Figure One, the research space for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Art and Design, will launch the exhibition Painting Is Dead?! with an opening reception on February 6. Seeking to examine ideas about painting, the participating artists both display innovative practices and question painting’s place in our society. The featured painters are Rico Gatson, Patrick Earl Hammie, Chris Kienke, Jason Middlebrook, Jenny Morgan, Harvey Opgenorth, Ebony G. Patterson, and Maja Ruznic. Conversations with the artists are scheduled throughout the exhibition, which ends on March 28.
January 25, 2015
Image: Oh My Love by Jenny Morgan
Works of the modernist era are reconsidered and reimagined in a new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum. The paintings, sculptures, photography, and video work in MetaModern focus on the esteem given to midcentury design objects and examine their style and role in history in the context of today’s aesthetics and culture. Conrad Bakker, an associate professor in the School of Art and Design, contributed several paintings to the collection of pieces by more than 20 artists. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, the exhibition will continue at Krannert Art Museum through March 29 and then will travel to five museums across the country.
January 15, 2015
Image: Detail from Untitled Project: eBay [Ding], [1960s Herman Miller Eames Rosewood Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Caramel Leather US $4,300.00] by Conrad Bakker
The American Realness festival, which opened January 8 in New York City, included the theatrical premiere of Tere O’Connor’s Undersweet and a work featuring alumna Michele Boulé of Dance at Illinois. Praised for her “tour-de-force performance” by the New York Times, Boulé portrays both herself and a figure representing creative inspiration in choreographer Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/, a depiction of the challenges of making art. O’Connor debuted his duet focused on the sexuality of ballet on January 12. Combining experimentation with classical and naturalistic movements, the work with dancers Silas Riener and Michael Ingle and a sound collage by O’Connor and James Baker was acclaimed for its “stabs of beauty and swerves of wit.” The festival ends January 18.
January 15, 2015
Harmonia is one step closer to commercial distribution. The software created by Heinrich Taube, an associate professor and the chair of the Composition-Theory Division in the School of Music, and William Andrew Burnson allows users to compose and edit music, search and add scores, and annotate and analyze harmonic structures. The multimedia-rich application is intended to assist both students and instructors in music theory by providing extensive tools, immediate feedback, and automatic grading and by radically updating the current paper-based process. The $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer Program will enable Taube to make improvements to Harmonia and potentially bring music education to more students.
December 28, 2014
Robert Olshansky Selected as the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s 2015 Distinguished Lecturer
Robert Olshansky has earned the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Award for 2015 and will give a presentation at the organization’s annual meeting. This honor acknowledges significant professional work on earthquake hazard mitigation. In addition to serving as head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Olshansky has researched and assisted with disaster recovery efforts in New Orleans, China, India, Indonesia, and Japan.
November 21, 2014