IDEA Cabaret: Fierce Beats and the Floating World: iROZEALb’s Hip Hop Fusion
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 4:30pm
Free and open to the public
IDEA Cabaret is an ongoing program that invites participants with diverse areas of expertise to discuss an IDEA exhibition with each other and with the audience.
Fierce Beats and the Floating World features Colorado College faculty members Joan Ericson (Professor of Japanese) and Heidi Lewis (Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies) in conversation with Dr. Aya Louisa McDonald (Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas). Each will respond to artist iROZEALb’s fusion of traditional Japanese art and contemporary Hip Hop aesthetics. Come join the conversation!
Sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the NEH Distinguished Professorship.
Cornerstone Art Center Main Space: Rhythm Nations Concert featuring
Friday, April 25, 2014, 4:30 pm,
Cornerstone Arts Center Main Space
Free and open to the public
The Reminders blend soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. This musical duo consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black. Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French/English flow, displaying his street-smart credibility in both his lyrics and cool demeanor. This is beautifully complimented by Aja Black’s confident delivery, diverse cadences, and unique vocal stylings. The two have an undeniable magical chemistry as they share more than lyrical abilities and stages; the couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for almost a decade. Their debut album ‘Recollect’ dropped in 2008 followed by ‘Born Champions” in 2012.
Style Wars directed by Tony Silver
Screening of Style Wars with an introduction by Idris Goodwin
Friday, March 28, 2014, 4:30pm
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
Style Wars – the original Hip Hop documentary – is regarded as the indispensable document of NY street culture and subway graffiti art of the early ’80s. The film tells the story of graffiti writers honing their skills as they dodge transit cops, and compete with each other. The film presents a record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. Directed by Tony Silver and produced in collaboration with Henry Chalfant, Style Wars won the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival and continues to gain a following.
The Virginia Darnes Yates Endowment Presents: Dialogues in Rhythm
Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 6:30pm:
Panel discussion and Rhythm Nations exhibition opening reception
Free and open to the public
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room & IDEA Space
Colorado College faculty members Idris Goodwin, Santiago Guerra, and Naomi Wood engage in conversation with featured artists Ruben Aguirre, Jaque Fragua, and Kelly Monico. (Reception features performance and music)
- Idris Goodwin: An accomplished poet and essayist, Goodwin teaches performance writing and Hip Hop aesthetics at Colorado College. He received his BA in Film, Video, and Screenwriting from Columbia College, his MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and continues graduate work at the University of Iowa’s Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He’s performed on HBO, Discovery Channel, and Sesame Street. His book These Are The Breaks was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His works have been staged by Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, and the MCA in Chicago, the Pillsbury Center in Minneapolis, and the Revolutions Theater Festival in Albuquerque. He is the recipient of numerous national awards, fellowships, and honors.
- Santiago Guerra: Guerra received a B.A. in Chicano Studies from Southwestern University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas Austin in Anthropology, with a specific emphasis on Mexican/American Borderlands Social Anthropology. His research focuses on the geographic region of the U.S.- Mexico Borderlands, including drug trafficking in the Americas and connections between race and crime in the United States. As Assistant Professor of Southwest Studies at Colorado College, Guerra teaches courses such as “The Drug War” and “The Mexican Immigrant Experience.” His most recent article, Becoming An Il/legal Anthropologist, was published by the American Anthropological Association in Anthropology News.
- Naomi Wood: An Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colorado College, Wood’s approach to research and teaching is informed by her training in dance and a curiosity about the ways that different bodies (citizens) are allowed or denied rights. Through examining a variety of texts in tandem—performance, literature, music, film—Wood emphasizes the important role of popular culture in the understanding of nation formation in 19th and 20th century Latin America. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Mills College, an MA in Hispanic Literatures from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures from the University of Minnesota.
IDEA Space presents
Las Krudas and Urban Verbs
TICKETS ARE $5
Iywild School, 1604 South Cascade Avenue
Saturday, September 5, 2014, at 7:00pm
Tickets $5. Available at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/502717 , at the Colorado College Worner Desk, or at the door
The duo, Las Krudas comprises Cuban interracial couple Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes. Their feminist lyrics and performance battle machismo and celebrate the power and beauty of women of color, fatness, and queer sexualities. With few formal political outlets open to young black Cubans, Hip Hop emerged in Cuba as a powerful form of political expression, one that Las Krudas uses to great effect to address the racial and economic problems encountered by black Cubans. Through their lively, engaging musical style, the duo points to issues concerning the politics of race, gender, and sexuality in Cuba. Simultaneously, they unwaveringly advance a feminist agenda in which they seek to politicize the social and economic reality of being black and female in Cuba. Now US residents, Las Krudas call attention to the situation of black women in a social and political context that denies the existence of racism, sexism, status and privilege.
For the performers in Urban Verbs, Hip Hop is more than just a genre; it’s a way of life. Urban Verbs began taking shape in 2005, when Carlos Contreras, Hakim Bellamy and Colin “Diles” Hazelbaker were drawn together by their passions for Hip Hop and slam poetry. The artists wanted to create a new persona for Hip Hop, which is often seen as divisive. “We saw it as this thing that brings people together across generations, backgrounds, class, color, sexuality and race,” says Bellamy. Urban Verbs combines and cultivates the “not so fine arts,” such as street art, installation art, and urban theater. Audiences will find that the show is about more than the type or perfection of the art, as the performers strive to evoke a sense of unity no matter where a person’s passions lie. According to the artists, “Urban Verbs is that place where booties can shake, heads can nod, hands can clap and minds can enlighten by way of experience and execution, passion and practice.”
A talk by Gabriel Meléndez
Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 – 6pm,
Cornerstone Art Center Film Screening Room
This presentation looks at how popular Latino religious traditions in New Mexico are at once local and global, and have their origins in the global transfer of religious iconography and ceremonial practices in the Spanish colonial and post-colonial world. It will show how such practices moved across continents on the Caminos Reales or the inland Royal Roads and across oceans on routes as the famous Manila Galleon trade network.
A. Gabriel Meléndez is Professor and former Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, where he has been Professor of American Studies since 2002. Meléndez is a literary, social and cultural critic with research interests in ethnic and cultural representations in film, autobiography, ethnopoetics and ethnocritical theory. He has been the recipient of a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and several other research grants including awards from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Regional Studies (UNM) and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (University of Houston).
Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest January 20 – March 8 2014
Devotional Cultures traces European Catholic imagery and ritual practices as they took root and evolved in Latin America, Central America, and the American Southwest.
Featuring master works from the colletion of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the exhibition demonstrates that, rather than existing as copies of European art, Spanish Colonial artworks reveal layers of global influences and responses to those influences and responses to those influences over time, resulting in a distinctive style.
Curated from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center by Michael Brown and Rebecca Tucker.
Transnational Hip Hop In the Gallery, in the Street, and on the Stage
InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts at Colorado College
March 24 – May 8, 2014
The Oobie Kids
Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Opening reception for exhibition and Panel Discussion with exhibition artists and CC faculty. Includes performance by students from From Fringe to Spotlight, taught by professor Idris Goodwin.
From its roots within the urban American experience of the 1960-70s, contemporary hip-hop culture has evolved into an expressive language that transcends cultural and national boundaries. Formerly subversive modes of expression, such as graffiti, rap, appropriation, and breakdancing have now become flexible strategies for personal and political communication that spans all racial, national, and economic groups. From March 24 – May 8 2014 Colorado College will explore the ways in which the hip hop strategies of remix, mash-up, appropriation, and protest allow for the creation of new cultural hybrids within the shifting terrains of the mainstream. The project will include a gallery exhibition, public art projects, lectures, performances, films, and discussions.
The exhibition component of the project will focus on three contemporary artists Ruben Aguirre iROZEALb, and Jaque Fragua. The artists employ strategies drawn from street art practices and hip-hop culture within the context of fine art. The exhibition will uncover the tensions created when graffiti motifs are removed from lived, public spaces and realized into two-and three-dimensional forms. Themes addressed include: an examination the relationship between the self-definition inherent in the creation street art and the drive toward individual expression of Abstract Expressionism; the power of poetic insurrection within public spaces; and the creation of hybrid identities through cultural appropriations.
Sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, the Virginia Darnes Yates Endowment, the NEH Distinguished Professorship, Andrew G. Mellon Foundation Artist-in-Residence Grant, The Bee Vradenburg Foundationm the Office of the Dean, The Colorado College Art Department, Feminist & Gender Studies, and Theatre & Dance.
Tuesday, February 18, 3:30 – 5:30
IDEA Space Atrium
Devotional Art Demonstration
by Gustavo Victor Goler
Gustavo Victor Goler in his studio, Santa Fe, NM.
Contemporary Santero Gustavo will give an informal demonstration of the process of creating a carving. As he works, he will discuss his process for creating a devotional piece, including the inspiration for the work, the choice woods and pigments, and his tools and techniques. Audience members may drop in and out of the demonstration or stay for the whole process
Monday, February 17, 2014, 5:15 – 6:00 pm IDEA Space
Reception and IDEA Cabaret Conversation:
Devotional Cultures with Gustavo Victor Goler and Devaka Premawardhana
Devaka Premawardhana is currently Riley Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Religion. He is an anthropologist of religion who studies the various expressions of Christianity in the Global South. His research also includes the study of indigenous religious traditions. His doctoral dissertation explores how religious change (conversion) is experienced among people for whom regional change (migration) has long been a livelihood strategy.
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