We were already looking forward to this fall at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, with the coming of paintings by Allen True (Nov. 13 to Jan. 9) and photographs by Edward S. Curtis (Nov. 20 to Feb. 27). But now there's more reason to be excited, judging from this lineup of art shows:
Legacy of a Thousand Years: The Ceramics of Tonalá
Dec. 11, 2010 — Feb. 27, 2011
The Fine Arts Center, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center in Denver, will exhibit over 100 contemporary Mexican ceramics. Production of ceramics in Tonalá, a city in the Mexican state of Jalisco, goes back for centuries. The ceramics are made of burnished or scented clay and were made originally for utilitarian purposes. The designs were inspired by nature. Today, artisans from the same area continue the tradition … a legacy of a thousand years.
Emilio Lobato: From the Beginning
March 12 — May 22, 2011
This career retrospective will feature approximately 45 works by Emilio Lobato, an artist who has lived and worked his entire life in Colorado. In many ways, Lobato is a quintessential Colorado artist. He received his formal training at Colorado College, where he studied with the late Mary Chenoweth. This exhibition will trace his artistic development and his influences: world cultures, including elements of his Hispanic heritage, the San Luis Valley landscape, Native textiles, text from old books, Chinese characters, and the Spanish language.
April 20 — June 12, 2011
In April of 2011, the FAC will celebrate its first 75 years with a series of events and programs in all three programming areas to acknowledge our history and our arts legacy. For the anniversary, the FAC will completely reinstall the permanent collection galleries to tell the story of the FAC’s history and collections through today. Plans for the second-floor galleries will be detailed in a separate press release.
Brett Weston in the East and West
June 4 — August 21, 2011
Brett Weston (1911-1993) followed in the footsteps of his father Edward Weston in forwarding recognition of photography as a fine art in the 20th century. Brett travelled extensively and created photographs that reflect his intense studies of ways in which abstract forms can represent the identity of particular places. This exhibition contrasts photographs the artist made in urban areas of the East Coast and wild regions of the West. Weston’s masterfully printed photographs convey his intimate understanding of Modern abstraction and its ability to inspire viewers to look at our world in new and intensive ways.
Elevated Perspective: Joellyn Duesberry Paintings
July 2 — September 4, 2011
Joellyn Duesberry is among the most important artists working in Colorado today and is one of the most significant landscape painters in the West. While many contemporary landscape painters continue to romanticize their subjects and depict a west that once was, Duesberry is drawn to the west that is. She explores a full spectrum of sites and calls attention to places affected human activity. Waterways, cityscapes, quarries, junkyards, and natural landscapes are all part of Duesberry’s visual language. She suggests ephemeral aspects of these places, such as passage of time, atmosphere, and transitory human presence.