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  • White Elephants Drift Through Boise Art Museum

    Saturday, Nov. 17
      The exhibition is a vision of how the enormous animals appear physically and kinetically. The life-size elephants are made from white rip-stop nylon to invoke their size and mass, and since they're made from lightweight material, they sway and shift gently as drafts pass through the museum's 80-foot Sculpture Court, simulating how elephants actually move in the wild.
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  • Speaking Out

    We Art Women shines light on violence
      A recent article in the Chicago Tribune stated that 1 in 10 teenage girls suffers from dating violence, and many of these victims see physical abuse as normal or even "asked for." This cycle of violence, often passed from parents to children to their partners, can only be broken through education and the existence of safe shelters—like the Women's and Children's Alliance in Boise.
  • Becoming a Fan

    Jim Grossman captures essence of Special Olympics
      Grossman and his wife Pirie were instrumental in getting the World Winter Games to Idaho (see "Special Delivery" Page 11). His respect for the games and the participants is clear in the photos that currently hang on the walls of the Idaho State Historical Museum in an exhibit titled "Be a Fan," after the Special Olympics official logo. The images show Special Olympians in varying settings but with one very clear commonality: not their disabilities but their victories.
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  • 200 Years and Counting

      The Idaho Black History Museum almost sounds like an oxymoron. Stereotypes would have us believe that Idaho's past (not to mention its present and future) is as much about diversity as it is deep-sea fishing, though the annals of multi-racial history in this state stretch back to its very founding. Evidence is scattered, but photo, written and verbal records kept by the descendants of African-American settlers allowed the January launch of part one (1805-1919) of a three-part, permanent collection exhibit called The Invisible Idahoan: 200 Years of Blacks in Idaho.
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  • Peer Behind the Artistic Curtain With BOSCO

    Saturday, Oct. 15-Sunday, Oct. 16
      Members of the Boise Open Studios Collective will open their doors so the public can see and experience artists creating in a multitude of media.
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  • Art Meets its Origins in Boise Art Museum Exhibit

    Saturday, Feb. 23
      Explore the relationship between ancient artifacts and the cultures that inspired them through Origins: Objects of Material Culture, the new exhibit opening at Boise Art Museum Saturday, Feb. 23. Objects with core ties to the everyday lives of ancient peoples will be on display, with styles ranging from ceramic creations from the Southwest to African ritual masks.
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  • What's "Weird"?

    Richard Vine on the state of art
      Thirty years ago, the performance/installation artist Chris Burden succinctly captured the prevailing mood in contemporary art with his statement: "Art doesn't have a purpose. It's a free spot in society, where you can do anything." For Burden and throngs of his peers, works of art no longer strive to exalt, provide answers or address universal truths, but rather should erase complacency, challenge proscription and push the envelope with a vengeance.
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  • Art of War

    Garth Claassen at Stewart Gallery
      Garth Claassen is one of those rare commodities in art today: an artist steeped in art history whose paintings and drawings suggest a very traditional training and yet are strikingly original and contemporary.
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