Weight, 1990
Water-based ink and oil on canvas
102 x 79 inches
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion,
Gift of Peter Michael 2006-8-1


hell on wheels

Hell on Wheels, 1991
Found steel helmets, rubber tires, steel rods
100 parts, overall dimension variable
Collection of Ruth and William Ehrlich

The Strange Life of Objects:
The Art of Annette Lemieux

Annette Lemieux is one of the few wunderkind of the 1980s global art scene who has endured beyond that feverish time to become a significant artist whose work continues to grow in depth and resonance. Lemieux is a prominent figure in the US and abroad. Her work has been exhibited in major institutions internationally and is recognized in preeminent museum and private collections. Currently, Lemieux is Professor of the Practice of Studio Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This exhibition provides the first critical overview of the artist’s work, which is regularly cited in contemporary art texts that analyze post-conceptualism in contemporary culture. The works selected have been carefully chosen according to chronological and thematic developments tracing themes, such as Sign/Symbol/Language, Reinventing/Living/Designing History, and The Loaded Grid, which the artist continues to return to. Organized thematically the exhibition is constructed to present a salient statement representing twenty-five years of prodigious work.

Lemieux's commitment to content over material motivates her to work with an ever-expanding range of media. Whether employing marble or scrim, she masters and invents techniques and processes that correlate with states of mind. Her process incorporates intellectual analyses of social codes with an emphasis on psychological and emotional content. Fundamentally interdisciplinary in content and form, Lemieux’s works continue her exploration and explication of our cultural constructs and how objects that reflect the self define the self within the culture.

Major funding provided by Rosann and Richard Noel with additional sponsorship by Fox Development Corporation; Fred and Donna Giertz; Nancy B. Tieken; Office of the Chancellor, U of I; Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I; Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council

Checklist (click for images)

Exhibition Details

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lelia Amalfitano and Judith Hoos Fox

Lelia Amalfitano has worked as a writer and curator since 1983. Formerly Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1986 to 1999, Amalfitano has organized exhibitions of major and emerging contemporary artists, including the group exhibition Modest Sublime for the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Amalfitano is currently a Visiting Scholar at Boston College.

Judith Hoos Fox was Visiting Curator at Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion after spending 19 years at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, and holding curatorial positions at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Harvard University Art Museums. Her recent projects include the group exhibitions OVER + OVER: A Passion for Process, Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, Branded and On Display, FACADES, Blown Away, and Under Control.

22 works, including sculpture, painting, installations, murals, and photo-based work

For each venue of the exhibition the artist is willing to construct a site-specific or site-related work.

Space Requirements:
Approximately 3,500-5,000 square feet

A fully-illustrated catalogue will include essays by exhibition curators and guest essayists, including critic Rosetta Brooks, faculty member of Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; cultural theorist and author Peggy Phelan, who is on the faculty of Stanford University; and author, lauded critic, and scholar Robert Pincus-Witten.

Accompanying materials:
Wall text and labels will be provided electronically. Ten copies of the catalogue are included with the fee.

Loan fee of $15,000 for a 10-week booking, plus pro-rated shipping. Artist will need to be brought in for site-specific installations.


Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion
October 28, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
April 9 to October 9, 2011

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
December 17, 2011 through March 4, 2012

Available for travel thereafter

Kathleen Harleman, Director

Checklist, insurance values, and disc with images are available on request.