October at the Fine Arts Center

Action/Abstraction Redefined

Organized by IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Santa Fe, NM

Through January 7, 2023

In celebration of Arts Month 2022, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College presents an exhibition of modern Native American art from the 1940s through the 1970s. The exhibition features 55 artworks by leading artists such as Fritz Scholder (Mission/ Luiseño), George Morrison (Chippewa), and T.C. Cannon (Kiowa), organized by influences of major twentieth-century art movements including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and Hard-Edge painting.

Innovative artists featured in Action/Abstraction Redefined explored new ways of artistic expression and challenged stereotypical expectations of Native art, resulting in the development of contemporary Native art. Their deeply personal paintings, sculptures, and works on paper were created in studios across the nation and at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, where artists were encouraged to experiment and take risks. As part of avant-garde movements at the time, Native artists redefined the concept of abstraction and pushed the boundaries of Native art.

Action/Abstraction Redefined is organized by IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Action/Abstraction Redefined was co-curated by Dr. Lara Evans, Professor of Art History, IAIA Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts Director; Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer, curator of collections, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; and Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man, chief curator, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Support for this exhibition and its national tour is provided by Art Bridges. Learn more about Action/Abstraction Redefined.

Libation Lecture:
Dancing Paintings

Thursday, October 20, 5:30PM

Dancing Paintings: An Interactive Guide to Abstract Expressionism (this lecture coincides with the Action/Abstraction Redefined exhibition).

“For many years I had a secret: to understand works of art, I would have to dance them. Discreetly, of course, or risk being thrown out of the museum. Years later, I was surprised to learn that I am not alone: many art theorists, philosophers, and psychologists have investigated in detail how our instinctive physical responses to works of art provide us with critical information about what we see. In this gently interactive session, I will share some of the theories and practices that explore how leaning into this innate intelligence of our bodies can enrich our viewing experiences of art.”

Drink: Tequila Sunrise (bar opens at 5PM)

Lecturer: Jessica Hunter, Ph.D., Associate Director of Creativity & Innovation at CC

Tickets: $15 ($10 FAC members) includes your first drink

For over 100 years, the Fine Arts Center has been a top cultural attraction of the Pikes Peak region offering world-class art, Broadway-worthy theatre and arts education for all ages and abilities. Established in 1919 as the Broadmoor Art Academy, the FAC provides innovative, educational, and multidisciplinary arts experiences that elevate the individual spirit and inspire community vitality. For more information about any of the programming below, please email fac@coloradocollege.edu.

Henry “Hank” Delano Gobin, (Tulalip/Snohomish)

Northwest Design, 1966

Mike Medicine Horse Zillioux, (Akimel O’odham/Cheyenne/Pawnee)

The Day Jackson Pollack Became Christian, 1974

Lloyd Kiva New, (Cherokee)

Untitled, 1968


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