Art Class

Even a person who works in a contemporary-art museum — someone like Sarah Kate Baie, director of programming at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver — needs help interpreting art sometimes. “I spend every day around this stuff,” says Baie, “and sometimes I walk into a new museum to see an exhibition of an artist I’m not familiar with, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on here.’”

Feel her pain? Then the Art Fitness Training series might be just what the art critic ordered. “There are three simple questions that we invite the audience to ask themselves while they look at a work of art,” Baie explains. “And as soon as you start to vocalize the experience, you get it. The program attracts a lot of people who are new members, or people who maybe are curious about contemporary art but who haven’t had an opportunity to really get to know contemporary art.”

The latest round of the program kicks off tonight at MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street; the next two sessions will take place at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (March 14) and RedLine Gallery (March 28), from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission to Art Fitness Training is $60 for MCA Denver members and $75 for non-members. Call 303-298-7554 or visit for more information.
Every other Friday, 6:30-8 p.m.; Every other Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 10. Continues through March 28, 2014

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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