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Gerald Clarke: To The Next Generation


Gerald Clarke: To The Next Generation

Illinois Creek Trail
August 16 – September 8, 2024

In To the Next Generation, Clarke is influenced in part by roadside monuments placed by various historical societies and related civic and governmental organizations. Many of these monuments romanticize American historical events (both national and local) and erase the history and presence of Indigenous people, cultures, and placenames. 

In contrast, Clarke’s series incorporates local histories (including Native histories) to turn the reductive trope of the “last Indian” on its head. He approaches the project with a Native concept of time and history, where time is cyclical and is tied to place. Whereas historical monuments are focused on the commemoration of the past, To the Next Generation features text that both reimagines Breckenridge’s past but also projects events tied to the land that take place in the future. Clarke’s research for this project included delving into Ute Nation and Summit County histories, as well local geography and environmental issues. 

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

Gerald Clarke is one of three featured artists in the 2024 Trail Mix as a part of Breck Create’s signature annual festival, BIFA. Trail Mix combines art + nature, with hikers and bikers following a trail to an art installation.

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Trailhead Directions

Take the trail below to see To The Next Generation. The free exhibition can be viewed daily, Friday, August 16th through Sunday, September 8th.

Illinois Creek Trail 

From Blue River Plaza, travel south on Main Street. Turn left on Boreas Pass Road. The Stephen C. West Ice Arena will be on the right. The trailhead is located at the far east end of the arena’s parking lot. Trail Difficulty: Beginner