visual arts

Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Join us for a public symposium on the photography of Hal Fischer, featuring an international panel of scholars responding to the artist about his body of work.

This public symposium organized by Tim Dean, James M. Benson Professor in English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Dean is the guest curator of Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics at Krannert Art Museum. His research on human sexuality encompasses historical, cultural, philosophical, and psychoanalytic perspectives, with particular interest in what kinds of vocabularies are available, at different historical moments, for talking about sex.

Photographer Hal Fischer will be the respondent for this symposium. Over a career spanning four decades, Fischer has been an artist, art critic, and museum professional. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and is featured in both public and private collections.

About the Presenters
Eugenie Brinkema
Assoc. Prof of Literature & Film, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brinkema’s research in film and media studies focuses on violence, affect, sexuality, aesthetics, and ethics in texts ranging from the horror film to gonzo pornography, from the body of films dubbed “New European Extremism” to the viral media forms of terrorism.

João Florêncio
Senior Lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, University of Exeter, UK
Florêncio is a cultural theorist of the body working on representations of sex, health, disease and Nature vis-à-vis biopolitics and the political, philosophical, and technoscientific history the dyad immunity/community.

Maryam Kashani
Assistant Prof. of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Visiting Fellow, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transational Migration
Kashani’s research focuses on racial/ethnic/religious diasporas and transnational political movements; gender and sexuality; Islam and Muslim communities; visual anthropology, documentary, and experimental filmmaking; visual culture and the senses; knowledge, ethics, and power; and new media forms and methods.

Jacques Rancourt
Jacques J. Rancourt has published two poetry collections, Brocken Spectre (Alice James Books) and Novena (Pleiades Press), as well as a chapbook, In the Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal).

Peter Rehberg
Head of Collections and Archive, Schwules Museum, Berlin
Head of Collections since 2018, Rehberg’s research involves questions of visual culture, for example contemporary queer photography and fanzines. He has published academic work mainly in the area of queer studies, media studies, and popular culture, for example on topics such as pornography or the Eurovision Song Contest.

John Paul Ricco
Professor of Contemporary Art, Queer Theory, Aesthetics & Ethics, University of Toronto
Ricco is an art historian and queer theorist whose interdisciplinary research, teaching, and writing, draws connections between late 20-century and contemporary art and architecture; continental philosophy; and issues of gender and sexuality, bodies and pleasures, pornography and eroticism. He is widely recognized for his engagement with the work of French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.

Terri Weissman
Associate Prof and Chair of Art History, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Weissman holds an affiliated appointment in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory and teaches modern and contemporary art history, the history of photography, and the history of design. She is the author of The Realisms of Berenice Abbott: Documentary Photography and Political Action (University of California Press, 2011), co-author (with Sharon Corwin and Jessica May) of American Modern: Documentary Photographs by Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White (University of California Press, 2010), and co-author (with Erina Duganne and Heather Diack) of Photography: A Critical History (Bloombsury, 2020).

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Krannert Art Museum, Lower Level, Auditorium (KAM 62)

Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 5:00pm

Join us for an artist talk by Casey Noonan, responding to the work on display in Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics.

This artist talk is a hybrid event. Join us in-person in the Krannert Art Museum Auditorium, or attend virtually via Zoom.

About the Artist | Artist Instagram | Crashing Through the Front Door Instagram

Casey Noonan was born in Vincennes, Indiana in 1989. He is an artist interested in the subcultures of punk, drag, noise, and food. Beginning in 2017, he documented a burgeoning avant-garde drag scene in Indianapolis which centered on the queer dance party, Low Pone. He and Taylor Rose, a writer and also his creative partner for the project, published a book of photography, essays, and interviews in February 2019 titled, Crashing Through The Front Door. Noonan is also a musician and co-organizer of queer musical festival, BUZZ/cut.

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Krannert Art Museum endeavors to be accessible to all. The event will be in English and the virtual event will be closed captioned via Zoom. If you have questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please email

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Hybrid event: In-person at Lower Level, Auditorium(KAM 62) and virtual via Zoom

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 2:00pm

Join Curator Amy L. Powell for a free, guided tour of A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing titled “Queer Uses of Abstraction.”

Louise Fishman’s lifelong dedication to abstract painting engages processes that we might understand as feminist and queer. The exhibition is organized by some of these, including transfers, grids, flat folds, curves, and “expressions.” This curator’s tour offers a close look at Fishman’s conversations with abstraction, process, and identity. Audiences will gain or deepen an understanding of how abstraction addresses queer history and community.

Please note: Space is limited to 20 people. Tickets are required to attend this event.

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*If you would like to request this tour for your class or group during the Fall 2021 semester, please contact the Curator of Academic Programs, Liza Sylvestre.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 5:30pm

Join us for this Scholar Lecture with Jill H. Casid, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

How might we live our dying on a dying planet in a way that contests its terms? Drawing on work from her almost-completed book project Necrolandscaping, Casid offers an aesthetic tactics of landscape in the deformative, in which the volatile, strangely resilient powers of the negative are mined as vital resources for a Necrocene ethics.

What Casid calls “care for death” elaborates the practice of transversal vulnerability, extending the book’s thinking with experimental art practice in the art of dying beyond the limits of what is considered grievable death in order to imagine and enact other scenes of care within the Necrocene.

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Krannert Art Museum endeavors to be accessible to all. This virtual event will be in English and closed captioned via Zoom. If you have questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please email


Friday, September 24, 2021 - 5:00pm

Join us for a special Friday night reception to open our Fall 2021 season! You can enjoy viewing any of our collection galleries on the main and lower levels as well as the season’s special exhibitions.

Admission is free. Pre-registration is not required. Visitor health and safety guidelines can be found at Know Before You Go.

Exhibitions opening include:
A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing
Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics
Modernist Strategies: Highlights from the WPA


Monday, February 22, 2021 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:45pm

Dina Griffin
Dina became president of Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) in 1999. Her experience in educational, municipal and corporate projects contributes significantly to the firm’s capacities and her adept leadership and collaborative skills are invaluable to all projects, especially those with multiple stakeholder groups. She often oversees interior architecture, FF&E and finishing details on projects, in addition to her duties managing the firm’s daily operation.

Dina became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2018. She is active in the community as a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter. Dina is also past president of the Illinois Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects. Dina currently serves on the Illinois Architect Licensing Board, is a member of the Advisory Board for Contract Magazine and is a member of the Leadership Advisory Committee for The Art Institute of Chicago whose primary mission is to bring the arts to underserved neighborhoods in the City of Chicago.

Kathryn Anthony

Kathryn Anthony is a Professor at the Illinois School of Architecture, where she teaches, conducts research, and writes about how spaces and places affect people. Her expertise focuses on such topics as social and behavioral factors in design, gender and race in contemporary architecture, and entrepreneurship in design. She has also developed a new seminar on architecture, cinema, environment, and behavior. Her research has spawned award-winning books, Design Juries on Trial: The Renaissance of the Design Studio and Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession. She recently co-authored Shedding New Light on Art Museum Additions: Front Stage and Back Stage Experiences, with Altaf Engineer.

One of Professor Anthony's latest books is Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places. It demonstrates how design shapes our lives in ways most of us would never imagine—affecting our comfort, our self-image, and even our health.

She is the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago Women in Architecture. The award recognizes her 40-year career as educator, researcher and author who amplified the conversation about how spaces and places affect people—chiefly addressing issues of gender and diversity in design.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 5:30pm

With renewed calls for racial justice, many arts institutions seek to “do good” in support of Black Lives Matter and other movements to end systemic racism. Commonly considered liberal bastions, the arts are nonetheless strongly associated with white privilege and elite status. Nowhere is this truer than in the arts education pipeline. In this lecture, Dr. Amelia M. Kraehe discusses white liberalism as an ideological stance that masks racism in contemporary K-20 arts education before introducing abolitionism as a contemporary praxis grounded in a Black radical tradition to move the arts beyond gestures of goodwill and toward racial justice.


Dr. Amelia M. Kraehe is Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture Education and Co-director of Racial Justice Studio at The University of Arizona and co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education. Her scholarship, teaching, and public engagement focus on how the arts and arts education can challenge, but also reinforce, systems of inequality. She explores this seeming contradiction by investigating the ways in which the arts, as both
a disciplinary discourse and as creative cultural practices, mediate social movements, ideological formation and transformation, identity and agency. Her forthcoming book is Race and Art Education (Davis Publications).

Sponsored by: School of Art & Design Visitors Committee
Francis P. Rohlen Visiting Artist Fund, College of Fine & Applied Arts

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Virtual Event

Join exhibiting artist Bea Nettles and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Amy L. Powell for a virtual gallery conversation covering fifty years of Nettles’s experimental photographic techniques and formats.

This event will be in English and take place via Zoom. Registration is required.

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Krannert Art Museum endeavors to be accessible to all. This virtual event will be closed captioned via Zoom. If you have questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please email

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Phone: 217-333-1861



Friday, February 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 9:45pm
123 W. Main St., Urbana, IL

The Art MA show (X-Rated Art)
Depiction of the human form has been part of art as long as there have been artists. The power, beauty, vulnerability, and sometimes humor of nudity has a universal appeal, because deep down we have that much in common. But today, there are few venues for local artists to share works that are of a more intimate or graphic nature. “The X-rate show” seeks to provide such an opportunity to a diverse group of local artists to share with the general public their celebration of the human body. This exhibit will feature X-Rated, Sexual, and Lowbrow Art for Mature Audience ONLY! Hosting artists include Phil Strang, Cindy Blair Sampson, Marc-Anthony Macon, Ralph Roether, and Laura Anne Welle. All of these artists have participated in 40North events and most have been Ace Award nominees at some time.
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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 2:45pm to Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 4:45pm

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