Exhibition Review

More American Photographs

            After a quick, 30 minute bus ride and a brisk five minute walk through the lively streets of Denver’s lower downtown, I was there, standing in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art for the first time. The building is a work of art in itself. It was designed by David Adjaye to minimize boundaries between the exterior cityscape and the interior spaces of the galleries. Almost entirely surfaced in glass, the surrounding buildings were reflected and once inside the visitor can see out and admire Denver in the Colorado sunshine. Natural light filtered in through hidden skylights. Once I finished admiring the architecture of MCA Denver, I directed my attention to the artwork displayed in the museum’s five galleries. On the first floor, More American Photographs was an exhibit that made a lasting impression on me. Continue reading

Scholar Lecture Review

Contemporary Art

Visiting Scholar Lecture

 Erika Doss: “Cultural Vandalism and Public Memory:

Anger, Citizenship, and Memorials in Contemporary America

 Erika Doss is currently a professor at the University of Notre Dame. She has a great expanse of publications and even worked in the Department of Art and Art History here at the University of Colorado. Erika Doss returned to the CU campus, offering her insight on memorials in the United States what these monuments mean to different groups of citizens, living in this country, and how vandalism becomes a discourse on our feelings towards these sites. What she had to say regarding this topic was very interesting and I consider valuable to my current understanding of contemporary American society. Continue reading

Artist Lecture Review

Contemporary Art

Visiting Artist Lecture

Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas, in 1964. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Antoni’s work blurs the distinction between performance, art and sculpture, transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art. Antoni’s primary tool for making sculpture has always been her own body. During her artistic career she has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Antoni is one of Contemporary Art’s leading ladies. She gave an amazing talk on Tuesday night, March 6th as a part of CU’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with her. She is truly a smart artist. Instead of writing a long summary of the lecture, I chose three specific works to talk about in detail. Continue reading

Lecture Response

I found last Thursday’s lecture to be very interesting. More specifically, I was interested in the art historian’s role in the Postmodern art movement. When formal aesthetics are set aside to make room for contextual information, a dialogue can evolve. Art historians are responsible for asking questions about how a work came to be, placing more value on social circumstances. This encourages readers to look at art with a critical eye as well. One art historian who comes to mind is Linda Nochlin. Her article The Imaginary Orient is a perfect example of how historical context is crucial in analyzing artwork.

Lauren Roberts

Clyfford Still

Lauren Roberts – Rothko? Guess Again!

I stumbled upon this photograph titled Collected Horizon #2 by Christopher Paquette. I was immediately reminded of Mark Rothko’s color field paintings. First and foremost, Paquette’s photograph and Rothko’s paintings are abstract. They create an environment, pulling the viewer in and use color the same way that actors interact on a stage. The imbalanced horizontals cause tension, which makes this photograph visually interesting. I can feel the weight of the dark grey area at the top of the photograph pressing down. Similarly, Rothko was a master of using color relationships in his paintings to create tension and release that the viewer can experience while being totally consumed by his work.

Lauren Robert’s Intellectual Profile

  1. Hello! I’m an art history major and I am currently working on my TAM (technology and media) certificate. Before I switched to art history at the end of last semester, I was a studio art major, focusing on photography and digital media. Photography is still a passion of mine but art history was something I have always enjoyed learning about and I knew it would open up some other doors for future opportunities in the art world. Since I have been at CU I have taken a lot of interesting classes outside my major, including sociology and cultural anthropology classes. I believe these can all tie into art history studies because art reflects the times. Studying art just as you would study human behavior, and cultures, gives me an interesting insight into the human race, then and now. Continue reading

Lauren Roberts on Smith reading

Terry Smith’s chapter, What is Contemporary Art?, discusses a lot of important issues on the topic. He does so by breaking the chapter into 8 parts. This creates a greater organization of the material and allows for an easier read. The first header is simply titled, Asking the Question. It is a simple question to ask, but the answer is a lot more complicated. Continue reading