Pattern and Process, installation at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2023. Featuring Fletcher Benton, Rolling Disc, 1979. Polished steel, colored lucite. Gift of Robert Kleinschmidt. 2015-16-1
Mikyung Kim, Counting Numbers, 1996. Watercolor, graphite, and resin on paper. Gift of Sarah Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky. 2003-14-2 © Mikyung Kim
Mavis Pusey, Frozen Vibrations, 1968. Screenprint on paper. Museum purchase through the Iver M. Nelson, Jr. Fund. 2021-11-1 © Mavis Pusey
Louise Bourgeois, Ears, 2004. Drypoint on cloth. Gift of Ed and Nancy Tepper. 2021-18-3 © Louise Bourgeois
On View
Feb 2, 2023–Dec 21, 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.

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 for this exhibition: LibGuide to Pattern and Process at KAM

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