6:30 PM18:30

New Perspectives on Collecting Art: A Panel Discussion for RiNo Made Salon

Join this timely conversation about collecting and selling art in the current art market. We’ll talk about what it means for both artists and collectors to subvert the art-buying process, the links between art and our well-being, and how to create a different kind of value within the exchange of art and money. Free and open to everyone. Please register to attend. 

Panelists include writer, curator and Hey Hue founder Deanne Gertner; holistic therapist and founder of Trilogy Holistic Mental Health, Chelli Pumphrey; independent curator and University of Denver affiliate faculty, Sarah Magnatta; and Denver artist and design researcher, Angela Craven.

For more information, please visit the RiNo Made Salon website here.

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5:15 PM17:15

"Interesting Times": Contemporary Art of Asia and the Diaspora

Panel at the Association for Asian Studies

Location: Savoy, Tower Bldg., Majestic Level

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

The 2019 Venice Biennale will be titled “May You Live in Interesting Times” and will “view works through the lens of the political unrest caused by the spread of misinformation.”  Artists around the globe are navigating identity and culture, political ecologies, and geographic displacement--all issues that are subject to misinformation or misunderstanding--in ways that are unexpected and challenging.  Tenzing Rigdol’s series of Buddha panels, titled My World is in Your Blindspot, showcase the self-immolations of Tibetans under Chinese rule; the reference to a “blindspot” speaks to both the viewer’s lack of knowledge of these events, but also to the media’s lack of coverage.  Artist B. Baatarzorig’s MGL addresses the politicization and commercialization of Mongolian natural resources, raising  important questions regarding the environmental effects of such practices and the imbalance of profit resulting from them.  Lhasa-based artists Nortse, Gade, and Tsering Nyandak create work that comment on economic and cultural displacement, issues that affect Tibetan artists both in Tibet and abroad, but are especially nuanced coming from artists living in the contested land.  Khadim Ali explores disparate interpretations of cultural heritage through his work regarding the Bamiyan Buddhas, including Islamic and Buddhist views, in an attempt to overcome misinformation with global understanding. The intersection of art and politics is not new, but the emerging discourse surrounding misinformation and/or misunderstanding is interpreted and reflected in new ways by artists in Asia and beyond.  This panel explores the role of the artist in these “interesting times.”

Organized by Sarah Magnatta. Panelists include Sarah Magnatta, Uranchimeg Tsultem, Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo, and Padma Maitland. For more information, please see the conference website here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Leang Seckon: Prophecy

Please join us on Friday, March 22 at 6pm at McNichols Building for the opening night of the exhibition Leang Seckon: Prophecy.  The artist will be performing a work inspired by traditional Cambodian dance at 7pm.  

Leang Seckon was born in Prey Veng province, Cambodia, in the early 1970’s and lived during a time of genocide perpetrated by the ruling Khmer Rouge.  His artwork often reflects this fraught history, so much so that his 2014 solo exhibition at Rossi & Rossi in London was titled Hell on Earth.  His paintings are often multi-layered, both literally and symbolically.  He uses cut-outs to create deep patterning and shadows within the canvas; the resulting effect is visually stunning.  His paintings and collages bring unlikely figures together: kings from Cambodia’s past empires sit aside modern global political leaders.  The exhibition at McNichols Building brings together a dozen of Seckon’s latest endeavors, including paintings, collages, and installed mixed-media works.  The exhibition is guest curated by Sarah Magnatta.

For more information please visit the McNichols site here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Logan Lecture: A Conversation with Tenzing Rigdol and Sarah Magnatta

Artist, activist, and poet, Tenzing Rigdol, will discuss his upcoming exhibition at the Emmanuel Gallery with curator Sarah Magnatta.

Rigdol was trained in several traditional Tibetan arts, including thangka painting, in India and Nepal. He moved to the United States and graduated from the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado, Denver, in 2005.  His mastery over a wide range of materials is evident in his paintings, digital works, photographs, and a site-specific installation of Tibetan soil brought to India.  Rigdol was the first contemporary Tibetan artist to have work collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Rigdol’s large series of Buddhas will be the centerpiece of Rigdol’s first solo exhibition in the United States, opening March 21 on the campus of the University of Colorado at Denver.

Thursday, February 28, 2019
6 - 7 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reception to follow

Denver Art Museum
Hamilton Building, Sharp Auditorium
100 West 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Free for Contemporary Alliance members and students with valid student ID
$20 Non-members, $15 DAM members, $10 DAM volunteers

A reception will follow at the ART, a hotel.

The Logan Lecture Series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with Contemporary Alliance, a Denver Art Museum support group.

Image: Tenzing Rigdol, My World is in Your Blindspot (detail), 2014. Silk brocade, scripture; five panels, 182 cm x 182 cm (6 x 6 ft) each.

Contemporary Alliance website

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