The fall arts season in an age of hip is nothing less than awe-inspiring. The increasingly prominent indie scenes in visual art, theatre, dance, literature, music and especially film not only push the boundaries of their genres, but challenge and embolden the established institutions to follow suit.
As this appreciation for art -- whether it be a quiet adoration of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Verdi's "Requiem" or an exclamatory shout to the graffiti-music collaborative event Nocturnal Mockery -- grows, the distinctions between high art and lowbrow seem less relevant. A certain isonomy is sensed, however fleeting or inconsistent.
That sense of equality is embodied foremost in U.S. art history in the works of Andy Warhol, whose screen prints from the collection of The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation (including our cover image, Marilyn Monroe) are on display at the Fine Arts Center from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Warhol's Pop Art reaches for the legions that reject highbrow pretense, yet always welcomes the elitists as well.
A quote from 1975's The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) taps this awareness of consumer, and overwhelmingly American, culture: "A Coke is a Coke, and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one that bum on the corner is drinking."
Warhol's tenet is uncannily representative of our approach to the Independent's first Fall Arts Guide, an inclusive resource to art in its broadest sense.
In the interests of user-friendliness, creative design and community, it's broken down primarily by genre, with local events and companies (including those in Pueblo and Teller counties) given precedent over those outside the region. An exhaustive non-regional listing for each category is available, along with these local entries, on our Web site, csindy.com.
Warhol's Dream America should be part of any fall arts agenda. Other events, however, are similarly seductive, if not downright essential. On Nov. 10, the FAC hosts cult-classic director John Waters, who will speak on the topic of "life inside low culture" after a screening of the documentary about his life, Divine Trash. Sencha's Literary Dinner Series continues this weekend with Grease. Theatreworks kicks off its season this week with Macbeth (see page 26 for full preview).
Take a trip up the I sometime between Sept. 14 and 18 for hundreds of local and international independent film screenings during the annual Toofy Film Fest in Boulder. Or, between Sept. 21 and 25, stop in Denver for its International Experimental Cinema Expedition. September also offers the 14th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition at various venues throughout Fort Collins. This year's honor laureate is the estimable Colombian designer Marta Granados.
And finally, a relatively short (considering what you'll see) drive before Sept. 12 can land you in Santa Fe, N.M., where the Andrew Smith Gallery is presenting an exhibit of new photos by Lee Friedlander titled Sticks and Stones: Architectural America. It runs concurrently with a major retrospective of 600 Friedlander shots at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
As always, the Indy staff encourages you to check our listings pages each week for the latest updates and changes to local art events.
Have an exceptional fall arts season.
-- Vanessa Martinez