2008

META

Exhibition Dates: Nov 21-22 – Dec 3-11, 2008

The graduating students from the Department of Art at Metropolitan State College of Denver are proud to present a collaborative creation, Meta. The BFA thesis exhibition will feature a mix of twenty-eight of Denver’s up and coming artistic talents in sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, video/digital art and ceramics.


Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects

Exhibition Dates: Aug. 29 – Nov. 1, 2008

The Center for Visual Art (CVA) is proud to host the Colorado debut of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects, a collection of original works by the world-renowned artists.

The exhibition includes 130 works, numbered editions of prints and objects by Christo and photographic editions by Wolfgang Volz of works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Works in the collection, from 1962 through 2004, represent the diversity in their oeuvre.

The works in the exhibition relate to the large projects in which Christo and Jeanne-Claude have made short-term, reversible interventions in cityscapes and landscapes. Some show completed projects, others show the artists’ conceptions of projects never realized. The act of drawing and collage is a preparatory one for Christo in anticipation of a project’s realization. Once completed the large-scale, temporary projects are recorded in photographs, books, touring exhibitions, films and videos. 


Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam

Exhibition Dates: June 5 – August 2, 2008


‌Metro State Center for Visual Art presents Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam, the first major exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese women artists in the U.S.

See Vietnam through the eyes of women artists offering unique perspectives on their homeland and their gender roles in society. The exhibition explores what it means to be a woman living in Vietnam today and brings to light a viewpoint often marginalized in Vietnamese culture. Previously overlooked by the international art world, the 10 artists featured in Changing Identity challenge their traditional roles through drawing, painting, photography, performance, sculpture, and video.

To be a woman, an artist and Vietnamese is, in the words of filmmaker and scholar Trinh T. Minh-Ha, a “triple bind.” They are restricted not only in their own culture, which presupposes that women are to remain devoted to their fathers, husbands and sons, but also by the West’s perceptions of Vietnamese women as victims of war and subjects of the male gaze made familiar by such icons as Miss Saigon and the servant girl in the film A Scent of Green Papaya.

For the past two decades, since Vietnam opened its doors to the West, a booming art business has brought economic prosperity to many of the country’s artists. Most of this success, however, seems to have been bestowed upon men. Today, in light of economic changes sweeping over the country in the era of globalization, a younger generation of women find themselves in a position to critique prevailing norms and to question the status quo. The artists in Changing Identity are such women: independent and complex, their outlook on Vietnamese society displayed in their artwork is challenging and honest.


Still

Exhibition Dates: March 6 – April 30, 2008

Metro State Center for Visual Art presents Still
featuring the photography and film of Slater Bradley, Sally Mann and Nigel Poor. The exhibition was curated by Metro State Art Department Chair Greg Watts and Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography Cinthea Fiss.

Throughout the history of photography the issue of mortality has been a very present spectre in both photographic theories and practices. Early daguerreotypes of American soldiers about to leave for the Civil War were witness to their impending death. In the late nineteenth century it was common to photograph dead babies as a way to immortalize their short lives. In the latter part of the twentieth century photography’s relationship to death expanded in the writings of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes to include the way we understand the very nature of a photograph, always a moment that has instantly past, always engaging the notion that this moment, this life, won’t last. The exhibition Still considers the diverse ways in which the work of three photographers interacts with the relationship of mortality and photography.


‌STORY

Exhibition Dates: January 4 – February 23, 2008

Metro State Center for Visual Art presents
STORY with New York artist Brent Green and Colorado artists Jill Hadley Hooper and James Surls.

STORY brings together three artists whose artwork has a tale to tell. The exhibition is a profound collection of works that delve into created realities and visually realized narratives of the strange and familiar.
‌The works are all inspired by the written word, allegory and the paradoxes of the human condition. Each artist’s work is infused with symbolism and a complexity that requires time and thought to unlock. The three artists share a raw aesthetic, though the manner in which it manifests is unique to each.