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  • Visitor Series: Hank Willis Thomas

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Artist Talk

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    5:30 p.m.

    62 Krannert Art Museum


    HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Galerie Michel Rein in Paris, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport, The Birmingham International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. Recent notable exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland Museum of Art and NYC Makers at the Museum of Arts and Design. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission of the city of New York. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.






  • Ed Zagorski Visitors Series
    Lisa Erf & Tom Kalin      
    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    62 Krannert Art Museum
    5:30 p.m.


    Lisa K. Erf, Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York, earned her BFA in painting (1984) and MFA (1987) from the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    She has employed her skills as artist, curator, and director in positions across several sectors including commercial, academic, non-profit, and corporate. In her current role as Director of the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection she oversees one of the oldest and most extensive corporate art collections in the world. Founded by David Rockefeller in 1959, the JPMorgan Chase collection comprises 30,000 artworks situated within 450 locations worldwide; it includes work by over 7,800 emerging and established artists representing more than 100 different nationalities and working in a diverse range of media such as paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, textiles, and video art. The collection of mainly modern and contemporary art features work by artists including Alexander Calder, Josef Albers, Sam Francis, Pierre Soulages, Cy Twombly, Robert Smithson, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons and Joan Mitchell. In addition to overseeing the JPMorgan Chase collection, Lisa Erf is an independent curator, writer and lecturer.

    Tom Kalin, Professor, Fine Arts, Film Division, Columbia University.

    Tom Kalin is a screenwriter, film director, producer, and professor of experimental film. He received his BFA from School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985) and his MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

    From short experimental videos to feature-length narrative films, Tom Kalin’s award-winning, critically acclaimed work has been screened throughout the world. His films and videos are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou and MoMA. His first feature, Swoon, was awarded the Caligari Prize at Berlin, the Fipresci Prize in Stockholm, Best Cinematography at Sundance and the Open Palm at the IFP Gotham Awards. It was named one of the top 100 American Independent films by the British Film Institute. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has received awards and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and NYSCA among others. He has twice been included in the Whitney Biennial and has screened in museums and galleries including ICA, London; Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Cartier Foundation, Paris and The Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

  • Congratulations to Jim Hopfensperger (MA ’83, Art + Design)

    Jim Hopfensperger was recently appointed to the College Art Association (CAA) Board of Directors. CAA is the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts serving more than 10,000 individual and 2,000 institutional members. The organization, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, promotes the arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners. Jim also continues to serve on the National Council of Arts Administrators Board of Directors as Past President.

    Jim's art works have been shown nationally and internationally in over 100 exhibitions at venues including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Auckland Memorial Museum, Lever House, University of Iowa Museum of Art, University of Oregon Museum of Art, State Museum of Pennsylvania, North Carolina Museum of History, and National Ornamental Metals Museum. He is a Professor of Art at Western Michigan University. Past appointments include serving as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University, Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Michigan State University, and Head of the Studio Art Program at The Pennsylvania State University. He has also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Skidmore College, University of Michigan, and North Carolina State University. 


  • New Board Game wins awards


    Congratulations to Sehoon Park, Mark Fuelle, Alex Corrao, Ervin Tsay, and Ben Moy. Creators of “Sabotile,” a board game created for the Cudo plays board game competition. They won 3 awards in Craft, Innovation, and Visual Design. Keep checking Kickstarter as they are planning on marketing their game.

  • Zagorski Visitor Series: William Wegman

    Artists Including Me Public Lecture

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    5:30 p.m.

    62 Krannert Art Museum


    Artists Including Me: William Wegman

    January 30 – July 25, 2015, Contemporary Gallery. Curated by William Wegman.

    Using gentle, subversive humor, Wegman parades through the history of art with references to iconic artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Edward Hopper, Vassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian—and art movements—from the Renaissance up through Minimalism and Pop Art. These playful visual puns often explore Wegman’s appreciation and admiration for the work of art itself, but they also invite the viewer to question what lies beyond the edge of the frame. Although most of the works have been created within the last ten years, the exhibition spans back to the mid-1970s and includes drawings, photographs, and postcard paintings mounted on wood panels.