The Strange Life of Objects, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2010.
The Strange Life of Objects, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2010.
The Strange Life of Objects, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2010.
On View
Oct 29, 2010–Jan 9, 2011
Main Level, East Gallery

Annette Lemieux is one of the few wunderkind of the 1980s global art scene who has endured beyond that feverish time to become a significant artist whose work continues to grow in depth and resonance. This exhibition, organized by Krannert Art Museum, provides the first critical survey of the artist's work.

Major funding provided by Rosann and Richard Noel with additional sponsorship by Fox Development Corporation; Fred and Donna Giertz; Nancy B. Tieken; University of Illinois Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council

Lemieux is a prominent figure in the US and abroad. Her work has been exhibited in major institutions internationally and is recognized in preeminent museum and private collections.

Currently, Lemieux is Professor of the Practice of Studio Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her work is regularly cited in contemporary art texts that analyze post-conceptualism in contemporary culture.

The works in the exhibition have been carefully chosen according to chronological and thematic developments tracing themes, such as Sign/Symbol/Language, Reinventing/Living/Designing History, and The Loaded Grid, to which the artist continues to return. Through this thematic organization, the exhibition presents a salient statement representing twenty-five years of Lemieux's prodigious work. 

Annette Lemieux's commitment to content over material motivates the artist to work with an ever-expanding range of media. Whether employing marble or scrim, she masters and invents techniques and processes that correlate with states of mind.

Her process incorporates intellectual analyses of social codes with an emphasis on psychological and emotional content. Fundamentally interdisciplinary in content and form, Lemieux’s works continue her exploration and explication of our cultural constructs and how objects that reflect the self define the self within the culture.

Select Programming

October 28, 2010
Gallery Conversation with Annette Lemieux with music by Los Guapos

November 4, 2010
Gallery Conversation with Brett Kaplan, associate professor of Comparative and World Literature and Jewish Studies; Ned O'Gorman, assistant professor of Communication; and Tim van Laar, professor of Art

Curators: Lelia Amalfitano and Judith Hoos Fox

Lelia Amalfitano has worked as a writer and curator since 1983. Formerly Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1986 to 1999, Amalfitano has organized exhibitions of major and emerging contemporary artists, including the group exhibition Modest Sublime for the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Amalfitano is currently a Visiting Scholar at Boston College.

Judith Hoos Fox was visiting curator at Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion after spending 19 years at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, and holding curatorial positions at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Harvard University Art Museums. Her recent projects include the group exhibitions OVER + OVER: A Passion for ProcessPattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, Branded and On DisplayFACADESBlown Away, and Under Control.