In collaboration with I.D.E.A., Future Self students participated in a two-week stop motion animation class taught by C.C. grad and I.D.E.A. assistant Danielle Dubler. Students produced multiple short videos using software such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro in the media labs at the Cornerstone Arts Center. View some of the videos produced here: http://www.youtube.com/user/FutureSelfStopMotion
About Future Self:
FutureSelf’s goal is to offer arts-based classes, workshops, peer mentoring, opportunities to use skills developed, and public and private recognition of achievements. Despite mounting evidence that immersion in the arts is the most effective means of reaching at-risk youth, FutureSelf is the only program of its kind in the Pikes Peak Region.
Visit their website to learn more: www.futureself.org
Patrick Dougherty: Creature Comforts
Site Specific Sculpture
In front of Armstrong Hall, intersection of Cache La Poudre & Cascade
From October 27 to November 14, 2008, internationally renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create a site-specific, temporary sculpture on the Colorado College campus. The sculpture will remain for two years.
In the last twenty years, Patrick Dougherty has created over 150 sculptures in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Comprised of hundreds of woven tree saplings and twigs, Dougherty’s unique, site-specific sculptures integrate natural and man-made environments. Simultaneously intricate and effortless, the sculptures seem almost to have been made through a force of nature, swirled together by prairie winds, or constructed by birds.
Here is the future site of the sculpture:
Patrick Dougherty Sculpture Site
The sculpture is in progress on the west side of Armstrong Hall (NE corner of Cascade Ave and Cache La Poudre St). Here are some pictures from the first week of the project, which involved gathering the willow and saplings for the structure and beginning construction. Note that all materials involved are sustainably harvested, ie they all grow back very quickly as the plants are not killed but rather trimmed. These sticks came from an area that must be maintained regularly per mandates by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Sunday, September 20, 4:30 p.m., I.D.E.A. Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Join us for a reception in the I.D.E.A. Space with Claudia Esslinger. Esslinger will discuss her video installation The Synergy Project.
The public is then invited to the Film Screening Room for a screening and live performance of Avis Urbanus, a collaborative video/music project Esslinger created with Colorado College Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots. Paul Nagem will provide amplified flute accompaniment. Free and open to all; refreshments provided.
Sponsored by The Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, Colorado College Music Department.
Strength, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins
Exhibition: Impermanence: A Cancer Journey by Craig Jenkins
September 8 – October 10, 2009, Coburn Gallery
Friday, October 9, 4:30 PM Reception with Amy Jenkins, Coburn Gallery
A successful painter and photographer, Craig Jenkins (Class of 1984) used his creativity to help deal with his cancer. His series of collage works entitled Impermanence, A Cancer Journey comments upon his three-year-long experience with illness.
Impermanence Exhibit Statement by Craig Jenkins
Craig Jenkins Biography
The Warrior, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins
Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm
South Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Performance artist, “electroacoustic sculptor”, punk musician, and choreographer Benoit Maubrey will perform one of his signature pieces, Electronic Guy which features an electroacoustic tuxedo that shapes feedback and movement into sound sculpture. Following the performance, Maubrey will talk about his other sound and movement based projects.
Reception and Artist’s Talk:
Friday, April 3rd, 4:30 P.M.
I.D.E.A. Space, EKG Cornerstone Arts Center
Exhibit Dates: April 3-May 20, 2009
Fashionably Late for the Relationship is a three-day long public performance by Lian Amaris that was filmed and compressed into a feature-length video work by R. Luke Dubois. As Amaris prepares for a night out, three days pass in the city around her. In the live performance, her slow, nuanced actions become a counterpoint to, and critique of, the rapid and unyielding pace of the public environment which she redefines as the private feminine ritual of a boudoir.
Sponsored by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust.
The Synergy Project
August 21 – September 23, 2009, I.D.E.A. Space
Reception & Gallery Talk with Claudia Esslinger: Sunday, September 20, 4:30-6pm, I.D.E.A. Space
Performance and Screening of Avis Urbanus: Sunday, September 20, 6 pm, Film Screening Room, CAC
With live amplified flute accompaniment by Paul Nagem.
This collaborative video piece explores the changing meaning of narratives through their juxtaposition. Combinations of images and sounds, explore dualities of nature and technology, culture and politics, and strangeness and humor.
Avis Urbanus is a collaborative project featuring music composed by Colorado College Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots and video by Claudia Esslinger.
Reception: Friday, June 19, 5-8 PM
FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St.
The Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS and IDEA @ Colorado College are excited to announce the second presentation of 1440 Minutes, a joint public program supporting Colorado contemporary artists. 1440 Minutes is a twenty-four hour art installation and exhibition event, curated around the theme of “Economic Creativity”. Great innovations arise in times of crisis; these innovations drive future economic and cultural growth. Economic Creativity invites artists to examine how, during this time of great change, we can – and should – use or re-use elements of our personal, cultural, and material past to re-envision a healthy, sustainable future.
atomic elroy & zelda bubbles
Melanie Grimes & Jocelyn Nevel
Reception with composer Patrick Zimmerli:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture follows at 6:15 p.m.
Film Screening Room (adjacent to the I.D.E.A. Space in the CAC)
Exhibit, reception & lecture are free and open to the public.
Concert following at 7:30 p.m., Tickets required. $5-20, tickets purchased at Colorado College Worner Desk or www.ticketswest.org
Exhibit Dates: June 9-July 17, 2009, I.D.E.A. Space
In collaboration with composer Patrick Zimmerli, the I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado College’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center will highlight the innovative architecture that inspired the composer. Through video, photographs, models, drawings and other ephemera, visitors will have an inside look at the inspiration for Zimmerli’s 4-movement composition, commissioned for the 2009 Summer Music Festival at Colorado College.
Buildings and architects featured:
Milwaukee Art Museum, Quadracci Pavillion, (Milwaukee, WI), Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, (St. Louis, MO), Architect: Tadao Ando, www.pulitzerarts.org
The Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University, (Seattle, WA), Architect: Steven Holl
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College (COS, CO), Architect: Antoine Predock
Patrick Zimmerli: Biography
New York-based composer and saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli has released 6 CD’s. He is currently writing for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and producing a CD featuring pianists Kevin Hays and Brad Mehldau.
Since 2005 Zimmerli has presented a concert series, entitled Emergence, dedicated to the creation and performance of new work. Featuring his 9-piece ensemble and special guests from the classical, jazz, and electronic music communities, the series has seen 17 performances and over 40 premieres.
Current commissions include a large orchestra piece for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season. Other commissions have come from the Ying Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, and the Belgian jazz octet Octurn.
His work has been performed at MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum, on NPR’s Fresh Sounds, at the Jazz Composers’ Collective, and at major chamber music festivals throughout the US. Zimmerli’s music has been recorded on the Arabesque, Blue Note, Songlines, Koch, Antilles, Jazz City, and Naive labels, and he has written extensively for radio, TV, and film.
From 2002–2005 Zimmerli was Composer in Residence with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. Awards include first prize in the first annual BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute Composers’ Competition. Zimmerli teaches at Columbia University, where he earned a BA in 1990, an MPhil in 1996 and a DMA in 2000 in Music Composition.
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center South Theater
Performance is free;
tickets are available at Worner Desk
As an Asian Studies major at Colorado College, Abigail Washburn never set out to be a songwriter or a recording artist. Five years ago when she found herself on stage in a smoke-filled Beijing club playing her banjo and singing old-time Appalachian mountain music in Chinese to a packed house, she was as surprised as anyone. Together with bluegrass banjo master Béla Fleck, acclaimed cellist Ben Sollee, and Grammy-nominated fiddler Casey Driessen, Washburn has developed a truly unique musical style that combines American roots music and Chinese folk songs.
Hear music and learn more about the Sparrow Quartet at: http://www.abigailwashburn.com/
Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, The Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust,
the Colorado College Music Department, and the Colorado College Asian Studies Department.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 3:30 PM, I.D.E.A Space
Faculty Throwdown III: Body Art: New Chinese Photography
Armed with unique insights and remarkable revelations, Colorado College faculty members Christina Torres-Rouff (Anthropology) and Tom Lindblade (Drama) share and debate interpretations of the Body Art exhibition.
Free, snacks provided.
Jessica Hunter-Larsen, I.D.E.A. Curator
This fall has proven to be an exhilarating time for the InterDisciplinary Arts program at Colorado College. While the program began in 2006, the gala celebration of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center – home to the I.D.E.A. Space – in October has invigorated the program. I am continually energized by the wide variety creative activities that take place in the building and feel especially privileged to be a part of it.
The first interdisciplinary exhibition project to take place in our new home, The Architecture of Desire (September 5 – December 12, 2008) is inspired by the unique architecture of the new Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. The various components of the project, which includes a two-part gallery exhibition, performances by Project Bandaloop, and a public sculpture by Patrick Dougherty, invite us to examine the multifaceted relationship between architecture and society.
- Can a building inspire and facilitate collaborative creative activities, as the Cornerstone building proposes to do? Project Bandaloop’s electrifying aerial dance performances on the exterior and in the interior of the building provided one answer to that challenge, setting the stage for future creative responses to the building.
- What can be learned from architecture’s failures? Runa Islam’s haunting video installation Scale 1/16” = 1’ featured in The Architecture of Desire Part I, (September 5 – October 22, 2008) invited the viewer to participate in the “reverie” of a building that was abandoned upon its completion. Stripped of its utility, the building has blossomed only within fictional contexts.
- How does a building reflect a society’s relationship with nature? Does it dominate or complement the landscape? Patrick Dougherty’s stickworks sculptures in front of Armstrong Hall allude to the natural world and man-made structures in equal measure: they are cocoons for gargantuan insects, mysterious animal lairs, or whimsical “follies” built for a giant’s garden.
- What does the absence of architecture signify? Afghani artist Lida Abdul’s performance-based videos featured in The Architecture of Desire Part II (November 4 – December 12, 2008) explore the interaction between individuals and ruined buildings. Hauntingly beautiful, the videos invite us to contemplate our identity, when all our civic and domestic structures have crumbled?
I invite everyone in our community to attend The Architecture of Desire Part II and the associated activities, tour Colorado College’s dynamic new building, and reflect on the role architecture plays in nurturing and sustaining a culture.
Jessica Hunter Larsen, Curator
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