Under Control, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2009.
Under Control, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2009.
Under Control, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2009.
On View
Oct 23, 2009–Jan 3, 2010
Main Level, Gelvin Noel Gallery

Financial intrigue and debacle, government-sponsored spying, preemptive war, and more: an endless stream of news underscores the manipulation of power and resources with consequences for us all. This exhibition presents recent art that highlights the increasingly pervasive concern with the issue of control.

Major funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with additional sponsorship by 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.

Corporate malfeasance, government-sponsored spying, preemptive war, challenges to civil liberties, and misinformation in the media provide an endless stream of news concerning the manipulation of power and resources. Such episodes offer provocative inspiration to artists worldwide.

In works that suggest a shift from the interrogations of power that dominated late-twentieth-century artistic practice, the artists represented in this exhibition subtly explore the strategies and ambiguities of power in the age of YouTube. Demonstrating curiosity and an appetite for critical inquiry, they offer coolly objective work that raises rather than answers the question of control.

Exhibiting artists include: Ignasi Aballí, Michael Bell-Smith, Iran do Espírito Santo, Cliff Evans, Eva Grubinger, Jon Haddock, Jenny Holzer, Rashid Johnson, Jeon Joonho, Sylvan Lionni, Adam McEwen, David Opdyke, Hito Steyerl, Los Torreznos

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October 29, 2009

Gallery Conversation with Ryan Griffis, assistant professor of New Media; Steven Wagner, associate professor emeritus of Philosophy; and David Wilson, professor of Geography, African American Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

November 12, 2009

Gallery Conversation with KAM education coordinator Andrea Ferber, following the IPRH Film Series screening of Brazil (1985), directed by Terry Gilliam

Guest Curators: curatorsquared  (c2 )

c2, a curatorial collaboration between Ginger Duggan and Judy Fox, develops exhibitions of international, cross media contemporary art that explore current issues in culture and design. Together they have organized OVER + OVER: A Passion for ProcessBranded and On Display, FACADES and BLOWN AWAY. (Catalogs available upon request.)

Ginger Gregg Duggan is an independent curator and founder of Remote Control Curatorial, LLC. She has held curatorial posts at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. Recent projects include Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth, a major multimedia exhibition on fashion shows as performance art, OVER + OVER: A Passion for ProcessBranded and On DisplayFACADES, and Blown Away. Duggan teaches and writes on contemporary art.

Judith Hoos Fox is currently 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 DisplayFACADES, and Blown Away.