Art Since 1948

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gallery view of entry wall of Art Since 1948 with text and a row of paintings from the museum's modern and contemporary collection. Wall angles toward the viewer to guide their eye down the line of paintings to the next gallery beyond.
Art Since 1948, installation at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

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Art gallery with white walls; at close left is a hard-edge hexagon painting by June Harwood, at center against wall is a pair of hip waders with a dish of water in them 'Body Fluid' by Annette Lemieux, at center right is a neon sign "Automat" by Chrissa
Art Since 1948, installation at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

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gallery view of entry wall of Art Since 1948 with text and a row of paintings from the museum's modern and contemporary collection. Wall angles toward the viewer to guide their eye down the line of paintings to the next gallery beyond.
Art Since 1948, installation at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

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gallery view of entry wall of Art Since 1948 with art from the museum's modern and contemporary collection. This view shows work by self-taught Purvis Young and a monumental painting by Leon Golub "Fallen Warrior".
Art Since 1948, installation at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

Exhibition

On view
Aug 29, 2019 to Mar 13, 2020
Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

With strengths in American and European surrealism, abstract painting, mid-century kinetic and light works, and art addressing powerful themes of history, land use, and identity, Art Since 1948 surveys the collection and encourages formal and conceptual connections across six decades.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has long prioritized the art of our time. The College of Fine and Applied Arts, established in 1931, made an uncommon commitment to organizing curated and juried exhibitions, facilitating artist-in-residence programs, and building an outstanding collection of contemporary painting and sculpture.

These activities were understood as fundamentally interdisciplinary and undertaken for the benefit of all university students, not only for those studying art and art history. Faculty, students, and visiting artists in ethnic studies, music, dance, and computer science, along with art and design, have all played vital roles in producing and bringing contemporary art to our campus.

This new long-term installation begins chronologically with works of art collected in the late 1940s, from the first years of what became the university’s historic Festival of Contemporary Arts, and continues to the present.

Comprised primarily of painting and sculpture from KAM’s holdings, the exhibition also features key loans from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, the American Indian Studies Program, and local collections. Some works—particularly in our deep holdings of works on paper—will rotate each semester, leaving room for small focused exhibitions and ongoing dialogue about the history and future of contemporary art on the University of Illinois campus.

 

The reinstallation is designed by Julia di Castri, a University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture alumna, based in Toronto.

Curated by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Ricker Library of Architecture and Art has developed a library guide that includes details about work contained in this gallery, as well as supplementary materials and curator-recommended reading: Library Guide to Art Since 1948

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Paul Kelpe, Man and Machines (Abstraction #5), 1934. Oil, canvas. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects 1943-4-209
  1. Jun 5, 2021 to Dec 23, 2021
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Grid-based abstract oil painting with bright colors amid finely-drawn black squares by abstract artist Louise Fishman
  1. Aug 26, 2021 to Feb 26, 2022
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Blue wooden bench in a gallery with text painted on it. The back of the bench says "This exhibition has asked me to stand for too long." The seat says "Sit if you agree."
  1. Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 11, 2021