2009-10

The Family Stage: Photographs by Janet Delaney, Todd Hido, and Cecil McDonald Jr.
September 24 – November 15, 2009

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Janet Delaney: Untitled, from Housebound, 1995 – 2992. Chromogenic print, 7 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. Courtesy of the artist.

 

“The Family Stage” is an exhibition of photographs depicting family life from multiple perspectives. The show immerses the viewer in the complexities of family dynamics, the simplicity of humdrum objects, and the sometimes turbulent, often sublime rhythms of home. Janet Delaney’s “Housebound” captures what she terms “simple scenarios of home and family” that are icons for the complexities of growing up and growing old. Delaney lives in Berkeley, CA, where she teaches photography at the University of California. Todd Hido’s “Ohio” presents a compelling, often unsettling, Instamatic narrative that hovers between fact and fiction. Hido now lives in Oakland, CA; his work is shown courtesy of the Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco. “Domestic Observations and Occurrences” by Cecil McDonald, Jr. eschews the singular object or person for performative retellings of family life, from the mundane to the dramatic. McDonald is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago. A survey of family “snapshot” albums will show how the presentation and preservation of family photographs has evolved, from early 20th century bound volumes to today’s digital frame.

Click here for a review by Kyle Macmillan, Denver Post

The Family Stage was organized by Rupert Jenkins, Roddy MacInnes, and Charlie Roderick.

Clockwise from top left: Cecil McDonald Jr.: 1200 Meditations; Blue Black Girl. 38 x 48 in, archival digital prints. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery; Todd Hido: Graduation; Mom. 8 x 8 in. Type C prints. Courtesy Stephen Wirtz Gallery

John Edward Thompson: Colorado Modernist
November 12, 2009 – January 17, 2010

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Untitled (Standing Female Nude Looking over Shoulder), 1929. Oil on board, 18 1/4 x18 1/2 in.The Wadsworth Collection.

J.E. Thompson from left to right: Solitude, ca 1941. Oil on canvas, 37 ¾ x 28 in. (framed). Collection of Phaedra Harbaugh and Boris Sepesi.

J.E. Thompson from left to right: Solitude, ca 1941. Oil on canvas, 37 ¾ x 28 in. (framed). Collection of Phaedra Harbaugh and Boris Sepesi.

John Edward Thompson (b. 1882) was a pioneering artist who served on the DU faculty from 1929 to his death in 1945. This exhibition is curated by current DU School of Art & Art History (SAAH) students and features painting, sketches and drawings by Thompson from DU’s permanent art collection and other regional collections, including those of the Harbaugh family and of Deborah and Warren Wadsworth.

Cliff Evans: Citizen
January 7 – February 21, 2010

Still from Citizen, 2009. Video capture. Courtesy of the artist.

Still from Citizen, 2009. Video capture. Courtesy of the artist.

Still from Citizen, 2009. Video capture. Courtesy of the artist.

Still from Citizen, 2009. Video capture. Courtesy of the artist.

Citizen, an HD video installation by Brooklyn-based media artist Cliff Evans, will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Denver region. Featured works are: Citizen: The Wolf and Nanny, a three-channel HD video projection, together with three other single channel works: Citizen: Camping at Home; Untitled (sketch for a monument to J.G. Ballard#1); and Untitled (sketch for a monument to J.G. Ballard#2)

Cliff Evans creates multi-screen photo-animation spectaculars that incorporate humor and a critical eye to confront the mediated and constructed landscapes of fear and desire in contemporary American culture. Using recognizable images and personalities culled from the internet and projected throughout the gallery, Evans creates an immersive environment of rhythm, sound, and motion.

In a year-end review for ARTFORUM, Barbara London, Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, included Evans’ The Road to Mount Weather as one of the Best Films of 2006.

With a pinch of Hieronymus Bosch and another of William S. Burroughs, Evans’ three-channel video installation brilliantly portrays 21st century phobias in this up-to-the-minute version of purgatory.

Cliff Evans is represented by Curator’s Office, Washington, DC and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY.
Visit www.cliffevans.net

Review by the Denver Post’s Kyle MacMillan here

The Gleaners: Contemporary Art
from the Sarah and Jim Taylor Collection
Feb. 11–March 7, 2010 (South Gallery)

Kehinde Wiley, Madonna of the Rosary, oil on canvas, photo: Wm. O'Connor

Works by: by Kehinde Wiley, Iona Rozeal Brown, Sam Flores, Lucong, Luis Gispert, Simmons & Burke, Zoe Charlton and Rick Delaney, Titus Kaphar, Shinique Smith, Charlie Roberts and Whitney Bedford. Curated by Samantha Carantit and Lindsay Smith with Alexa Coulton and Laurel Wilkey.

The Gleaners: Works from the Sarah and Jim Taylor Collection is the second of three exhibitions curated this season by students in a museum studies class at DU’s School of Art & Art History. For this project, students assembled a provocative survey of recent contemporary art drawn from the collection of Denver-based collectors Sarah and Jim Taylor.

Faculty Collects
April 1 – April 25, 2010

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Faculty Collects and Master Watercolors from the Jan Perry Mayer Collectionare on display through April 5 in the North and South galleries. Faculty Collects brings together 16 unique collections from SAAH and other DU faculty and staff. Objects range from music posters to postcards, ceramics to popsicle sticks, toys to art. Through its contents, the exhibition examines the collected items and the motivations for collecting them, invoking questions such as:

  • Do collections inform art making or provide a source for research?
  • Does a collection function as an investment or as a treasured number of souvenirs?
  • What is the most satisfying aspect of collecting?
  • How does collecting catalyze the work of an artist or researcher?

Read a DU Today review of the show

Master Watercolors
April 1 – April 25, 2010

Master Watercolors is the last of three exhibitions curated this season by students in a museum studies class at DU’s School of Art & Art History (SAAH). The works on display span more than a century of painting, 1885-2005, by artists as diverse as Albert Bierstadt (1891), John Singer Sargent (1906), Marsden Hartley (1924), Elizabeth Spalding (1930), Vance Kirkland (1946), and Jan Perry Mayer (2009). A fully illustrated catalog written by student curators Janie Askew, Kathryn Ninneman, and Caitlin Whaley will be available at the reception. Location: South Gallery.

Read a Denver Post review of the show

2010 BFA Exhibition
May 13 – June 5, 2010
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Featuring works by students graduating from the DU School of Art & Art History studio arts, pre-art conservation, and electronic media arts and design (eMAD) programs.