The ReMINDers in Concert


The Reminders

Cornerstone Art Center Main Space: Rhythm Nations Concert featuring

The Reminders
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: A Documentary Film Screening


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.

Dialogues in Rhythm


Ruben Aguirre

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.

Double-Header Concert with Hip Hop groups Las Krudas and Urban Verbs


Las Krudas

IDEA Space presents
Las Krudas and Urban Verbs


Iywild School, 1604 South Cascade Avenue
Saturday, September 5, 2014, at 7:00pm


Tickets $5. Available at  , 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.”

RESCHEDULED DATE for Diasporic Christ: Cristo Negro and Esquipula Venerations from Chimayó to Manila

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


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.

Rhythm Nations: Transnational Hip Hop in the Gallery, in the Street, and on the Stage

Rhythm Nations:
Transnational Hip Hop In the Gallery, in the Street, and on the Stage

InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts at Colorado College
March 24 – May 8, 2014

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The Oobie Kids

Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 6:30pm
IDEA Space

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.

Devotional Art Demonstration by Gustavo Victor Goler

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.

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

IDEA Cabaret: Devotional Cultures with Gustavo Victor Goler and Devaka Premawardhana


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.



Devotional Art in the Southwest from Historical Roots to Contemporary Practices by Gustavo Victor Goler

Monday, February 17, 4:30pm – 5:00 pm

Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room.

Devotional Art in the Southwest from Historical Roots to Contemporary Practices by Gustavo Victor Goler

Gustavo Victor Goler in his studio, Santa Fe, NM.
Gustavo Victor Goler in his studio, Santa Fe, NM.

Gustavo Victor Goler is a Santero and conservator whose work preserves and extends traditional devotional art practices. His research has led him to study both old and contemporary Santeros from New Mexico and around the world.  Along with his study of artists and their history, Goler has immersed himself in the study of the history of Saints and their iconography. 

Indigenous Colonial Heraldry of New Spain by Gerardo Gutiérrez

Monday, February 3, 7:00pm

Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room


Indigenous Colonial Heraldry of New Spain by Gerardo Gutiérrez,

Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado – Boulder.


Dr. Gutiérrez explores Indigenous appropriation of European Heraldry in New Spain. Heraldry was one of the many media used by the early Colonial system to expand Catholic iconography and ideology associated with the allocation of symbolic reward to Indigenous allies by the Spanish Crown.


The Language of Flowers and Colonial Mexico’s Portraits of ‘Crowned Nuns, by James Córdova


Monday, January 27, 7 – 8:30pm,

Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

The Language of Flowers and Colonial Mexico’s Portraits of ‘Crowned-Nuns

by James Córdova

James Córdova is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Dr. Córdova examines the 18th century Mexican tradition of producing portraits of nuns on their profession day,

a tradition that combines European & Mesoamerican imagery and ritual practices.

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