Ai Weiwei
Born 1957, Beijing, China
Lives and works in Beijing.
Neolithic Culture Pot with Coco-Cola Logo, 1997
Neolithic pot with acrylic paint
12 x 13 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist


Haim Steinbach
One minute managers VI-1, 1991
Plastic laminated shelf with medicine balls and stick pots
28 1/2 x 210 x 14 inches
Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery

Branded and On Display

Exhibition Fact Sheet

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Ours is a culture defined by marketing and acquiring. With one of our founding fathers––Thomas Jefferson–a compulsive shopper, this just may be part of being American. Virtually every activity in our lives is experienced through purchases, from bassinets to caskets. The landscape is studded with logos, brand names, and billboards – inducements to participate in a culture defined by the acquisition of commodities. Branded and On Display examines the work of artists who explore specific strategies of branding and presentation in their response to this pervasively commoditized environment. Representing a range of media—sculpture, video, installation, sound, painting, and photography—the work is compelling and provocative, nudging us to “re-view” our culture with an appraising eye.

The exhibiting artists demonstrate how the forms and tactics of branding dominate the psychic and visual environment of our culture. Their work departs from a distinct issue or observation and brings us to a fresh understanding of our experience – how frequently we are scanned each day; how complex perceptions have been collapsed and condensed into simple signs and epithets; how advertising and display strategies shape our thinking.

Artists whose works are included in the exhibition are: Ai Weiwei, Conrad Bakker, Amy Barkow, Ashley Bickerton, Michael Blum, Louis Cameron, Diller + Scofidio, Terence Gower, Laurie Hogin, Pierre Huyghe, Clay Ketter, Ryan McGinness, Amelia Moore, Donna Nield, Haim Steinbach, Tempi & Wolf, Yuken Teruya, Hank Willis Thomas, Brian Ulrich, Siebren Versteeg, and Zhao Bandi.

Exhibition Details

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

Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan

Judith Hoos Fox was Visiting Curator at Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion after spending 19 years at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, and holding 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 the group exhibitions OVER + OVER: A Passion for Process and Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator.

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 include Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth, a major multimedia exhibition on fashion shows as performance art, and OVER + OVER: A Passion for Process. Duggan teaches and writes on contemporary art.

40 works

Space requirements:
Approximately 5,000 square feet

The museum published a catalogue with an interdisciplinary approach. Essayists include the curators Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan; Linda Scott, author of Fresh Lipstick (2005); Cele Otnes, author of Cinderella Dreams: The Allure of the Lavish Wedding (2003); Daniel Cook, author of The Commodification of Childhood: The Children’s Clothing Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer (2003); and Dung Kai-cheung, Hong Kong–based author of The Catalog (1999), a collection of one-page short stories whose titles refer to brand names such as Hello Kitty and agnès b.

Accompanying materials:
Wall text, labels, and a gallery guide handout will be provided electronically. Ten copies of the catalogue are included with the fee.

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


Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion January 25–April 1, 2007
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS August 25–December 16, 2007
Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA January 17–March 30, 2008
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art June 14 - September 21, 2008
Salt Lake City Art Center,
Salt Lake City, UT
February 21 - May 23, 2009

Kathleen Harleman, Director