For the second time, MCA Denver director Adam Lerner has decided to devote the entire museum to a single exhibit in this case, Another Victory Over the Sun, a show about darkness and light. We have great local and international artists, says Lerner, but the most dramatic experience for visitors will be the building as a whole, which is completely transformed for this exhibition. We are canceling all of the natural light in the building, allowing the art to create its own spectacular environment.
Making the museum dark is no small feat with all those window-walls and skylights, but its essential for the pieces that Lerner and MCA curator Nora Burnett Abrams selected; the artist roster includes the late Dan Flavin, Spencer Finch, Scott Johnson, Melanie Smith and David Zimmer, among others. The title of the show, which is expressed by blocking out all exterior light sources, is taken from an avant-garde opera from 1913 that is best remembered today because it had sets designed by Russian constructivist Kasimir Malevich and featured his first all-black painting.
Victory will be unveiled at 10 a.m. today at the MCA, 1485 Delgany Street. For more information, call 303-298-7554 or go to www.mcadenver.org.
June 9-Sept. 21, 2011