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PRE-SYMPOSIUM WEDNESDAY   4/25

 

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IN THE BEGINNING: Guided tour of Garden Valley and Placerville, Idaho

Shuttles leave from Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown at 9 a.m. and from Modern Hotel & Bar at 9:10 a.m.


Experience a memorable guided overland tour of James Castle’s birthplace and the distinctive rural places he called home. Features tour guides Jacqueline Crist, Managing Partner with the James Castle Collection and Archive, and Mary Anne Costello, Curator with the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation. A limited edition commemorative booklet with artwork mapped to significant locations is yours to keep, courtesy of the James Castle Collection and Archive.

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

CASTLE CAMPFIRE 

Txikiteo [chee-kee-TAY-o], 1401 W. Idaho St.

Grab a craft cocktail and raise a glass to Mr. Castle with City Arts Commissioners and your host Karen Bubb, Cultural Planner for the City of Boise.

 DAY 1  THURSDAY  4/26 

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION

Egyptian Theatre

Pick up your symposium credentials, map and materials inside Boise’s stunning restored 1927 Egyptian Theatre in the center of Downtown Boise. Late check-in: See Info Desk.

OPTIONAL MORNING FIELD TRIPS

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Prior registration required

Private Tour 1: The James Castle House

Stand in the spaces where James Castle lived and matured as an artist. Features tour guides Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager with the Boise City Department of Arts & History, and Mary Anne Costello, Curator with the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.

Shuttles leave Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 a.m.

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Prior registration required

Downtown Public Art Walking Tour

Wake up with a lively tour of Boise’s favorite downtown public art.

Meet your guides at the Egyptian Theatre at 8 a.m.

 

 

9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    

CURATING AND COLLECTING JAMES CASTLE 

Frank Del Deo, Managing Partner, James Castle Collection and Archive

Tayloe Piggott, Owner, Tayloe Piggott Gallery

Egyptian Theatre

James Castle’s work earned its way into public and private collections in New York, Dublin, Madrid, and Washington, DC. and is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. How can we explain the unique appeal of Castle’s art? Del Deo and Piggott offer a glimpse into the creative process behind curating and collecting Castle’s work for a worldwide audience.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    

ARCHITECTURE AS ARTIFACT

Jennifer Correia, Associate Principal, ARG Conservation Services

Valerie Balint, Program Manager, Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Egyptian Theatre

Artists’ homes hold an important place within the greater context of cultural history in America. Correia and Balint will help us place the James Castle House in a national context, and explore issues surrounding the preservation of the James Castle House shed and trailer, Castle’s intriguing studio spaces.

 

Shuttles leave Egyptian Theatre for Boise State University at 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

 

12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    

LUNCH RECEPTION & JAMES CASTLE BOOKS EXHIBITION

Remarks by Fonda Portales, University Art Curator

Boise State University 

Shuttles leave Boise State University for Boise Art Museum at 1:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    

CONSTRUCTION, DECONSTRUCTION, AND ABSTRACTION: THE ART OF JAMES CASTLE

Melanie Fales, Executive Director/CEO, Boise Art Museum

Boise Art Museum (BAM)

 

Since first displaying his art in 1963, the Boise Art Museum has been committed to exhibiting, collecting, and preserving the work of Idaho artist James Castle. His artwork is regularly featured in Permanent Collection exhibitions, and this is the tenth solo show of the artist’s work at the Museum. Through gifts and purchases, BAM now has the largest museum collection of Castle’s artwork. Featuring drawings, books, and assemblages, this exhibition explores Castle’s stylistic versatility and his unique ability to construct, deconstruct, and abstract what he saw.

 

Shuttles leave BAM at 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., return to Egyptian Theatre

 

OPTIONAL AFTERNOON FIELD TRIPS

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Prior registration required

Private Tour 2: The James Castle House

Stand in the spaces where James Castle lived and matured as an artist. Features tour guides Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager with the Boise City Department of Arts & History, and Mary Anne Costello, Curator with the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.

Shuttles leave Egyptian Theatre at 3:30 p.m.

 

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Drop-in

James Castle Exhibition, Mayor’s Office Gallery

Journey through an intimate view of Castle’s interiors and landscapes.

Boise City Hall, 3rd Floor

 

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Artist Talk: Woodsmoke, Reflections On Place, After James Castle

An exhibition of artworks and poetry by artist Troy Passey and J. Reuben Appelman

MING Studios

 

 

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

DINNER ON YOUR OWN – Downtown Boise

See your guide for great dining options in easy walking distance.

 

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.    

OPENING PARTY & COMMUNITY FILM SCREENING

Egyptian Theatre

Featuring welcome remarks by Boise City Mayor David H. Bieter. Enjoy a screening of acclaimed James Castle: Portrait of an Artist and talk with Filmmaker Jeffrey Wol, followed up with a short film, Making the James Castle House, and talk with Boise City Department of Arts & History Cultural Sites Manager Rachel Reichert and Architect Byron Folwell. Included, announcement of the James Castle House first artists in residence. Emcee Jodi Eichelberger, Story Story Night and Musical Guests Hillfolk Noir.

No host beer, wine and treats

DAY 2 FRIDAY  4/27 

OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Private Tour 3: The James Castle House

Stand in the spaces where James Castle lived and matured as an artist. Features tour guides Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager with the Boise City Department of Arts & History, and Mary Anne Costello, Curator with the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.

Shuttles leave Linen Building at 7:00 a.m.

 

 

9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

WHAT JAMES CASTLE LEARNED AT (THE DEAF) SCHOOL 

Brenda Brueggeman, Professor of English and Aetna Chair of Writing, University of Connecticut

Brigitte Lemaine, French Sociologist, Philosopher & Documentary Filmmaker

Linen Building

 

An examination of how James Castle’s work explains deafness, and how deafness explains James Castle’s work. A scholar and documentary filmmaker team up to interpret Castle’s work through this oft-overlooked lens and consider the impact of his time at the Gooding School for the Deaf and Blind.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

JAMES CASTLE AND THE END OF TIME

Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair & Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University

Linen Building

Like any good artist, James Castle never dealt in keys and meanings and symbolism. All of that was just a trick mechanism to unlock simpler pictures than his. So what does his art reveal? What did he mean for us to see? The answer has something to do with when he meant us to see it—that is, when the world ended. For this artist, only at the end of time would a retrospective light reveal the radiance that had been ours all along.

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE LUNCH: JAMES CASTLE’S SENSE OF PLACE

Nicholas R. Bell, Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs with Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, Connecticut, previously Curator-in-Charge at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

Linen Building

 

Castle's life unfolded within a markedly small area, defined by three family properties and a school. Yet this geographic isolation did nothing to limit his vision of the world. Instead, the time he invested coming to know these slivers of earth allowed him the focus to learn them to a near atomic level of detail. The result is a profound relationship to site – a sense of place indivisible from art or artist.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

GENIUS LOCI: PRESERVED ARTISTS’ HOMES & MUSEUMS AS MODELS FOR CREATIVE PLACEMAKING

Valerie Balint, Program Manager, Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Symposium

Linen Building

 

Genius Loci refers to “the prevailing character or atmosphere of a place,” and in some definitions, “the guardian spirit of a place.” The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS) is a coalition of more than 30 museums that were the homes and working studios of American artists, such as Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer and Jackson Pollock, to name a few. Balint reveals the broader lessons we can take from preserved artists’ homes and studios, and what it means to celebrate and protect the Genius Loci of each one.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

MAKING THE JAMES CASTLE HOUSE 

Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager, Boise City Department of Arts & History

Byron Folwell, James Castle House Architect

Linen Building

 

The behind the scenes story, milestone moments, challenges and triumphs for a Northwest municipality acquiring, restoring and re-opening the home where James Castle lived and developed his artform.

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SYMPOSIUM WRAP-UP

Nicholas R. Bell, Valerie Balint, and Alexander Nemerov

Linen Building

A trio of our distinguished speakers offer closing thoughts, new observations, and remaining questions in a culminating, freewheeling conversation.

Shuttles leaves Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown and Modern Hotel & Bar at 6:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

JAMES CASTLE COLLECTION AND ARCHIVE: EXHIBITION, SMALL PLATE RECEPTION & COCKTAIL EVENT 

Hosted by Jacqueline Crist and Frank Del Deo, Managing Partners, James Castle Collection and Archive

Mary Anne Costello, Curator, William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation

James Castle Collection and Archive

 

Join us for a special exhibition and a look at the role of the James Castle Collection and Archive and the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation in preserving and sharing Castle’s artwork with museums and collectors.

 PUBLIC OPENING SATURDAY 4/28 

12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. 
JAMES CASTLE HOUSE PUBLIC OPENING PARTY & NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY

12:00 p.m.
RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WITH MAYOR DAVID BIETER Welcome by Terri Schorzman, Director, Boise City Department of Arts & History

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
GUIDED TOURS: THE JAMES CASTLE HOUSE 

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
FOUND MATERIALS ARTS WORKSHOPS ON THE GREAT LAWN with Kathleen Keys, Professor of Art Education, Boise State University

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MUSICAL GUESTS: HILLFOLK NOIR