Rembrandt Beyond the Brush

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October 27 – December 13, 2014

IDEA Space

 Closed November 19 – 23 and November 26 – 30.

 

Rembrandt Van Rijn’s fame as a painter was exceeded in his own lifetime by his renown as a master etcher. In an age and a culture dominated by the intellect, Rembrandt’s patrons treasured his ability to communicate the profoundly spiritual beauty of the earthbound and the tangible. He is greatly esteemed today for his sensitivity to the psychology of the common man. This deeply felt empathy is embodied in the thirty-five etchings that comprise this exhibition from the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Through a range of subjects—self-portraits, landscapes, depictions of Biblical stories and everyday life—Rembrandt captured the essence of mankind’s sense of the spiritual and personal, all portrayed within the context of the dynamic, contemporary society of seventeenth-century Holland.

 

I.D.E.A. Cabaret: Rembrandt Reinterpreted — Student Presentations

Tuesday, November 18, 4:30 PM
I.D.E.A. Space

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Art of the Dutch Republic, taught by Rebecca Tucker Associate Professor in the Colorado College Art History Department, focuses on the Golden Age of Holland—a time of economic, cultural, and political growth. During this time, artists developed innovative styles and visual modes to depict life in the early modern era.

Throughout Art of the Dutch Republic students have spent many hours in I.D.E.A. Space examining and interpreting 35 Rembrandt images based on research.

The students have made their classroom experience practical by writing new interpretive text for the I.D.E.A. Space exhibition Rembrandt Beyond the Brush. The students will present their research and answer questions about specific works and genres within the exhibition at Tuesday’s event.

Student Presenters and Topics:

Thomas Euyang – Rembrandt’s Old Testament Scenes
Fiona Graham – Rembrandt’s Self Portraits
Bennett Krishock – Portraits by Rembrandt
Madelyn Santa – Street Scenes in Rembrandt’s Prints
Mengyuan Wang – Rembrandt’s Landscapes
Teddy Weeks – Rembrandt and the New Testament

Extending the Line

 

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Extending the Line

January 26 — March 7, 2015

A line represents the connection of two points in space, and as such represents a basic component of representation.  This act of joining gives a line a particular physical, social and metaphorical weight. Extending the Line explores the mathematical, kinesthetic, and poetic aspects of line. The exhibition considers line in multiple dimensions. In two-dimensional drawings and prints, the agency of line is foregrounded: what does it mean to trace connections between disparate elements? The exhibition then traces line as it migrates off the page into three-dimensional space through fiber arts: here line folds on itself to realize into sculptural form. Line extends through in time in video explorations, and into performance space through dance.

Extending the Line will take place in Colorado College’s two campus galleries. Artists featured in IDEA Space include: William Anastasi, Herbert Bayer, Krysten Cunningham, Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti, Sol Lewit, Senga Nengudi, Abbie Miller and Anne Wilson.  The Coburn Gallery exhibition features Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner.

  • A series of drawings and prints borrowed from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, provides the exhibition’s foundation. From Sol Lewitt’s geometric constructions to Herber Bayer’s graceful arcing forms to William Anastasi’s explorations of line in motion, this portion of the exhibition reveals the structural and expressive qualities of line in two dimensions.
  • Prints and works in fiber by Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner will consider the qualities of line by considering the relationship of the incised line of woodblock prints to the three-dimensional woven forms.
  • Anne Wilson and Krysten Cunningham both create bas-relief images composed of fibers and woven elements that allow lines to emerge from planar surfaces, thus allowing line to realize from two dimensions into three.  Video pieces in which lines move, multiply and weave together extend both artists’ investigations by incorporating elements of process, motion, and time. Abbie Miller’s monumental sculptures composed of vinyl sheets that are zipped onto structural armatures trace the progression from line, to plane, to three-dimensional object.
  • Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti’s piece Notationotations  and Senga Nengudi’s RSVP series address line’s relationship to the body. Engaging elements of performance, their works tease out the relationship between representational line and lines created through bodily motions.
  • Extending the Line will also feature a soundscape component, wherein three musicians respond to the exhibition concept and specific pieces in the show.

Extending the Line will comprise a component of Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week (January 26 -30) a fifteen-year-old endeavor that features a week of thematically related art, performances, lectures, and discussions. This year’s theme, What’s My Line?: explores connections between theater, dance, mathematics, and visual art.

Exhibition sponsored by: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Art Department/Stillman Fund for Exhibitions.

Line: a one act play by Isreal Horovitz. Directed by Andrew Manley

Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31, 8pm

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

Studio A

 

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Considered a classic piece of absurdist theater, Line (1967) is a one-act drama about five people waiting in line for an unknown event.  Each of the characters uses their wiles in an attempt to be first in line, getting more and more vicious as the play continues.

Performance by HIJACK

Wednesday, January 28, 5:30 – 6:30pm

IDEA Space

 

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A repeat performance of site-specific choreography developed in response to Extending the Line

Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, The NEH Distinguished Professorship

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Extending the Line: Print and Textile by Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner

Tuesday, January 27, 4:30 – 6pm

Coburn Gallery

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Presenting recent work by Jean Gumpper (Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence at Colorado College) and Jeanne Steiner (Weavng Instructor and Arts and Crafts Program Director at Colorado College). The artists explore line in two and three dimensions through prints and fiber arts.

Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Art Department/Stillman Fund for Exhibitions and Events,

Lecture: “Eye Sockets/Hip Sockets — visual art as inspiration and compositional strategy for choreography” by HIJACK

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

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Fearless and influential dance/choreography duo HIJACK reflect on their creative process and the ways in which they create movement in response to visual art.

Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, The NEH Distinguished Professorship

Opening Reception and IDEA Cabaret: Extending the Line

Monday, January 26, 2015, 4 – 6pm

IDEA Space

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The event will feature conversations with featured artists Abbie Miller, Anne Wilson, and Senga Nengudi. The choreographic collaboration HIJACK (Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder) will perform site-specific dance compositions that respond to the artworks and concepts featured in Extending the Line.

Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, The NEH Distinguished Professorship

Juggling Butterflies by Emma Powell

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November 24 – December 17, 2014

Coburn Gallery

Monday, November 24, 4:30pm: Opening

Reception and Artist Talk

 

Emma Powell (Assistant Professor of Art) introduces her photography to Colorado College with this one-person exhibition. Powerfully interested in the history of photography, Powell incorporates historic processes and devices into her contemporary practice. Past projects have included archaic technologies such as wet plate collodion process and old Kodak cameras. Her recent work navigates the fine line between reality and fantasy, using self-portraiture to articulate personal narratives. Using a cyanotype process, Powell creates a backdrop in which archetypal universal symbols combine and collide.

READING AMERICA by Andrew Manley

October 27 – November 15, 2014

Coburn Gallery

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Unique to America, reader board signs dot sidewalks, highways and roadsides all over America and reveal an authentic, quirky, funny, individual and very real America – one untouched by corporate promotion and ubiquitous blandness. But it might all be disappearing as the digital sign takes over.

A photographic exhibition by ANDREW MANLEY, Associate Professor in Theatre & Dance, who has been hunting reader boards for 20 years marveling, as only a foreigner from England can, at their unsung barmy brilliance.

Opening Reception Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush

TheDescent from the Cross by Torchlight

October 27 – December 13, 2014

IDEA Space

 Closed November 19 – 23 and November 26 – 30.

Thursday, October 30, 4:30pm: Reception

and IDEA Cabaret presentation:

Readings of Rembrandt

by Rebecca Tucker and Tip Ragan

Rembrandt Van Rijn’s fame as a painter was exceeded in his own lifetime by his renown as a master etcher. In an age and a culture dominated by the intellect, Rembrandt’s patrons treasured his ability to communicate the profoundly spiritual beauty of the earthbound and the tangible. He is greatly esteemed today for his sensitivity to the psychology of the common man. This deeply felt empathy is embodied in the thirty-five etchings that comprise this exhibition from the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Through a range of subjects—self-portraits, landscapes, depictions of Biblical stories and everyday life—Rembrandt captured the essence of mankind’s sense of the spiritual and personal, all portrayed within the context of the dynamic, contemporary society of seventeenth-century Holland.

 

Sin and Salvation Reconsidered: Frances Carlson & Lisa Easton

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Coburn Gallery

Monday, September 8, 4:30pm:

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

Artworks that illustrate moral values and are central to the Western art tradition. While many people can name at least some of the seven deadly sins, the corresponding seven virtues elude most of us. This exhibition, featuring paintings and sculptures by Lisa Easton and Frances Carlson, reexamines the seven deadly sins and the virtues, giving visual expression to an individual’s silent struggle to make choices.

 
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