May 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

At museums and galleries, we’re often told: Do Not Touch. We’re meant to observe art, not affect it. What happens when we dismantle the boundaries between artist, observer, and object? What’s gained or lost? What other divisions should art help break down? We’ll begin with a panel discussion of these issues featuring a local artist, a curator, and a philosopher. Then we’ll invite all those attending to join the discussion.

Shawn Skabelund
Travis Iurato (Artistic Director, Flagstaff Arts Council)
Dr. Russ Pryba (Philosophy, Northern Arizona University)

Before and during the event, Breaking the Barrier will be open for viewing. The exhibition features interactive artworks in a variety of mediums that engage with all five senses; sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. This exhibition is unlike any other show presented at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

This event is produced in partnership with NAU’s Philosophy in the Public Interest.

Breaking the Barrier showcases work varying in scale, materials, and style that will invite visitors to engage their sense and manipulate the art in new and exciting ways. Everyone who walks through the door will essentially become part of the exhibition. The works range from a site-specific immersive room-like installation, to panels that will be built by the application of visitors’ discarded chewing gum.  Viewers will be surprised, challenged, and delighted to interact with each artwork in the exhibit.

Breaking the Barrier is approaching artwork on another level, and is something you don’t typically get to experience in Flagstaff. I feel it is important to push the boundaries of what an exhibition at the Center could be.” Travis Iurato, Artistic Director