Performance: People’ s EIS

Tuesday, April 26, 6 pm

Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

Performance with discussion to follow

Corporate interests cozy to government planning collide with uphill  upheaval in First Strike Theatre’s People’s EIS.  Spoofing an environmental hearing on military expansion, troupers expose Ft. Carson’s history and current reach.

 

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IDEA Cabaret: Student Interventions

Tuesday, April 12, 4:30 – 6:00pm

IDEA Space

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Students in multiple courses contributed to the Atomic Landscapes exhibition and related programming. At this IDEA Cabaret, students will present and perform their scholarly and creative work.

IDEA Cabaret: Power & Authority in the Nuclear Era

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Tuesday, April 5, 4:30 –6:00pm

IDEASpace

In this IDEA Cabaret, featured artist Nina Elder discusses her lifelong fascination with the nuclear industry in the Southwest in conversation with Dan Miller, Professor of Liberal Arts at the Colorado School of Mines. Elder and Miller will explore the history of the development of nuclear science and the weapons industry in the southwest. The event will conclude with a live electronic music performance by Glen Whitehead that will create a sonic landscape inspired by the nuclear era.

 

Nina Elder grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where she cultivated a curiosity about gravel pits, mines, and military sites. She earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is the founder of the artist residency program PLAND: Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation and currently is the Residency Director at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Interested in the intersections between scientific and artistic exploration, Dan Miller has taught courses such as History of Science and Nature and Human Values at the Colorado School of Mines. He received degrees in literature from the University of Colorado-Boulder (B.A.) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.). Before coming to CSM, he taught at the University of Northern Colorado,North Carolina State University, and Iowa State University.

 

Glen Whitehead is a musician and interdisciplinary artist working seamlessly across musical genres, media and artistic disciplines. Erasing boundaries is his forté from contemporary, classical and jazz performance, to premieres of new works, his own brand of environmental, electro acoustic improvisation & composition, and collaborative composition across Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts.

Lecture: Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen

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Thursday, March 24,

6:00 – 7:30pm: Lecture Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Building

Dr. Kristen Iversen’s lecture is based on her critically acclaimed book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. Inspired by a desire to probe the secrets that surrounded her during her childhood in a small town near Rocky Flats, Full Body Burden is both a work of autobiographical nonfiction and a thorough piece of investigative journalism. Based on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class action testimony, the book presents a detailed account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste at the site, Dr. Iversen’s lecture will weave together her personal experiences growing up near Rocky Flats with her investigative research into the plant, its operations, and its history, to present a compelling story of the site which was at one time designated “the most contaminated site in America.”

 

The Nuclear Cinema: A Mashup of Atomic-Era Films

  

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Wednesday, March 23, 5:00 – 7:30pm

IDEA Space & Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

5– 6: “Atomic” beer tasting in IDEA Space

6 – 7: Film clips and discussion in the Film Screening Room

Inspired by the theme of the Atomic Landscapes exhibition, an interdisciplinary panel of experts, artists, and students will screen and discuss clips from films that address the nuclear age. Film selections include popular blockbusters, informative documentaries and indie gems. Audience participation in the discussions is encouraged! Presenters include: Scott Krzych, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies; Steven Hayward, Associate Professor of English; Joan Ericson, Professor of Japanese; David Havlick, Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Sarah Kanouse, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Interdisciplinary Arts at Northeastern University, Boston.

Lunch and Lecture: The Apocalyptic Sublime by Eric LoPresti

Lunch and Lecture: The Apocalyptic Sublime

by Eric LoPresti

Wednesday, March 23, 12:15 – 1:30

Buffet opens at 11:45; lecture begins at 12:15

Gaylord Hall, Worner Center

$17/person, reservations required, email: jhunterlarsen@coloradocollege.edu or call 719-227-8263

Eric LoPresti explores the imposition of technology upon the environment in the aftermath of the Cold War. His dramatic landscapes juxtapose abstract elements with representations of the vast deserts of the American West, exploring relationships between science, identity, history and conflict. LoPresti holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.LoPresti3

IDEA Cabaret: Characterizing Cultures through Representation

Tuesday, April 7, 4:30 PM

IDEA Space

 

For the final ReOrientations IDEA Cabaret presentation,  Jane Murphy, Associate Professor of History and Rashna B. Singh, Visiting Professor of English, discuss the ways in which popular culture representations of the Islamic world – found in fine art, film, cartoons, and literature – reflect and reinforce enduring and divisive stereotypes.

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Ibi Ibrahim, In the Hide, Digital pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag fine art paper
23 5/8 x 15 3/4″
Edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and JAMM Art Gallery, Dubai

IDEA Cabaret is an ongoing series of public talks featuring conversations between artists, visiting scholars, and Colorado College faculty from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.  Less structured than formal lectures, IDEA Cabaret presentations aim to replicate the feeling of a good dinner party wherein interesting, lively guests respond to artwork and each other in spontaneous ways.  Audience participation is encouraged!

IDEA Cabaret: Snake Charmers and Harem Women: Orientalism Past and Present

Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 PM

IDEA Space

 

 

In the second ReOrientations IDEA Cabaret, Tip Ragan, Professor of History joins Gale Murray, Professor of Art History and featured exhibition catalog essayist, in a lively discussion of the ways in which 19th century artists shaped the Romantic and exotic perceptions of the “Orient” for Western viewers. Free and open to the public.

Lalla Essaydi, Les Femmes du Maroc: La Grande Odalisque #2, 2008 Chromogenic print mounted to aluminum and protected with Mactac luster laminate, 40 x 30"  © Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Lalla Essaydi, Les Femmes du Maroc: La Grande Odalisque #2, 2008
Chromogenic print mounted to aluminum and protected with Mactac luster laminate, 40 x 30″
© Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

 

IDEA Cabaret is an ongoing series of public talks featuring conversations between artists, visiting scholars, and Colorado College faculty from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.  Less structured than formal lectures, IDEA Cabaret presentations aim to replicate the feeling of a good dinner party wherein interesting, lively guests respond to artwork and each other in spontaneous ways.  Audience participation is encouraged!

ReOrientations Opening Reception and IDEA Cabaret: Orientalism Past and Present

Wednesday, March 25, 4:30pm

IDEA Space

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Ibi Ibrahim, My Protector, 2012, Digital pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag fine art paper, 23 5/8 x 15 3/4″ , Edition of 5 , Courtesy of the artist and JAMM Art Gallery, Dubai

Featuring: Ruth Kolarik, Professor of Art History and Ibi Ibrahim, exhibiting artist.

In this informal presentation, IDEA Cabaret participants will discuss the history of Orientalist imagery in the arts, and explore the ways in which contemporary artists such as Ibi Ibrahim address this history.

Free and open to the public

IDEA Cabaret is an ongoing series of public talks featuring conversations between artists, visiting scholars, and Colorado College faculty from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.  Less structured than formal lectures, IDEA Cabaret presentations aim to replicate the feeling of a good dinner party wherein interesting, lively guests respond to artwork and each other in spontaneous ways.  Audience participation is encouraged!

ReOrientations: Defining and Defying 19th Century French Images of the Arab World

March 25 through May 7, 2015

Closed April 15 & 16

Charles Théodore Frère,  Along the Nile at Gyzeh, ca. mid-late 1850s, Oil on canvas, 38 x 51"  © Dahesh Museum of Art, 1995.102

Charles Théodore Frère   Along the Nile at Gyzeh, ca. mid-late 1850s, Oil on canvas, 38 x 51″
© Dahesh Museum of Art, 1995.102

Featuring 19th century paintings and contemporary photography, ReOrientations examines the ways in which Middle Eastern cultures have been portrayed historically, and further explores how contemporary artists appropriate and/or disrupt these depictions. The exhibition begins with a selection of nine 19th century French “Orientalist” paintings and works on paper from the collection of the Dahesh Museum. Through these images, visitors may explore the social, political, and aesthetic aspects of 19th century French representations of the Middle East, and begin to understand how these images have informed perceptions of Middle Eastern cultures within the West. The second half of the exhibition focuses on responses to Orientalist themes by contemporary artists Lalla Essaydi and Ibi Ibrahim. Their works recognize—and in some cases disrupt – the ways in which historical images of the Middle East affect contemporary social and political responses to the region.

An extensive exhibition catalog will accompany the exhibition with essays by Colorado College faculty from a variety of disciplines. Professor of Art History Gale Murray’s featured essay provides the foundation for an understanding 19th century Orientalist art.   Short contributions by Claire Oberon Garcia (English, Race & Ethnic Studies), Ruth Kolarik (Art History), Robert Lee (Political Science), Jane Murphy (History) and Michael O’Riely (French, Italian, and Arabic) offer multiple perspectives on Orientalism and its legacies.A series of IDEA Cabaret presentations, offered free to the public, will further explore the ideas presented within the exhibition.

Featured Artists

From the Dahesh Museum of Art, NYC

Alphonse-Étiénne Dinet (1861-1929)
Eugène Alexis Girardet (1853-1907)
Jean Raymond Hippolyte Lazerges  (1817-1887)
Émile-Jean-Horace Vernet (1789-1863)
Alexandre-Marie Colin, (1798-1873)
Eugène Fromentin (1820-1876)                                                             
Charles-Théodore Frère (1814-1888)

 

Les Femmes du Maroc Revisited #7, 2010 Chromogenic print mounted to aluminum with a UV protective laminate, 60 x 48” © Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Lalla Essaydi, Les Femmes du Maroc Revisited #7, 2010
Chromogenic print mounted to aluminum with a UV protective laminate, 60 x 48”
© Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

 

Lalla Essaydi grew up in Morocco and now lives in the USA. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/TUFTS University in May 2003. Her work has been exhibited in many major international venues, including Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Texas, Buffalo, Colorado, New York, Syria, Ireland, England, France, The Netherlands,Sharjah, U.A.E., and Japan. Essaydi’s work is featured in the permanent collections of many international institutions, including: The Louvre Museum, Paris; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Smithsonian Museum of African Arts, Washington DC; and The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar.

 

 

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Ibi Ibrahim, In the Hide, 2010, Digital pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag fine art paper, 23 5/8 x 15 3/4″Edition of 5, Courtesy of the artist and JAMM Art Gallery, Dubai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual artist and filmmaker Ibi Ibrahim was born in the United States in 1987. He was raised throughout the Middle East, living in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates. Exhibitions include “Light, Leaves, and Yemeni Coffee,” JAMM Art Gallery, Dubai (2015); “It’s Really Expensive,” Nouvel Organon, Paris (2014); “Paintings and Photographs,” European Union Office, Sana’a (2013); “Black and White: Absence of Color,” Minneapolis Photography Center, Minneapolis (2012); and “Gender Matters/Matters of Gender,” Freedman Gallery, Reading (2012). Films include “Sounds of Oud” (2011). Ibrahim’s work is included in a number of prominent private collections including the Barjeel Art Foundation. In 2014, Ibrahim became the first Yemeni artist to participate in the Cité Internationale des Arts residency program in Paris. He is currently an artist in residence at GlogauAIR in Berlin.

 

Exhibition funding is provided through the generous sponsorships of: The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund; The Art Department/Stillman Fund for Exhibitions; The Office of the President; and The History Department.

Extending the Line

 

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Krysten Cunningham, Golden Trapezoid, 2014

Extending the Line

January 26 — March 7, 2015

A line represents the connection of two points in space, and as such represents a basic component of representation.  This act of joining gives a line a particular physical, social and metaphorical weight. Extending the Line explores the mathematical, kinesthetic, and poetic aspects of line. The exhibition considers line in multiple dimensions. In two-dimensional drawings and prints, the agency of line is foregrounded: what does it mean to trace connections between disparate elements? The exhibition then traces line as it migrates off the page into three-dimensional space through fiber arts: here line folds on itself to realize into sculptural form. Line extends through in time in video explorations, and into performance space through dance.

Extending the Line will take place in Colorado College’s two campus galleries. Artists featured in IDEA Space include: William Anastasi, Herbert Bayer, Krysten Cunningham, Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti, Sol Lewit, Senga Nengudi, Abbie Miller and Anne Wilson.  The Coburn Gallery exhibition features Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner.

  • A series of drawings and prints borrowed from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, provides the exhibition’s foundation. From Sol Lewitt’s geometric constructions to Herber Bayer’s graceful arcing forms to William Anastasi’s explorations of line in motion, this portion of the exhibition reveals the structural and expressive qualities of line in two dimensions.
  • Prints and works in fiber by Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner will consider the qualities of line by considering the relationship of the incised line of woodblock prints to the three-dimensional woven forms.
  • Anne Wilson and Krysten Cunningham both create bas-relief images composed of fibers and woven elements that allow lines to emerge from planar surfaces, thus allowing line to realize from two dimensions into three.  Video pieces in which lines move, multiply and weave together extend both artists’ investigations by incorporating elements of process, motion, and time. Abbie Miller’s monumental sculptures composed of vinyl sheets that are zipped onto structural armatures trace the progression from line, to plane, to three-dimensional object.
  • Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti’s piece Notationotations  and Senga Nengudi’s RSVP series address line’s relationship to the body. Engaging elements of performance, their works tease out the relationship between representational line and lines created through bodily motions.
  • Extending the Line will also feature a soundscape component, wherein three musicians respond to the exhibition concept and specific pieces in the show.

Extending the Line will comprise a component of Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week (January 26 -30) a fifteen-year-old endeavor that features a week of thematically related art, performances, lectures, and discussions. This year’s theme, What’s My Line?: explores connections between theater, dance, mathematics, and visual art.

Exhibition sponsored by: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Art Department/Stillman Fund for Exhibitions.

Juggling Butterflies by Emma Powell

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November 24 – December 17, 2014

Coburn Gallery

Monday, November 24, 4:30pm: Opening

Reception and Artist Talk

 

Emma Powell (Assistant Professor of Art) introduces her photography to Colorado College with this one-person exhibition. Powerfully interested in the history of photography, Powell incorporates historic processes and devices into her contemporary practice. Past projects have included archaic technologies such as wet plate collodion process and old Kodak cameras. Her recent work navigates the fine line between reality and fantasy, using self-portraiture to articulate personal narratives. Using a cyanotype process, Powell creates a backdrop in which archetypal universal symbols combine and collide.

 
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