Radical: 50 Years of Libre Intentional Artist Community is on view at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art downtown Colorado Springs through November 3. The exhibition features 10 artists from the first and second generation of Libre members, with most work on display created in the past decade. It includes an invitational section with work from artists, writers, photographers, musicians, filmmakers, and more connected to Libre over the past half-century.
Gallery Hours: First Fridays 5-8pm // First Saturdays 1-6pm // or by appointment // 719 255 3504
Libre was founded by artists in 1968 on southern Colorado’s beautiful and rugged high mountain plains, and exists still today as a place apart for artists and countercultural thinkers. One of the longest running intentional communities, Libre manifested during the communal living movement in the late 60s and 70s in which youth dissatisfied with mainstream society explored alternative forms of living. It’s known for domes and “zomes” inspired by Drop City and Buckminster Fuller, hand-built by the artists who founded it. The art, architecture, and artists of Libre contributed mightily to the countercultural aesthetic of the era. Libre’s influence—along with the collective swell of its founding era—can be seen today in contemporary art and culture.
ARTIST FEATURE // Roberta Price is not only an acclaimed photographer, but also an author and an intellectual property lawyer base in Albuquerque NM. While working as a teaching fellow in the SUNY at Buffalo graduate English program, Price was awarded a grant to photograph communes in the Southwest. Price and her then partner visited Drop City, New Buffalo, Reality Construction Company, the Red Rockers, among others. By 1969 she had made her way to Huerfano Valley, where she would settle and live for seven years. During that time, Price completely immerse herself in “commune life” and took more than 3,000 photos that document the experience. Through her work the viewer is able to gain a more intimate understanding of the counterculture: residents building homes, raising families, and celebrating community. Even then, Price had a feeling she was documenting something of importance for the future. Forty years later, as the children portrayed in the photographs were approaching middle age, Price felt it was time to compile her work into what would become “Across the Great Divide,” a photo chronicle of the counterculture.
Artist feature written by GOCA Spring 2018 intern Katherine Latona. Latona.