The Faux Show, at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, looks for the line between what is and is not art. “We thought we would explore the different ways the visual arts are exploited in pop culture,” says museum project manager Tim Vacca, adding that this is “an exhibition that doesn't take itself too seriously.”
What the museum has done is pay homage to certain contemporary modern artists by creating renditions of pieces in their style (all were produced in-house, by college interns), but Vacca won’t give away specifics, saying half the fun is trying to figure out which artist inspired which piece. He will say, however, that tonight's kickoff event is “probably going to be our largest opening reception in our 31 years.” The party will include a food truck, drinks, a balloon artist and a silent auction. In addition, the museum will host a show by musical impresarios and masters of illusion Lunar Fire — a ninety-minute program titled Ghost Fox that's coordinated, choreographed and costumed by mask magician and troupe dancer Tiffany Smyth (of ArtsMyths lore).
“This whole thing is inspired by Dreams, the short films by Akira Kurosawa, and especially the procession of the foxes,” Smyth notes. The tale that will unfold includes foxes, owls, aerial dancing, projections and blacklight-responsive effects that showcase Smyth's gorgeous costumes.
MOA, at 1000 Englewood Parkway in Englewood, opens The Faux Show and another exhibit, Atmospheres by Ian Fisher, from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight; The Faux Show remains on view through next February, while Atmospheres closes on October 21. Admission is free; call 303-806-0444 or visit www.moaonline.org for more information.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 11. Continues through Feb. 23, 2012