Friday, May 30, 2014
4:30 – 6:00pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
Free and open to the public
Associated with the Mandala of Enlightenment exhibition, Dr. Simmer-Brown’s talk will place American artist Joan Bredin-Price’s feminist interpretation of Tibetan tradition in context.
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, and an Acharya, senior dharma teacher, in the Shambhala lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 2000. She is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation in the Classroom.
Paintings by Joan Bredin-Price
May 29 – July 15, 2014
Summer Gallery Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 1 — 6pm
“These are remarkable paintings in terms of an imaginatively beautiful and evocative artistic interpretation of Buddhist imagery. Not only are they completely accurate in iconography, but also totally creative in their presentation that successfully offers a new ‘western’ way of interpreting the Buddhist icon tradition.” – Dr. Marylin Rhie, Buddhist Art Historian and Professor at Smith College
Joan Bredin-Price’s two series of paintings – Mandala of Enlightenment: the Dhyani Buddhas and Tara: Goddess of Liberation – explore Tibetan Buddhist spiritual symbolism through the contemplative experience of a visionary American artist, rendering traditional imagery in contemporary media.
Mandala of Enlightenment: the Dhyani Buddhas
The Dhyani Buddhas comprise the ten large mixed-media paintings of the five Buddha families used in Tibetan Buddhism as guides to spiritual transformation. The five Buddhas and their duplicate female consorts are to be studied, contemplated, and meditated upon as a method for freeing oneself from the suffering of the human condition. While iconographically accurate per the Tibetan thangka tradition, Bredin-Price’s paintings are the original work of a Western Buddhist practitioner and artist. Her versions illuminate the vision of a strong spiritual feminist by portraying the five female consorts individually and at the same scale as their male partners. The goal of Bredin-Price’s Dhyani Buddhas is to awaken one’s five-nature being through a contemplative practice free of traditional gender bias. Through this awakening, the “poisons” of hatred, ignorance, pride, desire, and jealousy transform into their antidote wisdoms: the wisdom of ultimate reality; mirror-like wisdom; equality; discrimination; and all-accomplishing wisdom.
Available for sale as a set (contact: email@example.com), the ten paintings can be viewed at www.bredin-price.com. Bredin-Price’s final wish was to find a permanent home for The Dhyani Buddhas: a place where spiritual practitioners and the general public may experience the celestial Buddha nature of the five couples.
Tara: Goddess of Liberation
This section consists of five paintings that depict the female Buddha Tara. Tara is considered to be the embodiment of all of the Buddha’s activities, and is identified as the premier deity of Tibet. Introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in the early 1980s, Bredin-Price became a Green Tara practitioner, which in turn opened an artistic pathway to the creation of numerous images of Tara over a twenty-year period.
The exhibition at Colorado College is sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the Department of Religion.
Joan Bredin-Price (1943-2013) grew up in an artistic family; numerous family members belonged to the Pennsylvania Impressionists movement, and their world permeated her youth. She received formal training at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and earned a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1965. Her paintings, which have mainly centered on the spiritual and the divine feminine, have been shown in the following institutions: Nacul Center Gallery (Amherst, MA); the former North Amherst Center for the Arts; Leverett Gallery (Leverett, MA); Tibet House (NY); the Jannotta Gallery at Smith College (Northampton, MA); and the Frost Library Gallery at Amherst College.
Thursday, May 29, 2014,
4:30 – 6:00 pm
IDEA Cabaret Conversation with Dr. David Gardiner and Sarah Bender, Sensei
Free and open to the public
Using the exhibition Mandala of Enlightenment exhibition as inspiration, Dr. Gardiner and Ms. Bender will discuss ways that contemporary Buddhism is changing America and Americans are changing Buddhism.
Sarah Bender: A Zen Buddhist, Sarah gives talks, leads classes and retreats, and works with individual Zen students at Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs. Sarah began her practice with the Honolulu Diamond Sangha in 1979 and has studied with Joan Sutherland, Roshi, and David Weinstein, Roshi, since 1997. From 2001 to 2006 she served as the meditation instructor for SMS, and in 2006 became the sangha’s first resident teacher. Sarah was also the Cadet Chapel Buddhist Program Leader for the United States Air Force Academy for many years, and she leads occasional retreats for the Wet Mountain Sangha, in Pueblo.
David Gardiner: Dr. David Gardiner has taught Buddhism and related subjects in the Religion Department of Colorado College in Colorado Springs since 1998. He began learning Buddhism in the late 1970′s at Amherst College with Robert Thurman, and also with Tibetan lamas who lived with Dr. Thurman. This was followed by time in India and Nepal working under Tibetan teachers. He then went to the University of Virginia for his M.A. degree, where he studied Madhyamaka philosophy with Jeffrey Hopkins and Japanese Buddhism with Paul Groner. Dr. Gardiner completed his Ph.D. in 1995 at Stanford University in East Asian Religions. Alongside his work in teaching and research, he gives talks on Buddhism throughout Colorado, maintains a practice based on Tibetan traditions, and runs a non-profit educational Buddhist organization in Colorado Springs called BodhiMind Center.
Sponsored by: The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the Department of Religion
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.
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