Arts and Culture

Month of Photography 2017: Eleven Not-to-Miss Shows

Robert Buelteman, “Field Flowers.”
Robert Buelteman, “Field Flowers.” Robert Buelteman, courtesy of Walker Fine Art

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click to enlarge Suchitra Mattai, “the past is present.” - SUCHITRA MATTAI, COURTESY OF THE DENVER COLLAGE CLUB AND MOP
Suchitra Mattai, “the past is present.”
Suchitra Mattai, courtesy of the Denver Collage Club and MoP
6. The Denver Collage Club
Alto Gallery
March 10 through April 24
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 10

The Denver Collage Club’s Mario Zoots pulls together another great MoP exhibition of a different color, showing how found imagery in new juxtapositions makes for spectacular visuals and altered meanings. Thanks to a global collage community accessible through the Internet, the artists represented range from local club members to national and international contributors, and it’s all good. Props for this partnership between the Denver Collage Club and the Tennyson Arts District’s hip Alto Gallery.
click to enlarge Jean Albus, “Broken Beauty.” - JEAN ALBUS, COURTESY OF WALKER FINE ART
Jean Albus, “Broken Beauty.”
Jean Albus, courtesy of Walker Fine Art
7. Unexplored Terrain
Walker Fine Art
March 10 through April 28, 2017
Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 10

Bobbi Walker and Patti Hallock collaborated to jury and curate Unexplored Terrain, a group exhibition that sticks to MoP 2017’s mission to explore innovation in a relatively young medium. When you think about it, a genre that’s not quite 200 years old has a long way to go to catch up with painting and sculpture, but luckily, photographers have a technical side that pushes them to find new ways to retool the essential concepts of picture-making. Unexplored Terrain is full of eye candy produced in the mission to break boundaries: Dive in. There will be a second reception on First Friday in April.
click to enlarge Jess Dugan, “Ben,” 2011. - JESS DUGAN, COURTESY OF CPAC
Jess Dugan, “Ben,” 2011.
Jess Dugan, courtesy of CPAC
8. Jess T. Dugan, Every Breath We Drew?
March 10 through April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 11

Like everything else in the medium, photographic portraiture is moving forward and branching out. Renowned and much awarded queer photographer Jess T. Dugan’s Every Breath We Drew, a Colorado Photographic Arts Center satellite show at RedLine, documents the transgender community she’s a part of by going beyond the captured faces to share the personal stories behind them. Dugan will also deliver a free lecture, “A Decade of Visual Activism,” looking back at past work and going forward with her ongoing project, To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews With Transgender and Gender-Variant Older Adults, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Waring Theater at Arapahoe Community College, in conjunction with ACC’s MoP show Champions of Change.
click to enlarge Stacey Steers, "Edge of Alchemy," collaged archival film still. - STACEY STEERS, COURTESY OF ROBISCHON GALLERY
Stacey Steers, "Edge of Alchemy," collaged archival film still.
Stacey Steers, courtesy of Robischon Gallery
9. Stacey Steers, Trilogy
Kahn + Selesnick, Dreams of the Drowning World
Kiki Smith, select works from the artist’s Jacquard Tapestry series
Robischon Gallery
March 16 to May 6, 2017
Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16

Robischon Gallery comes through with a trio of photo-based exhibits from gallery artists, beginning with delicate collage work from another trio: three painstakingly animated films — "Phantom Canyon,” "Night Hunter" and "Edge of Alchemy” — by Boulder artist Stacey Steers. Also on the slate is a new selection of Kahn + Selesnick’s elaborate and meticulously staged photographs, and works from Kiki Smith’s Jacquard Tapestry series, collaged works transformed into large-scale “tapestries” via an electronic loom fed by a digital file.
click to enlarge Jessica Wohl, “Pink Baby.” - JESSICA WOHL, COURTESY OF HELIKON GALLERY
Jessica Wohl, “Pink Baby.”
Jessica Wohl, courtesy of Helikon Gallery
10. Process: The Altered Photo
Helikon Gallery
March 18 through April 22, 2017
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 18

Helikon showcases still more techniques for fiddling around with photos with Process: The Altered Photo, a diverse group show shedding light on the myriad ways in which artists can alter, manipulate and mark up photographic images.
click to enlarge Niki Boon, “Living Room Couch.” - NIKI BOON, COURTESY PHOTOLUCIDA
Niki Boon, “Living Room Couch.”
Niki Boon, courtesy Photolucida
11. Critical Mass Top 50 Show: Markers of Time
Artwork Network
April 7 through May 1, 2017
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. April 7

Due to a caprice of timing and location, Critical Mass comes late to the dance with an April opening, but it’s worth waiting for. A juried international competition from the Portland nonprofit photography resource Photolucida, the show is the result of an extensive whittling process by more than 200 photo professionals and features the top fifty picks out of 200 finalists. If you want to see what’s happening now in photography around the world, catch this show while it’s on your doorstep.

For a complete rundown of Month of Photography 2017 exhibitions and events, visit the MoP website.
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