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Blink!

In the spring of 2011, Jill Desmond, then a young curatorial assistant at the Denver Art Museum, looked at the contents of the permanent collection in the Modern and Contemporary department and realized there were a lot of high-tech pieces. Enough, it turns out, to pull off the blockbuster Blink!...
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Lights Out

8 years ago by Michael Paglia
For the second time, MCA Denver director Adam Lerner has decided to devote the entire museum to a single exhibit — in this case, Another Victory Over the Sun, a show about darkness and light. “We have great local and international artists,” says Lerner, “but the most dramatic experience for...
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Back To the Future

9 years ago by Michael Paglia
Art created with high-tech elements — movement, sound, light — may strike us as being futuristic until we realize that it’s been around for quite a while. “Technology has been used in art for many decades, and we’ve now reached a point of looking back,” says Jill Desmond, the curator...
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Four emerging artists put the "edgy" in Edge

7 years ago by Michael Paglia
The Edge Gallery is really living up to its name right now. Taking up the first member space is fox tales ft. 7 and marbles, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink show by Estee Fox, who is a whirlwind of creativity. The artist has made videos, including one in which she convincingly pretends to...
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Now Showing

9 years ago by Michael Paglia
Blink! A young curatorial assistant at the Denver Art Museum, Jill Desmond, has stepped up to the big time by putting together an over-the-top exhibit of electronic and mechanical art titled Blink!: Light, Sound and the Moving Image. Beginning on the first level of the Hamilton and taking over the...
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The MCA trumps logistics to present an intriguing group exhibit

8 years ago by Michael Paglia
As it did last summer, MCA Denver has given itself over to a single exhibit for the season rather than presenting multiple shows, and there are some obvious reasons why. First, it allows the powers-that-be at the museum to mount major exhibits, and second — and probably more important —...
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With the tech-y Blink!, curator Jill Desmond makes sense of the nonsensical

9 years ago by Michael Paglia
For most of the history of settled humanity, there have been two forms of visual art: painting and sculpture. But in the twentieth century, new art genres were born involving mechanical features that spun or lit up. The first of these were created by the Italian Futurists right before WWI...
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Now Showing

8 years ago by Michael Paglia
Another Victory Over the Sun. For this group show, all of the exterior light sources at MCA Denver have been covered over so that the interior is essentially dark. Organized by director Adam Lerner and assistant curator Nora Burnett Abrams, Another Victory is made up of art that's meant to...
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Now Showing

8 years ago by Michael Paglia
15 Colorado Artists. The Kirkland Museum is presenting a historical show that tracks the beginnings of post-war modernism in Denver using the artist group 15 Colorado Artists as an index. The story goes that the Denver Artists Guild was hostile to modernism at the time. This led to a split,...
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Now Showing

9 years ago by Michael Paglia
Blink! A young curatorial assistant at the Denver Art Museum, Jill Desmond, has stepped up to the big time by putting together an over-the-top exhibit of electronic and mechanical art titled Blink! Light, Sound and the Moving Image. Beginning on the first level of the Hamilton and taking over the...

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