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 a burnt 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

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.

The exhibition presents works from KAM’s twentieth- and twenty-first-century collection.


Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite, Assistant Curator

Sponsored in part by the Sandra L. Batzli Memorial Fund

decorative image shows swirling clouds over a deep blue sky. Text says "rest lab 2023" with details about the exhibition
  1. Jan 24, 2023 to Feb 11, 2023