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Logan Lectures Spring 2016 Series

2016 Spring Logan Lecture Series | Audacious: contemporary artists speak out


Presented by the DAM Contemporaries


This series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with DAM Contemporaries.



$8 volunteers

$12 artists

$15 DAM members

$18 nonmembers

DAMC members and students are free with valid student ID (student must present valid student ID the night of the lecture)



$35 artists, $48 DAM members, $60 nonmembers



6:00 PM in Sharp Auditorium in the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Doors open at 5:30 PM. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call: 720-913-0130 or go online to


LEONARDO DREW in conversation with Becky Hart

Monday, February 1


Leonardo Drew’s large-scale sculptural installations utilize new materials, which are weathered, burned, oxidized, and decayed to create the look of found objects. Drew employs techniques reminiscent of a formalist approach to materiality, through the multi-layering and alteration of materials, in order to probe existentialism. By pushing beyond the viewer’s comfort zone, the experience is both physical and visceral, encouraging the exploration of our relationship with time. This lecture is co-sponsored by Voices in Contemporary Art (VOCA).


MICKALENE THOMAS in conversation with Becky Hart

Wednesday, March 9


Inspired by her studies in art history, specifically 19th century portraiture, still-life, and landscape, Mickalene Thomas explores the complexities of womanhood, including the contemporary notion of beauty. Through her use of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel, her work presents a twist on the classical canon, referencing pop-culture and pop art in textured compositions. Highlighting the multifaceted qualities of the African American woman, Thomas utilizes female portraiture of 19th century masters, such as Édouard Manet, to reexamine our ideas about the predominantly male-dominated art historical narrative, including issues of gender and racial representation.



Wednesday, April 13


Jovan Villalba’s interest lies in the possibilities of the imagination. His abstract paintings toy with the experience of the viewer, through the inclusion of reflective materials, such as unpainted stainless steel. Layers of paint and steel combine to form a surface intended to interact and change with the environment and viewer. At a glance, the environments he creates appear intriguing and free to inhabit. However, upon closer observation a potentially dangerous new reality comes into focus, in which coherence is undermined and an unfamiliar terrain exposed.



Tuesday, May 17


Carroll Dunham’s work explores psychological and formal issues through the depictions of animated, often disconnected, abstract figures and landscapes. Inspired by pop art, Surrealism, Neo-Expressionism, and Abstract Expressionism, Dunham’s paintings and works on paper reference artists such as Paul Gauguin, Arshile Gorky, Joan Miro, Jean Dubuffet, and William Copley. The resulting combination of formal elements and artistic inspirations is a humorous, sometimes raunchy, survey of an alternative world.

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