July 13, 2016
Zeitgeist: Social, Political, Cultural Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
ContemporaryAnd.co, 0/13/2016


Zeitgeist: Social, Political, Cultural Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
ContemporaryAnd.co, 0/13/2016

Greatmore Studios
"Zeitgeist: Social, Political, Cultural"
Capetown, South Africa
July 13 - 25, 2016

Zeitgeist: Social, Political, Cultural is an exhibition of works by the Artnauts collective responding to the spirit of our times. The work explores social, political and cultural ramifications of current global issues and the challenges posed by the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

About Artnauts – Dr. George Rivera, Garrison Roots, Dr. Beth Krensky and Dennis Dalton all of whom are associated with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado – Boulder founded the Artnauts, an artist collective, in 1996. Since that time, using the arts as a tool for addressing global issues, the collective has had over 230 exhibitions in museum, university, gallery and public spaces on four continents. Approximately 300 artists have been involved in the collective during the past 20 years. The work of the collective is rooted in Joseph Beuys’ definition of social sculpture, Nina Felshin’s construct of activist art and Paulo Freire’s notion of critical pedagogy. Over the years, the Artnauts have projected images on the US embassy in Mexico City, used billboards in the Budapest subway system to draw attention to social and environmental issues and had a 3-year touring show in remote areas of the Amazon Jungle via military transport boats sponsored by the Colombian Minister of Culture.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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