Past Exhibitions in Ketchum 2011

Thin Ice: Journeys in Polar Regions
Dec 9, 2011-Feb 11, 2012

The earth’s Polar Regions have long exerted a strong pull on the human imagination. The names of early 20th-century explorers like Robert Peary, Robert Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton evoke heroic tales of men willing to sacrifice everything to be among the first human beings to reach the North and South Poles and to expand our scientific understanding of the Arctic and Antarctica.

One hundred years later, scientists, explorers and tourists continue to visit the Polar Regions. They face the same extremes in weather and isolation, but travel with an urgency quite different from the competition that drove their predecessors. Many contemporary travelers hope to visit these parts of the planet in order to see firsthand landscapes and wildlife that are increasingly threatened.

The fragility of polar ecosystems seems to mirror their beauty. Those who have visited speak of the quality of the light, of the striking variations of color in the ice, of watching the aurora and of the magic of seeing animals like seals, penguins, whales and polar bears in their natural habitats.

This multidisciplinary project examines the role the Polar Regions play in our understanding of our world through the lens of travels and expeditions.

Participating Artists:
Subhankar Banerjee
Kim Baranowski

Anna McKee
Iris Häussler
Rachel Hazell
Mark Thompson
Herbert Ponting
Donald MacMillan

Awkward Stage: Adolescence and Identity
October 7 – December 2, 2011

The teenage years have always been a time for pushing boundaries, rebelling against authority, and defying the status quo. While adults often dismiss teenage trends as mere fads, adolescents are key players in shaping contemporary culture, from fashion to film and music. Transitioning from childhood to adulthood, teenagers struggle to gain independence. This push for freedom means that the teenage years are also a critical time for creative self-expression. This multidisciplinary project explores what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century, and how teens define and differentiate themselves through their choices in clothing, hair, music, and technology. How are teenagers today different from those who came of age before i-pods, texting and unprecedented highs in teen buying power? What remains the same?

The exhibition in Ketchum looks at teen culture through the lens of surface and identity.

Participating Artists
Pamela DeTuncq
Percy Fortini-Wright
Jona Frank
Lauren Greenfield
Matthew Hayes
Miguel Farias
Allison Reilly
Richard Ross and Leela Cyd Ross
Lauren Marie Taylor
Teen Photo ProjectCongratulations to People’s Choice Winner Brady Delgadillo and Grand Prize Winner Mia Hartman!

The Literal Line: Minimalism Then and Now
August 5 – September 30, 2011

This exceptional group of paintings, works on paper and sculptural objects by artists working at the forefront of the Minimalist movement in the 1960s and 1970s, displayed alongside artwork by four contemporary artists, provides a foundation for a look at the movement that continues to influence artists into the 21st century. The exhibition explores the tendency to create work that is literally about surface and line, about materials and their properties rather than about expression or illusionism. These artists continued Modernism’s inclination to reduce the artwork down to its most basic elements. That tendency continues today in different formats and with new and varied intentions.
Participating Artists:
Agnes Martin
Carl Andre
Fred Sandback
Sol LeWitt
Jo Baer
Wes Mills
Ruth Laskey
Brice Marden
Richard Tuttle

Geared: The Culture of Bicycles
May 28-July 28, 2011

For people of all ages and in all parts of the world, bicycles mean freedom. Kids experience their first moments of independence on bikes—those wheels allow them to explore their neighborhoods and beyond. People around the world use bicycles to get to school and work quickly and cheaply. In the early 20th century, bicycles came to epitomize the New Woman.

Bicycles offer a different kind of freedom to recreational riders; this is particularly true in the Wood River Valley. From early spring through late fall, cyclists are a constant on the bike path, Highway 75, and back country trails. Cars and buses bear racks loaded with mountain bikes and road bikes. We ride primarily for exercise and for pleasure, finding camaraderie on long rides on winding single track or hilly roads. For many residents of the valley, bikes are also an important means of transportation. In other parts of the world, riders use bikes strictly for transport – not recreation. Beyond getting workers to jobs and students to school, bicycles can be transformed into portable shops or services.

Through this multidisciplinary project, The Center celebrates the bicycle in all its forms and uses – as a means of transportation, a vehicle for recreation, and also a site for innovation in design and engineering – a place where craft and industry intersect.

Visual Arts, Ketchum
An exhibition in Ketchum features work by contemporary artists exploring bicycles as aesthetic objects, economic tools and essential means of transport. It also includes a selection of custom and historic bicycles – bikes made using the finest design, craftsmanship and materials.

Lisa Anne Auerbach
Margarita Cabrera
Katina Huston
Dinh Q. Lê

Bike Makers
Ahearne Cycles
Hufnagel Cycles