June 14, 2010
STL Today, 06/14/2010

OPERA AND ART: Richard Barger, who ran the operations at Opera Theatre of St. Louis for nearly 20 years before leaving for New York and Santa Fe last July, has opened a dynamic new contemporary art gallery in his adopted hometown in New Mexico.

Barger and his partner, David Eichholtz, formerly of Monsanto, opened David Richard Contemporary last week in Santa Fe. The gallery offers a wide range of contemporary art in a variety of media and the owners say they also plan to exhibit “representational and non-representational art” and programs showing artistic trends and significant works from the 1960s through the ’80s.

Barger came to Opera Theatre from the Santa Fe Opera and began here as an intern in 1990. Over the years he was involved with almost every aspect of OTSL, including the construction of the Sally S. Levy Opera Center.

Barger’s travels between opera worlds in St. Louis and Snata Fe mirror those of Richard Gaddes and Charles MacKay. Gaddes came to the United States from his native England to be artistic administrator of the Santa Fe Opera. He then helped found Opera Theatre St. Louis and after spending nearly 20 years here, went back to be the general director of the opera in Santa Fe.

Gaddes invited MacKay, a native of Santa Fe, to be executive director of OTSL in 1984. MacKay left St. Louis in 2008 to succeed Gaddes as general director of the Santa Fe Opera.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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