Attachment

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Attachment, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015.
Attachment, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly.

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Attachment, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015.
Attachment, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly.

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Attachment, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015.
Attachment, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly.

Exhibition

On view
Aug 28, 2015 to Dec 12, 2015
Main Level - East Gallery

Works of art are not singular or isolated things. Rather, we understand them in relation to the contexts in which they were produced and the investments they solicit from us—the feelings they engender, the values they accrue, and the communities they make.

When considering a museum collection in terms of such attachments, the museum becomes an entangled actor, and the bonds between the institution and the objects in its care come into view as much as artists’ connections to their subjects and the forces of encounter between artwork and viewer. 

Attachment is a thematic collaboration among KAM curators and draws from most areas of the museum’s permanent collection along with a selective number of loans. Organized under five themes—appendages, supports, shadow bodies, accumulations, and refusals—the exhibition examines critical scenes of attachment to encompass material, affective, bodily, psychoanalytic, cultural, political, and institutional frames of reference.

Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbott, Conrad Bakker, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ray Charles, Carl Chiarenza, Willie Cole, Isabelle Cornaro, Walker Evans, Vernon Fisher, Frank Gallo, Jess, Vera Klement, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Bea Nettles, Melissa Pokorny, Fritz Scholder, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Hedda Sterne, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, and Purvis Young; along with selections from the museum’s African, Asian, ancient Peruvian, and decorative arts collections, including Marcel Proust’s 18th-century settee.

 

Co-curators: Amy L. Powell, Allyson Purpura, Kathryn Koca Polite with assistance from doctoral student in Art History Dana Ostrander

Exhibition sponsored in part by Fred and Donna Giertz

 

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 Attachment

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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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Wynn Bullock, Shore Line, 1966. Gelatin silver print. Museum purchase 1967-14-2. © Wynn Bullock
  1. May 26, 2018 to Oct 20, 2018