Seeing Stories

Henry Darger, Child-Headed Whiplash-Tail Blengins, Watercolor on paper, Collection of the American Folk Art Museum

Henry Darger, Child-Headed Whiplash-Tail Blengins, Watercolor on paper, Collection of the American Folk Art Museum

February 2 – March 31, 2010, I.D.E.A. Space

This exhibition addresses strategies of visual storytelling from multiple cultural perspectives, with particular emphasis on self-taught artists. The exhibition features Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime paintings, works by American Self-Taught artists Henry Darger and Mose Tolliver, linocut prints by Namibian artist John Muafangejo, and 19th Century ledger drawings by Northern Cheyenne artists.

Opening Reception and Story Salon #1: Compelling Stories
Tuesday, February 2, 4:30 pm, I.D.E.A. Space

This installment of the Salon Conversation series features a lively public conversation between Adrienne Seward, Colorado College English Professor and folklorist, and Brooke Davis Anderson, Curator of the American Folk Art Museum.

Lunch and Lecture: Henry Darger & Mose Tolliver by Brooke Davis Anderson
Tuesday February 2, 12:30 PM, Slocum Commons
(This event is FULL, no more reservations being taken, 2/1/2010)

Brooke Davis Anderson is the Director and Curator of the Contemporary Center of the American Folk Art Museum.  She has written and lectured extensively in the fields of folk art and African-American art.
Free, reservations required. Contact Jessica Hunter-Larsen at jessica.larsen@coloradocollege.edu to reserve your spot.

Story Salon #2: Collecting Stories
Tuesday, February 16, 4:30pm

The first portion of this exciting double-header Salon features a conversation about Plains Native American ledger art with artist and curator Bently Spang and Colorado College Professor of History Anne Hyde.  In the second portion of the event, collectors Mary Allen-Meilinger and Harold Burch tell the stories of how they built their collections of Self-Taught American art and Australian art, respectively.

Story Salon #3: Seeing Truths
Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 pm

Film Screening Room, Edith Kinney Gaylord
Cornerstone Arts Center
In conjunction with the exhibition The House is Small But the Welcome is Big, this Salon features a presentation of Mozambican teenager Alcides Soares’ documentary about being orphaned by AIDS. The award-winning short film tells the story of Alcides and his friends as they come to terms with the loss of their parents and seek to create new family bonds. Neal Baer, the film’s Executive Producer and Lynn Warshafsky, Executive Director of Venice Arts will present the film and speak about the creation of The House is Small project.

Sponsored by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, the Colorado College NEH Distinguished Professorship, and the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund.

Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi, Tale of Two Women, Acrylic on Linen, 1980.

Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi, Tale of Two Women, Acrylic on Linen, 1980.

Reproduced from the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers Ledger Book, courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society.

Reproduced from Little Finger Nail’s Ledger Book, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History.
Reproduced from Little Finger Nail's Ledger Book, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History

Reproduced from the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers Ledger Book, courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society.

Mose Tolliver, Three Blue Men (detail).

Mose Tolliver, Three Blue Men (detail).

The House is Small But the Welcome is Big

The House Is Small But the Welcome Is Big
Photography By and About African Women and Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

January 19-March 26, 2010, Coburn Gallery (Worner Center)

Exhibit will be closed for CC Spring Break:  March 10th-19th, except by appointment.

Joaquim Varalito, "Hands". Photograph.

Over a period of two years an unlikely group of amateur photographers documented the life and death struggle of HIV/AIDS in sub–Saharan Africa. Eighteen children from Maputo, Mozambique, orphaned by AIDS, and 15 HIV-positive women in Cape Town, South Africa, pointed cameras at images in their communities to tell the uncensored story of their lives. The result is a stirring exhibit of 38 photographs premiering in Colorado Springs at CC’s Coburn Gallery.  The photos are tragic and hopeful, lively and compelling. Some are difficult to look at. All of them are hard to dismiss.

Denver native, CC alumnus, and Emmy-nominated writer/executive producer of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Neal Baer, M.D., is co-founder of the project.  “These children, as young as 10 and no older than 18, have a lot to say through these images about living on their own and raising younger siblings by themselves,” says Baer. “That’s the harsh truth about AIDS in Africa. Millions of children are growing up alone, a generation without the guidance or love of parents.”

One of the most beautiful photographs is titled, “My Memories” and is a pair of hands gently touching old black and white photographs.  “Photographs of my parents are displayed, which show their past. I show everyone my parents [when they were] alive through these photos, which is a joy for me,” says Joaquim Macamo, the 16 year-old photographer. Macamo lost both of his parents to AIDS in 2001 and lives with his 20 year-old sister.

Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 pm
Film Screening Room
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

A presentation of Mozambican teenager Alcides Soares’ documentary about being orphaned by AIDS will be screened in conjunction with the exhibit. The award-winning short film tells the story of Alcides and his friends as they come to terms with the loss of their parents and seek to create new family bonds. Neal Baer, the film’s Executive Producer and Lynn Warshafsky, Executive Director of Venice Arts will present the film and speak about the creation of The House is Small project.

For more information about the project, visit www.thehouseissmall.org

For more information about Venice Arts, visit www.venice-arts.org

Tour Tuesdays!

Join us every Tuesday at 12:45 pm for a 15-minute tour with a Colorado College student docent.  Tours are informal, free, and no reservations are required.  A perfect way to sneak in some art on your lunch break, we hope to see you in the IDEA Space.

Karen Kunc.  Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print.  2007.  10x20".

Karen Kunc. Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print. 2007. 10×20

Sugar, Sugar

Exhibition: Sugar, Sugar

November 24, 2009 – January 21, 2010, I.D.E.A. Space

Virtually unknown in Europe until the Middle Ages sugar quickly became ubiquitous in western diets. Influencing agricultural practices, global economies, dietary habits, and language, sugar holds a central place in Western culture. (Just try to imagine a world without it!) Including historical photographs, microscopic enlargements, and literary and artistic responses in a variety of media, this exhibition examines the power of the sweet stuff.  The exhibition features sugar-inspired artworks by Gypsy Ames, Christina Marsh, Karen Kunc, Kate Leonard, Tracy Linder, Meredith Nickie and poetry by Jessy Randall and Dave Mason.

On three Tuesdays during the exhibition, I.D.E.A. will host a series of Sugar Salons featuring sugar-related activities, lectures, and performances.  The final Sugar Salon will close the exhibit on Thursday, January 21, 2010.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 4:30  Sugar Salon #1: Performing Sugar
Chemistry experiments with sugar & performance of Rare Sugar at 6 PM in the South Theater
The first Sugar Salon will feature chemistry experiments with sugar “performed” for the audience and gallery talks by featured artists, who will speak about how the structure and properties of sugar inspired them.  At 6 pm, I.D.E.A. and the C.C. Music Department will present a performance of Rare Sugar.  Australian composer Nigel Westlake was inspired to create the piece after watching a television program about a chemist who works on unusual forms of sugar.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 4:30  Sugar Salon #2: Producing Sugar
The second Sugar Salon focuses on the historical and contemporary impact of the sugar industry, both regionally and internationally.  Featured artist and former sugar beet farmer Tracy Linder and Colorado College faculty will use the exhibition as a springboard for an informal discussion of the local and international economic, social, and political impact of producing sugar.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 4:30  Sugar Salon #3: Sugar Inspirations
The third Sugar Salon celebrates sugar-inspired art and literature.  Featured artists will discuss sugar-related works, artists will discuss sugar inspiration in their works, and authors will read sugar-inspired poetry and prose.  To acknowledge the importance of sugar to the holiday season, the event will also feature a sugarplum tasting and possibly an appearance from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tuesday, January 21, 2010, 4:30 Sugar Salon #4: Sugar Rush
The final Sugar Salon will feature sugar sculptures and a demonstration of sculpting techniques by James Gallo, Executive Pastry Chef at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado, with commentary on the history of sugar sculpting and chemistry behind Gallo’s manipulation of sugar as raw material by Sally Meyer, Professor of Chemistry at Colorado College.  At the conclusion of the event, participants will help artist Julia M. Becker ritually destroy the sugar mandala created for the exhibition.

Karen Kunc, Formulae. 2009. 17×56"

Karen Kunc.  Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print.  2007.  10x20".

Karen Kunc. Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print. 2007. 10×20

Tracy Linder.  Sugar Beets.  Animal collagen, artificial sinew, polyester.

Tracy Linder, Sugar Beets. Animal collagen, artificial sinew, polyester.

Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers

Barbara Krueger, We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard Lithograph, 1985

Exhibition: Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation

October 6 – November 12, 2009, I.D.E.A. Space

Wednesday, October 7, 4:30 pm:
Opening Reception and Salon Conversation with Tomi-Ann Roberts, Professor of Psychology and Director of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College, and Elissa Auther, Associate Professor of Art History at UCCS

Featuring a broad range of prints by some of the foremost contemporary women printmakers at work in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, this comprehensive exhibition calls attention to the innovative breadth of themes and variety of printmaking approaches taken by women artists since the early 1970′s.

Artists featured include Anni Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Squeak Carnwaith, Helen Frankenthaler, Fay Jones, Barbara Krueger, Wangechi Mutu, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker.  A number of themes are explored in the exhibition, including the overlapping issues of gender, the body, and personal fantasies, as well as recent themes of identity, politics, and the environment.  Often laced with humor and a sense of playfulness, the works in the exhibition share a personal vision deeply integrated with references to larger historical themes and conceptual motifs.  At the same time, the works demonstrate a wide variety of traditional as well as contemporary printmaking techniques, from woodcut to etching to offset lithography and digital prints.

Julie Mehretu

Wangechi Mutu

This exhibition was organized by John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, and Terri Hopkins, Director and Curator at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University.  Support for the exhibition and related outreach programs is made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.  The exhibition at Colorado College is supported by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust and the Colorado College Art Department.

Future Self Stop-Motion Class in Collaboration with I.D.E.A.

FutureSelf

FutureSelf

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

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

Patrick Dougherty Sculpture Site

**UPDATE**

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.

Avis Urbanus: Performance & Reception with Claudia Esslinger

Avis Urbanus

Avis Urbanus

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.

Impermanence: A Cancer Journey by Craig Jenkins

Strength, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins

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

http://www.craigjenkins.artspan.com/

The Warrior, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins

The Warrior, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins

 

Performance & Talk: Benoit Maubrey: Electronic Guy

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.


 
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