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Last year, Christoph Heinrich, the curator of the modern and contemporary department at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, decided to take on a complete reinstallation of the permanent-collection galleries on the third and fourth floors of the Hamilton wing. His selections were chosen according to how they related to his selected theme and the title of the exhibit: Focus: the Figure.

Everything now on display refers to the figure, but in some cases, the human form is simply implied without making an actual appearance. That’s the case with “One Month Late” and “Untitled (Lipstick Urinals),” by Rachel Lachowicz. The Los Angeles-based artist, who could be called a post-feminist since she explores gender issues conceptually, will discuss her oeuvre tonight as part of the Logan Lectures 2009; her talk is the first of five presentations scheduled for this annual series at the museum.

“One Month Late,” which is about pregnancy, is an installation of lipstick-encrusted neckties hung from the ceiling, with a single pair of high-heeled shoes, also covered in lipstick, sitting on the floor. “Untitled (Lipstick Urinals)” is what you’d think — urinals made of lipstick. It’s an homage to, and a swipe at, Marcel Duchamp’s infamous “Fountain,” a urinal he exhibited as a sculpture back in 1913.

Lachowicz will speak in the Hamilton’s Sharp Auditorium at 7 p.m., with an after-party at Mad Wine Bar, located directly across Martin Plaza. For tickets, $8 to $18, and information, call 720-913-0150 or go to
Third Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 18. Continues through June 17, 2009


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