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Lectures and Talks

Gio Ponti in Caracas: the Villa Arreaza

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In the 1950s, Gio Ponti found in oil-wealthy Venezuela some of his most generous and supporting clients. The architect built several houses in Caracas. Two of them are considered true masterpieces. The well-known Villa Planchart, which he believed was his most remarkable residential design, and the subject of this lecture, the elusive and somehow mysterious Villa Arreaza, also known as Villa Diamantina.

Mexican Modernism in Context Session #1

How Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Their Modernist Circle Shaped Mexico's Artistic Culture

This course session will explore major themes in the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera & Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Learn more about how Kahlo and Diego became the forefront of the Mexican Modernist Movement forming circles of influence among intellectuals, artists, and patrons, and how the Modernist artists celebrated national identity, creative spirit, and appreciation of Indigenous cultures in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. 

Presented by Rebecca R. Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Laura Almeida, doctoral curatorial fellow of modern and contemporary art.

Mexican Modernism in Context Session #2

Mexican Modernism in Context Session #2: Gunther Gerzso: A Set Designer Who Painted

The distinctive style of Gunther Gerzso's art was a consequence of his experience as a set designer in the movies and the theater. He was primarily influenced by pre-Hispanic Mexican architecture and modern European art. Jacques Gelman employed Gerzso in many film productions and also collected his paintings. In this course session, learn more about Gerzso's life and art and the artistic spheres he worked in during his career. 

Presented by J. Michael Gerzso, independent software developer specializing in architectural CAD, maintainer of the Gene and Gunther Gerzso Archive, and eldest son of the artist. 

Mexican Modernism in Context Session #3

Mexican Modernism in Context Session #3: Not Just Frida: The Women of Mexican Modernism

An era regarded as a renaissance in Mexican art, Mexican Modernism was shaped by not just the grandeur of politically charged murals by los Tres Grandes or the deeply reflective self-portraits by the now globally-known Frida Kahlo, but a series of women artists who challenged the existing narratives and styles, each forging their own path through representations of country, psyche, culture, and womanhood. In this course session, explore the diversity of works by María Izquierdo, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and Frida, of course. 
 
Presented by Tariana Naves-Nieves, Director, Cultural Affairs, Denver Arts & Venues, Latin American Art Specialist and former Curator of Latin American Art for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Museo de las Americas, a series of private art collections, and Curatorial Associate for the Denver Art Museum.

Mexican Modernism in Context Session #4

Mexican Modernism in Context Session #4: Chicano/a Muralism of Colorado 

At the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, Chicano/a artists sought to instill a sense of cultural pride in their neighborhoods throughout Colorado. Serving as cultural place makers, artists began to paint murals to define safe spaces in their communities after years of displacement and cultural abasement. In this fourth and final course session, discover how the Mexican Mural Movement inspired young activists/artists to use murals to describe with bold, vibrant imagery their sense of identity, family, and community. Discover the distinct Chicano/a mural aesthetic that developed to describe complex narratives to symbolize their heritage and ancestral roots in Colorado. 
 
Presented by Lucha Martínez de Luna, Director of Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project, Curator of Latino Heritage at History Colorado, and Director of the O'na Tök Archaeological Project, Chiapas, Mexico.

Mexican Modernism in Context: Full Course

In this four-part online course, dig deeper into the themes and artists represented in the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism. With local experts as your guides in this virtual program, look more closely at the artworks on view, discover the rich historical contexts that informed their production, and explore the exhibition armed with newfound knowledge and critical perspectives.  

Tuesdays November 10, December 1, 15, and January 5, 6 - 7 pm.

Virtual Sewing Circle with Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger

Join artists Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger for a virtual sewing circle and contribute to their collaborative artwork for the Each/Other exhibition. During this event, participants will embroider a word, message, or visual sentiment onto a bandana. The sewing circle is open to everyone, all ages and no experience is required.

What you will need:
A Bandana or piece of cloth roughly 22  x 22
Embroidery needle and thread (hoop is optional)
A story to share

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