Opening reception launches new Gregory Allicar Museum of Art exhibitions

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University will present three new exhibitions during an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 19, 5-7 p.m.

Benedetto Luti, The Death of St. Joseph, 17th – 18th century, Pen and ink washes with graphite on paper, Gift of Larry Hartford and Torleif Tandstad, 2016.1.81

The spring 2017 exhibitions are Survivance: North American Arts from the Past and Present, curated by students from Art 317; Drawing on Tradition: European Works on Paper from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century; and Identity/Perspectives: Contemporary Art for the Addison collection.

Opening remarks take place at 5:15 p.m., followed by a blessing for the Survivance exhibition by drum group Pawnee Spotted Horse. Museum events and exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

Philip Kwame Apagya, Have You Seen?, 2004, Chromogenic print, Gift of Polly and Mark Addison, 2009.2.1

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art is located in the University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington St. General museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays, as well as on university holidays and fall, winter and spring breaks.

2017 spring exhibitions

Identity/Perspectives: Contemporary Art from the Addison Collection – This exhibition showcases works by contemporary artists exploring differing concepts of identity. The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s contemporary collection was formed in great part through the generous gifts of Polly and Mark Addison, who collected contemporary work from around the world. Global in scope, this exhibition includes artists from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, reflecting a range of viewpoints and artistic directions. Through May 6, The Griffin Foundation Gallery.

Susan Point and Kelly Cannell, Memory, 2005, Screen print on paper, Gift of the artist, 2007.6

Drawing on Tradition: European Works on Paper from the 17th and 18th Century – This exhibition showcases drawings and prints from the permanent collection of 17th- and 18th-century art at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. The artworks include French, Dutch, Italian and Flemish drawings in media that range from chalk and ink to engraving. The works encompass an array of traditional European themes, bringing together landscape, allegory and portraiture alongside classical and Christian subjects. Through April 21, Works on Paper Gallery.

Survivance: Native North American Arts from the Past and Present – The Anishnaabe cultural theorist Gerald Vizenor coined the term “survivance” to assert an “active sense of presence and the continuance of native stories” in a world that has suppressed indigenous cultures. Vizenor’s purposefully ambiguous term has come to represent the work of Native cultures to survive and to resist centuries of colonization, disease and the suppression of their languages and values. This exhibit is curated by undergraduate students in Art 317: Native North American Art, and highlights the role of art in the survivance of Native North American cultures. Through May 20, Native American Gallery.

Visitors to the museum will also enjoy exhibitions from the permanent collections, including the Hartford-Tandstad Galleries and the African Gallery.

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (formerly the University Art Museum), with a growing and diverse art collection, expanded facilities, and dynamic on-and off-site programming, is a cornerstone of Colorado State University’s arts initiatives and a link to alumni, Fort Collins and our region. For more information, visit