January 18, 2018

Adventures with Artist Cynthia Gutierrez

Thad Mighell


As part of Saber Acomodar: Art & Workshops of Jalisco 1915-NOW, we've been lucky to have the opportunity to host Guadalajaran artist Cynthia Gutierrez for a residency at MCA Denver for the past two weeks. One of the really important aspects of the residency program is to expose these traveling artists to a new place and culture, new people, different ideas and experiences to inspire them with their work, art, and life. And I for one, am so honored and proud that part of my job is to reveal the city of Denver to these artists and immerse them in new adventures. So without further ado, here's what we've been up to...

Cynthia got into Denver on Sunday, January 7th and we wasted no time seeing the sites and eating tons of great food!

Since we had a workshop to host in only three days we hit the thrift shops to find objects to use in Cynthia’s demonstration. We found so many high-quality ceramics that we started regretting having to smash them (for the workshops)…

Several works of pottery against a dark backdrop. They vary in color and design but are all small sized vessels.

We also found this weird thing, we have no idea what it does, but we bought it anyway. We are giving it to local artist Charles Russell, b/c he likes this kind of thing.

An old electronic instrument of unknown use or purpose. It has three dials on the side and a lens in the center. It is dark green with a handle on the top.

We wrapped up last week with a 3ish mile hike to the Castle Ruins at Mt. Falcon, near Morrison, Colorado.

Collage of Cynthia at various places like an amusment park, a broncos gift shop. She smiles in all of the photos.

And afterward, we had a well-deserved beer in Morrison.

Cynthia sits at a restaurant table drinking a light beer. There is a mounted bison head on the wall behind her.

On Monday, Cynthia joined the annual Marade for MLK Jr. Day and had a blast. I did not join, it was cold and my comfy pants were calling my name. Instead, Alex Jimenez from Teen Programs spent some quality time with Cynthia. She told me later that this was the first time she ever saw a snowflake, and it was amazing!

People protest in the snow outdoors. One sign is visible and reads "Stand together against the racist G O P. All lives matter.

The next day we hit the thrifting hard again and ended up at that ARC right by Casa Bonita soooo, when in Rome…

Sierra posing at Casa Bonita. There is a blue pool behind her and fake palm trees.