October 15, 2020
WORD AROUND TOWN: CITIZENSHIP: A PRACTICE OF SOCIETY
Citizenship: A Practice of Society, observes an exhibition survey of politically engaged art made since 2016. The exhibition has captivated visitors and generated important dialogue all across Denver. Check out below some of the press clips honoring this timely exhibition. (Updated November 2, 2020)
- The Know Denver Post MCA Denver’s new exhibition jumps straight into our current political moment by Ray Mark Rinaldi “Citizenship” isn’t perfect, but it certainly isn’t half-hearted either, and once again the MCA is leading the way for museums across the region and, indeed, the country, by digging into the evolving needs of its community and trying to make sense of things, rather than to ignore genuine needs and go on with business as usual.
- frieze ‘Citizenship: A Practice of Society’ Reminds Us that Voting Is Not Enough by Annie Armstrong "Following the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, artists and critic wondered whether it would be possible to create meaningful work at a time when subtlety and nuance in our national dialogue had been replaced by vitriol, venom and insensitivity. In retrospect, we could have had more faith in artists."
- Hypebeast: MCA Denver Looks at the Trump Years Through Artists’ Eyes by Clara Malley "Over 30 artists explore the new resonances of citizenship and creative practice in the wake of a tumultuous four years in American politics for MCA Denver’s latest exhibition, Citizenship: A Practice of Society. The works, created between 2016 and present day, span discipline, generations and geography — from the on-going opioid crisis to the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri."
- Westword: MCA Denver's Citizenship: A Practice of Society Encourages Public Activism by Susan Froyd "Political art isn’t new, but MCA Denver assistant curator Zoe Larkins has seen an uptick in overtly topical work during the four years that Donald Trump has been president. As propulsive issues like climate change and social justice have turned desperate and political actions have stirred the public, artists have followed suit."
- 5280 Politically Engaged Art Takes Over MCA Denver in “Citizenship: A Practice of Society” by Crystal Medrano “Artists demonstrate how being a citizen is like an artistic practice. It’s looking at systems and values that have given rise to the issues and using civic imagination to problem solve and create the world that we want to live in,” says Larkins."
- The Art Newspaper Denver exhibition considers the art of the Trump years by Gabriella Angeleti "The exhibition features work produced between 2016 and 2020 by more than 30 artists, including Dread Scott, Trevor Paglen and Titus Kaphar, that examine xenophobia, systemic racism, citizenship and other issues that have come to a head under the Trump administration. “The idea for the exhibition percolated over a couple years, as I noticed how much politically oriented artwork was being made, shown, purchased and talked about, as well as how politically active artists seemed to be outside of the studio,” Larkins says. The pieces, however, “don’t aestheticise political ideals or causes, nor are they quintessentially activist”, she adds."