Interview with the Thompson Curating Team

Interview with the Thompson Curating Team

The team during the Opening Reception in front of the mural display From left to right: Sarah Mills, Kirsten Nicholas, Molly Nuanes, This year our North Gallery has been handed over to Dan’s Curatorial Practicum class.  Over the last nine weeks students have learned the different aspects of creating an exhibition—choosing a theme, selecting and preparing works for display, catalogue and label writing, and communicating ideas about the art and the artist.  Their first exhibition opens tomorrow, John Edward Thompson: Colorado Modernist. I’ve asked the student curators, Kirsten Nicholas, Molly Nuanes, and Sarah Mills, to enlighten us on Thompson’s work and some...

Whistle while you work: Countdown to Thompson

Whistle while you work: Countdown to Thompson

Student curators Kirsten Nicholas (pictured above), Molly Nuanes, and Sarah Mills have been busy bees in the gallery this past week.  Yesterday they learned the art of hanging as the countdown to Thompson continues. Hanging for a show is not as simple as Kirsten makes it look!  There was a lot of math, measuring, and levels involved to get it right. Next time you’re at an exhibition take a look at the different ways curators have decided to hang pieces.  Where a painting is hung can not only cause you to physically see it differently, but can also make you...

Photo Shoot in the South Gallery Today

Photo Shoot in the South Gallery Today

As I sit here writing to you all, the works featured in the upcoming John Edward Thompson exhibition are being photographed by Bill O’Connor. The photographs will be published in the accompanying catalog for the exhibition opening on November 12th in our South Gallery. Thompson (b. 1882) was a pioneering artist who served on the DU faculty from 1929 to his death in 1945. The exhibition will include paintings, sketches, and drawings from DU’s permanent collection and other regional sources. What’s nifty about this show, is it’s curated by current DU Art History undergrad and grads! Keep checking back for...

The BFA Show

The BFA show has been a great success, with twelve of our students showing their work ranging from painting to photography to electronic media. Although the show does not have an official theme, many of our students were interested in environmental issues and the idea of eliminating boundaries. The exhibition is up through graduation on Saturday June 6th, so make sure to stop by and see what our students have accomplished! With the end of the academic year upon us, the gallery will be closing until the fall. Make sure to check back for updates and news about our upcoming...

Paul Soldner and American Raku

Hello everyone! We at the Victoria Myhren Gallery have been quite busy this winter break getting ready for an exciting winter quarter of events. The next show, a retrospective on American master ceramicist Paul Soldner, opens Thursday January 8 from 5-8pm and we are installing it this week. The first event associated with the show is an American Raku workshop on Friday, Jan 9 from 12-4 led by SAAH prof Mia Mulvey and local Raku master Bob Smith. Bob will be working with Robert LeDonne and Lorri Acott-Fowler, also local ceramicists, to showcase the variety of works that can be...

Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logans

I just returned from a presentation and model walk through for the upcoming “Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection!”  This exhibition is the third in a series of student-curated shows supported by Kent and Vicki Logan and is based on two different classes of students who have done all the work.  The model of the gallery looks great and I can’t wait to see all of these pieces in person.  Below are a few pics to whet your appetite.