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Light and Movement in Sculpture--Krannert Art Museum, January 27 – June 3, 2017: Home

This guide provides additional resources and information on the artists included in the exhibition Light and Movement in Sculpture. The exhibition is on view from January 26 - June 3, 2017 at the Krannert Art Museum (KAM).

About This Guide

This guide provides information and links to additional resources about the Krannert Art Museum's exhibition, Light and Movement in Sculpture, on view from January 26 - June 3, 2017. If you need help finding additional information, please contact the Ricker Library

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About the Exhibition

Sculptors in the 1960s and 1970s experimented with light and optical illusion, reflecting mid-century experiences of 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 biannual Festival of Contemporary Arts, a campus-wide presentation of lectures, performances, and exhibitions by avant-garde artists. Many of these works were purchased from the festival exhibitions while others were gifts made in recognition of the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration fostered by the university.

Including artworks by: 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

 

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