history & heritage

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:30am
Mount Hope Cemetery, East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign, IL

Remembered as the Unofficial Dean of African American students during the first half of the twentieth century at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Albert R. Lee became an indispensable member of the University’s staff, serving 52 years at the President’s Office, through seven administrations. He took it upon himself to extend his regular duties and assisted black students in finding proper housing in the African American community; he also provided these students with advice and guidance. He became the second African American employed by the University in 1895.

On Friday, August 31 at 11:30 a.m. in Mount Hope Cemetery (East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign), the Lee family will unveil and dedicate a new headstone for Mr. Lee, for his wife, Mrs. Maude Marie McCurdy Lee, and for his first son, Mr. Albert M. Lee.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
Espresso Royale Palette Café Krannert Art Museum 500 East Peabody Drive Champaign, Illinois 61820

SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, music, poetry, empowerment, and expression of the black experience at Illinois. It is free and open to all. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson.

Free and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:30pm
Japan House 2000 South Lincoln Avenue Urbana, Illinois 61802

Join us for a special Krannert Art Museum event at Japan House where we'll talk with local photographer Larry Kanfer about his work engaging the Illinois landscape. Bring your camera for a creative exploration of the Japan House gardens and University of Illinois Arboretum with opportunities to create new landscape photographs outdoors.

Please visit https://kam.illinois.edu for more information. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 3:30pm
Krannert Art Museum 500 East Peabody Drive Champaign, Illinois 61820 United States

Join us to talk about American landscape photography, past and present. We will talk about 20th century American documentary photography, using the photographs on display from the KAM collection in the Capturing Landscape exhibition as our starting point. Bring your ideas about photography (and your camera) because after the talk, you will be invited to capture images from the exhibition as inspiration for your own photography, then submit new landscape photographs to be featured in an online Capturing Landscape photo gallery.

Please visit https://kam.illinois.edu for more information. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm
Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Contemporary Gallery 500 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820

Join in this interactive event, with U of I faculty Jamie Jones (Dept of English), Maryam Kashani (Gender & Women’s Studies), and KAM curators Amy L. Powell and Allyson Purpura.

This event is free and open to the public. Please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign

2017 American Music Month Exhibit

During the late 1960s many university campuses across America experienced significant political and social turmoil. For the University of Illinois the spring of 1970 was a time of tremendous political unrest among students and faculty regarding America’s involvement in the Vietnam war, the US Department of Defense’s construction of the Illiac IV supercomputer on campus, the Champaign-Urbana police force’s killing of an unarmed African American student on the Illinois campus, and the Ohio National Guard’s shooting of four students on the campus of Kent State University. While Illinois’ students and many of its faculty frequently came together at this time to protest the Federal government’s growing political oppression and imperialism, the campus’ activists and protestors used many different music genres to convey their messages across the Urbana-Champaign campus. Music groups like the Campus Folksong Club, the Walden String Quartet, Medicare 7, 8, or 9, and REO Speedwagon as well as many faculty members from the University’s School of Music frequently lent their musical talents to support these political and social protests. This exhibit of photographs, news clippings, advertisements, protest broadsides, concert programs, graphic illustrations, and audio recordings highlight the diverse intersections of music, art, and protest on the Illinois campus during the 1970 school year.

For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, Main Library, Room 146, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

All are welcome at "Becoming Father & Son: Robert and John Gregg Allerton and Historical Perspectives on Queer Kinship," a free event on Nov. 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) in the University Archives (room 146 of the Main Library). Nick Syrett's research focuses on the lives and relationship of Robert and John Gregg Allerton, donors of U of I's Allerton Park.

For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
500 E. Peabody Dr, Krannert Art Museum (Lower Level Room 62), Champaign 61820

Scholar Lecture by Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil titled “Jewish and Indigenous Looted Treasures: Comparing Legal and Ethical Approaches to Provenance Research and Restitution."

Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil is Co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for Lawyers Commitee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, a legal consultant for JFK Law Corporation, and president of CHDR Consulting, Inc.

Sponsored in part by the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artist Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Committee, and Krannert Art Museum.

Please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
1408 West Gregory Drive, Main Library (Room 346), Urbana 61801

Prints as Underdrawings in 16th-century French Horae, a lecture by Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American Art before 1850, Krannert Art Museum
Books of Hours (Horae) were the undisputed medieval ‘bestsellers.’ They had a profound effect on European devotional, educational, and aesthetic practices. Gilles and Germain Hardouyn, active in Paris from 1491 to 1541, specialized in hybrid printed Horae that were hand-painted in imitation of illuminated manuscripts.

Printed Horae were found in libraries across Europe but Paris was the hub of production, which began in the 1480s. By 1530, more than 1600 editions had been printed. Printed Horae by the Hardouyns can look deceptively like their manuscript counterparts, with over-painted prints, supplementary painted decoration, and true miniatures. Sometimes the only indication that such books had been printed was the regularity of the typeface.

Warren will discuss why these prints imitate the effects of illuminations well as the broader implications of this practice, which question the history of printmaking as a linear trajectory of ever increasing media specificity.

Maureen Warren’s research interests include early modern (1500-1800) Netherlandish art and European print media more broadly. At KAM, Warren has curated exhibitions on medieval manuscripts (2016-2017) and the intersection of art and science in early modern Europe (2017). Warren completed a Ph.D. in art history at Northwestern University in 2015, where her research was supported a Kress Institutional Fellowship to Leiden University, a Scaliger Fellowship, and a Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon Fellowship. Warren has published essays in Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300-1650 (2015); Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print (2016); and Word & Image (forthcoming).

Please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu for more information. This event is free.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, Main Library, Room 146, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

Patrick Dilley discusses his forthcoming book From Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: A History of Midwestern Queer Campus Organizing, with a focus on the University of Illinois.

For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150.


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