What happens when archives and history inspire art? What does it look like? How does it sound, feel, or, even, taste? What is the process behind transforming archival materials into new creations? The Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, in partnership with Arthyve and Denver Events & Venues, invite our Colorado community to come explore these questions at Archives as Muse, a one night program on October 26th. This public program, moderated by Rick Griffith, Denver County Commissioner for Public Art and Culture and Director of MATTER, will feature new and inspired work from archives and on-stage conversations with Colorado artists Esther Hernandez, Nathan Hall, Sarah Fukami, Elyssa Lewis, George Perez, Sarah Walsh, John Lake and Sarah Gjertson.
These 8 artists were selected by SRMA and Arthyve based on submitted project proposals and have been working in close collaboration with various archival and museum repositories along the Front Range to create their original works since July 2017. The Archives as Muse artists chose materials from the archives of Clyfford Still, the audio collection of the Maria Rogers Oral History Program, the Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy collections, the Park County Archives, the Stephen H. Hart Library at the Colorado History Museum, the History Colorado Center, and the Roger G. Barry Archive and Resource Center at the National Snow And Ice Data Center, among others, to inspire the work displayed and discussed at this event.
The pieces will be on display at Leon Gallery, 1112 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218, the week of October 22nd.
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