As a child in rural New Mexico, Virgil Ortiz was fascinated by famous sci-fi series such as Star Wars and Star Trek. Their fantastical elements transported the Puebloan kid to different universes, ones so compelling he still remembers the stories. That’s why the potter and photographer decided to use motifs in Revolution: Rise Against the Invasion, his new exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Ortiz’s display will address the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 – when his ancestors pushed the Spanish out of what’s now the southwestern United States – by recreating the uprising in both the 17th century and in 2180. Ortiz will use pieces from the venue’s Spanish colonial and Native American ceramics collection, along with his own world-renowned pottery, to show how Spanish colonizers tried to replace tribal artwork with Catholic icons. At the same time, a futuristic interpretation of the rebellion will incorporate video projections and sculptures of costumed figures wearing wardrobes that mix subsets of Pueblo culture with attire from sci-fi films. The hope? To make the 1680 revolt as unforgettable as light sabers and Wookiees.
- Arts and Exhibits
- Oct 06, 2018 to Jan 06, 2019
- Tue-Sat 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.