COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Enjoy free art, music, poetry, food and fun on Friday, June 7, from 5:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at UCCS’s GOCA 121 and IDEA at Colorado College.
Begin the First Friday adventure at IDEA Space from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. with the exhibition A Place Apart: Colorado and the American West, Photographs by Robert Adams. At 5:30 p.m., curator Jessica Hunter-Larsen will give a brief introduction to the exhibition, followed by a poetry reading by acclaimed poet and Colorado College professor of English, Jane Hilberry. A performance in the gallery by musicians featured in the Colorado College Summer Music Festival will conclude the program. IDEA Space is located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Avenue.
“A Place Apart: Colorado and the American West, Photographs by Robert Adams.” For over forty years, Robert Adams’ photographs have celebrated the beauty of the American West, often focusing his attention on overlooked subjects and vistas: the quiet streets of small towns, the wide-open prairies of the eastern plains, or the unexpected junctures when wilderness and urban development meet. Inherent in his images is the recognition of the relentless absorption and transformation of nature by human development. The exhibition will run through June 15, 2013.
Then head downtown to GOCA121 next for an artist talk with Bill Starr at 7:00 pm, followed by a free concert by Colorado Springs-based musician Alex Koshak. Koshak will perform as part of GOCA and COPPeR’s joint “Free First Fridays” concert series with his newest project Charioteer from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served thanks to generous donations from Brewers Republic, Bristol Brewing, and Nosh Restaurant. GOCA121 is located at 121 S. Tejon Street (Plaza of the Rockies), Suite 100. DOCUMENTATION features the work of three Colorado-based photographers – Matt Chmielarczyk, Bill Starr and Andrea Wallace – and their compelling personal narratives. Artist Bill Starr has for the past 22 years captured movement in dance, theater, performance art and most recently Colorado’s indie/electronic/folk music scene through photography. Starr’s physical and social challenges from living with acute rheumatoid arthritis since the age of nine inform how he observes and translates movement into his prolific practice. Starr’s home has served as a hub and informal artist residence for dancers, musicians, artists, and creatives of all backgrounds, giving the artist opportunity to document many “moments of intensity” through his camera lens. The exhibit is on display through June 29, 2013. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries – one on the UCCS campus since 1982 and a satellite opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building in downtown Colorado Springs