Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future)

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Coco Fusco, a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, 2004. Video. Courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. © Coco Fusco
Coco Fusco, a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, 2004. Video. Courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. © Coco Fusco

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Chto Delat’, Partisan Songspiel: Belgrade Story (detail), 2009. Video. Courtesy of the artists.
Chto Delat’, Partisan Songspiel: Belgrade Story (detail), 2009. Video. Courtesy of the artists.

Exhibition

On view
Aug 31, 2017 to Dec 22, 2017
KAM Main Level, Gelvin Noel Annex, Light Court Gallery and West Gallery

This exhibition takes the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917 as an occasion to think broadly about revolution.

How do radical changes in power and perception come about? Who makes them, or how do they happen?

It adopts a working method employed by early twentieth-century political organizers, who co-authored slogans as a device for developing consciousness of their contemporary situation and consensus about how to move forward. Functioning less as propagandistic directives than as propositions to be picked up and debated, these slogans were intended to be part of an ongoing process of collective self-production.

The exhibition includes works by contemporary artists and collectives Chto Delat’, Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Jennifer Moon, Tameka Norris, and The Propeller Group. Each work has been selected for its potential as a starting point for a discussion about a “proposition on revolution."

The exhibition is organized as part of a series of programs at Illinois looking at the global impact of the Russian Revolution over the past one hundred years, and is in dialogue with the historical exhibition Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test at the Art Institute of Chicago (October 29, 2017–January 14, 2018). 

Guest Curator: Kristin Romberg, assistant professor of Art History

Krannert Art Museum exhbitions are made possible by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Sponsored in part by the 1917: Ten Days that Shook the World / 2017: Ten Days that Shake the Campus Initiative; Center for Advanced Study; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Center for Global Studies; and Krannert Art Museum. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

 

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: Library Guide for Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future)

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Provenance: A Forensic History of Art, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2017.
  1. May 13, 2017 to Dec 8, 2018
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Allen Stringfellow, Street Smarts II, ca. 1990s. Collage and watercolor on paper. Gift of John and Dorothy Gardner. 2014-8-1
  1. Aug 30, 2018 to Mar 23, 2019
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Cuzco School (active Cuzco, Peru, 16th–18th century), Our Lady of the Remedies of La Paz, ca. 1750. Welcome Wall installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2018. Photo by Jessica L. Hung.
  1. Sep 12, 2018 to Dec 8, 2018
Welcome Wall
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Kennedy Browne, Real World Harm (Act I), 2018. Still from 360º video for Oculus, 5 minutes. Courtesy of the artists © Kennedy Browne
  1. Oct 4, 2018 to Feb 9, 2019
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John Clem Clarke (United States, b. 1937), Louis XIV, 1969. Lithograph on paper. Gift of George M. Irwin 1995-9-2.4
  1. Nov 2, 2018 to Dec 15, 2018
Response Wall