Fashionably Late for the Relationship

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.

Claudia Esslinger: The Synergy Project

The Synergy Project

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.

1440 Minutes: 24-Hour Art Installation Event

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.

Artists featured:

atomic elroy & zelda bubbles
Phillip Faulkner
David Fodel
Melanie Grimes & Jocelyn Nevel

Listening to Architecture

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
http://www.mam.org/info/details/quadracci.php

 

 

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
http://www.stevenholl.com/project-detail.php?id=40

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.

Performance: Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet, Featuring Béla Fleck with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee

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.

Faculty Throwdown III: Body Art: New Photography from China

Faculty Throwdown

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.

Building Desires at Cornerstone Arts Center this Fall

Jessica Hunter-Larsen, I.D.E.A. Curator

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.

Warm regards,

Jessica Hunter Larsen, Curator

Lecture: Recent Performance and Photography by Li Wei

Li Wei, Li Wei Falls to the Earth, Photograph

Li Wei, Li Wei Falls to the Earth, Photograph

Monday, March 2, 4:30 PM, Film Screening Room
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

Lecture: Recent Performance and Photography by Li Wei

Renowned contemporary Chinese performance artist Li Wei , whose photographs are featured
in the Body Art exhibition, will show video clips from recent performances and speak about his career.

Life is High, Li Wei

Life is High, Li Wei

A Pause for Humanity, Li Wei

A Pause for Humanity, Li Wei

Illusionary Reality, Li Wei

Illusionary Reality, Li Wei

Body Art: New Photography from China

January 27-March 11, 2009
I.D.E.A. Space
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

This compelling exhibit features the work of Cang Xin, Huang Yan, Li Wei, Liu Ren, Ma Yanling, and Wu Yuren – all artists who use the human body as an entirely new art language. Some pieces, with the aid of digital imaging, illustrate a world that only exists within the artist’s imagination. Others, based on performance work where the artist uses his body as the central artistic agent, explore realities of China’s complex contemporary society. Some photos are humorous, others disconcerting, but all are fascinating reflections of life in China today.

The exhibition is organized and curated by Dr. Julie Segraves,
Executive Director of the Asian Art Coordinating Council, Denver, CO.

Funded in part by:  Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
The Scientific and Cultural District in Colorado
The Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust
Colorado College Asian Studies Department
FEATURED ARTISTS:
Cang Xin
Identity Exchange (Opera), Cang Xin

Identity Exchange (Opera), Cang Xin

Identity Exchange (Trash Collector), Cang Xin

Identity Exchange (Trash Collector), Cang Xin

Ma Yanling
Silk Ribbons (Great Wall), Ma Yanling

Silk Ribbons (Great Wall), Ma Yanling

Silk Ribbons (Suitcase), Ma Yanling

Silk Ribbons (Suitcase), Ma Yanling

Huang Yan
Wu Yuren
Li Wei
Liu Ren

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