[now through August 2014, east lobby of Norlin Library] “Life is much too important to take seriously…” is the title of an art exhibit by Jessica Ambs Taylor, CU-Boulder Grounds and Nursery staffer. The twenty-six three-dimensional collages or “art boxes” are now on display. Whimsical and satirical, each compendium of found objects in a found container tells a story, such as “Indigenous Ice Box,” “Hunting the Fungi,” “The Way of Tea,” “Dia de los Muertos Mama Bebe,” and “Heart Break Hotel.” This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Contact: Deborah Fink.
[now through December 12, 2014, Benson Earth Sciences Building] “Art + Maps.” Works by four local and regional artists are on display with items from the Map Library collection. The art includes: pen and watercolor works on paper by Michael Theodore, CU-Boulder College of Music, Theory and Composition Department; paintings by Alan Paine Radebaugh, New Mexico painter; quilts by Barbara Olson, Boulder fiber artist; and enhanced remote-sensing images by Karl Mueller, CU-Boulder Geological Sciences Department. Natural forms and earth processes inform the work of these artists. The juxtaposition of art and maps highlights their formal similarities, yet also reveals elements and functions showing where the purposes of the two formats diverge. The corresponding maps range from antique maps to aerial photographs; celestial charts to contemporary expressions of map design. Several attributes particular to maps, such as decorative borders, cartouches, and directional signs are displayed.