IDEA Cabaret: Student Interventions

Tuesday, April 12, 4:30 – 6:00pm

IDEA Space


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


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



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



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: 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

Atomic Landscapes Opening Reception and Panel Discussion


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. #PollinateCOS #Energy

Staged: Constructed Realities, Altered Worlds


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“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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Screening of WATERMARK a film By Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky

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Screening of WATERMARK a film By Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky
March 3, 7pm

Film Screening Room

Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.

The film screening room is located on the first floor of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
825 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO. 80903

Scale as Metaphor: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs by Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.

Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.

Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.


Lunch and Lecture:
Scale as Metaphor: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs by Kirsten Hoving, Ph.D.
March 3, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Slocum Commons

$17/person, reservations required, email: or call 719-227-8263

At this lunch and lecture, Art Historian Kirsten Hoving will discuss the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, featured in the IDEA  Space exhibition Hydro-Logic.  Known for his remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes, Burtynsky explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet. Equally eloquent and disturbing, his work offers an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes. After earning her Ph.D. at Columbia University, Kirsten Hoving joined the faculty of Middlebury in 1983. She teaches modern art and history of photography.  Her most recent book, Joseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the Stars, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009.

IDEA Cabaret: Arid Lands Institute

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IDEA Cabaret: Arid Lands Institute

Tuesday, January 26, 4:30 – 6pm

IDEA Space

The Arid Lands Institute (ALI) is an education, research and outreach center dedicated to design innovation in water-stressed environments. Affiliated with the architecture program at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., ALI is founded on the belief that “design professions have an unrecognized potential to catalyze public imagination, action, and leadership in the face of hydrologic variability brought on by climate change. To do so, design education has to change, and professional practices will as well.” Under the auspices of State of the Rockies and IDEA, ALI’s co-founders, Peter and Hadley Arnold, bring their innovative vision to Colorado Springs. At this IDEA Cabaret, Peter and Hadley Arnold will respond to the Hydro-logic and engage in a discussion with CC faculty members and students on water issues in the West.

Sponsored by State of the Rockies

Hydro-Logic Exhibition Opening Reception and IDEA Cabaret

 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles

© Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles

Hydro-Logic Exhibition Opening Reception and IDEA Cabaret

Thursday, January 21, 4:30 – 6pm
IDEA Space

Water is our most precious resource, and decisions we make now about water conservation affect the ways in which we live (and thrive) in the future. While the challenges are undeniable, artists and designers have joined the conversation to propose new avenues of thought and action.  At this IDEA Cabaret, featured artist Arturo Vittori, of the firm Architecture and Vision, will discuss his prototype water collection vessel, WarkaWater, artists Judith Selby and Richard Lang will speak (via Skype) about the connection between their artistic practices and their environmental activism, and IDEA will unveil a sculpture project created by the CC campus and Colorado Springs community

Sponsored by: the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, the Art Department Stillman Fund for Exhibitions, The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, State of the Rockies, and, The Innovation Institutem and The Environmental Program


 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles ”

Glacial Runoff © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles

Artists and Designers as Change Agents for Water
JANUARY 18 – MARCH 5, 2016

IDEA Space

Hydro-Logic is an art exhibition and series of events geared to inspire students and community to participate as change makers for the sake of water=humanity through art and design. Featuring artists and designers who collaborate with scientists and innovative technologies to reveal inspiring approaches to the most critical resource known to humanity.

 The captivating, large-scale photographs of world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky reveal the enormity of Holocene issues, while artists such as power duo Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang demonstrate the ways that small, consistent efforts as an artistic practice can result in measurable reclamation results and compelling images created from beach plastic. Ohio artist and professor John Sabraw broadens the reclamation-as-art process by collaborating with scientists to extract toxic mining minerals from rivers to produce paint pigments and water-inspired paintings. And, architect Arturo Vittori applies form and function to create water collection vessels that save lives and enhance community gathering places.

 Unlike other environmentally themed exhibitions, “Hydro-Logic” will introduce visitors to a world of feasible solutions brought about through innovative creativity.

 The project also includes a series of lectures, talks, and films that consider various aspects of the current local and global water crisis.

Featuring: Edward Burtynsky, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang of One Beach Plastic, John Sabraw, Arturo Vittori of Architecture and Vision, a community built plastic rubbish sculpture, and a series of inspiring talks and film screenings.

Sponsored by: the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, the Art Department Stillman Fund for Exhibitions, The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, State of the Rockies, and, The Innovation Institute and The Environmental Program.

Guest Curator | Holly Parker

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