Illinois Institute of Technology
Barbara Crane Exhibit

the eternal thread of the ID aesthetic

Barbara Crane is an MA graduate of the Institute of Design ('66) where she began the unique and pioneering techniques that still mark her work today. Crane was a recipient of Guggenheim and Illinois Arts council grants, 2 NEA grants, and numerous other awards and grants. She was a professor at SAIC from 1967–1995, and has had over 75 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries. Her work is contained in collections in the U.S., Japan, France, Greece, and Germany.

The concepts Crane learned at ID are still a driving force for her today; strong individuality and purity of form is stressed in Crane's work, about which she said, in 2002, "The issues in my work are often of a similar nature with an abstract edge. Though I build on past experience, I attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking. I keep searching for what is visually new to me while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place".

Images: "Human Forms" by Barbara Crane, 1965-66, gelatin silver print
"Pedway Notations" by Barbara Crane, 2009, archival pigment print

Exhibition curated by Susan Aurinko

Opening reception
September 10, 2009 • 4:30–7 p.m.
Remarks about the newly catalogued ID Archives at 6 p.m.

Exhibition run
September 10, 2009–February 1, 2010

Kemper Room Art Gallery
Paul V. Galvin Library
Illinois Institute of Technology
35 West 33rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Exhibition hours:

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5 p.m.

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Living Modern ChicagoThis exhibition is part of Living Modern Chicago (March 2008–May 2010), a slate of programs organized by the Mies van der Rohe Society and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that probe the presence of the modern today, featuring the legacy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and László Moholy-Nagy who carried Bauhaus principles to Chicago and IIT.
art @ IIT Paul V. Galvin Library
Illinois Institute of Technology
35 West 33rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616