2016 Exhibitions

Time / Image at Krannert Art Museum, Spring 2016

Time / Image

January 29 through April 23, 2016
Main Level | East Gallery
Curated by Amy L. Powell

Time / Image explores the deep relationship among cinema, time, and thought in contemporary art. The selected artists address time as an expansive dimension for interrogating the chronologies that govern how we live, for revisiting historical narratives and inherited genealogies, and for proposing futures yet to exist. They each seek out and develop temporal strategies of representation, whether in cinematic images that animate the past and revive ghostly residues, in montage and other creative juxtapositions that posit trans-historical and formal alignments, or in their close attention to mediums capable of representing time, including cinema and video but also photography, sculpture, and painting. The exhibition’s title and loose philosophical framework refer to Gilles Deleuze’s texts on cinema, which he argued shaped time as a tangible and active force in the world, capable of being reordered and reimagined.

Time / Image features works by Siemon Allen, Matthew Buckingham, Allan deSouza, Andrea Geyer, Leslie Hewitt, Isaac Julien, Lorraine O’Grady, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, Ruth Robbins, and Gary Simmons.

An accompanying screening program will survey critical temporal interventions in film and video, featuring titles by Robert Bresson, Cecilia Dougherty, Andrea Geyer, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Chris Marker, The Otolith Group, Raoul Peck, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Hito Steyerl, Clarissa Tossin, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Time / Image is organized by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/ College of Fine + Applied Arts, and Krannert Art Museum.


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

Collecting Photography at Krannert Art Museum

Collecting Photography

January 29 - March 26, 2016

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

Krannert Art Museum holds an impressive collection of approximately 5,000 works on paper, of which photography is a significant portion. The collection’s strengths—examples of more formalist photographic conventions—include works by Berenice Abbott, Arnold Crane, Walker Evans, Danny Lyon, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand. The collection has been built over time through the generosity of numerous donors and strategic purchases.

In the exhibition Collecting Photography, recent acquisitions from the past ten years give gallery visitors insight into Krannert Art Museum's current collecting efforts, as the museum actively acquires work by international artists who are interrogating social, political, and environmental concerns. It also highlights modern and contemporary artists who, rather than pursuing formalist approaches, have pushed against accepted conventions of photography, experimenting with a variety of techniques.

Featured artists include Zhao Bandi, Amy Barkow, Luke Batten, Harold Edgerton, Donna Ferrato, Bai Guanghua, Yu Haibo, Sam Jury, Annette Lemieux, Susan Rankaitis, Joel Ross, Tamen, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman.

Collage: Moving Beyond Paper

Collage: Moving Beyond Paper

January 29 through March 26, 2016
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection from the latter half of the 20th century, Collage: Moving Beyond Paper emphasizes the continual evolution of collage, beyond the traditional cutting, gluing, and reassembling images together on paper or canvas. This exhibition explores issues of materiality as artists experiment with two-dimensional collage and three-dimensional assemblage.

Featured artists include: Samuel Marcus Adler, Arman, Don Baum, Willie Cole, Francois Deschamps, Nancy Grossman, Jess, Kenneth Kerslake, Ellen Lanyon, Jenni Lukac, Robert Motherwell, David Salle, Salvatore Scarpitta, Frank Stella, John Stezaker, Allen Stringfellow, Andrew Topolski, and Ulfert Wilke.

Spheres of Influence: African Vessels from the KAM Collection, Spring 2016

Spheres of Influence: African Vessels from the KAM Collection

January 29 through May 15, 2016
Main Level | Asian Gallery
Curated by Allyson Purpura

Spheres of Influence features a selection of 24 ceramic pots from regions across Africa. Visually compelling for their robust yet elegant forms and beautifully restrained surface designs, these vessels are also highly social objects.

Made predominantly by women artists with deep knowledge of local materials, molding and firing techniques, and the logics of design and efficient form, pots also embody a politics of gender. Women’s close identification with their vessels and control over the process of their production attest to the power of women’s creative labor and their ability to transform earth into containers of enduring meaning, value, and sociality. The exhibition is enhanced by several loans from Spurlock Museum and local private collections, and includes film footage of African potters at work.


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

Petals & Paintings 2016

24th Annual Petals & Paintings

April 8–10, 2016
Main Level Galleries
Curated by Rick Orr, AIFD
Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

This annual museum fundraising gala, silent auction, and two-day exhibition features innovative floral displays created by award-winning floral designers from across the Midwest. The floral arrangements are inspired by works in KAM’s permanent collection and are displayed throughout the museum. The exhibition is curated by Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Spring 2016

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 8–23, 2016
Main Level | Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery and Contemporary Gallery

This annual exhibition represents 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 and inventiveness.

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

Documenting Inequality, Spring 2016

Documenting Inequality

April 14–21, 2016
Lower Level | Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery)
Curated by Terri Weissman and Ryan Griffis

This exhibition presents 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 two faculty in Art + Design—Ryan Griffis, Associate Professor of New Media, and Terri Weissman, Associate Professor of Art History—the class examines how documentary and community-based art addresses economic and social inequality among children and young people in the U.S. Emphasis is placed on how art can enhance our understanding of lived and historical experiences of inequality beyond the limits of journalistic or scholarly accounts that inform our day to day understanding.

2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum

2016 School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

May 7 through 15, 2016

Public Opening Reception
Saturday, May 7 · 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

Fall 2016 Exhibitions

Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle at Krannert Art Museum

Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle

August 22 through December 22, 2016

Organized by Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX
With local curatorial oversight by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

In 2014, more than 68,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended on the U.S./Mexico border, double the number from the previous year. Of this group, the majority are from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Known as the Northern Triangle, this region has a long and complicated relationship with the United States. Civil wars in the 1980s, deportation policies, the drug war, border issues, trade agreements, unjust economic structures, political corruption, poverty, human trafficking, and many other situations have all contributed.

Northern Triangle is an installation by Borderland Collective, led by artists Jason Reed and Mark Menjivar and art historian Erina Duganne. In addition to the contributions of Menjivar, Reed, and Duganne, the exhibition includes works by Adriana Corral, Vincent Valdez, and Ricky Yanas as well as historical documents from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, The South Texas Human Rights Center, and the personal archives of Stacey Merkt and Jack Elder.

Northern Triangle aims to open spaces for constructive and ongoing dialogues and exchanges around art, migration, and human rights. At Krannert Art Museum, the exhibition will be a venue for gallery talks, classroom and community meetings, a three-day residency with members of Borderland Collective, and other collaborations with campus and city partners in Champaign-Urbana.

Northern Triangle is a traveling exhibition organized by Blue Star Contemporary and conceived and curated by Borderland collective. Exhibition support provided by the City of San Antonio's Department for Culture and Creative Development.


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:

September 15 | Main Level, Contemporary Gallery
5:30 pm | Gallery Conversation: Crossings and Borderlands
Crossings and Borderlands featured Faranak Miraftab, professor of Urban and Regional Planning; Ellen Moodie, director of graduate studies and associate professor of Anthropology; and Junaid Rana, associate professor of Asian American Studies; moderated by Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Terri Weissman, associate professor of Art History.

September 29 | Main Level, Contemporary Gallery [Map]
7 pm | Taboo Talks - Borderlands: Resisting ICE in the Midwest
Under President Obama’s administration there has been a disturbing increase in the deportation of immigrants, especially those from Central America and Mexico.

Champaign, as the second largest immigrant city in Illinois after Chicago, has an immigrant population that is greatly affected by punitive immigration policies implemented by ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement).

This open forum was a discussion of the ways in which community organizers, leaders, and activists in which their respective communities are affected by, and directly resisting ICE.

Panelists included: Dr. Brian Dolinar, Jesse Hoyt, Lucia Maldonado and Cristina Lucio

Hosted by Anthropology Leaders, a team of undergraduate ambassadors for anthropology on campus. The group's "Taboo Talk" series has focused on contentious issues of racism, migration, identity and justice. The event is supported by Department of Anthropology in cooperation with Krannert Art Museum.

Newly Shot Banana Bud, Three Days Old, United Fuit Company, Unifruitco Magazine, 1948. Image courtesy of Borderland Collective and Blue Star Contemporary

Borderland Collective Artist Residency | October 5–7

October 5 | La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana
6 pm | Borderland Collective Artist Residency: Timeline Workshop
Borderland Collective presented Timeline Workshop, including dinner and discussion at La Casa Cultural Latina. At the workshop, members of the Collective—Jason Reed, Erina Duganne, and Mark Menjivar— talked about remembrance, historical and contemporary connections, and the ways communities build knowledge and understanding.

October 6 | La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana
12 noon | Borderland Collective Artist Residency: Lunch On Us
Presented as part of the artist residency with Borderland Collective, this event included lunch at La Casa Cultural Latina with Adriana Corral, a featured artist and member of Borderland Collective. Corral is an award-winning artist whose installations, performances, and sculpture delve into themes of injustice, loss, and memory.

October 7 | Anniversary Plaza, on the Quad side of the Illini Union
12–5 pm | Migration Stories, a project of Borderland Collective artist Mark Menjivar
Migration Stories is an oral history project focusing on personal narratives of how we arrived to where we are now. We believe that where we came from and how we arrived to where we are now is important. Not just for our individual lives, but for our communal lives as well.

Stories can open a door to empathy and move us to action. We each have a migration story—some are just more recent than others. Following a workshop with students exploring the historical, practical, and philosophical elements of oral histories and how they are used within the visual arts, Menjivar and the participating students worked together in a public space to invite individuals to participate. Stories will be distributed back to participants and made available to the public in digital and print forms. Listen

Borderland Collective artist residency and related programming are paid in part by the Student Cultural Program Fee.

Antena (Jen Hofer and John Pluecker) Sumasayo //Atentamente, 2016. Installation on view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo by Brian Forrest

Antena Artist Residency | October 26–27

Antena is a collaborative project that activates links between social justice work and artistic practice by exploring how critical views on language can help us to reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran, both translators, writers, and artists whose solo work centers on cross-language practices and states of “betweenness,” will use their residency at Krannert Art Museum as an opportunity to explore possibilities for new collaborative projects. Gelare and Jen presented their work to the Champaign-Urbana community through artist talks, workshops, studio visits, and public conversations, and also used their time at KAM to experiment with new processes for cross-pollination and intersection. In the six years since Antena was founded by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, the collaborative’s work has manifested in exhibitions, publications, performances, translations, organizing, curatorial practice, interpretation, and the creation of bilingual and multilingual spaces. The group expects to expand this list through the artist residency at KAM.

October 26 | La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana
6 pm | Antena Artist Residency: Conversation at La Casa
Antena is a collaborative project that links social justice work and artistic practice by exploring the ways that examining language can help us reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran are translators, writers, and artists who focus on areas of cultural and linguistic intersection—"between-ness." This La Casa Conversation was a chance to learn about their collaborations to explore meaning in language and in art.

October 27 | IPRH Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
12 noon | Antena Artist Residency: Brown Bag Workshop
Language is embedded in our bodies, circulating and skeletal; at the same time, languages enter from the outside. The languages we speak determine social access and participation, they determine our place in hierarchies of privilege and disempowerment. Language Justice offers a radically different approach to language—democratizing in a multi-lingual, non-hierarchical political and public space.

In this workshop, Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran invite discussion about the conceptual and practical strategies all can use to resist single-language dominance and create spaces where everyone present can express themselves fully in their own language. How might cross-language practice become a model for encountering difference in a wide range of contexts? Are we invited to open ourselves to "radical listening" as artists and as human beings?

October 27 | Lower Level, KAM Auditorium (room 62)
5:30 pm | Antena Artist Residency: Artist Talk
Jen Hofer is a poet, translator, bookmaker, social justice interpreter, public letter-writer, knitter, and co-founder of Antena, the language justice and literary activism collaborative. Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and translator working across the mediums of video performance, installation and writing. Together, these artists discuss their backgrounds, artistic practices, and current work.

2016 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum

2016 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

November 17 through December 22, 2016

The 2016 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 included: Conrad Bakker, Eric Benson, Stephen Cartwright, Eli Craven, Ryan Griffis, Ben Grosser, Patrick Earl Hammie, Laurie Hogin, Steven Hudson, Chris Kienke, Emmy Lingscheit, Jorge Lucero, Guen Montgomery, Melissa Pokorny, Rachele Riley, Stacey Robinson, Joseph Squier, and Billie Theide.

Image Gallery

Select images from exhibiting faculty artists

Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts, Krannert Art Museum 2016

Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts

November 17, 2016 through February 11, 2017
Main Level, West Gallery

Co-curated by Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American Art and Anna Chen, Rare Book & Manuscript Library Curator

Both before and after the advent of movable type in Europe, circa 1450, artists created hand-drawn and hand-embellished scrolls, books, and maps. In Western Europe during the Middle Ages, manuscript ornamentation became a flourishing art form, enriching secular and sacred items alike. Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts brings together a selection of works that are owned in whole or in part by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including items housed at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Krannert Art Museum, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, and the Newberry Library in Chicago. The exhibition showcases Western European manuscripts from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries and examines issues associated with the production of illuminations and other decorations, patronage, owner additions and modifications, the impact of printing technologies, the reuse of parchment, book breaking, and the legacy of the self-professed “biblioclast” Otto F. Ege.

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Yu Haibo
Untitled No 2
from the series
Oil Painting Village in Dafen, China (detail), 2005
Inkjet print
Gift of the artist
©Yu Haibo

Samuel Marcus Adler
Cabala (detail), 1970
Painted wood relief
Gift of Samuel M. Adler in honor of Allen S. Weller