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A Look At Colorado In The Present Tense

by Ella Gotsch

No matter who you are, one thing is for sure; it has been a crazy, difficult year. From the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, to revolutionary social and political justice movements like Black Lives Matter, it has been an unprecedented year. What was not too long ago considered “normal” is a thing of the past, and we are all still learning to navigate this new reality. Colorado in the Present Tense features the work of four artists displaying how they are dealing with and responding to the situation we currently find ourselves in. Visit the second floor of MCA Denver to experience the different perspectives, thoughts, and experiences of four Colorado-based artists, Narkita Gold, Rick Griffith, Nathan Hall, and Maia Ruth Lee. Make sure to grab a latte (or a cocktail) at their rooftop cafe & bar when you’re done!

Black in Denver by Narkita Gold

This photographic and text-based series featuring 100 portraits celebrates and sheds light on the experiences of Black individuals in Denver.

Tools by Rick Griffith

This beautiful series of paintings, text, and diagrams showcases the activist’s ideas for future projects dealing with race and social justice in the current political climate.

Soundscape 2020 by Nathan Hall

This amazing series of sound installations throughout the museum will move you to reflect on the role that silence and noise have played in this year’s obstacles and outcomes.

The Language of Grief by Martha Ruth Lee

This asemic writing series features paintings, prints, and a video that represent the artist’s emotions in a way words cannot.

Although 2020 was a long year with seemingly no end in sight, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Colorado in the Present Tense at MCA Denver perfectly captures how artists in our city are working against all odds to come out on the other side even stronger.

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