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Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal


  • Vicki Myhren Gallery, 2121 E Asbury Ave, Denver, Colorado (map)

The University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery is proud to present:

Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

A contemporary group exhibition on view January 12th - February 26th 

DENVER, CO—November, 2016The Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History is proud to present Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal, an intricate exploration of the our shared human experience in the decline of the industrial age through a curated exhibition of contemporary pieces. The show opens on January 12th, 2017, and will be on view through February 26th. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 12th, 5pm-8pm, refreshments and music provided.

 Acknowledging the “unsettled, unraveled, unreal” of the contemporary experience, Dusk to Dusk is drawn from a single European collection and features thirty-two paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos by twenty-eight provocative contemporary artists who “examine issues of individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age.”

 Curated by Richard Rinehart, Director, Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, the exhibition features the work of Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Dzama, Tony Cragg, Gilbert & George, Richard Long, Edward Burtynsky, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Erwin Wurm, Matthew Day Jackson, Erwin Olaf, James Aldridge, Salvador Dali, and Ruud van Empel among others. Ruud van Empel and Hideaki Kawashima summon primal anxieties of the body double and removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives. Gilbert & George, Erwin Wurm, Laura Ford, and Almagul Menlibayeva deploy psychological references to the individual in a society of global displacement, liminal sexualities, and political casualties. Edward Burtynsky and Aristarkh Chernyshev show technology misused, warped, and left in ruins, mocking our technocratic hubris. While others, such as Matt Calderwood, Huma Bhabha, Matthew Day Jackson, and Tony Cragg, take a more abstract approach, expressing a need for balance and intimacy in the ever-expanding human experience.

 This combination turns a mirror to the world, examining individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age, an age in which people are simultaneously singular and collective beings. Some seek a return to the land, others seek spiritual transcendence, and others share affection for our new hybrid of increasingly alienated selves. Through painting, photography, sculpture, and video this exhibition explores a contemporary familiarity with collective darkness.

 Artists in the exhibition: James Aldridge, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Matt Calderwood, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Tony Cragg, Salvador Dali, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Dzama, Laura Ford, Gilbert & George, Matthew Day Jackson, Hideaki Kawashima, Tianbing Li, Richard Long, Jie Luo, Jonathan Meese, Almagul Menlibayeva, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Yang Shaobin, Anouk Steketee, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ruud van Empel, Levi van Veluw, Anne Wenzel, Erwin Wurm.

Dusk to Dusk was organized by the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, curated by Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Museum, with works generously loaned from THE EKARD COLLECTION. The exhibition is toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

 Opening Reception:

Thursday, January 12th, 5-8pm, free; Refreshments provided.

 Location: Shwayder Art Building, main floor, 2121 East Asbury Avenue, Denver, CO 80210

Admission and Parking:

Hours: Tues.-Sun. 12-5 pm | Thurs. extended hours 12-7 pm| Closed Mondays

Gallery Info: 303.871.3716 | galleryinfo@du.edu | http://vicki-myhren-gallery.du.edu/

DU Art Collections contact: artcollections@du.edu

About VM: The principal art gallery at the University of Denver’s School of Art and Art History was named in honor of Victoria H. Myhren in 2001. In the fall of 2000, soon after completing her bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in art history at the University of Denver, Vicki and husband Trygve had funded a generous endowment to support the gallery. In addition, the Myhrens provided a challenge grant of $50,000 to remodel the lobby of the Shwayder Art Building, converting it into an exhibition venue for student work. Their generosity makes it possible for the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery to mount major exhibitions and institute educational programming for the public and for the University community.