IDEA Cabaret: Pursuing An Elusive Sense of Place

To celebrate the opening of JoAnn Verburg’s exhibition Interruptions, this IDEA Cabaret event will feature a lively discussion on how a sense of place is communicated in the visual and literary arts. Participants include Scott Johnson, Assistant Professor of Art and Steven Hayward, Assistant Professor of English, moderated by IDEA Curator Jessica Hunter-Larsen. Audience participation in the discussion is encouraged!

round hole square peg: Brian Molanphy

October 8-November 19, 2010, Coburn Gallery

Friday, October 8, 4:30 pm:  Reception and Artist’s Talk with Brian Molanphy
Homecoming Hours:  Friday, Oct. 8-Sunday, Oct. 10, 12:30-6 pm

This solo exhibition featuring 36 ceramics by Brian Molanphy ’90 illustrates “an ambivalence between the reconciliation & the incompatibilities of perfection(s), in this case the circle & the square.”

Brian Molanphy, 2009

Exchange Economies

November 5-December 15, 2010, IDEA Space

The two projects that comprise Exchange Economies uncover the ideologies and practices that support local and global systems of circulation of goods and services, prompting an examination of covert systems of exchange and the implications of the increasing globalization of markets.

Platforms Sandals, Mixed Media, Technology.

The Aphrodite Project:  Platforms

The link between sex work and technology extends back to classical Greece, where all prostitution fell under the domain of the goddess Aphrodite.  The pornai walked the dusty streets of Athens wearing sandals modified to leave footprints with the words “Follow Me” written in the earth.  This history inspired a team comprising an artist, technical experts, and a former sex worker to create the Platforms Sandals:  an integrated technology to improve the working conditions of sex workers.  As social sculptures these practical wearable devices stimulate public dialogue.  Visitors, male and female will be invited to try the shoes, displayed within a faux retail setting.

Harrell Fletcher & Wendy Red Star, Video Still from Made in India, 2009.

Made in India:  In 2007 artists Harrell Fletcher and Wendy Red Star accidentally received two commercially produced rugs through a shipping mishap.  This innocuous event inspired them to try to find the workers who made the rug and “redistribute the wealth” to a factory worker who might have made it.  All they had to go on was a tag that said, “Made in India”.  The three channel video installation documents their quest.

Exchange Economies Events

Friday, November 5, 2010, 4:30 pm, IDEA Space
IDEA Cabaret: In Her Shoes Redux
At this interactive artist talk, the Platforms team of Norene Leddy, Andrew Milmoe, and Melissa Grant will address the larger issues surrounding sex work and technology.  Who gets new technology and when?  What is the true value of sexual service?  What are the ethics of surveillance and tracking?

Wednesday, November 17, 4:30 pm, Film Screening Room & IDEA Space
Artist Talk and Reception by Harrell Fletcher and Wendy Red Star
Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, Harrell Fletcher has worked collaboratively and individually on socially engaged, interdisciplinary art and performance projects for over fifteen years.  Focusing on selected projects, Fletcher’s talk will trace the evolution of his practice and philosophy.  The audience will then be invited to IDEA Space for a discussion of Made in India with artists Harrell Fletcher and Red Star.

Tuesday, December 7, 4:30 pm
IDEA Cabaret:  Fairly Made

This interactive event explores the politics and poetics of the global free market.  Participants include Colorado College faculty, experts on rug manufacture, Indian Music, and fair-trade food products.

The Emma Goldman Papers

Emma Goldman, 1901, Arrest mug shot (Library of Congress)

September 7-29, 2010, Coburn Gallery

A major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism,  Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was an influential anarchist of her day and an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality, and union organization.  Deported in 1919, she participated in the social and political movements of her age, including the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War.

Lecture by Dr. Candace Falk: September 23, 4:00PM, Packard Hall. A gallery tour and reception in Coburn Gallery will follow the lecture.

Crossing Boundaries: A Symposium on Feminism & The Arts

May Stevens, Big Daddy and George Jackson, Collage on paper, 22×27.5", 1972.

October 14 & 15, 2010

This two-day event explores the continuing legacy of Feminism in the arts.  All events are open to the public.

Sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Professorship and the Colorado College Art Department.

Thursday, October 14, 4:30 pm

Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics Presents “Gen-Y” CAC South Theater, Free.
Challenging, irreverent, and always entertaining, Feminism & Co. explores the complicated relationship of gender to art, politics and sexuality through creative practice. This program’s theme focuses on Gen-Y feminist activism and features Girls Rock! and the crocheted street art of The Ladies Fancywork Society. Feminism & Co. is a program of the MCA Denver.

Friday, October 15, 2010
11:45 am-1:30 pm: Lunch & Conversation, Gaylord Hall, $15

Take a seat at the table for a fascinating lunch conversation between artist May Stevens; writer and curator Lucy Lippard; filmmaker Joan Braderman; and the architects of Feminism & Co., Elissa Auther and Gillian Silverman.  Lunch is provided.  Reservations Required.

2:30-4:30 pm:  Screening of THE HERETICS with introduction by
Joan Braderman, Film Screening
Room (CAC), free.
Focusing on the Heresies Collective as a microcosm as a microcosm of the Women’s Movement, THE HERETICS describes how small groups of women met to consider their situation and devise strategies to unlock their potential.

4:30-6 pm:  Reception with May Stevens, IDEA Space, free.
Join featured artist May Stevens for an informal talk about her life and artistic career.

7:30 pm:  Keynote Lecture:  “Bad Girls, Good Times: Feminist Art and May Stevens”, by Lucy R. Lippard, CAC South Theatre. Free.

Known for her refusal to separate aesthetics from politics, Lucy R. Lippard is a leading feminist, curator, writer, and activist.  She is the author of 20 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism and has curated 50 exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

IDEA Cabaret: Hair-esies

Tuesday, September 14, 4:30pm

IDEA Cabaret Presents Hair-esies

…an interactive discussion on the passions, politics, and poetry of hair…

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

The first in a series of multi-disciplinary events, Hair-esies explores the connection between hair, personal and cultural identity, and feminism. A panel of faculty, students, community members, and artists will discuss the convoluted relationships we have with our hair.

Rebecca Beren; Elizabeth Clements Mosley; Ashley Crockett; Kathy Giuffre; Kate Holbrook, Alix Hudson; Rashida Nambaziira; Ella Maria Ray; Tomi-Ann
Roberts; Adrienne Seward.

Body hair, hair & intellect, hair loss, hair & spirituality, hair & sexuality,
hair & identity.

The audience is invited to bring photographs of best or worst hair moment to the event for inclusion on the
Hair Heresies Wall of Fame.

The (R)evolution Experiment


The (R)EVOLUTION Experiment

How does a digital work evolve through successive generations of collaboration

by a community of participants? (R)evolution is an experiment in which an

original film work is mashed-up creating a new generation of work from which

successive generation can be created. The experiment will culminate with an

installation of selected works exhibited at the Colorado College Edith Kinney

Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center.

Participants may mash-up the original work by adding or subtracting digital

media using open-source or original film/audio material they have created.

Mashed-up videos can reference any theme. Copyrighted materials should not

be used.

The dance for films for (r)evolution were created as part of the DA 325 Dance

and Digital Technology class taught by Patrizia Herminjard during block 8 of 2009.



1. View movie(s) below.

2. Download movie(s) you want to mash-up by clicking on their respective links.

3. Once your mash-up is created upload it at

by clicking on “Post A Video Response” and then select “Upload a Video”.

In order to post a Video Response, you must have a YouTube account.

The deadline for all video uploads is March 22, 2010 (the first day of Block 7).

Deadline has been extended to Fall, 2010.  Check back for more details.

4. Check back here to see your film under the first generation films

section entitled Second Generation Films.

5. Selected films will be presented in the Cornerstone Screening Room on

April 30th at 7:30pm. Visit the final Installation during Block 8, April 19th-

May 17th, 2010 in the Cornerstone Arts Center (main space) featuring selected

mashed-up films.
Films will be presented in the Fall of 2010.  Check back for more details.



Notification of acceptance into the Installation will be sent to your YouTube account inbox.








Badlands by Hilary Kennedy

Download: Badland(Hilary)

I Loved You First by Breann Gingrich

Download: breannsfinal

Cracked by Jordan Brooks


exactly do they do by Dolo McComb

Download: exactlydotheydobydolo

Grey Wakeup by Alana Yurkanin

Download: GreyWakeUp(Alana)

Subordinate to Time by Madison Moross


Download: subordinatetotime(madison)

Lament by Patrizia Herminjard

Download: lament(Patrizia)

The Lullaby by Rosey Puloka

Download: TheLullaby(Rosey)

The Patrol by Kate Rafter

Download: ThePatrol(Rafter)



Idris Khan: Last 3 Piano Sonatas . . . after Franz Schubert

Idris Khan: Last 3 Piano Sonatas…after Franz Schubert
April 20 – June 26, I.D.E.A. Space

  • Saturday, June 26: Reception and Artist Talk by Idris Khan, Film Screening Room, 4 pm
  • Live performance of Schubert’s Piano Sonatas by Susan Grace & John Novacek,
    IDEA Space, 5 pm
  • Reception to follow performance in IDEA Space

“It is important for me to understand the disciplines of contemporary art without boundaries or constraints.” Idris Khan

Multi-media artist Idris Khan creates photographic and video works that blur the boundaries between appropriation and re-creation to challenge the viewer’s assumptions about how different art forms are received and understood. His three-channel video installation, Last 3 Piano Sonatas…after Franz Schubert, engages elements of video, recorded music, and live performance to deconstruct and re-frame the sensory experience of musical performance.

Known for his works based on historical figures such as Caravaggio, Bach, and Freud, many of Khan’s projects involve layering images, texts, or sounds produced by an iconic historical figure to create a composite “portrait”. Last 3 Piano Sonatas…after Franz Schubert was inspired by the music Schubert wrote on his deathbed.  To create the video, Khan wove together moments from numerous performances of the Sonatas. Each fragment of film focuses on a different aspect of a performance.  Through the careful editing of images of hands at the keyboards, hammers hitting strings, and the performer’s gestures, Khan creates a visual rhythm that reinforces the power of the composer’s vision while simultaneously uncovering the subtle artistic choices made within different performance contexts. Khan’s video also invites a layered engagement with time: by choosing sonatas that comprise Schubert’s last artistic gesture, Khan conjures a specific and unrepeatable historical event; by blurring the distinctions between different contemporary performances of the sonatas, Khan collapses time into one, persistent moment.

Idris Khan was born in Birmingham, England in 1978 and now lives and works in London. He received his MA in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in 2004 and has since exhibited internationally in a number of major group exhbitions including The Collection, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2009); Silent Writings, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2009); Natural Wonders: New Art from London Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow (2009); A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, Kunst Film Biennale, Cologne (2008); these valued landscapes, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, England (2008); P2P, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg (2008). Recent solo exhibitions of Khan’s works have been held at Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2010); Elementa, Dubai (2009); Thomas Schulte Gallery, Berlin (2009); K20, Dusseldorf (2008); Yvon Lambert, New York (2007); Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (2006). His films have been presented at “Tate Britain” and “Kunst Film Biennale in Koln, Germany. Major public art commissions are in London, England and Dublin, Ireland.

Senior Studio Art Majors Group Exhibit: 2010

Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 22, 4:30 pm
Coburn Gallery

Exhibit on display through May 7, 2010

This annual exhibition features selected works in a variety of media by Colorado College’s graduating Art Studio majors.

Seeing Stories

Henry Darger, Child-Headed Whiplash-Tail Blengins, Watercolor on paper, Collection of the American Folk Art Museum

Henry Darger, Child-Headed Whiplash-Tail Blengins, Watercolor on paper, Collection of the American Folk Art Museum

February 2 – March 31, 2010, I.D.E.A. Space

This exhibition addresses strategies of visual storytelling from multiple cultural perspectives, with particular emphasis on self-taught artists. The exhibition features Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime paintings, works by American Self-Taught artists Henry Darger and Mose Tolliver, linocut prints by Namibian artist John Muafangejo, and 19th Century ledger drawings by Northern Cheyenne artists.

Opening Reception and Story Salon #1: Compelling Stories
Tuesday, February 2, 4:30 pm, I.D.E.A. Space

This installment of the Salon Conversation series features a lively public conversation between Adrienne Seward, Colorado College English Professor and folklorist, and Brooke Davis Anderson, Curator of the American Folk Art Museum.

Lunch and Lecture: Henry Darger & Mose Tolliver by Brooke Davis Anderson
Tuesday February 2, 12:30 PM, Slocum Commons
(This event is FULL, no more reservations being taken, 2/1/2010)

Brooke Davis Anderson is the Director and Curator of the Contemporary Center of the American Folk Art Museum.  She has written and lectured extensively in the fields of folk art and African-American art.
Free, reservations required. Contact Jessica Hunter-Larsen at to reserve your spot.

Story Salon #2: Collecting Stories
Tuesday, February 16, 4:30pm

The first portion of this exciting double-header Salon features a conversation about Plains Native American ledger art with artist and curator Bently Spang and Colorado College Professor of History Anne Hyde.  In the second portion of the event, collectors Mary Allen-Meilinger and Harold Burch tell the stories of how they built their collections of Self-Taught American art and Australian art, respectively.

Story Salon #3: Seeing Truths
Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 pm

Film Screening Room, Edith Kinney Gaylord
Cornerstone Arts Center
In conjunction with the exhibition The House is Small But the Welcome is Big, this Salon features a presentation of Mozambican teenager Alcides Soares’ documentary about being orphaned by AIDS. The award-winning short film tells the story of Alcides and his friends as they come to terms with the loss of their parents and seek to create new family bonds. Neal Baer, the film’s Executive Producer and Lynn Warshafsky, Executive Director of Venice Arts will present the film and speak about the creation of The House is Small project.

Sponsored by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, the Colorado College NEH Distinguished Professorship, and the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund.

Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi, Tale of Two Women, Acrylic on Linen, 1980.

Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi, Tale of Two Women, Acrylic on Linen, 1980.

Reproduced from the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers Ledger Book, courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society.

Reproduced from Little Finger Nail’s Ledger Book, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History.
Reproduced from Little Finger Nail's Ledger Book, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History

Reproduced from the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers Ledger Book, courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society.

Mose Tolliver, Three Blue Men (detail).

Mose Tolliver, Three Blue Men (detail).

The House is Small But the Welcome is Big

The House Is Small But the Welcome Is Big
Photography By and About African Women and Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

January 19-March 26, 2010, Coburn Gallery (Worner Center)

Exhibit will be closed for CC Spring Break:  March 10th-19th, except by appointment.

Joaquim Varalito, "Hands". Photograph.

Over a period of two years an unlikely group of amateur photographers documented the life and death struggle of HIV/AIDS in sub–Saharan Africa. Eighteen children from Maputo, Mozambique, orphaned by AIDS, and 15 HIV-positive women in Cape Town, South Africa, pointed cameras at images in their communities to tell the uncensored story of their lives. The result is a stirring exhibit of 38 photographs premiering in Colorado Springs at CC’s Coburn Gallery.  The photos are tragic and hopeful, lively and compelling. Some are difficult to look at. All of them are hard to dismiss.

Denver native, CC alumnus, and Emmy-nominated writer/executive producer of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Neal Baer, M.D., is co-founder of the project.  “These children, as young as 10 and no older than 18, have a lot to say through these images about living on their own and raising younger siblings by themselves,” says Baer. “That’s the harsh truth about AIDS in Africa. Millions of children are growing up alone, a generation without the guidance or love of parents.”

One of the most beautiful photographs is titled, “My Memories” and is a pair of hands gently touching old black and white photographs.  “Photographs of my parents are displayed, which show their past. I show everyone my parents [when they were] alive through these photos, which is a joy for me,” says Joaquim Macamo, the 16 year-old photographer. Macamo lost both of his parents to AIDS in 2001 and lives with his 20 year-old sister.

Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 pm
Film Screening Room
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

A presentation of Mozambican teenager Alcides Soares’ documentary about being orphaned by AIDS will be screened in conjunction with the exhibit. The award-winning short film tells the story of Alcides and his friends as they come to terms with the loss of their parents and seek to create new family bonds. Neal Baer, the film’s Executive Producer and Lynn Warshafsky, Executive Director of Venice Arts will present the film and speak about the creation of The House is Small project.

For more information about the project, visit

For more information about Venice Arts, visit

Tour Tuesdays!

Join us every Tuesday at 12:45 pm for a 15-minute tour with a Colorado College student docent.  Tours are informal, free, and no reservations are required.  A perfect way to sneak in some art on your lunch break, we hope to see you in the IDEA Space.

Karen Kunc.  Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print.  2007.  10x20".

Karen Kunc. Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print. 2007. 10×20

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