BIG IDEAS / Multidisciplinary Projects

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What’s the Big Idea? For more than 15 years, The Center has focused on creating original programs and exhibitions that consider one BIG IDEA. These multidisciplinary projects are designed to stimulate the imagination, promote conversations, provoke thought and engage our community. When exploring a BIG IDEA, you can count on a project that will include:

  • Gallery exhibition in Ketchum (and sometimes at The Center, Hailey too!)
  • Exhibition Tours with Center curators and docents
  • Teen Workshop
  • Family Day (with gallery tours for families)
  • Documentary and/or Feature Films
  • Lecture/Talk

—all addressing the BIG IDEA from different points of view.

In addition to the core elements above, a BIG IDEA might also include:

  • Company of Fools Play or Play Reading
  • Concert or Performance
  • Talk by an artist included in the exhibition
  • Seminar or Panel Discussion
  • Artist Residency in the schools
  • Studio art, writing or theatre classes for adults

The key elements of each project are listed below, but films and additional programs will be added closer to the opening of the projects. Check out our website and Facebook page to learn more—or sign up for our emails. Members will receive exhibition announcements that list all programs and events related to the BIG IDEA.

Video and digital documentation of programs is generously supported by the Wolfson Family Foundation.


2015-2016 BIG IDEAS / Multidisciplinary Projects

michael wolf - magritte 250pxSleight of Hand
Sept 25 – Nov 27, 2015

This BIG IDEA project considers surface and reality, authenticity and authorship. Recently, the art world has exploded with stories of art forgeries. At the same time, there are artists who make a career producing copies of famous paintings under their own names—sometimes at the request of collectors who don’t have access to the real thing, sometimes as a way of exploring and illuminating the history of art. What defines an “authentic” work of art? What’s the difference between a fake, a forgery and a copy? From historical reenactments to historical fiction, we are a society fascinated with the past and with retelling and reinterpreting history. Join us in a conversation about the line between illusion and truth in the history of art and beyond.

Associated Events: Sleight of Hand

  • Associated Events: Sleight of Hand
  • Gallery Exhibition……….Sep 25–Nov 27
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Oct 1, 5:30pm
  • Lecture: Erik Larson……….Oct 8, 6:30pm
  • Art History Lecture: The History of Modernism in Three with Kris Poole……….Oct 15, 5:30pm
  • Wood River High School Gallery Exhibition (Hailey)………. Oct 22–Nov 19
  • Creative Jump-In (Adult Class): Faking Picasso with Bob Dix……….Oct 22, 5:30–8:30pm
  • Company of Fools Play Reading Series: Mauritius……….Oct 23 & 24, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Nov 5, 5:30pm
  • Film: Art and Craft……….Nov 5, 7pm
  • Family Day……….Nov 7, 3–5pm
  • Film: Tim’s Vermeer……….Nov 19, 7pm

Lindsay Morris_YouAreYou_-6 250PXRole Play: Changing Ideas about Gender
Dec 11, 2015–Feb 20, 2016

The way we understand gender is shifting—moving away from strict categories of male and female toward looser definitions that give us all more freedom. At the same time, traditional expectations of male and female gender roles remain entrenched in our culture in sometimes surprising ways. This project asks lots of questions to inspire dialogue. How have we transcended gender stereotypes? Where do they still exist? Has the emergence of prominent transgendered men and women changed the way we think about gender? What will more fluid definitions of gender mean for how we organize our society and raise our children? We offer this BIG IDEA project as an opportunity for conversation about gender in the 21st century.

Associated Events: Role Play: Changing Ideas about Gender

  • Film: The Mask You Live In……….Dec 10, 7pm
  • Gallery Exhibition……….Dec 11–Feb 20
  • Opening Celebration……….Dec 11, 5:30pm
  • Company of Fools: Commissioned Monologues on Gender……….Dec 11–Feb 20
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Jan 7, 5:30pm
  • *School Outreach: Author visit, Blake Nelson to Wood River Middle School……….Jan 12
  • Company of Fools Play Reading Series: Casa Valentina……….Jan 16, 6:30pm
  • Film: Girl Inside……….Jan 28, 7pm
  • Family Day……….Jan 30, 3–5pm
  • Lecture: Laverne Cox……….Feb 4, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Feb 11, 5:30pm

charles gute @kiki_13056 250pxI Need to Tell You Something: The Lost Art of Letter Writing and Communication Today
Feb 26-May 6, 2016

When was the last time you received a hand-written letter? Or sent one? In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and treasured item. As social media begin to replace letter writing—and even email—The Center presents this BIG IDEA project as a chance to consider how we communicate today, and how radically communication has changed over the last thirty years. What happens to our personal histories as we stop writing letters? Will social media make us less…social?

Associated Events: I Need to Tell You Something:

  • Gallery Exhibition……….Feb 26–May 6
  • Family Day……….Mar 5, 3–5pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Mar 10, 5:30pm
  • Company of Fools Play Reading Series: Dear Elizabeth……….Mar 16, 6:30pm
  • *School Outreach: PostSecret: The Show Wood River High School performance……….Mar 29
  • Performing Arts: PostSecret: The Show……….Mar 29, 7pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Apr 7, 5:30pm
    • * School event, not open to the public.

2014-2015 BIG IDEAS / Multidisciplinary Projects

shannon-durbin---forest-fires-01---201250pxForests, Foraging and Fires
Aug 23–Nov 12, 2014

A look at the forest as an ecosystem, a resource and a place of transformation, this project considers our relationship to the forest. What do we take from it, both materially and spiritually? What kinds of human and animal societies inhabit it? What role does fire play in maintaining the health of the forest and what is its impact? How do we and should we manage the forest?

 

  • Gallery Exhibition……….Aug 23–Nov 12, 2014
  • Evening Exhibition Tours……….Sep 4, 5:30pm
  • Panel Discussion……….Sep 16, 6:30pm
  • Play Reading Series: A Walk in the Woods……….Sep 27 (TBA)
  • Lecture: Timothy Egan……….Oct 2, 6:30pm
  • Family Day………. Oct 4, 3-5pm
  • Film: The Fruit Hunters……….Oct 9, 7pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Oct 16, 5:30pm
  • Film: Documentary Short Films of Forest Fires……….Oct 16, 7pm
  • Adult Class: Drawing & Painting……….Oct 18 & 19, 10am-4pm
  • Adult Class Set Design……….Oct 21, 23, 28 & 30, 6-8pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Nov 6, 5:30pm

VIDEO: Panel Discussion-What should our relationship with the forest be?


Mollison---057_RollingStones_0001_600x200pxUnder the Influence of Rock & Roll
Nov 21, 2014–Jan 30, 2015

A celebration of an art form with American origins and its impact on our culture. Since the 1950s, Rock & Roll has influenced not just music in America (and around the world) but fashion, film, politics, design and visual art. The exhibition will include paintings, photography, sculpture, contemporary and historic show posters and a timeline of the 1960s created by Sage School students that illustrates the connections between Rock & Roll and social, political, musical and historical events.

  • Gallery Exhibition……….Nov 21, 2014–Jan 30, 2015
  • Film: Rockumentary Film Festival……….Nov 21–23
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Dec 4, 5:30pm
  • Concert: Guy Davis……….Dec 12, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Jan 8, 5:30pm
  • Teen Workshop……….Jan 10–11, 10am–4pm
  • Play Reading Series: Graceland……….Jan 17 (TBA)
  • Lecture & Slideshow: Ethan Russell………. Jan 22, 6:30pm
  • Family Day………. Jan 24, 3-5pm
  • Concert: Bill Payne……….Jan 30, 6:30pm

aschheim---nostalgia---8_250pxThe Brain
Feb 6–Apr 17, 2015

An exploration of the most complex and least understood part of the human body. The Center presents The Brain as a community-wide conversation about recent advances in neuroscience (scientists have learned more about the brain in the past ten years than in all previous centuries) as well as a celebration of its wonder and mystery. The project will consider multiple aspects of the brain: its structure, memory, vision, the impacts of brain injuries and strokes, diseases that target the brain, how it can heal and more. Additionally The Center is developing a symposium that will include films, brown bag lunches and small format classes to investigate the brain, how it works and how we can care for it.

  • Gallery Exhibition……….Feb 6–April 17, 2015
  • Lecture: Will Shortz……….Jan 13, 6:30pm
  • Lecture: Shankar Vedantam……….Feb 5, 6:30pm
  • Brown Bag Talk: Impacts on Academic Learning with Dr. Anne Clohessy……….Tue, Feb 10, 12pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Feb 9, 5:30pm
  • Company of Fools Theatre: Proof……….Feb 11–28
  • Brown Bag Talk: Brain Management with St. Luke’s Center for Community Heath……….Wed, Feb 18, 12:15–1:15pm
  • Panel Discussion: What Affects How Our Brain Works?……….Tue, Feb 24, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Mar 12, 5:30pm
  • Film: The Address……….Thu, Mar 12, 7pm
  • Family Day: Art Senses……….Mar 14, 3-5pm
  • Lecture: Flex Your Cortex: Seven Secrets to Turbocharge Your Brain with Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman……….Thu, Apr 2, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour with Artist Talk with Rebecca Kamen……….Apr 9, 5:30pm
  • Teen Workshop: Trick Photography with Dev Khalsa……….Apr 11–12, 10am–4pm