GLOBALOCATION: Artnauts Collective Celebrates Twenty Years with Exhibition at Benson
Join the Benson Latin American Collection for the opening of Globalocation, an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Artnauts, a Colorado-based Latino artists' collective founded by Dr. George Rivera, art professor at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Artnauts works globally to use art as a tool for connection, activism, and social change. The Benson Collection is the repository for Rivera’s papers and will become the home of the original work of the Artnauts featured in this exhibition.
The event will take place at the Benson Latin American Collection's second-floor gallery and conference room (SRH 1.208) on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - Artists’ talk with Artnauts collective members George Rivera, PhD, University of Colorado; Beth Krensky, PhD, University of Utah; Richard Armendariz, UT San Antonio; and Trine Bumiller, Denver, Colorado.
5:00 p.m. - Reception in the second-floor gallery.
Rivera discusses the impetus behind Artnauts in this excerpt from an article by Susan Froyd on Westword.com:
“I looked around there and saw little happening in reference to social consciousness in the art world,” Rivera says. “There was no emphasis on it in the art department. So I decided to start a group to address the kinds of issues I thought should be addressed by artists.” That was the beginning of Rivera’s Artnauts — a collective of artists willing to tackle human issues in their work — at least on a smaller scale. "But it grew very quickly," he notes. . . . Why Artnauts? The obvious explanation, says Rivera, is “because we go around the world; we circle the globe like astronauts.” More obliquely, it’s a play on words, he adds: “It’s ‘art not’ as in not art as usual — not decorative art, or art for art’s sake, but art making a profound statement about who we are in the world.” Rivera began singling out places in turmoil around the globe and proposed shows that served as international exchanges of information and dialogue with disenfranchised cultures. “I started making cold calls to places of contention and conflict, where people were experiencing major social issues," he recalls. "I call people on the phone after doing research to see what art spaces there are, and then I contact them directly until I get somebody to speak English.”
"The tactic has led to serendipitous exhibitions that have traveled to post-Pinochet Chile, Colombia, Bethlehem and Ramallah in Palestine, Russia, on boats down the Amazon," writes Froyd, as well as, most recently, to Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the show will explore "how that city’s placement along the Silk Road eventually brought a Muslim population to Eastern Europe."
Globalocation events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susanna Sharpe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: "Mica Escala Shoreline," Rebecca DiDomenico, 2011, digital print.