Be Here Now

Metropolitan State University of Denver's Center for Visual Art will kick off the year with something both close to home and global in scope. Working in collaboration with Denver International Airport art curator Jacquelyn Connolly, the CVA is presenting In Situ, a satellite exhibit to Friends and Neighbors, a series of temporary installations being created by artists Kim Dickey, Humberto Duque, Isabelle Hayeur and Ximena Labra at DIA in conjunction with this summer's Biennial of the Americas.

Because MSUD art students are assisting the artists in their work at the airport, says CVA director Cecily Cullen, it made sense to being a taste of the work to the inner-city gallery. "Then there's a full circle of connections happening," she explains. And the works at the CVA, from Dickey's monumental ceramic hedge pieces to Duque's installation on the temporal subject of waiting for something to happen, will echo the larger installations and performances at DIA, Cullen adds. "It's going to be a really interesting and compelling prompt for us to think about our experience with places and landscapes. That's what all of the artists are riffing off of: They're reminding us to stop and look around."

In Situ continues through February 9 at the CVA, 965 Santa Fe Drive; a companion exhibit of toys and documentary photos by youth artists from the nearby La Alma neighborhood will also be featured. Go to or call 303-294-5207.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 4. Continues through Feb. 9, 2013

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