Pattern and Process


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

Two Latina girls stand near papers prompting them to think about representation. One bends down to write with a marker on the poster paper. The other stands and watches. Both have long dark hair and are middle school age.
  1. Apr 12, 2022 to Jul 9, 2022
Allen Stringfellow, Street Smarts II, ca. 1990s. Collage and watercolor on paper. Gift of John and Dorothy Gardner. 2014-8-1
  1. May 16, 2022 to Aug 5, 2022