Pattern and Process

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spiral bound page that has a grid of red markings with two circular fields, one gold and the other red and white. On each field is a rectangle.
Mikyung Kim, Counting Numbers, 1996. Watercolor, graphite, and resin on paper. Gift of Sarah Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky. 2003-14-2 © Mikyung Kim


abstract artwork that resembles overlapping staffs of notes in black, grey, white, and red
Mavis Pusey, Frozen Vibrations, 1968. Screenprint on paper. Museum purchase through the Iver M. Nelson, Jr. Fund. 2021-11-1 © Mavis Pusey

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A grid of drawings of ears, three tall by four wide. Each ear has an embroidered hole in the cloth where the ear canal would be.
Louise Bourgeois, Ears, 2004. Drypoint on cloth. Gift of Ed and Nancy Tepper. 2021-18-3 © Louise Bourgeois


On view
Feb 2, 2023 to Dec 22, 2023
Main Level, West Gallery and Light Court

Defined broadly as colors, forms, images, and even ideas that are repeated serially, pattern occurs in and acts on the world in countless ways.

The works of art in Pattern and Process encourage us to investigate how pattern can create and challenge our ways of knowing and interpreting the world.

They look at how pattern locates us within our physical surroundings, be it the built environment, natural landscapes, or the material manifestations of our daily lives.

They encourage us to explore how we use pattern to explore personal, internal, and psychic worlds, including our emotions and connections to the past.

The exhibition presents a selection from KAM’s twentieth- and twenty-first-century collection, including works by: Berenice Abbott, Anni Albers, Sonny Assu, Jennifer Bartlett, Don Baum, Armelle Bouchet O’Neill, Louise Bourgeois, Elijah Burgher, Vija Celmins, Alan Cohen, Steffen Dam, Harold Edgerton, Victor Ekpuk, Charles Gaines, Gunther Gerzso, Temple Grandin, Frederick Hammersley, Jacob Hashimoto, Gerald Hayes, Jasper Johns, Mikyung Kim, Joyce Kozloff, Jack Lenor Larsen, Annette Lemieux, Sol LeWitt, Carmen Lozar, Ivan Mareš, Jeffry Mitchell, Kenji Nakahashi, Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Fannie Nampeyo, Louise Nevelson, Betsy Packard, Deborah Puretz, Mavis Pusey, Dot Replinger, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, and June Wayne.


Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite, Assistant Curator

Sponsored in part by the Sandra L. Batzli Memorial Fund. General operating support provided by Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


Ricker Library of Architecture and Art has developed a library guide with details about this exhibition, as well as supplementary materials and curator-recommended readings: Pattern and Process Library Guide

Portfolio: Pattern and Process [EXHIBITION]

Pattern and Process asks how and why patterns help navigate us through our collective and intimate worlds. Whether we recognize it or not, pattern occurs in all aspects of our lives and affects us in different ways. In using a broad definition of the term—colors, forms, images, or ideas that can be repeated in a serial way—pattern can be decorative, structural, occur in nature, inform and shape our behavior, or act as recurring markers of time. Patterns can provide a set of rules, shape rhythm in music, or even determine our own habits. Organized thematically, the artworks in the exhibition investigate how patterns create—or sometimes challenge—order, systems, and processes; how patterns locate us within the external, physical world, evoking movement, landscape, and time; and how patterns conjure or mine our psychic states or internal worlds, including our memories and emotions.

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Side A and Side B

gelatin silver print on paper
Berlin Wall

pigment inkjet on porous-coated baryta paper
Pit (working title)

Mold-melted glass, metal, and wood

color lithograph on five pieces of paper mounted on board
Counting Numbers

watercolor, graphite and resin on paper
Red Calendar/Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow-V

graphite, resin, graph paper, oil and watercolor on paper

wood, thread, graphite and oil on paper
Enmeshed II

two-colored zinc plate and stone lithograph on Rives BFK paper
Constellation -- Uccello

four color aquatint and etching
Composition No. 10

graphite and pastel on paper
Spaced Invaders

inkjet digital print on paper
Remoulade (Furnishing Fabric)

upholstery fabric (wool, cotton, linen, rayon, metallic strip encased in synthetic film, nylon, gold gilt strip wound around cotton fiber core, polyethelene)
6 P.M.

etching with sugarlift, aquatint, drypoint and scraping
Flower Block

glass, flame-worked and cased
Desire 1

colored pencil on paper
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A graceful plum tree in full flower sits under a full moon. The sky is inky black but the moonlight makes each blossom seem to glow with inner light.
  1. Mar 2, 2023 to Dec 22, 2023