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Lectures and Talks

Anderman Photography Lecture: Meghann Riepenhoff

Join Photographer Meghann Riepenhoff, as she explores innovative new possibilities of the cyanotype process, one of the oldest photographic print processes.

Riepenhoff's unique cyanotypes are often large in scale, in direct collaboration with the landscape, and without the use of a camera. She starts off by coating paper with a cyanotype emulsion and then places the paper into the natural world. By exposing the paper to sunlight and water (waves, rivers, rain, snow, ice, etc.), Riepenhoff is able to create dynamic photographs while engaging with the elements of nature and chance.

Her work addresses ideas of impermanence, the unknown, and human connection to as well as the impact on the environment. Meghann Riepenhoff splits her time between Bainbridge Island, WA and San Francisco, CA, and was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography in 2018.

 

The Sages of Sorin: Paintings by Kano Motonobu in the Denver Art Museum

The exciting discovery of room panels by Kano Motonobu (1477-1559) from the temple Zuihōin in the Denver Art Museum offers an opportunity to reassess the meaning of architecturally specific paintings in late medieval Japan. Zuihōin, founded in the mid-sixteenth century by the priest Tesshū Sōkyū and supported with the financial backing of the daimyo Ōtomo Sōrin, is one of very few subtemples of Daitokuji monastery that preserves its original abbot's quarters (hōjō). The paintings in Denver and another set of folding screens in the Seikadō Bunko Art Museum in Tokyo allow us to reconstruct the interior space of Zuihōin and examine it through comparison with other Daitokuji subtemples. What emerges is a complex interplay of contemporary Zen priests and ancient Chinese sages, Daoist cosmology, and local topography all brought inside the liturgical and residential spaces of the abbot's quarters. The lecture will also reflect on the later history of the Denver panels in order to retrace their journey from a Kyoto temple to an American museum.

We Don't Embroider Cushions Here: Women in Modern Design

Join Libby Sellers, design historian, independent curator and writer, as she discusses the role of women in design. From architects and product designers to textile artists and digital innovators, this talk is a celebration of some of the most dynamic female practitioners from the last 120 years. It looks to some of the reasons why women have not been as present as their male counterparts, in the hope of correcting some wrongs and establishing role models. After the lecture, hear from Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture and design, in conversation with women from Denver's design community for a lively discussion about women in the design community today.

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