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MARILYN MINTER: PRETTY/DIRTY


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 – JANUARY 31, 2016

DENVER, CO (January 14, 2015) – In Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, the exhibition explores in detail the myriad image choices Minter has made as a painter and photographer, the evolution of her style and technique, and her mode of production, including her organization of an unusual studio of assistants trained to create hyper-real, sometimes dizzyingly painted surfaces. Pretty/Dirty illustrates Minter’s progress from a curious youth looking critically at the domestic landscape before her to the media-savvy cultural producer whose images simultaneously define and critique our times.

From the beginning of her career, Minter has been embroiled in controversies over the relationship of her art to feminism, fashion, and celebrity. As her own profile as an artist interested in these vexed cultural intersections has grown, her work has risked looking as effortless as a mirror held up to the most supercilious aspects of today’s “bling” lifestyle. Yet Minter’s work is not merely a mirror of our culture, and this exhibition provides, for the first time, a critical evaluation of her practice as an astute interpretation of our deepest impulses, compulsions, and fantasies.

Marilyn Minter was born in 1948 in Shreveport, Louisanna. She lives and works in New York. Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH in 2009, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain in 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH in 2010 and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany in 2011. Her videoGreen Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA for over a year, and was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in LA, and the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York.

Marilyn Minter – Pretty/Dirty’s Denver leading sponsors include Bruce Etkin, Ann Reidy, and Toby D. Lewis.

Marilyn Minter – Pretty/Dirty’s national presentation, co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, is supported by generous grants from Salon 94, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch and Amy and John Phelan. MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society provides generous support for the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and operations. Supporters include: Martha Records & Rich Rainaldi, The Fries Foundation, Nancy Tieken, David Caulkins, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Nona & Dr Wayne Yakes, Mardi & Brown Cannon, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, John Fox, John Caulkins, Sidney E. Frank Foundation- Colorado Fund, openbox, The Salah Foundation, Nikki & Jeb Todd, Sue M. Cannon, Elizabeth & Evan Anderman, Newman Family Foundation, Nina & Min Sohn, David and Laura Merage Foundation, The Anschutz Foundation, Kathryn and Timothy Ryan, Anonymous Fund, Ivelisse and David Scanavino, Emily Sinclair & Jay Kenney, Baryn Futa, Lindsey & Pete Leavell, Helen Thorpe, J. Landis & Sharon Martin Family Foundation, The Sohn Family Foundation, Celeste & Jack Grynberg, Jean & Douglas Smooke, Ellen Bruss Design, LLC, J. F Maddox Foundation, Philae C. Dominick, Tina Walls, Caulkins Family Foundation, Thomas Congdon, David Thickman & Jaleh White, Fulcrum Foundation, Jim Taylor, Liberty Global, Thiry-O'Leary Foundation, Eli & Kobi Benel, Zinn Family Charitable Fund, Bryanna & Bart Spaulding, Claudia & David Knudsen, Compton Foundation, Inc., DaVita, Jill Wiltse & H. Kirk Brown, Justyn & Scott Shwayder, Kelley Knox Family Foundation, Ellen Bruss & Mark Falcone, Wendy & Steve Cohen, and the Wintemute Family Foundation.

This exhibition is supported in part by MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society, members, patrons, Colorado Creative Industries and the Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

ABOUT MCA DENVER
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) is a non-collecting institution acting as an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange and dialogue. In 2007, eleven years after its founding, the museum opened a new David Adjaye-designed building in Lower Downtown Denver. MCA Denver presents exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, as well as offering ongoing public programs that explore the relationship between art and contemporary life. MCA Denver has a robust youth program, with a focus on teens. In 2009, The Lab at Belmar merged with MCA Denver.

MUSEUM LOCATION, HOURS AND TICKET PRICES
MCA Denver is located at 1485 Delgany on the corner of 15th Street and Delgany in Denver, CO. The telephone number is 303 298 7554. As of May 29, MCA Denver’s winter hours are Tuesday through Thursday NOON to 7PM, Friday NOON to 9PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 7PM. The museum is closed on Monday. MCA Denver Members are ALWAYS FREE, general admission to the museum is $8, college students and seniors 65+ are $5, teens (13–18) and children (12 & under) are free and underwritten by the David & Laura Merage Foundation.


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