Art has always been a staple of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas, now more than ever with this year's theme: NOW! And through artist exchanges, major public installations, performances, participatory festivals and the Biennial group exhibition, Now? NOW!, everyone has a chance to join in the celebration of a vibrant present that operates as a gateway to the future.
“The artists and exhibitions featured in the 2015 Biennial of the Americas will dive deep into our present circumstances, seeking to understand contexts, conditions and challenges across the Western Hemisphere today,” says Biennial artistic director and curator Lauren A. Wright. “The exhibitions, commissions and performances feature artists making some of the most urgent work reflecting the reality of life in the Americas now.” Following is BotA’s 2015 artist roster, as announced Monday.
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The artists in the central exhibition of the Biennial of the Americas, Now? NOW! at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver capture complexities of now in the Western Hemisphere. The exhibition features new works by Robert Longo, André Komatsu, Karl Haendel, Adam Pendleton, Kari Altmann, Debora Delmar Corp. and others.
The exhibition Oíd el Sueño de una Palabra / Listen to the Dream of a Word at the Biennial Pavilion in Downtown Denver results from a collaboration facilitated by Mexico City curatorial collective de_sitio. They invited a group of practitioners from different disciplines to interact with Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico, a small, yet exemplary community organization in a marginal outskirt southeast of Mexico City.
Vis-à-vis: Biennial Ambassadors Residency Exhibition at McNichols Civic Center features four ambitious new projects by artists Matt Scobey (US), Melissa Furness (US), Cristóbal Gracia (Mexico) and Daniel Monroy Cuevas (Mexico) developed through the 2015 Biennial Ambassadors Program. Aimed at nurturing creative links and deepening artistic dialogue across the Americas, the program focused for 2015 on connecting Denver and Mexico City through a series of 10-week residency exchanges run by contemporary art organizations ArtPlant and SOMA.
Major public commissions by Mexico-based artists examine the connection between Denver’s present, past and future. Erick Meyenberg is collaborating with a group of young people from a drill team in a neighborhood near Denver International Airport to create a new film installation and performance for the airport, examining the landscape, history, and future development of the airports’ surroundings. Marcela Armas is creating a two-site installation, in Downtown Denver and Mexico City, examining the relationship between geology, history and the present urbanscape of both cities. Marcela Armas’s commission is supported by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, organized in collaboration with Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, and co-curated by Yameli Mera.
Kim Allen (US), Kari Altmann (US), Marcela Armas (Mexico), Jeremy Bailey (Canada), Diego Berruecos (Mexico), Zach Blas (US), Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico/Germany), Marcelo Cidade (Brazil), Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker (Panama), Sterling Crispin (US), Debora Delmar Corp. (Mexico), de_sitio (Mexico), Claudia Fernández (Mexico), Francisco Fernández (Mexico), Radamés “Juni” Figueroa (Puerto Rico), LaToya Ruby Frazier (US), Melissa Furness (US), Coco Fusco (US), Marcius Galan (Brazil), Anna Bella Geiger (Brazil), Cristóbal Gracia (Mexico), David Hartt (Canada), Karl Haendel (US), Sarah Anne Johnson (Canada), André Komatsu (Brazil), Robert Longo (US), Jorge Macchi (Argentina), Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman (US), Erick Meyenberg (Mexico), Adam Milner (US), Nuria Montiel and Fernando Palma (Mexico), Daniel Monroy Cuevas (Mexico), Aliza Nisenbaum (Mexico/US), Fernando Ortega (Mexico), Bernardo Ortiz (Colombia), Adam Pendleton (US), Tania Pérez Córdova (Mexico), Jorge Satorre (Mexico), Joaquín Segura (Mexico), Matt Scobey (US), Skawennati (Canada), Eduardo Terrazas (Mexico), Ryan Trecartin (US)