Derrick Velasquez:
Obstructed View

May 26, 2017–August 27, 2017


Derrick Velasquez: Obstructed View presented a collection of site-specific installations and a series of photographs that used the museum’s architecture and the broader politics of design and urban development. Velasquez's work featured sculptural installation, composed of prefabricated ornate crown molding that adorns the opening into the lower-level gallery of the museum’s David Adjaye building. He installed these decorative features upside down to call new attention to them. Below the embellished atrium, in the Whole Room Gallery, Velasquez created a modular sculpture that resembles a Greek key. Photographs of residential property lines in Denver comprised the rest of the gallery, depicting new construction, historic architecture, and barriers that divide or connect new and old buildings.

Obstructed View explored liminal areas in the museum’s building and in Denver, as well as more figurative borders between art, design, and architecture. This exhibition coincided with the presentation of The Stacks, an exhibition curated by Velasquez in MCA Denver's Open Shelf Library.

Derrick Velasquez was born in 1982 in Lodi, California. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts and Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2004, Velasquez received an MFA from The Ohio State University. Velasquez has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Denver, and he has been an Affiliate Instructor at Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado since 2010. He is the founding director and curator of Yes Ma’am Projects. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

The exhibition is curated by
Zoe Larkins, Assistant Curator

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MCA Denver exhibitions are supported by the Director's Vision Society and the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.