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Kennedy Yanko: Before Words

Kennedy Yanko:
Before Words
Sep 28, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Kennedy Yanko, “Crater, mixed media, 2018. Photograph by Kris Graves.

Kennedy Yanko, “Crater, mixed media, 2018. Photograph by Kris Graves.

Before Words is a body of metal and paint skin work meant to induce new ways of seeing. If we understand our human inclination and tendency to adopt collective viewpoints, then we can more determinedly decide to refute those learned perspectives and develop our own. Abstraction is the intuitive tool that illuminates independent thought. In psychology, it’s considered higher order thinking—and in philosophy, it’s a means of bringing hyper-focus to one aspect of a phenomenon. Here, with Before Words, abstraction is implemented in both of these senses: it posits that sensory experiences constitute this higher order thinking, and it focuses on ambiguity as a means to elicit pure responses.

Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series
Thu, Oct 3, 2019. 9:00 – 11:00 am

UICA Members can enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA's Exhibition's curator. Members, click here to register for Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series.

Opening night event, guests discussing artwork

Opening Night Event
Fri, Oct 4, 2019. 5:30 – 9:00 pm

UICA Members: Free.
Public: Free with gallery admission.

Join UICA for the opening of our Autumn Exhibition Series, including Before Words. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.

Drinks with the Curator, Featuring Kennedy Yanko

Thu, Sep 26, 2019. 6:00 – 8:00 pm

UICA Members: $10.

Join Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, and artist Kennedy Yanko for a behind-the-scenes look at Before Words. Meet the artist and hear her process and inspiration for this original solo exhibition. Beer, wine, and soft drinks are included with admission.

Registration required. To register, click here:

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: September 6
Later Event: January 17
Translating Valence