Images 1-2. Mike Berg Mural: At the Boulder Museum of Contemporary I commissioned artist Mike Berg to create a permanent installation to respond to the vernacular building, landmarked as City Storage and Transfer, with a work that looked to the craftsmanship of BMOCA’s neighbor, the Dushanbe Teahouse. With this in mind Berg created an “A Documentary: The Days Now Move From Left to Right,” which was completed to accompany his exhibition, “A Family of Stories” in the museum galleries. The mural was made from a series of stencil overlays with designs that look to Berg’s investigations into Islamic architecture and patterning. In the accompanying catalogue, critic Linda Yablonsky wrote, “Neglect is a terrible thing: people die from it; things fall apart. Yet there’s beauty in ruin as well as disgust, and a history worth repeating. This what engages Mike Berg in his art, the strategy at the core of his practice: restatement, ornamentation, renewal.” www.Mikebergart.com
Image 3. Burt Payne 3, I Will Smile For One Year, 1996, various posters with images of people smiling. Presented on placards throughout Denver and in Denver International Airport.
Images 4-8. Creative Acts That Matter Part III: Peace, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, THE PEACE PROJECT, March 30- July 1, 2007, site specific installation. For MCA DENVER's temporary|contemporary building Miami-based artist/architect team Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R & R Studios created, "An experimental space for the idea of hope. THE PEACE PROJECT featured an architectural installation centered on the concept of the aftermath of a party in a public plaza. The plaza is emptied but the atmosphere remains, its festive banners and lights signifiers of occasional and fleeting spectacle. Behar and Marquardt play with perception and scale through a six-pointed star sculpture, centered in the middle of the room, near miniaturized figures, self-portraits. The female stands while the male sleeps, dreams being projected in real and imagined space. It is a vision of unification for public realm with that of dreamer as a space of democracy and reinvention. THE PEACE PROJECT was part of the Creative Acts That Matter three-year initiative supported by the Compton Foundation. http://www.rr-studios.com/
Image 9. Creative Acts That Matter Part II: The Environment, Eiko and Koma, The River, 2006, performance. MacArthur recipients Eiko and Koma presented an version of their work The River in a single evening performance under a viaduct adjacent to MCA DENVER in the Platte River. This performance was produced by Judith Hussie Taylor. Creative Acts That Matter was a three-year initiative supported by the Compton Foundation. http://www.eikoandkoma.org/
Images 10. The Canary Project: This is What Global Warming Looks Like, 2006. Denver bus ad. (Susannah Sayler, Dmitri Siegel, Edward Morris) http://canary-project.org/2010/07/bus-ads-billboards/
Images 11-13. Zhu Ming Performances: Neon Man Performance, December 5, 2003 at Townhouse hotel roof. Zhu Ming, Tea Ceremony: Miami Basel, 2003. Presented in partnership with Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York. Experimental performance artist Zhu Ming began presenting covert performances in Beijing East Village in the early 90s. His work addresses the passage of time, futility of communication, and the concept of physical and mental extremes. In Neon Man Performance Zhu Ming covers his body with toxic fluorescent paint. In Tea Ceremony, inside a plastic bubble, he makes tea and writes Chinese calligraphy while floating in the ocean.
Images 14-16. Suzanne Option Billboard Project/Denver, Soldier’s Face, 2006. http://www.suzanneopton.com/images/billboards/
Images 17-21. Creative Acts that Matter Part I: Population, Kara Walker, untitled, 2005. Billboards by Kara Walker were presented to raise awareness about HIV in South Africa amongst young women. Working in collaboration with Art for Humanity, South Africa, billboards and banners were exhibited in three cities in urban locations. Creative Acts That Matter was a three-year initiative supported by the Compton Foundation. (Image, banner in landscape) Lamontviller taxi rank, KwaZulu-Natal, December 2005. Photo Bianca Bothma. (Image with fence) Wynberg Train Station, Capetown, December 2005. Photo Clear Channel Independent. (Image with four figures) University of Technology, Steve Biko Campus-Isolempilo Wellness Clinic, May 2006. Photo: Siyanda Msomi. (Image with cars) Durban University of Technology, ML Sultan Campus, May 2006. Photo: Siyanda Msomi. (Image at Renaud Theatre) Durban University of Technology, Steve Biko Campus-Library, May 2006. Photo Siyanda Msomi. http://afh.org.za
Images 20-25. Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, The Democracy Project: The State of Things, ice sculpture. Presented in front of MCA DENVER during the Democratic National Convention, 2008. http://ligoranoreese.net/