Art Since 1948

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gallery view of entry wall of Art Since 1948 with the exhibition title text and art from the museum's modern and contemporary collection.
Art Since 1948, installation at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

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Art gallery with white walls; at close left is a hard-edge hexagon painting by June Harwood, at center against wall is a pair of hip waders with a dish of water in them 'Body Fluid' by Annette Lemieux, at center right is a neon sign "Automat" by Chrissa
Art Since 1948, installation at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

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William Baziotes, Moon Animal, 1950. Oil on canvas. Installed in Art Since 1948 at Krannert Art Museum, 2019. University of Illinois purchase through the Festival of Arts Purchase Fund, 1951-6-1.
William Baziotes, Moon Animal, 1950. Oil on canvas. Installed in Art Since 1948 at Krannert Art Museum, 2019. University of Illinois purchase through the Festival of Arts Purchase Fund, 1951-6-1.
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With strengths in American and European surrealism, abstract painting, mid-century kinetic and Pop art, and art addressing powerful themes of history, land use, and identity, Art Since 1948 is a continuing collection installation that surveys the collection and encourages formal and conceptual connections across six decades.

The gallery is installed thematically and chronologically, beginning with works of art collected in the late 1940s from the first years of what became the university’s historic Festival of Contemporary Arts, and continues to the present. 

The gallery, designed by Julia Di Castri, a University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture graduate, was first installed in 2019. It was updated and reinstalled in Fall 2020, with new artwork utilized to highlight the gallery's main themes. 

 

Curated by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

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Art Since 1948

Active

8/29/2019 - 7/31/2021

Organizing institution: Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion

Primary Curator: Amy Powell


With strengths in American and European surrealism, abstract painting, mid-century kinetic and light works, and art addressing powerful themes of history, land use, and identity, Art Since 1948 surveys the collection and encourages formal and conceptual connections across six decades. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has long prioritized the art of our time. The College of Fine and Applied Arts, established in 1931, made an uncommon commitment to organizing curated and juried exhibitions, facilitating artist-in-residence programs, and building an outstanding collection of contemporary painting and sculpture. These activities were understood as fundamentally interdisciplinary and undertaken for the benefit of all university students, not only for those studying art and art history. Faculty, students, and visiting artists in ethnic studies, music, dance, and computer science, along with art and design, have all played vital roles in producing and bringing contemporary art to our campus. This new long-term installation begins chronologically with works of art collected in the late 1940s, from the first years of what became the university’s historic Festival of Contemporary Arts, and continues to the present. Comprised primarily of painting and sculpture from KAM’s holdings, the exhibition also features key loans from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, the American Indian Studies Program, and local collections. Some works—particularly in our deep holdings of works on paper—will rotate each semester, leaving room for small focused exhibitions and ongoing dialogue about the history and future of contemporary art on the University of Illinois campus.







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