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Krannert Art Museum: Exhibitions Guide Archive: Propositions on Revolution

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

About This Guide

This guide provides additional resources and information on the artists included in the exhibition Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future) on view from August 31 - December 22, 2017 at the Krannert Art Museum (KAM). If you need help finding additional information, please contact the Ricker Library

This exhibition is part of a greater, campus-wide event series celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Russian Revolution. For more information on campus events please visit the 1917: Ten days that shook the world / 2017: Ten days that shake the campus website.

About KAM and the Collection

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Ricker Library of Architecture & Art
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Champaign, IL 61820
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Subjects: Art & Architecture

About the Exhibition

This exhibition takes the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917 as an occasion to think broadly about revolution. How do radical changes in power and perception come about? Who makes them, or how do they happen? It adopts a working method employed by early twentieth-century political organizers, who cho-authored slogans as a device for developing consciousness of the contemporary situation and consensus about how to move forward. Functioning less as propagandistic directives than as propositions to be picked up and debated, these slogans were intended as tools in an ongoing process of collective self-production. The exhibition includes works by contemporary artists and collectives Chto Delat', Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Jennifer Moon, Tameka Norris, and The Propeller Group. Each work has been selected for its potential as a starting point for a debate about a "proposition on revolution."

The exhibition is organized in conjunction with a series of programs at the University looking at the global impact of the Russian Revolution over the past one hundred years. It is also in dialogue with the historical exhibition, Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test, opening in October at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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