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Art Museum summer offerings

June 11, 2010

Two new exhibitions open at the Colorado State University Art Museum on Tuesday, June 29: 'Essential Forms: Intricate Meanings, Geometric Abstraction from the Permanent Collection,' runs June 29 - September 24; 'Where Water Meets Land: Island Arts from the South Seas,' runs June 29 - December 17.

Larry Bell, untitled vapor drawing, 1978, minerals on paper.

Exhibition openings June 29
University Art Museum
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Two new exhibitions open at the Colorado State University Art Museum on Tuesday, June 29:

  • Essential Forms: Intricate Meanings, Geometric Abstraction from the Permanent Collection, runs June 29 – Sept. 24
  • Where Water Meets Land: Island Arts from the South Seas runs June 29 – Dec. 17

Admission always free

Make the University Art Museum part of your summer plans. Groups of all ages are welcome and admission to the University Art Museum is always free.  The museum is located inside the gorgeous University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington Street.  Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Call (970) 491-1989 to schedule a free guided tour, or just stop by. A visit to the University Art Museum is a perfect activity to do in conjunction with a stroll through the vibrant University Annual Trial Gardens, located across the street.

Pard Morrison, Wait a While Eternity, 2010, patinated aluminum.

Essential Forms: Intricate Meanings

Artists in the 20th century repeatedly turned to geometric abstraction and an aesthetic of geometry dominates much of the discourse on Modern Art. Yet, the relatively simple forms that artists turned to belie a multiplicity of ideas.

Geometric abstraction has proved to be one of the most lasting, and most elastic, aspects of visual language used throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

This exhibition explores, through examples from the permanent collection, the prevalence of the aesthetic of geometry and the use of essential forms in a journey towards intricate meanings.

Among the artists featured in this exhibition are:

  • Larry Bell
  • Chryssa
  • Olifur Eliason
  • Ellsworth Kelly
  • Matt Mullican
  • Ed Ruscha

Where Water Meets Land

The South Seas exhibition features indigenous native arts from cultures within the oceanic areas of Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Australia.

The grounds of the University Center for the Arts. Image by CSU Photography.

This premier exhibition of South Sea arts in northern Colorado includes examples from Colorado State University Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and private collections.

Objects range from the sacred used in life sustaining rituals that validate status or commemorate ancestors to the utilitarian needed for the tasks of daily life – a garment, tool, bowl, outrigger, paddle, or defensive weapon.

Tour museum, picnic on grounds

In conjunction with CSU Summer Theatre, Shakespeare at Sunset, the University Art Museum is offering free guided tours at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights throughout the month of July.

Prior to designated performances of Romeo and Juliet, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, patrons are invited to picnic on the grounds of the University Center for the Arts and enjoy a short tour of the museum. Cooler storage is available. 


Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: Jennifer.Clary@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3603