Public Performance at Denver Waste Water Treatment Facility: September 9th
Exhibition at Vicki Myhren Gallery: September 14th- October 1st
Opening Reception and Product Launch: September 14th 4-7 PM at Vicki Myhren Gallery
Avalanche is an enhanced water drink designed by the artist collective Institute for New Feeling. The newest addition to their ongoing wellness product line, this bottled water will be available for visitors. In addition to the Avalanche water itself, the project consists of a site-specific concert at Denver’s Wastewater campus, an exhibition at the Myhren Gallery, and an online streaming video. Avalanche is produced by Black Cube, a nonprofit nomadic contemporary art museum, in partnership with the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery.
Avalanche water is enhanced by a human pipeline that is a playful visualization of water flow through a city and through the body. The performance presents municipal water usage as a literal concert of bodies, a system that is as captivating as it is improbable, arduous, and flawed. This work touches on the enhanced water industry, which is one of the fastest growing beverage industries today. Avalanche’s live chain-reaction filtration process exposes our complicated relationship with water consumption and the absurdities of the bottled water industry.
“By conflating the language of bottled water advertising with that of municipal water usage, we hope to push this idea of water “enhancement” to its most extreme degree. Enhanced water is one of the fastest growing beverage industries of the 2000’s. What if water could be enhanced (physically, nutritiously, energetically) by human usage rather than simply contaminated by it?”
- Institute For New Feeling
Exhibition: October 12th-November 19th
Opening Reception: October 12th 4-7 PM
Push Play explores the work of artists who borrow from play and games to reveal social, philosophical, and cultural issues. From playfulness, to mathematical strategy, the artists in Push Play have mined the significance of games, reinventing them to create experiences that often involve the viewer and reflect on the nature of participation in art.
Artistic processes tied to game playing have historically attracted the avant-garde, most famously the chess master Marcel Duchamp. His artistic move had his chess partner in mind: you, the viewer. Games were also intrinsic to the work of war-addled Surrealists and Dadaists, the inventors of the exquisite corpse and automatic drawing, in their quest to upend the bourgeois pretensions of art and free the artistic imagination. In the 1960s and 1970s, the countercultural and anti-war Fluxus group and the New Games Foundation questioned capitalism and corporate culture by staging massive public games in city parks. Moving away from the classical chess period of kings, queens, and bishops, the works in this exhibition do not represent medieval figures of power but strategies of decision-making around contemporary issues. Among the arcade of objects in the show is a version of Guitar Hero by Cory Arcangel, hopscotch by Mary Flanagan, and Ryan Gander’s version of blackjack – while the more mystically inclined may gravitate toward Allan McCollum and Matt Mullican’s divining game.
Cory Arcangel, Ryan Gander, Jeanne van Heeswijk and Rolf Engelen, Pedro Reyes, David Shrigley, Yoko Ono, Ruth Catlow, Mary Flanagan, Futurefarmers, Allan McCollum and Matt Mullican, Paul Noble, Erik Svedäng, Jason Rohrer, Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin
Push Play is an exhibition curated by Melissa E. Feldman and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Push Play was made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.
Creative Research Faculty Exhibition
Exhibition: January 11th- March 18th
Opening Reception: January 11th 4-7PM
Traditionally, the Vicki Myhren Gallery has hosted Faculty Triennial exhibitions, supplemented by occasional one-person or two-person faculty exhibitions. Overhauling the Triennial concept, the Creative Research Faculty Exhibition will increase the frequency of faculty presentations at the Vicki Myhren Gallery with an annual showcase for 5-8 faculty members. The focus will be on creative faculty returning from sabbaticals, giving each an opportunity to exhibit newly created works and work in progress. A special focus will be on the research and creative process of each artist.
Making Art/Making Community
Exhibition: March 8th-April 29th
Opening Reception: March 8th 4-7 PM
Artists are problem solvers and thinkers- imagining alternative realities and solutions for living. This exhibition looks at artists using social bridging strategies in their art making through participatory experiments, humorous social critiques, and collaborative craft. Featured artists pull tactics from social science, psychology, education and design thinking.