Monday, July 21, 2014

Coming to CC in the fall: A name you've heard, and one you probably haven't

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

click to enlarge Coming to CC: "The Descent from the Cross by Torchlight." - COURTESY MONTGOMERY MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
  • Courtesy Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
  • Coming to CC: "The Descent from the Cross by Torchlight."

Earlier this month, the I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College announced a fall art show devoted to works inspired by the life and studies of Nikola Tesla.

In addition to that, 35 etchings done by Rembrandt — yeah, that guy — will go on display at the gallery in October. Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush will feature self-portraits, landscapes, Biblical stories and scenes of everyday Dutch life, all hailing from the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

MMFA's holdings of this type are notable. The institution houses aquatints from Goya, lithographs from Whistler, and works from Mantegna, Dürer and Callot.

The show opens Oct. 27, with an Oct. 30 opening reception with a presentation by CC associate professor Rebecca Tucker. It will remain up through Dec. 13.

Across the road, the Coburn Gallery will host a solo show from CC assistant professor of art Emma Powell. Powell may not be immediately recognizable, name-wise, but her artwork is stunning. Her new series, In Search of Sleep, is a dreamy array of toned cyanotypes that at some points look like photography, and at others, like a soft painting.

You'll find symbolism, and a touch of Francesca Woodman in Powell's work. But there's more fantasy here, and direct approaches to her subject matter, e.g. in In Search of Sleep, there's a woman clutching a key behind her back, another peering up a sharp staircase, a strange shadow cast on the wall beside her.

The exhibit opens Nov. 24 with a reception and artist talk, and will stay up through Dec. 18.

For more on Colorado College's cultural offerings this fall, look out for the Indy's upcoming Fall Arts Preview.

click to enlarge Emma Powell's "Against the Storm."
  • Emma Powell's "Against the Storm."

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