Atomic Landscapes

Richard Notkin, The Gift, ceramic tiles, collection of the Portland Art Museum

Richard Notkin, The Gift, ceramic tiles, collection of the Portland Art Museum

Atomic Landscapes
March 21 — May 7, 2016

IDEA Space

This project examines the history and legacy of the Cold War by considering the ways in which the pivotal moments and physical sites of nuclear history are depicted and memorialized. The project comprises a community-based discussion and art project that envisions a Cold War monument and heritage trail; an exhibition that explores the Cold War’s impact on physical and psychic landscapes; and a symposium focused on the shifting attitudes towards atomic energy and nuclear weapons. Students in multiple classes will interact with the exhibition, which will evolve to reflect their interpretations and extensions of its themes. Featured artists: Jeremy Bolen; Nina Elder; Eric LoPresti; Patrick Nagatani; The National TLC Service (Sarah Kanouse & Shiloh Krupar), Richard Notkin; and Claudia X. Valdes.

Sponsored by: The Cultural Attractions Fund, The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, and The Environmental Program.


Screening of WATERMARK a film By Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky

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Screening of WATERMARK a film By Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky
March 3, 7pm

Film Screening Room

Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.

The film screening room is located on the first floor of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
825 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO. 80903

Scale as Metaphor: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs by Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.

Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.

Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.


Lunch and Lecture:
Scale as Metaphor: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs by Kirsten Hoving, Ph.D.
March 3, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Bemis Great Hall

$17/person, reservations required, email: or call 719-227-8263

At this lunch and lecture, Art Historian Kirsten Hoving will discuss the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, featured in the IDEA  Space exhibition Hydro-Logic.  Known for his remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes, Burtynsky explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet. Equally eloquent and disturbing, his work offers an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes. After earning her Ph.D. at Columbia University, Kirsten Hoving joined the faculty of Middlebury in 1983. She teaches modern art and history of photography.  Her most recent book, Joseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the Stars, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009.



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