2021-New Year, New Art
By Grace Gutierrez
With 2020 all wrapped up, we have time to reflect on the hard times we have faced, but also celebrate our will to persevere. It’s time to take what we have learned from 2020 and carry it into the new year! To get the wheels turning, here are some local art exhibitions and things to look forward to happening at the beginning of next year to inspire you and start your year off in a positive and engaging way!
NEST Residency and Exhibition
Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO
Residency currently running, Exhibition opening February 11
The Firehouse and NEST are thrilled to announce a new partnership for the upcoming Winter and Summer residencies at the Firehouse. Through this partnership, and with input from the Longmont community, the NEST residency explores the interconnected relationship between the arts and sciences.
The Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts is part of the larger campus-wide Grand Challenge initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), and is open to all CU students, faculty, staff, campus units and community members. NEST seeks projects that bridge the sciences and the arts, and engage with central questions that explore our common and disparate ways of observing, recording, experimenting and knowing. One of their main focuses is supporting undergraduate and graduate work through its funding channels as they kick-start their careers.
For the fellowship, Jennifer Cole and Amy Hoagland are collaborating to create a site specific art installation featuring an artificial natural environment. They will use this art installation to study psychological experiences of art. Jennifer and Amy created their project based on a shared interest in how people relate to nature. They seek to bring nature to individuals through the art installation and to study individuals’ experiences of it. The project uses art to inform science by discovering the psychological processes driving how people view and understand art. It also uses science to inform art by contributing to the understanding of how to present art to achieve the desired effects.
Drawing Parallels, Community Art and Artifacts from 2020
Museum of Boulder, Boulder, CO
October 30, 2020- March 1, 2021
From MOB- “2020 has been a year of chaos and quiet. In our fall exhibit, Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020, we invite you to explore the relationships among simultaneous, sweeping events — from world wars, to movements for civil rights, to pandemics — in Boulder’s past and present. Drawing Parallels cuts through the onslaught of today’s news to discover how people in the past dealt with concurrent historic moments and to present contemporary perspectives on 2020 from local artists, frontline workers, and community members.
Tragic Beauty- Elle MacLaren
January 8-February 27, 2021
From AWL-“This series is MacLaren’s creative response to the environmental cataclysm of the rapidly melting ice in the Arctic and in Antarctica. As glaciers melt, MacLaren heats and manipulates wax. The hot encaustic drips, melds, behaves spontaneously, and hardens quickly. In a sense, working with encaustic is working against the clock, and as MacLaren sees it, the same goes for our climate crisis. “The story of ice melting has been filmed, photographed, and written about for quite some time,” says MacLaren. “I believe it is important to report this in as many ways possible,” she adds. “My response is through encaustic paintings, showing the flow and melting of ice through wax.”
From This Day Forward
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
January 28 – May 23, 2021
From BMOCA- “In response to the 2020 global pandemic.
In response to the United States quarantine and individuals dealing with isolation.
In response to the Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA + DACA movements.
In response to remote video communication in everyday life, access to technology and internet connection, access to food, money, and supplies.
In response to the world before the coronavirus/COVID-19.
In response to Humanity.
COVID-19 Global Pandemic and Race, Gender + Civil Equity bring to light the urgent need for change in how we create, how we work, how we learn and grow with and from one another, how we converse with others, how we design and operate within systems, and most urgent of them all… how we respect humanity.
How do we explore how we create a future society evolved for the betterment of humanity? FROM THIS DAY FORWARD questions systemic injustice and suggests avenues of thought toward potential solutions in creating an inclusive, thoughtful society. How do we come together as a community to find these answers?”
For more information visit bmoca.org or on social media @BMOCA
Enduring Impressions: Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Their Printmaker George Thornley
Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO
January 29–May 16, 2021
This local exhibition offers Longmont a peek into one of the most well-known movements in the history of art.
From Longmont Museum, “Its irresistible allure is in the seductive vision of life’s fleeting moments distilled to their essence.This unique exhibit features original paintings, charcoal illustrations, and prints by quintessential impressionists Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro, generously on loan from the collection of Drs. Morton and Tobia Mower.
All three painters produced a prodigious amount of stunning lithographs in collaboration with printmaker George Thornley. This exhibition is among the first to examine these remarkable relationships and to showcase the works that emerged from this influential moment in time.”
For more information visit longmontcolorado.gov
The 19th Century in European and American Art
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
If the Longmont Museum’s Impressionism exhibition inspires you, check out an even larger collection of works from the Denver Art Museum.
From DAM, “In newly installed galleries, view about 85 artworks from the museum’s collection by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Childe Hassam, and others that tell a story about one of the most important times in art history.
The 1800s were a pivotal time in Europe and America, marked by incredible change and upheaval. Complex and contradictory, these 100 years witnessed the tension of opposing forces. The industrial revolution happened alongside the exaltation of unspoiled nature; political revolutions alternated with the restoration of conservative regimes and in art, the century began with a craze for antiquities and ended with a march toward abstraction, a shift so groundbreaking that there is hardly any comparison with centuries past.
The 19th Century in European and American Art features mostly French paintings and, in particular, landscapes. This is not accidental, as Paris, the capital of France, became the art center of Europe during the 1800s, and landscape, once considered among the least prestigious genres in painting for its lack of moral content, flourished as one of the most expressive and collected subjects.”
**The views and opinions expressed in these featured exhibitions are those of the artists and creative organizations and do not necessarily reflect the views, official policy or position of the Firehouse Art Center.**