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Although Adam Lerner took the reins of MCA Denver last March, most of the exhibits on display since then were booked by his predecessor, Cydney Payton. That changed when Lerner rolled out six shows collectively titled Looking for the Face I Had Before the World Was Made.

“I’m excited to organize the entire museum around a single theme,” says Lerner. “There is a real otherworldly sensibility to these works. The artists share an interest in going beyond everyday experience to tap into something more essential about human beings, something more important than surface appearance.”

Included are Michaël Borremans, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, Lorraine O’Grady, A. G. Rizzoli and Denver’s own William Stockman. In addition, there’s a film by Neil Jordan based on a monologue by author Samuel Beckett.

“I love the diversity, from an outsider artist who worked in the 1930s to a pair of young New York artists,” Lerner notes.

The shows are currently on view at MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street; for information, call 303-298-7554 or go to
Jan. 29-May 23, 2010

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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