July 29, 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. MT
Free + open to the public
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Complimentary, rotating shuttles to Hooper, CO to see Orisons / Vinyl + Cocktails by ESP HiFi / Local Food Vendors from the San Luis Valley
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Walking Tours of Skylos with Ronald Rael (Architect)
6:00 p.m. | "The Making of Orisons" Panel Discussion with Sarah Jones (Jones Farms Organics), Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk (Montezuma Land Conservancy), and Cathy O'Neill (National Resources Conservation Service), moderated by Angella d'Avignon (Black Cube ArtTable Fellow)
7:00 p.m. | Artist Talk with Marguerite Humeau (Artist), moderated by Cortney Lane Stell (Black Cube ED + Chief Curator)
8:00 p.m. | Video Projection
9:00 p.m. | Closing
Orisons opens with a celebration at the Frontier Drive-Inn in Center, Colorado. We hope you’ll join us for an evening of special programs—including local food vendors from the San Luis Valley, vinyl and cocktails served up by ESP HiFi, and a signature Orisons Elixir crafted by DRAM Apothecary. The artist will be in attendance. *RSVPs are highly encouraged, as capacity is limited!
Please note that festivities will take place at the Frontier Drive-Inn, which is about a twenty minute drive from the Orisons installation. Complimentary, rotating shuttles will bring attendees to and from the Orisons site in Hooper, CO throughout the evening. For those planning on viewing the earthwork, we recommend wearing close-toed shoes that cover your ankles and sun protection. All visitors to the site will need to sign a liability waiver prior to viewing the work.
Following the Opening Celebration, Orisons will be on view via advance reservation beginning July 30, 2023 through June 30, 2025. The reservations system will open in July. Stay updated on the latest viewing guidelines here.
Important Travel Information
The Frontier Drive-Inn is located in the remote town of Center, Colorado, which is approximately a 4 hour drive from Denver, Colorado. Lodging is very limited in the surrounding area. Please be sure to plan accordingly.
Options for same-day, roundtrip transportation between Denver and the Frontier Drive-Inn in Center are available for purchase at RSVP registration checkout. A bus will depart from Black Cube's HQ (2925 S Umatilla St, Englewood, CO, 80112) at noon, arrive at Frontier Drive-Inn for Orisons festivities beginning at 4:00 p.m., and depart from Center around 9:00 p.m. the same evening.
Visit www.orisons.art for additional travel recommendations.
Marguerite Humeau’s Orisons is a subtle, 160-acre earthwork that transforms an unfarmable plot of land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley into a place of reverence, honoring its expansive history, existing ecosystem, and imaginable futures. The work consists of the land in its entirety, as well as a series of eighty-four kinetic and interactive sculptures that invoke the land’s histories and vast network of interrelations. Dozens of whistling and rhythmic, plant-like sculptures inspired by the native and nomadic vegetation become activated by the wind, a legendary force in the valley, to summon the site’s energies. Also a part of the work are large-scale sculptures that hover over the ground and visually reference the outstretched wings of Sandhill Cranes, iconic birds that migrate through the region, which visitors can lay upon.
Humeau is known for creating artworks that form semi-mythical ecosystems. In her practice, she poetically resuscitates extinct or forgotten worlds and weaves factual events into speculative narratives. For Orisons, Humeau turned her attention to the San Luis Valley, an alpine valley with a rich history of agriculture and home of the oldest continuous water rights in Colorado. This region, along with the Southwest United States, is amid a megadrought due to the changing climate. Developing Orisons in response to these urgencies, Humeau has worked closely with fourth generation San Luis Valley farmers, Jones Farms Organics, and has also extensively researched the site and consulted a wide array of experts—local agronomists, resource conservationists, historians, wildlife refuges, ornithologists, geomancers, and indigenous communities, among others.
Special thanks to the Frontier Drive-Inn for hosting the opening celebration, and to JuiceBox, Yes Wines, Laws Whiskey House, The Family Jones Spirit House, Boxed Water, and Liquid Death for donations!
Orisons by Marguerite Humeau, curated and produced by Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum. Orisons is made possible with generous support from Surface Horizon Ltd, as well as Jones Farms Organics, the David & Laura Merage Foundation, Etant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of Villa Albertine, The Shifting Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ruth Foundation for the Arts, White Cube, C L E A R I N G, Demiurge, UOVO, InCord, Jamps Studio, MKSK.