After Before by JoAnn Verburg

After Before
January 26 – March 11, 2017

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Opening Reception and Cornerstone Arts Week Kickoff Celebration

Monday, January 30, 5:30pm

After Before presents the perils and seductions of consumerism, using the canals of Venice as a locus. In this new series, acclaimed photographer JoAnn Verburg investigates a global issue – the pollution of the world’s water systems – through a close examination of detritus found in a single location. Eliding the dangers of heavy-handed social commentary, Verburg’s nuanced and hauntingly beautiful series draws attention to the tragedy that the proliferation of trash in the environment represents, while simultaneously acknowledging the inherent satisfactions of our love affair with consumer goods. To create the series, Verburg first photographs or films discarded objects she finds in Venice’s historic waterways. Here, the displaced plastic wrappers, deflated basketballs, corks, and fruit rinds that float in the canals act as poignant signifiers of consumer culture run amok. Armed with these images of found trash, she then sets out to purchase new versions of the discarded objects. In a second series of images, she then presents these everyday items, exquisitely photographed as though they were luxury goods. Placed on pedestals, awash in revelatory light, or located in ornate surroundings, these quotidian commodities transform into objects of profound desire.

Exhibition + Exhibition Events| Incarceration Nation

Incarceration Nation
October 27 – December 17, 2016

Youth Detention by Richard Ross

Youth Detention by Richard Ross

The United States currently incarcerates 2.3 million people. While number that has increased fivefold in the past thirty years, the prison experience remains invisible to the majority of the population. Incarceration Nation seeks to provide an alternative window onto the American incarceration system by examining the shifting conditions of visibility of its structures, conditions, and residents. The exhibition reveals the ways in which the ability to control the conditions of vision and perceptibility – both within the incarceration system and from the outside – can either enforce existing authoritarian structures, or push back against those structures. With a focus on artists whose works retain a strong activist component, the exhibition raises questions about the relationship between visibility, justice, and power.  Who can seen, and by whom? What possibilities exist for access to, or creation of, visual materials? How do the shifting conditions of visual control directly affect prisoners’ lives and shape our political rhetoric about incarceration?

Featured Artists:
Maria Gaspar, Michelle Handelman, Jesse Krimes, Richard Ross, the Photographs from Solitary project, and Emily Waters.

 Presented as a companion to Incarceration Nation, the exhibition Juvenile In Justice by Richard Ross explores the juvenile justice system through photographs of juvenile inmates housed in over 200 detention centers and correctional facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Through images and first-person narratives project explores the “treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.”

Curated by Jessica Hunter-Larsen

Sponsored by The Social Issues and Historical Context Initiative of the Colorado College, the Colorado College History Department, and the Cultural Attractions Fund.

Exhibition Events

Thursday, October 27, 5:30 – 7pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
Artist talks by Michelle Handelman and Jesse Krimes

  • Michelle Handelman uses video, live performance and photography to make confrontational works that explore the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness. Her video installation “Beware the Lily Law”, featured in the IDEA exhibition Incarceration Nation, uses the 1969 Stonewall riots as a starting point to address issues facing gay and transgender inmates.
  • Artist and former inmate Jesse Krimes investigates the human condition in an attempt to disentangle complex value systems and hierarchies. His installation piece Apokaluptein:16389067, conceived and executed within federal prison, presents a modern-day meditation on nature of good and evil.

 

Friday, October 28, 4:30 — 6pm,
IDEA Space & Film Screening Room
Incarceration Nation Opening Reception & Panel Discussion

Featuring exhibiting artists Michelle Handelman, Jesse Krimes, performer Yannis Simonides, and activist Jean Casella in conversation with CC faculty members Jane Murphy and Carol Neel. The event will also feature a discussion of the Colorado version of Photo Requests from Solitary with student researcher Madeleine Engel and participating photographers.

  

Monday, November 28, 2916, 5:30pm
Coburn Gallery, 902 N. Cascade Ave. 80903
Reception and Artist Talk with Richard Ross

Photographer and activist Richard Ross is the creator of the Juvenile In Justice project, a photographic documentation of the placement and treatment of American juveniles. Through photographs, audio narratives, and video, Ross’ multi-platform project examines how juveniles are housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.

 

Tuesday, December 6, 6pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
Detention Center, a performance by Carolina Rubio MacWright

Trained as both an artist and an attorney, Carolina Rubio MacWright focuses her attention on the theft of freedom experienced due to kidnapping, incarceration, or the denial of a safe and peaceful homeland. Her recent artwork seeks to make visible the tension that exists between feelings of hope and despair so that viewers may consider the injustices taking place today.

 

Music | Dawn Avery: 50 Shades of Red

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Thursday, October 6
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Armstrong Hall, Kathryn Mohrman Theater

Pre-performance reception at 5:30 in IDEA Space
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Free and open to the public, no tickets required

From the Sensual to the Spiritual a Multi-Media Show featuring Native American Down-tempo and Avant-garde music, film and dance

Calling on her Mohawk heritage, Grammy nominated, Dawn Avery’s sultry voice, soaring cello lines and powerful stories allow audiences to experience both passion and peace. In her multimedia performance 50 Shades of Red, Dawn Avery combines Classical and Contemporary Native American musical offerings with video and dance to lead the audience through a vibrant artistic exploration of Native experience. Avery’s music is produced and performed by Grammy Award winning artist Larry Mitchell whose expansive guitar textures and electrifying solos elevate the audience to yet another dimension. They are joined by another Grammy winning musician and dancer, Ty Defoe (Oneida/Ojibwe) whose hypnotic eagle dance and captivating hoop dances weave through the journey of 50 Shades of Red.

Dawn Avery has collected awards for her classical works from Duke University, NYU, “Meet the Composer”, among others. She recently completed her doctoral degree in ethnomusicology on Native Classical composition and Indigenous theory. Nurturing future generations, Dawn Avery is a professor at Montgomery College and was awarded the 2012 United States Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Sponsored by the Cultural Attractions Fund and the Colorado College Department of Music.

50 Shades of Red
is presented in conjunction with the IDEA Space exhibition, Corollary Acts (August 28 –October 15).

Interactive Conversation | Southwest Alive! Cultural Continuities

Thursday, October 6, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
IDEA Space

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An interactive conversation with musician Dawn Avery and Colorado College professor Victoria Levine (Music), and a bead-working demonstration by Tawny Begay.

 

Music | Southwest Alive! Hip Hop Performance by Tall Paul

Tall Paul, Hip Hop artist

Tall Paul, Hip Hop artist

Friday, September 2, 6 – 7pm
Cossitt Amphitheater

Anishinaabe emcee Tall Paul started writing rhymes at age 14. Since then, his Ojibwe-English bilingual work has gained momentum and attention with conscious yet honest lyricism place over only the best beat selection. Tall Paul has been given high praise by popular comic Dave Chapelle.

Programming part of Corrollary Acts in IDEA Space.

Opening | First Friday Exhibition Opening Reception

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Friday, September 2, 2016, 5 – 6pm
IDEA Space

Featuring a Southwest Alive! Cultural Continuities interactive conversation between Curator Michelle McGeough and featured artists Dwayne Manual and Marcie Brewer.

Light refreshments will be served.

Panel Discussion | Continuity and Change in Native Arts

Continuity and Change in Native Art: Panel Discussion 

Thursday, September 1, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Cornerstone Film Screening Room

Exhibition curator Michelle McGeough in conversation selected featured artists and Colorado College Faculty.

Exhibition | Corollary Acts

Corollary Acts

Perpetuate by Jaque Fragua

Perpetuate by Jaque Fragua

August 29 – October 15, 2016
IDEA Space

What do we mean when we talk about aesthetics and aesthetic traditions? 

Corollary Acts brings together the artistic expressions of ten contemporary Native American artists with works from the Southwest Art collections of Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Through this combination, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate the continual evolution of artistic expression, and highlight the ways in which artists innovate and adapt new materials and media to espress their own creative visions.

What underlying expectations may we have for Native American art and artists? 

Many museum collections were created at a time when it was thought that Native American peoples and their cultures would not withstand the expansion of settler colonial nation states into their traditional territories and their traditions, and ways of life would be lost forever. Despite the continuous existence and vitality of Native communities in the 21st Century, exhibitions of Native American artworks held in museum collections often continue to foregroud historical conditions, thus demonstrating an underlying belief that Native cultures exist solely in the past. Exhibiting historical work with contemporary artistic expressions of Native American Artists demonstrates the falsehood of the idea of the “Vanishing Indian”.

What qualities make art created by Native Americans “Native American Art”? 

While current critiques of anthropology, art history, and museums view the paring of contemporary Native American art with historical objects as reductive – and therefore potentially problematic — Corollary Acts deliberately engages this strategy with the intention to uncover assumptions regarding contemporary Native American art and to challenge the vary definition of ‘art’ itself. Although this exhibition does not intend to provide definitive answers to the questions it raises, it does extend an invitation to discuss issues concerning aesthetics and aesthetic traditions. And, most importantly, the exhibition provides an opportunity for us to examine our expectations of Native American artists and their art, asking us to consider what constitutes Native American art in the 21st Century.

Featured Contemporary Artists:

Dwayne Manual; Joy Farley; Jaque Fragua; Preston Duwyenie; Marlowe Katoney; Marcie Rose Brewer; Rose B. Simpson; Will Wilson; Diego Romero; Teri Greeves; Virgil Ortiz.

Curated my Michelle McGeough
Sponsored by The Cultural Attractions Fund, the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, and the Art Department Stillman Fund for Exhibitions

Opening Reception | reSOURCED

reSOURCED:
Collage and Assemblage Source Material Explored

First Friday Opening Reception
Friday, June 3, 2016
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Extended gallery hours to 7:00 pm

Sport Fishing, Pikes Peak National Seashore

Event Schedule:
Artist talks from all featured artists begin at 5:00 pm, music to follow by jazz guitarist, Wayne Wilkinson.

Collage challenges the confinements of traditional fine arts media, straddles the boundaries of dimensionality, and creates a platform for storytelling and statement. Featuring the works of Kathryn Hart, Jeremy Grant, Susan Goldstein and David Armstrong, reSOURCED highlights the diversity of contemporary collage and assemblage methods. From exploring the visceral quality and rich history of found objects, to creating meticulous composition focused works, each artist represented offers a unique approach to processing and assembling source material. Their works inspire a curiosity for the untold stories of each individual object and image, while effortlessly redefining the intended purpose and context of each integrated element.

 Curated by Lila Pickus
9th Semester Design Fellow at Colorado College.

IDEA Space Summer Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 5 pm
Closed July 2 – 4

Exhibition | reSOURCED

reSOURCED:
Collage and Assemblage Source Material Explored

Sport Fishing, Pikes Peak National Seashore

June 3 – July 16, 2016
IDEA Space

Summer Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 5pm.

Collage challenges the confinements of traditional fine arts media, straddles the boundaries of dimensionality, and creates a platform for storytelling and statement. Featuring the works of Kathryn Hart, Jeremy Grant, Susan Goldstein and David Armstrong, reSOURCED highlights the diversity of contemporary collage and assemblage methods. From exploring the visceral quality and rich history of found objects, to creating meticulous composition focused works, each artist represented offers a unique approach to processing and assembling source material. Their works inspire a curiosity for the untold stories of each individual object and image, while effortlessly redefining the intended purpose and context of each integrated element.

 Curated by Lila Pickus, 9th Semester Design Fellow at Colorado College.

 

 

Atomic Landscapes Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

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Tuesday, March 22, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
IDEA Space and The
Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

 

The story of development and testing of nuclear weapons is inscribed on the land, and is particularly visible in test sites and mines in the West and Southwest, where miles of land have been re-shaped by cataclysmic human agency. Using key strategic nuclear sites in the West and Southwest as focal points, Atomic Landscapes examines the various ways in which we continue to uncover and understand our secret nuclear history and its continuing legacy. At the opening event, featured artists Eric LoPresti, Jeremy Bolen, Nina Elder, and Sarah Kanouse will join Colorado College faculty members Marion Hourdequin, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jeffrey Treviño, Assistant Professor of Music to discuss the environmental, political, and emotional legacies of the atomic bomb and the Cold War.

Atomic Landscapes and associated programs are sponsored by: The Cultural Attractions Fund; The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies; The Colorado College Art Department/Stillman Fund for Exhibitions; The Environmental Program; The Colorado College History Department. Curated by Jessica Hunter-Larsen, IDEA at Colorado College.

Presented as part of Pollinate: Biennial Arts Festival, exploring the theme of ENERGY across southern Colorado, April 1-9, 2016.
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Staged: Constructed Realities, Altered Worlds

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The Incredible Aging Woman

“The Incredible Aging Woman” by Carol Golemboski

January 29 – March 5, 2016

Opening Reception:
January 29, 2016 | 4:30 – 6:00pm | Coburn Gallery

 

“Staged” explores the ways in which photographers — like filmmakers or authors — create new worlds, construct different realities, or narrate alternative histories. Building carefully imagined scenes, the photographers featured in the exhibition variously take on the roles of director, stage and costume designer, make-up artist, and occasionally, of performer as well. Featured artists include Bill Adams, Carol Dass, Carol Golemboski, Healther Oelklaus, Emma Powell, and Sally Stockhold.

Coburn Gallery is located at 902 North Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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