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Krannert Art Museum: Exhibitions Guide Archive: Dynamic Structures

This guide assembles research guides for past Krannert Art Museum shows.

About This Guide

This guide provides information and links to additional resources about the Krannert Art Museum's exhibition, Dynamic Structures: American Abstract Artists, on view from March 2 - May 14, 2017. If you need help finding additional information, please contact the Ricker Library

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Subjects: Art & Architecture

About the Exhibition

In 1936, several artists in New York City, who grew tired of the lack of exhibiting opportunities for abstract artists, convened to discuss ways to promote and further the works of abstraction.

The American Abstract Artists (AAA) emerged as a diverse group who engaged in various applications of abstraction: dynamic, clear geometry; abstraction influenced by surrealism and expressionism, often with biomorphic elements; and abstraction informed by the natural landscape.

Overlooked during the 1930s and 1940s by major institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, the AAA aggressively protested these institutions and instead held their own exhibitions and forums to help garner acceptance of abstract art. The AAA can be seen as a predecessor to the New York School and abstract expressionism.

This exhibition of works primarily from the Krannert Art Museum collection, and also a few strategic loans, features works from past members of the AAA, including Josef Albers, Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Corazzo, Sidney Gordin, Balcomb Greene, Gertrude Greene, Carl Holty, Karl Knaths, Sol LeWitt, George L. K. Morris, Louise Nevelson, Irene Rice Peirera, Judith Rothschild, Louis Schanker, Charles Green Shaw, Esphyr Slobodkina, David Smith, and Jean Xceron.

Curated by Katherine Koca Polite.


"Studio Table" by Karl Knaths.

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Variant VI

"Variant VI" by Josef Albers

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Cubic-Modular Wall Structure, Black

"Cubic-Modular Wall Structure, Black" by Sol LeWitt

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Untitled (Abstract)

"Untitled (Abstract)" by Byron Browne

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Untitled (Abstract)

"Untitled (Abstract) by Carl Robert Holty"

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"Accord" by Jean Xceron

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Industrial Landscape

"Industrial Landscape" by George K.L. Morris

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Greetings 1952

"Greetings 1952" by Louis Schanker

Image courtesy of Artstor.


"Construction" by Sidney Gordon

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Cascade VII

"Cascade VII" by Louise Nevelson

Image courtesy of Artstor.


"Untitled" by Mel Bochner

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Mechanical Personnages

"Mechanical Personnages" by Judith Rothschild

Image courtesy of Artstor.

Untitled Abstraction

"Untitled Abstraction" by Irene Rice-Pereira

Image courtesy of ArtStor.


"Untitled" by David Smith

Image courtesy of Artstor.

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