Current Exhibitions at the KIA

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Out of the Fire: Masterworks of Ceramics
January 14 - March 12, 2017

Although we may think of ceramics as a material used to create functional objects like vases, bowls, plates, and mugs, in the mid-20th century, ceramics moved from a traditional craft form to a material used to create unique sculptural works of art. This exhibition features work by some of the finest ceramic artists in the U.S.--Peter Voulkos, Ruth Duckworth, Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner, Don Reitz, Otto and Vivika Heino, and others--who marked the emergence of the American Studio Ceramics Movement.

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Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz
November 19, 2016 - March 19, 2017

See a gallery transformed into a magical, "underwater" installation of colorful and glowing "fish, jellies, and coral" by Sayaka Ganz. Guided by sensitivity to the environment and human habits of discarding objects, Ganz rescues and repurposes plastic utensils and household items as the material of her sculptural creations. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminescent sea creatures that invite us to reexamine our relationship to the natural world, perhaps with special attention to the problem of plastics washing into our oceans. Visitors to Environmental Impact (Spring 2014) will recall Ganz's trio of suspended, swimming polar bears. This installation will be designed specifically for the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art by the artist.

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Wadada Leo Smith: Ankhrasmation, The Language Scores, 1967-2015
October 15 - March 5, 2017

Can a musical score be a work of visual art? Trumpeter, composer, educator, and visual artist Wadada Leo Smith is a pioneer in the fields of contemporary jazz and creative music. During the 1960s and early '70s, Smith was based in Chicago, where he was a key member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM). A significant organization in the history of jazz, the AACM created a vibrant discourse between improvised and formally scored music. Smith was one of the most active and articulate proponents of this exchange, legitimizing a formal ideology around improvised music and the illustrated score that he continues to build on to this day. Ankhrasmation--a neologism formed of Ankh, the Egyptian symbol for life, "Ras," the Ethiopian word for leader, and "Ma," a universal term for mother--is the systemic musical language that Smith has developed over nearly 50 years. The scores represent the composition with color, line, and shape, still providing instruction for the seasoned improviser, but while allowing musicians room for their own expertise and individual strengths.

Organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the exhibition is curated by John Corbett and Hamza Walker.

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