Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them
September 13 – October 21, 2012
Australia’s most talked about contemporary artist and a figure of increasing international stature, Richard Bell describes himself as “more an activist than an artist.” Didactic yet humorous, Bell’s vivid and provocative paintings and videos signal an important and powerful voice in contemporary art. This is the first mid-career survey in the U.S. of the work of this important Aboriginal activist/artist.
The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and supported by the Queensland Government, Australia, through Trade and Investment Queensland’s Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA). Additional support has come from the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.
2012-13 Exhibition Calendar
Conor McGarrigle: and whenabouts in the name of space
Nov 1 – December 9, 2012
Digital artist Conor McGarrigle’s explorations span from peripatetic relational space to the unusual elegance of a degraded bit torrent image. McGarrigle is a newly appointed Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.
Deborah Howard: The Human Presence
Jan 10 – Feb 3, 2013
During her 25 year tenure at the University of Denver, Associate Professor of Drawing Deborah Howard has produced an expansive body of work on a wide variety of topics including the Dead Sea Scrolls, child Holocaust survivors and shoes.
Duane Michals: Short Stories
February 21 – March 31, 2013
The sequential images of New York-based photographer Duane Michals address literary and philosophical ideas about death, gender, and sexuality. According to Michals, “I am an expressionist and by that I mean I’m not a photographer or a writer or a painter or a tap dancer, but rather someone who expresses himself according to his needs.” Avoiding what he calls a journalistic approach, he prefers to think of himself as a short story writer. Inspired throughout his career by the works of Walt Whitman, he has introduced sensuality, sentimentality, and humor reminiscent of the great American poet into many of his important works. Achieving a rare level of success in both fine art and commercial photography, he is considered a pioneer of the combination of text and image in the medium. The Myhren Gallery is pleased to welcome Michals (B.A. 1953) back to the University of Denver as a distinguished alumnus.
Project Space: Sandy Skoglund
April 11 – May 5, 2013
The renowned installation artist Sandy Skoglund, creator of the Denver Art Museum 1989 installation piece “Fox Games” (illustrated above), returns to Denver for a residency at the University of Denver’s School of Art & Art History. The Myhren Gallery welcomes her into its main space for the creation of a new large-scale installation piece with the participation of its student body. Please look for details regarding an event to celebrate the completion of the piece.
May 16 – June 7, 2013
Featuring works by graduating seniors in the BFA programs of the DU School of Art & Art History.