Look out: The punks are coming, and they're about to flood the town in a big way, beginning with a new MCA Denver satellite show, Richard Peterson and the Art of a Warrior Tribe, opening tonight at Gildar Gallery. Curated by the MCA's Adam Lerner, it's one cog in the machine called Search & Destroy, an exploration of the cross-discipline West Coast punk aesthetic of the late '70s, that will comprise several shows and events spread throughout the city. Now a storied Denver photographer, Peterson once snapped pictures for Search & Destroy, a San Francisco punk-scene fanzine that later morphed into RE/Search; the Gildar exhibit focuses on Peterson's Search & Destroy milieu. "The exhibition is centered on Richard and his photographs, but he'll be supported by other artists, poets and musicians he interacted with during that era and who influenced his works," says gallery director Adam Gildar. "It includes many objects, from collages to drawings to assemblage pieces, paintings and prints."
Gildar finds it interesting in particular because it represents a lesser-known branch of the punk movement that seems to have been forgotten or overshadowed by what was happening simultaneously in London and New York: "It does make you think: What was the punk aesthetic? Certainly it was more varied than the stereotypes convey, more of an attitude than an actual adherence to a fashion code or look."
Richard Peterson and the Art of the Warrior Tribe opens with a reception tonight from 7 to 11 p.m. at Gildar Gallery, 82 South Broadway, and continues through April 20. Visit www.gildargallery.com for information; stay tuned here for more on Search & Destroy in the coming weeks.
March 23-April 20, 2012