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
A Pause for Humanity, Li Wei
Illusionary Reality, Li Wei
January 27-March 11, 2009
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,
Funded in part by: Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Executive Director of the Asian Art Coordinating Council, Denver, CO.
The Scientific and Cultural District in Colorado
The Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust
Colorado College Asian Studies Department
Identity Exchange (Opera), Cang Xin
Identity Exchange (Trash Collector), Cang Xin
Silk Ribbons (Great Wall), Ma Yanling
Silk Ribbons (Suitcase), Ma Yanling
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Project Bandaloop performs at Colorado College, October 2008:
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Celebrating the unique architecture of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Project Bandaloop created a site-specific dance performance using the building’s exterior and interior spaces in October, 2008.
Project Bandaloop honors nature, community, and the human spirit through dance. The company, under the artistic direction of Amelia Rudolph, creates a blend of dance, sport, ritual, and environmental awareness. Inspired by the possibilities of climbing and rappelling, the choreography draws on aerial, vertical and horizontal movement to craft dances, many site-specific. The work explores the relationship between movement and gravity and stimulates viewers’ awareness of their natural and built environments. Project Bandaloop hopes to enrich the quality of life with their performances, out-reach and ability to bring dance to new audiences. Since 1991, the company has enjoyed performing for close to half a million people.
Help us create the world’s largest indoor Yogic Spiral in conjunction with the unveiling of a giant suspended spiral sculpture by Smokebrush artists Kat Tudor and Lindsay Ray.
This event will take place in the Main Space of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Building at Colorado College on January 19th, 2009. People will start gathering at 4:30pm.
Live music provided by Bob Tudor.
This event also celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President Barack Obama’s Inauguration the next day, January 20th.
What is a Yogic Spiral?
A Yogic Spiral is a group yoga meditation where the participants form an uninterrupted spiral. The ordering of people in the spiral is by men and woman and zodiacal sign. The spiral turns anti-clockwise, which corresponds to what is said to be the yang sense of rotation, hence the name of yang spiral.
To sign up for the Yogic Spiral please visit www.yogicspiral.com
Friday, November 14, 4:30PM, Armstrong Lobby
Join us to help celebrate the completion of Patrick Dougherty’s site-specific sculpture on the Colorado College grounds.
Monday, December 1st, 4:30 pm
I.D.E.A. SPACE in the EDITH KINNEY GAYLORD CORNERSTONE ARTS CENTER
Join us for a reception for Lida Abdul, whose video works are featured in “The Architecture of Desire: Part II,” currently on display in the I.D.E.A. Space. Abdul was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1973. Displaced in 1986 by the Soviet invasion, Abdul lived in India and Germany before moving to the United States. She returned to Afghanistan in 2001; her subsequent video works address issues of war, exile and reconcilliation. Abdul earned a B.A. from California State University and an M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. Abdul’s work was recently featured in “Global Feminisms” at the Brooklyn Museum (2007). A 2006 recipient of the Prince Claus Laureate award for art and activism, Abdul’s works have been featured in the 2006 Sao Paulo Biennial, the 2006 Gwangju Biennial, the 2005 Central Asian Biennial and the 2005 Venice Biennale. Sponsored by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, NEH Distinguished Professorship and CC’s art department and feminist & gender studies.
Free and open to the public; no tickets required.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 4:30PM
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
Dr. Iftikhar Dadi, Professor of Art History & Visual Studies, Cornell University, will give a lecture on the video and performance work of Lida Abdul. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 1, 4:30PM, 2008
Film Screening Room in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Dr. Melinda Barlow, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will give a lecture on the film installations of Runa Islam. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In her lecture, Professor Barlow will discuss Runa Islam’s film-based installation Scale 1/16 inch = 1 foot, currently on view in the I.D.E.A. Space, and will place this piece within the context of Islam’s other projects. Professor Barlow contributed an essay on Runa Islam to the exhibition catalog for The Architecture of Desire.
Melinda Barlow is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she received the Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award, the Gold Best Should Teach Award, and the Dorothy Martin Woman Faculty Member Award. A film and video historian who specializes in the work of contemporary experimental women film and video makers and has written extensively about moving image installation, Professor Barlow also researches the art of mentoring women, and has organized more than 20 local and national workshops on the topic over the last five years. An active critic at Sculpture magazine, her essays have appeared in journals such as Camera Obscura, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Millennium Film Journal, Art Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Art in America, Afterimage, American Theatre, and the Spanish animation journal Animac. The editor of Mary Lucier: Art and Performance (Johns Hopkins, 2000), Professor Barlow is the author of Lost Objects of Desire: Video Installation, Mary Lucier, and the Romance of History, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. She is currently working on a series of essays on experimental filmmaker and miniature theatre artist Janie Geiser titled Curiosa in Motion.
Friday, December 12, 3:30 PM, I.D.E.A. Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center.
Faculty throwdown is an informal debate/discussion with two Colorado College professors that is centered around an exhibition in the I.D.E.A. Space. Bob Lee, of the political science department, and David Torres-Rouff, of the history department, will debate their interpretations of the video artworks by Afghani artist Lida Abdul featured in the exhibition “The Architecture of Desire Part II.” Audience members are encouraged to join in the conversation; snacks will be provided.
Sponsored by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, NEH Distinguished Professorship and CC’s art department and feminist & gender studies.
Wednesday, September 10, 3:30 PM, 2008
I.D.E.A Space in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Join us as Colorado College professors Jonathan Lee (Philosophy) and Kathy Giuffre (Sociology) share and debate their interpretations of The Architecture of Desire.
- Film Still, Lida Abdul
November 3 – December 12, 2008
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30-7:00 pm
(Closed for Thanksgiving Break, 11/26-11/29/08)
Forced to leave Afghanistan as a child, Lida Abdul’s artworks address the ramifications of exile, war, and oppression. Her compelling images of bombed and ruined buildings challenge conventional thinking about architecture by forcing the viewer to confront the destroyed building not as a ruin or as empty space, but as an expression of architecture of absence. Born in Kabul in 1973, Lida Abdul left Afghanistan at the Soviet invasion in 1979. A 2006 recipient of the Prince Claus Laureate award, Abdul was the first Afghani artist to participate in the Venice Biennale (2005).
The Architecture of Desire is sponsored by: The Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.
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