All Cooped Up

Boulder is one urban-farming kinda town. Locavores sprout like weeds there — delicious, edible weeds — and it seems like everyone in town is hiding a few chickens in the back yard. No wonder, then, that Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art curator Kirsten Gerdes Stoltz liked what she heard when University of Colorado professors Richard Saxton and Rob Pyatt came to BMoCA looking for a venue to display their Urban Chicken Coop Project, a unique collaborative effort put together with their help by the BASELINE Group, a special seminar for CU students in the art and architecture departments. Considering BMoCA’s proximity to Boulder’s fabulous farmers’ market, the art museum’s step into the new food movement made perfect sense.

BASELINE’s site-specific indoor installation, called “Chicken Shack Village,” includes three unique student-designed chicken coops, as well as an easy DIY kit created specifically for backyard chicken farmers. The installation goes on view during an opening reception on September 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. But on September 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, the students will also host a community Rural Art/Urban Agriculture symposium, with speakers, a panel discussion and – why the hell not – live chickens.

Other fall shows on view at BMoCA include Andrea Modica: Fountain, a series of photographs documenting family life on a Fountain, Colorado, slaughterhouse farm, and the Halloween-ready The Surface and Beneath, featuring carnival folk art and paintings by Heather Wilcoxon; all three exhibits continue through January 16, 2010. BMoCA is at 1750 13th Street in Boulder; for details, go to or call 303-443-2122.
Sept. 25-Jan. 16, 2009

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