Michael Bell-Smith
Action Hack (Crystal) , 2007
9-sec. loop
Single channel video loop
Dimensions variable
Edition of 5 + 2AP
Courtesy of the artist and Foxy Production, New York
© Michael Bell-Smith

Bridal Supernova (detail), 2006
Prototype for Edition of 3
Published by Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, NY
Various fabrics and accessories, monofilament, fishing tackle, welded powerder coated steel cage and stand
80 x40 x 40 inches
Carolina Contemporary Art, NYC
Courtesy of Deitch Projects, NYC and the artist
Image courtesy of the artist, Deitch Projects and Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art © E.V. Day

Blown Away

Exhibition Fact Sheet


Checklist (click for images)

Serving as the visual focus of Hollywood blockbuster films and television news stories pertaining to the current war in Iraq, explosions have become a part of popular culture. A healthy fascination that begins with a childhood fireworks display becomes an uncomfortable attraction to the more disturbing displays of car crashes and bomb detonations. As physical forms, explosions are simultaneously unnerving and beautiful. As subjects, they offer an extreme image through which artists can convey powerful anti-war sentiments, provide straightforward observations of an action frozen in time, or subtly render the violent in a contemplative way. This exhibition will feature work by artists in a variety of media, each expressing an interest in explosions—from the intensity of an impending event to the sensation of the release and the reverberations of the ensuing shockwaves. 

Artists in the exhibition: Michael Bell-Smith, Boym Partners Inc., Adam Cvijanovic, E. V. Day, Heide Fasnacht, Barnaby Furnas, Carlos Garaicoa, John Gerrard, Penelope Gottlieb, Fabrice Gygi, Jone Kvie, Pia Lindman, Stefana McClure, Cornelia Parker, Sarah Pickering, Michael Rakowitz, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Charles Sandison, Eduardo Santiere, David Svensson.

Exhibition Details


Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox

Ginger Gregg Duggan is an independent curator and founder of Remote Control Curatorial, LLC.  She has held curatorial posts at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.  Recent projects are Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth, a major multimedia exhibition on fashion shows as performance art, OVER+OVER: A Passion for Process, and Branded and On Display. Duggan teaches and writes on contemporary art.

Judith Hoos Fox was Visiting Curator at Krannert Art Museum, after nineteen years at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, and curatorial positions at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Harvard University Art Museums. Her recent projects include group exhibitions OVER + OVER: A Passion for Process, Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, and Branded and On Display.


Approximately 35 objects

Space requirements:

Variable, ca. 5,000–6,000 square feet


A fully-illustrated book includes essays by the curators, Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox. Author of The Ha-Ha, Dave King has contributed a new work of fiction, "BOOM: Thoughts on Narratve, Destruction, and the Incursion by Truth into the Made-Up Realm," and Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate in physics and MacArthur award recipient, has writen the essay "Explosions, Supercooling and Ice-IX."

Accompanying materials:

Electronic files containing wall text and extended labels, and ten complimentary copies of the catalogue


Loan fee of $15,000 for a 10-week booking, plus pro-rated shipping costs and the purchase of 100 catalogues at 40% off list price


Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion
January 25 –March 30, 2008    

Available for travel thereafter                                
Contact: Kathleen Harleman, director (harleman(at)illinois.edu)

Working checklist, insurance values, and a disc with images are available on request or click Checklist for images online.