Overview of Exhibition
This ongoing installation examines recent developments in international contemporary art. It features a selection from the KMA’s growing collection of recent works by emerging and established artists currently working in East Tennessee and beyond. Currents serves as a chronological extension and geographic expansion of the KMA’s historical art display in the adjacent gallery, Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee. It is also designed to enable museum audiences to track the changing character of the region’s art community within an international context.
The broad variety of works in the exhibition mirrors contemporary art’s seemingly countless threads of development. It reflects the desire of many artists to break from tradition and make objects inspired by their individual experience in the present day. Some use digital media or apply unorthodox combinations of techniques and materials. Others borrow images from the past or elements from earlier art traditions and reintroduce them in unexpected ways designed to spark new interpretive possibilities and cultural associations. In this way, Currents represents a vital educational resource through which local audiences can gain direct access to an increasingly global creative dialogue and follow its evolution.
Premier Presenting Sponsor
June and Rob Heller
(Lincoln, Nebraska 1976; lives and works in Knoxville)