As director and chief curator of the Galleries of Contemporary Art, my position is that of a mediator between an institution - the University of Colorado Colorado Springs - and the artists and/or guest curators that I invite into our spaces. It is an important part of my role to invite a multiplicity of creative and critical voices and individuals to GOCA’s spaces to connect with our community through exhibitions, talks on a wide range of topics, and special events.
No one person can speak to the myriad lived experiences of a community or a region. As chief curator, it is vital that I invite outside individuals and collectives to share their perspectives and stories. This approach amplifies the impact of our program by making possible a wider range of connection points for our community - a range of opportunities to see ourselves reflected in the ideas and artists in our gallery spaces.
Lazy Stitch, opening tonight, Thursday, May 3, is an example of this in action. For this exhibit, I invited artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger to propose a project. Luger had shared his concept of working collaboratively with other artists to manifest a powerful exhibition. As director I agreed to help produce the project - including funding, staff support on many levels, and of course our space in the new Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS. I invited Cannupa into the role of guest curator for our organization. It’s a process that involves a lot of trust, but that leap of trust has yielded rich rewards for our community and audiences who will experience this powerful, stunning exhibition. Cannupa Hanska Luger is one of the most important voices in the contemporary art landscape right now - I feel very fortunate to have been able to work together with him and the four other artists who are part of the project to bring Lazy Stitch to GOCA.
As Cannupa states: “What constitutes a bead is the hole. It holds the thread. The voided matter actually creates the function of the object. This void becomes the potential for connection. In this respect, finding value in the relationship between humans acknowledges the importance of intersecting experiences which create a larger narrative."
About the Exhibition
Lazy Stitch | May 3 - July 21, 2018
Organized by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger
Collaborating artists: Chip Thomas, Jesse Hazelip, Kali Spitzer, Kathy Elkwoman Whitman, 1000 Tiny Mirrors
Five contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds work together in collaboration with artist Cannupa Hanska Luger to present a new exhibition that investigates the interconnectedness of the human story. Through social engagement, public art, monumental sculpture, mural installation, photography, performance and wearable sculptural regalia, Lazy Stitch takes the relationship of the bead and the thread as its context, co-creating narrative about life on this planet.
OPENING EVENTS | Thursday, May 3, 5 - 9 pm
Performance by 1000 Tiny Mirrors @ 7 pm
Gallery Conversation with artists | Friday, May 4, 1 pm
Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art @ Ent Center for the Arts
Generously sponsored by the CU Diversity & Excellence Fund