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

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 (Sonic) Line by Ensemble Peak FreQuency

Thursday, February 19, 2015
7:00pm

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
I.D.E.A. Space

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Ensemble Peak FreQuency, the resident faculty ensemble of the UCCS Music Program, will give and interpretive response to the exhibit Extending the Line and “draw the sonic line” featuring original and thoughtfully chosen works.

Jane Rigler on flute and electronics, Glen Whitehead on trumpet and electronics, and Colin McAllister on guitar.

Objects, Fields, and Performances: A lecture by Anne Wilson

Tuesday February 17, 2015
4:00pm

Edith  Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
FILM SCREENING ROOM

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Using everyday materials – table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire, Anne Wilson creates sculpture drawings performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private, and social rituals.

Extending the Line: Print and Textile by Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner

January 27 – March 7, 2015
Coburn Gallery

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Presenting recent work by Jean Gumpper (Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence at Colorado College) and Jeanne Steiner (Weavng Instructor and Arts and Crafts Program Director at Colorado College). The artists explore line in two and three dimensions through prints and fiber arts.

Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Art Department/Stillman Fund for Exhibitions and Events,

Lunch and Lecture: “Non-Linear Geometrics and the Avant-Garde, A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Space” by Krysten Cunningham

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Tuesday, January 20, 11:45 am

Lunch and Lecture:
“Non-Linear Geometrics and the Avant-Garde, A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Space” by Krysten Cunningham

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

Location: Slocum Commons on the Colorado College campus

$15, Reservations required:
email or call to reserve idea@coloradocollege.edu or 719-227-8263

Textile artist and sculptor Krysten Cunningham, featured in the upcoming IDEA Space exhibition Extending the Line, discusses mathematical theories from the later 19th and early 20th Centuries as they relate to Einstein’s theories and the works of avant-garde artists through the 1960’s.

Rembrandt Beyond the Brush

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October 27 – December 13, 2014

IDEA Space

 Closed November 19 – 23 and November 26 – 30.

 

Rembrandt Van Rijn’s fame as a painter was exceeded in his own lifetime by his renown as a master etcher. In an age and a culture dominated by the intellect, Rembrandt’s patrons treasured his ability to communicate the profoundly spiritual beauty of the earthbound and the tangible. He is greatly esteemed today for his sensitivity to the psychology of the common man. This deeply felt empathy is embodied in the thirty-five etchings that comprise this exhibition from the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Through a range of subjects—self-portraits, landscapes, depictions of Biblical stories and everyday life—Rembrandt captured the essence of mankind’s sense of the spiritual and personal, all portrayed within the context of the dynamic, contemporary society of seventeenth-century Holland.

 

I.D.E.A. Cabaret: Rembrandt Reinterpreted — Student Presentations

Tuesday, November 18, 4:30 PM
I.D.E.A. Space

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Art of the Dutch Republic, taught by Rebecca Tucker Associate Professor in the Colorado College Art History Department, focuses on the Golden Age of Holland—a time of economic, cultural, and political growth. During this time, artists developed innovative styles and visual modes to depict life in the early modern era.

Throughout Art of the Dutch Republic students have spent many hours in I.D.E.A. Space examining and interpreting 35 Rembrandt images based on research.

The students have made their classroom experience practical by writing new interpretive text for the I.D.E.A. Space exhibition Rembrandt Beyond the Brush. The students will present their research and answer questions about specific works and genres within the exhibition at Tuesday’s event.

Student Presenters and Topics:

Thomas Euyang – Rembrandt’s Old Testament Scenes
Fiona Graham – Rembrandt’s Self Portraits
Bennett Krishock – Portraits by Rembrandt
Madelyn Santa – Street Scenes in Rembrandt’s Prints
Mengyuan Wang – Rembrandt’s Landscapes
Teddy Weeks – Rembrandt and the New Testament

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.

Line: a one act play by Isreal Horovitz. Directed by Andrew Manley

Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31, 8pm

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

Studio A

 

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Considered a classic piece of absurdist theater, Line (1967) is a one-act drama about five people waiting in line for an unknown event.  Each of the characters uses their wiles in an attempt to be first in line, getting more and more vicious as the play continues.

 
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