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What's on View at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Colorado Springs, Colorado

In the mood for a road trip? So are we. Today we’re off to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where visitors are treated to an incredible array of art from across the Americas. Founded in 1936, the museum’s permanent collection includes Mexican ceramics, Latin American photography, and artwork from American Indian nations of the Southwest. This summer will also bring two special exhibits, both of which highlight the beauty and spirit of the western United States.

Train Overpass and Skyline by Brett Weston. New York, 1943. Gelatin silver print.
Courtesy of the Brett Weston Archive

These days, it's hard to imagine a time when the field of fine art didn't include photography. But the advent of the camera is relatively recent, and early photographers struggled to establish themselves as legitimate artists. One of the pioneers within the "photography as art" movement was the legendary Edward Weston, whose son, Brett Weston, went on to become a celebrated photographer himself. On view through August 21, 2011, Brett Weston in the East and West displays 60 of the younger Weston's photographs, ranging from East Coast urban scenes to images of Western wilderness. Weston, who became his father’s apprentice at the age of 13, demonstrates his genius in this beautiful collection of black and white images.

River in Spring, South Platte River, Colorado by Joellyn Duesberry, American (born 1944). 1994. Oil on linen. Private Collection

From July 2 through September 11, 2011, visitors can also enjoy Elevated Perspective: Paintings by Joellyn Duesberry. A former NEA grant recipient, Duesberry has painted landscapes around the world, creating colorful works that are full of movement and life. In this exhibit, the part-time Colorado resident explores the landscapes she has encountered throughout the American West.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Please visit the Blue Star Museum website for more information about the program and to find participating museums.


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