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 Past Exhibition

Butterfly Effect

December 20, 2013–June 15, 2014

Kemper Museum

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The butterfly effect is a phenomenon explored in chaos theory. It proposes that systems can be impacted by initial conditions of small change that may lead to an unpredictable outcome. The idea suggests that a very subtle action, in this case the flapping of the wings of a butterfly, has the potential to significantly alter a set of circumstances leading to the occurrence of a massive event. This escalated circumstance resonates with repeated patterns that accumulate, often changing in space and evolving over time. Butterfly Effect is an exploration of this idea through a look at works from the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition includes works by Hugh Merrill, Polly Apfelbaum, John Kalymnios, and Christian Boltanski among others.

Hugh Merrill, Black Moon's Tide, 2008; mixed media on paper, 32 x 46 inches; Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Gift of Maria Racela Smith and Jeremy Smith, 2009.5