~BLOWN AWAY/KRANNERT ART MUSEUM/CHICAGO
BLOWN AWAY – CURATED BY GINGER GREGG DUGGAN & JUDITH HOOS FOX
opening reception was: THURS JAN 24, 2008 6-8
the show runs: JANUARY 25 – MARCH 30, 2008
KRANNERT ART MUSEUM and KINHEAD PAVILION
COLLEGE OF FINE and APPLIED ARTS
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
500 EAST PEABODY DRIVE – CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS
HOURS: TUES-SAT 9-5 / THURS 9-9 / SUN 2-5 / CLOSED MON
the front graphic on the show’s invite – a 3 part fold-over card
“This exhibit features work in a variety of media by artists who address the character, meaning, and implications of explosions – from the intensity of an impending event to the sensation of the release and the reverberations of the ensuing shock waves.” – PRESS RELEASE
are they kidding – are they being just ‘super’ casual – as in, museum ‘hyper academic flat’ speak – do they mean solely plastic “artistic explosions” – is there any political content. I mean explosions can kill – it isn’t exactly that pretty a topic as they make out – and, there’s nothing as yet – to give any indication on the website.
The only illustrations on the card are of ‘plastic’ / purely visual “explosions” by MICHAEL BELL-SMITH. That is definitely worth seeing, don’t get me wrong – its just the wording of that brief press release & the casualness of the title: ‘BLOWN AWAY’ that has me shaking my head. is that a clue to the nature of the show ?
do they just mean BLOWN AWAY as in WOWED !! – I mean, BLOWN AWAY – esp in an explosion – can mean having your body blown to parts. and yet the card and show is presented in such an up-beat way.
I mean they actually are screening MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI’S famous film ‘BLOWUP’ (1966)
as part of the program – with apanel discussion title, get this – “Rupture in FILM’ featuring U of I faculty members.
but, we also note GERHARD RICHTER & THOMAS RUFF are in the show – so that’s a possibility for some thematic and possibly political – as well as purely plastic explosions.
Maybe they have that great computer generated series of photographs by THOMAS RUFF – on the WORLD TRADE CENTER disaster/explosion ? This drop-dead amazing series of photographs were shown in March 2001 at DAVID ZWIRNER, in a THOMAS RUFF exhibit simply titled: ‘New Work’.
I think, (that’s I think) – they were priced at $80,000 a piece, in a very limited edition, even at that time.
here’s one from our archives:
THOMAS RUFF, from his SPRING 2005 show: ‘New Work’, at DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH/artloversnewyork. MARCH 11, 2005
see a few more pix from that show: here !! – 3rd row down
KRANNERT ART MUSEUM
note: no images/or content on this show at all – as of post time.
(JAN 24, 2008)