Light and Movement in Sculpture


Light and Movement in Sculpture, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2017.
Light and Movement in Sculpture, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2017.


On view
Jan 27, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Main Level, Kinkead Gallery

Sculptors in the 1960s and 1970s experimented with light and optical illusion, reflecting mid-century fascination with speed, the materials of technology, and structural systems. Artists and artist-engineers built on previous decades of experimentation by such figures as László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes, demonstrating artist Willoughby Sharp's call for "an art of greater energy" to "unite us with the real rhythms of our era."

Systems theorist Jack Burnham, writing in 1968, found in contemporary sculpture the desire to prepare humans for radically new futures, even while many works mesmerize with their seemingly magical properties

KAM's small but strong collection of light and kinetic sculpture produced in the United States reflects the museum"s history as a vital participant in the University of Illinois's Festival of Contemporary Arts (1948–1974), a campus-wide presentation of lectures, performances, and exhibitions by avant-garde artists. Many of these works were purchased after the festival exhibitions while others were gifts made in recognition of the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration fostered by the university.

Artist featured include: Fletcher Benton, Chryssa, Max Finkelstein, Richard Hunt, Josef Levi, James Libero Prestini, and Earl Reiback.

Curator: Amy L. Powell
With assistance from Hayan Kim, doctoral candidate in Art History

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 to Light and Movement in Sculpture

Provenance: A Forensic History of Art, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2017.
  1. May 13, 2017 to Dec 8, 2018
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
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
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
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