Monday, October 8 Monday, 4 – 6pm
Cross-Currents Film Series presents:
Position Among the Stars by Leonard Retel Helmrich
Hosted by Clay Haskell, Artist-in-Residence for Film Studies Cornerstone Art Center Film Screening Room
Free and open to the public
For 12 years, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta. This resulted in the trilogy “Stand van de zon”, “Stand van de maan” and “Stand van de sterren” (“Eye of the Day”, “Shape of the Moon” “Position Among the Stars”). Just like in the previous two parts, which received many international prizes, in the third part “Position Among the Stars” the maker shows us the underlying patterns of life in Indonesia. He presents both literally and metaphorically with his revolutionary camera work. The Indonesian Sjamsuddin family is, in a way, a microcosm in which you can recognise the most important issues of life in Indonesia: corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap and the growing difference between poor and rich.
Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country and has the largest Muslim population. Grandmother Rumidjah, a confessed Christian, has left the bustle of Jakarta to live with her friend Tumisa in the countryside. Her son Bakti, who has converted to Islam, takes care of her grandchild Tari. Bringing up his Tari is hard for him, so Bakti brings his mother back to town. However, Tari grows up in a time when young people have become much more open and she does not hide her opinions. This behaviour regularly brings her into conflict with the older generations. The problems faced by the Qatari family make the old woman decide to stay in town until Tari has finished her secondary school and can study at university. The whole family regards the bright Tari as their only opportunity of improving their own status and ever being able to escape the slums of Jakarta. Bakti’s job as district chief doesn’t earn him much money. As a result he trains fighting fish to gamble with them the side.
While the whole family does everything they can to collect enough money to pay the college fees for Tari’s study, Tari prefers to spend her time and money with her girlfriends in Jakarta’s nightlife. Her friends from secondary school also bring her into contact with the nouveau riche of Indonesia, which is miles away from her life in the slums. Will Rumidjah managed to allow her granddaughter to study in this economic crisis?
This screening of Position Among the Stars is part of a four-film series that explores aspects of the Islamic world. Offered in September and October of 2012 and January and February of 2013, each film has been chosen and will be introduced by a Colorado College faculty member. After the screening, the audience is invited to linger and participate in a discussion of the film.
Host Clay Haskell holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University (1994) and an M.F.A. from American Film Institute (2000). He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in photography in 1997. Haskellhas written screenplays for a number of Hollywood production companies; his scripts Happy Trails and The Wrong Brothers are currently in development. He shot and directed the award-winning short film The Chair and the short documentary Ascent to Mount Angel, and he documented the handover of Hong Kong in photographs as one of the first Fulbright Fellows to China. He is cinematographer of the forthcoming documentary The Hollywood Complex (2011) and director of the forthcoming documentary Mississippi Messiah (2012).
Monday, September 10, 4 – 6pm
Cross-Currents Film Series presents Ten directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Hosted by Scott Kryzch, Assistant Professor of New Media
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Art Center Film Screening Room
Free and open to the public
Released in 2002, Ten focuses on ten conversations between a female driver in Tehran and the passengers in her car. The driver, an unusually independent Iranian woman, serves as a present-day Virgil, driving through Tehran in the company of various other women. Her exchanges with her young son, a jilted bride, a prostitute, a women on her way to prayer and others, shed light on the lives and emotions of these women whose voices are seldom heard. Every ride is a conversation, which range in topic from banal discussions of relationships to meditations on God and fate. Directed by one of Iran’s foremost directors, Ten was chosen by the French publication “Les Cahiers du cinéma” as one of the 10 best pictures of 2000s.
This screening of Ten is part of a four-film series that explores aspects of the Islamic world. Offered in September and October of 2012 and January and February of 2013, each film has been chosen and will be introduced by a Colorado College faculty member. After the screening, the audience is invited to linger and participate in a discussion of the film.
Host Scott Krzych holds a B.A. in English from California State University-Northridge, an M.A. in English from the State University of New York-Buffalo and a Ph.D. in screen studies and English from Oklahoma State University. Krzych is the first tenure-track professor of New Media at Colorado College. His various papers and publications address a range of subjects from digital cinema to video game studies to analysis of Glenn Beck’s television show. His dissertation examines evangelical representations of the apocalypse, including such films as “A Thief in the Night,” “Left Behind,” and “The Omega Code” and such prophecy-based cable programming as “The Hal Lindsey Report” and “Jack Van Impe Presents.”
September 12, 4:30pm
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Main Space
Free and open to the public
An accomplished musician as well as visual artist, Reza Derakshani is interested in combining artistic traditions and media. Trained in classical Persian musical styles, Mr. Derakshani’s recent musical projects combine global and devotional styles with jazz, rock and other modern forms. He has collaborated with a diverse group of artists, including John Densmore of The Doors, Madonna, Branford Marsalis, poet-philosopher Robert Bly, author Deepak Chopra, and choreographer Bill T. Jones, among many others. Mr. Derakshani often performs in proximity to his own vibrant paintings, or works with dancers or poets on collaborative projects. For the performance at Colorado College, he will collaborate with dancers to present an improvisation-based performance. Mr. Derakshani’s paintings are featured in the exhibition Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World. A public reception will take place in IDEA Space following the performance. Sponsored by the Dean’s Office.
September 3 – October 24, 2012, IDEA Space
(closed September 26 — 30 for Colorado College’s block break)
What will Islamic societies look like in the twenty-first century? While political analysts make predictions, artists within the Islamic world also intervene in these debates, often with profound impact on cultural discourse. As Robin Wright notes in the 2011 prologue to her book Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, “The profound political stirrings are supported by a strong culture of change. … The social transformations are as pivotal as the political upheavals. Activists are not only adapting the technology of Facebook and Twitter to their causes. They are also experimenting with culture — from comedy to theater, poetry to song — as an idiom to communicate who they are and to end isolation caused by extremists within their ranks.” Focusing the lens on contemporary visual arts, Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World presents the work of seven international artists whose work lays claim to and honors their varied and complex heritages, while simultaneously challenging accepted norms.
Part of a year-long series of exhibitions, performances, films, and events that explore the elastic capacity of the arts to challenge, expand, preserve, and disseminate aspects of global Islamic cultures, Cross-Currents examines the intersections between historical practices and contemporary artistic priorities. Employing a wide range of media, the seven featured artists each adapt or appropriate aesthetic strategies and themes from older Persian and Arab traditions to address contemporary issues including: the thin line between media coverage and war propaganda; the devastation of urban decay; the challenges of creating and maintaining sacred spaces within other cultural contexts; the experiences of exile and return; and the construction of gender identities in contemporary Islamic cultures.
The artists’ approaches to traditional themes and forms vary significantly: some engage directly with the past by merging traditional forms with contemporary media, while others merely hint at traditional aesthetic precedents. Yet while remaining culturally, aesthetically, and philosophically distinct, these artists commonly share the desire to probe the tension between the desire to honor the past and to subject it to intense interrogation. – Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Curator
Featuring: Azra Akšamija; Ayad Alkadhi; Shoja Azari; Reza Derakshani; Hayv Kahraman; Naiza H. Khan; Soody Sharifi.
This exhibition and associated programming is made possible by generous support of the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, the Dean’s Office, and the NEH Professorship. Special thanks to: Leila Heller Gallery, New York; The Third Line Gallery and the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Shehab Gargash, Dubai; Rossi & Rossi, London; and Renaissance Creative.
Image: Ayad Alkadi
Will Not Be Silenced (I Will Not Be Silenced) 2011
Acrylic, pen & yarn on canvas (Courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY)
Senior Art Majors Exhibition, 2012
April 24 – July 14, 2012
Lost and Found: A North Sea Collaboration: Carl Reed and Thomas Claesson
(IDEA will be closed May 16 — 28, 2012)
Tuesday, April 24, 4:30 – 6pm:
Reception with Carl Reed
This exhibit results from a narrative of unexpected relationships and circumstances. Thomas Claesson, who lives on an island off the west coast of Sweden, has assembled an enormous collection of “lost” objects – items that have washed up on shore, been abandoned or unearthed, or acquired through inheritance. When Claesson met Carl Reed, a sculptor who has worked for years with found objects, the two sensed the potential to realize an unusual collaborative project. The exhibition Lost and Found traces the dynamic of their collaborative process and explores ideas such as the urge to collect, layers of time, recycling, and the blurred distinction between art that is found and art that is made.
March 27- April 17, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 4:30 – 6pm: Reception with Matvei Yankelevich
The Press at Colorado College welcomes writer, translator, publisher and printer Matvei Yankelevich as the Block 7 Visiting Faculty. Yankelevich is founder of Ugly Duckling Presse, a nonprofit art and publishing collective producing small to mid-size editions of new poetry, translations, and artist books based in Brooklyn, New York, and author of several books and chapbooks. While in residence, he will teach a course in letterpress printing and oversee The Chapbook in the 21st Century: Efficiency / Excess / Ephemerality, a collaborative exhibition at Coburn Gallery featuring books and ephemera from several small press publishers, including Ugly Duckling Presse, as well as works created at The CC Press during the class.
March 27 – April 14, 2012
Puppets, politics and pop music: Taiwanese and Chinese puppet theatre in the 20th century
Tuesday, March 27, 4:30 – 6pm: Opening Reception and IDEA Cabaret Conversation with Robin Ruizendaal, Director Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum
This exhibition presents puppet theatre as both an art form and a window on the social and political developments in Taiwan and China in the 20th century. With numerous exquisite and antique puppets, stages, artifacts and photographs, the exhibition is a unique voyage through puppet theatre and social history, as well as an aesthetic pleasure.
The Taiyuan Company performs innovative visual music theatre with puppets, actors, video and musicians, and cooperates with artists from many different backgrounds and nationalities. The company’s initial inspiration derived from the Taiwanese glove puppet theatre that has a rich and varied tradition in which music, carving, embroidery and a delicate performance technique all come together. Taiyuan was founded 12 years ago by Paul Lin and managing/artistic director Robin Ruizendaal to continue this tradition, while at the same time creating new modern theatre performances within a distinct Taiwanese context.
This model of conserving tradition and creating new plays has proved to be very successful. The company’s shows have been performed in over 30 countries at venues such as the Purcell Room and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the rainforests of Central America, the Traditional Opera Theatre in Hanoi, Union Square in San Francisco, Casa Mila in Barcelona, the countryside of Cambodia and, of course, the squares and theatres of old Taipei.
The company is based at the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum in Dadaocheng, the old centre of Taipei.
Members of the company will be in residence at Colorado College this spring and will perform Taipei By Night May 9 — 12. Check the CC calendar for details. www.coloradocollege.edu/events
Thursday, April 12, 3:30-5:30pm , Worner Quad on the Colorado College Campus.
Northern Cheyenne artist, performer, and curator Bently Spang explores the history and contemporary meaning of the Plains tipi in this interactive performance. Using sound, lights and video projection, Spang engages in an extended conversation with the tipi – the largest culturally resonant object in the Plains culture. What would the tipi say if it could speak? The performance will evolve to include additional interactions and end with an open invitation for the audience to dance.
February 24 – March 14, 2012
Friday, February 24, 4:30 – 6pm: Reception with Wendy Red Star
At the turn of the 20th century, collectors began acquiring Native American objects with increasing fervor. Often, collectors created specific display areas in their homes to showcase their treasures. Called “Indian Corners,” these areas typically comprised a hodgepodge of ritual objects, textiles, ceramics, and images. Created and curated by artist and scholar Wendy Red Star, the IDEA Space exhibition Indian Corner examines the politics and poetics of collecting both authentic and commercially produced Native objects. The exhibition features a kitsch version of a 21st Century “Indian Corner” juxtaposed with objects from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s collection of Native American objects.