The Kids Are All Right

During the holidays, “we spend so much time thinking and talking about Mary and the baby Jesus,” says artist Heather Doyle-Maier. “But Joseph only gets mentioned a little.” Doyle-Maier has changed that with Considering Joseph: Fathers After Feminism, the show she curated for Edge Gallery that includes both abstract and representational pieces that take on fatherhood from a feminist perspective. But the exhibit has one small problem: “Abstract work about fatherhood is not as accessible as one would like it to be,” Doyle-Maier says.

For kids, that is.

“One has to be pretty sophisticated to even be willing to enter into the kind of dialogue that contemporary art sets up,” she explains. “And when you do something about fatherhood, to me it doesn’t work to leave the kids out. So we wanted to include the families and the children in this event in some way.”

Luckily, Doyle-Maier’s husband, Christopher Maier, is a veteran Denver storyteller with loads of kid experience. So tonight’s Stories About Dads and Their Kids will feature contemporary folk tales, traditional African stories and selections from Maier’s original The Joseph Diaries, about the biblical underdog.

“Stories, because they’re narrative and interactive and told for the audience that is specifically there, there’s an accessibility to that,” Doyle-Maier notes. The program, which is free, starts at 7 p.m. at Edge, 3658 Navajo Street; the exhibit runs through December 19. Find more information at http://edgeart.org or by calling 303-477-7173.
Fri., Dec. 17, 7 p.m., 2010

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