BIG IDEA 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.

2016-2017 BIG IDEAS Projects

Scott-Fife---Hemingway-in-progress_250pxIdaho Stories
Oct 21, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017

What are Idaho’s stories? Who has told them? How have contemporary artists and writers interpreted those stories? This Big Idea project presents a loose narrative informed by Idaho’s literary history. Key figures are Ezra Pound, born in Hailey; author and illustrator Mary Hallock Foote, who lived in Boise; self-taught artist James Castle, based in Idaho all his life; Ernest Hemingway, who visited the state many times before ending his life in Ketchum;
and Marilynne Robinson’s novel Housekeeping, set in northern Idaho.

Associated Events: Idaho Stories

  • Gallery Exhibition…..Oct 21–Jan 6
  • Opening Celebration…..Oct 21, 5:30pm
  • Teen Workshop: Coptic Bookbinding with Chad Seelig…..Oct 29 & 30, 12–4pm
  • Lecture: Jenny Emery Davidson on 
Mary Hallock Foote…..Nov 3, 6:30pm
  • Family Day…..Nov 5, 3–5pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..Nov 10, 5:30pm
  • Film Night: James Castle: Portrait of 
an Artist and Hemingway: 
Wrestling with Life…..Nov 10, 7pm
  • Company of Fools Play Reading: Bright New Boise…..Nov 15, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..Dec 1, 5:30pm
  • Author Reading: Korby Lenker…..Dec 8, 6:30pm
  • Concert: Korby Lenker…..Dec 9, 7pm
  • School Outreach: Korby Lenker 
at WRMS and WRHS…..Dec 8 & 9

Michael-Salter_250pxRayguns, Robots, Drones: Technology’s Peril and Promise
Jan 13 – Mar 25, 2016

Can any technology ever exist solely for good? Science fiction authors have imagined worlds in which technology
becomes a threat. But is this more than the stuff of fiction? This Big Idea project is an opportunity for a look at the role of technology in our real lives as well as our fictional fantasies. Using robots, drones and rayguns as metaphors for technological advances, the project examines the complex nature of technology’s inherent promise and its potential danger.

Associated Events: Rayguns, Robots, Drones

  • Company of Fools Theatre: Grounded…..Sept 28–Oct 15
  • Gallery Exhibition…..Jan 13–Mar 25
  • Opening Celebration…..Jan 13, 5:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..Jan 26, 5:30pm
  • Film: Zero Days…..Jan 26, 7pm
  • Panel Discussion…..TBD
  • Lecture: P.W. Singer…..Feb 9, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..Feb 23, 5:30pm
  • Family Day…..Mar 4, 3–5pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..Mar 16, 5:30pm

meg-hitchcock---1_250pxContemplative Practice
Mar 31 –Jun 23, 2017

What is the connection between art and contemplation? For centuries, artists have created religious objects meant to offer a contemplative or devotional experience. But how do art and contemplation intersect outside established religious traditions? This BIG IDEA project uses work by artists engaged with contemplative practices as the basis for a larger investigation of the role of meditation and mindfulness in our world today.

  • Associated Events: Contemplative Practice
  • Film: Manakamana…..Mar 30, 7pm
  • Gallery Exhibition…..Mar 31–June 23
  • Opening Celebration…..Mar 31, 5:30pm
  • Company of Fools Commissioned Performance…..Various dates/times & locations
  • In Gallery Meditations led by Flourish Foundation…..Various dates/times
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..Apr 13, 5:30pm
  • Film: TBD…..Apr 13, 7pm
  • Adult Class/Creative Jump-in: Meditative Drawing & Journaling with Kaleigh Surber…..May 13, 9am–1pm
  • Family Day…..May 13, 3–5pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..May 18, 5:30pm
  • Lecture: Arianna Huffington co-presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Festival…..May 26, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour…..Jun 15, 5:30pm

 


2015-2016 BIG IDEAS Projects

landis---Walden_Bathers_from_phone_redo_250pxSleight of Hand
Dec 11, 2015–Feb 20, 2016

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, some artists make a career producing copies of famous paintings under their own names—sometimes as a way of exploring 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 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

  • 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…..Oct 15, 5:30pm
  • WRHS Gallery Exhibition (Hailey)…..Oct 22–Nov 19
  • Creative Jump-In: 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

Click here to view the Sleight of Hand Brochure.


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 (at pop-up times and locations)
  • 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
  • Panel Discussion……….Jan 26, 6:30pm
  • Film: Girl Inside……….Jan 28, 7pm
  • Family Day: Mix and Match Portraits……….Jan 30, 3–5pm
  • Lecture: Laverne Cox……….Feb 4, 6:30pm
  • Evening Exhibition Tour……….Feb 11, 5:30pm

Click here to view the Role Play Brochure.


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 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?

Click here to view the Forest, Foraging and Fires Brochure.


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

Click here to view the Under the Influence of Rock & Roll Brochure.


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

Click here to view The Brain Brochure.