated romp through Chicago Imagist art—the Second City scene that challenged Pop Art’s status in the 1960s and then faded from view. Forty years later,
its funk and grit inspires artists from Jeff Koons to Chris Ware, making the Imagists
the most famous artists you never knew. (2014, 105 min.)

TalkBack featuring Glen Davies, adjunct assistant professor of Painting, with
Imagist artist Karl Wirsum and film director John Corbett directly after the screening.

Sponsored in part by the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, The Art Theater Co-op, School of Art + Design, and Krannert Art Museum

With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years

With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years

August 28, 2014 through July 25, 2015

Curator: Anne Burkus-Chasson

Printmaking flourished in Japan during the Allied Occupation (1945–52), despite the devastation of the war, which had left its mark not only in the burnt ruins of Tokyo but also in the faces of a starving population. Woodblock prints—together with dolls, fans, silks, and sake cups—were sought after as souvenirs among the nearly half million American soldiers stationed in Occupied Japan in 1946. Collectors from the United States also scrambled for choice finds, following the example of late nineteenth-century aficionados of ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”), which seemed to capture the allure of courtesans and actors who inhabited a strange and distant land.

Modern Japanese woodblock prints, however, presented collectors with striking diversity. Shin hanga (“new prints”), established during the 1920s and 1930s, adhered to the old-fashioned idioms of ukiyo-e; they were also produced by commercial publishing houses. By contrast, artists such as Onchi Kōshirō advocated an entirely different way of making woodblock prints. Beginning in 1918, Onchi and his followers designed, carved, and printed their own images. Thus, their work came to be known as sōsaku hanga, “creative prints.” Herein lies the focus of this exhibition.

Rather than use the woodblock to re-create aspects of a painting, sōsaku hanga printmakers called for the reinvention of the print medium. The marks of carving tools were left undisguised. Paper might be sized or left unsized to allow pigments to bleed into the fibers of the paper. Stray objects—leaves, fabric, pieces of string, planks of wood cut with the grain—were colored and pressed against paper to make tinted impressions of varied textures and shapes.

This exhibition features the work of sosaku hanga artists from the late 1950s and 1960s. To clarify their singular manipulations of the print medium, examples of traditional ukiyo-e and modern shin hanga are also on display. The work of foreign print artists who worked in Japan—Paul Jacoulet and Clifton Karu—underscores both the diversity that modern Japanese prints inspired and the enduring identity of the woodcut with Japan.

Exhibition sponsored in part by Fred and Donna Giertz

Select spring semester programming for this exhibition:

Thursday, February 19 · 7 pm
Film Screening
ANPO: Art X War
(2011, 89 min)
ANPO: Art X War tells the story of Japan's historic resistance to U.S. military bases on its soil. The story is told through an electrifying array of artwork created by Japan's leading, yet marginalized, artists. The film articulates the insidious, lasting impact that the U.S. military presence has had on Japanese lives and the creative processes that artists have devised to transmit the spirit of resistance.
With introduction and post-film discussion led by Roderick Wilson, assistant professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures
KAM Auditorium [Map]

Thursday, April 2 · 5:30 pm
Artist Talk and Papermaking Demonstration
"Japanese Paper: Beyond Substrate"

With Lee Running, hand papermaking specialist and associate professor of Sculpture and Drawing at Grinnell College
Artist talk: Asian Gallery [Map]
Demonstration: Fresh Press | 2116 Griffith Drive

Event sponsored in part by the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts and Krannert Art Museum

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Edgar Orlaineta
Narcissus (detail)
Two LCW chairs
(Charles and Ray Eames, 1946, for Hermann Miller, reproduction), steel cables
Courtesy Sara Meltzer,
New York
© Edgar Orlaineta

Fletcher Benton
Spring It With Broken Cylinder, 2012
Steel with patina
26 1/2 x 25 x 25 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist
© Fletcher Benton

2014 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
Installation View, Krannert Art Museum East Gallery
Photo: Julia Kelly

2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
Installation View, Krannert Art Museum East Gallery
Photo: Julia Kelly

Camden Greenlee and Brian Vesely
Hydromorph (detail)
Mixed Media
Courtesy of the artists
© Camden Greenlee and Brian Vesely

William Wegman
Hopper Origami (detail)
Oil and postcards on
wood panels
Courtesy of the artist
© William Wegman

William Wegman
In the Bauhaus (detail)
Color Polaroid
Courtesy of the artist
© William Wegman

John Clem Clarke
Hyacinthe Rigaud—
Louis XIV
Gift of George M. Irwin
© John Clem Clarke

Kiyoshi Saitō
Gioji Kyoto (detail)
Color woodcut
University of Illinois Purchase