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Memory Mirror
Through March 5, 2023
Hamilton Building, Level 2

Included in general admission

Lares Feliciano’s Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas, and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative’s living room, Memory Mirror transforms the museum’s Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic.

As part of the installation, Lares Feliciano is inviting the community to contribute images or an audio recording that represents a personal memory. The memories shared with Feliciano will result in a changing animation and experience that evolves regularly, morphing and changing, just like memory. To contribute your memory, leave a voicemail at 720-913-0190 or submit a memory online. Please review our disclaimer before contributing.

About the Artist
Lares Feliciano is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker based in Denver, CO. Feliciano uses animation, installation, and collage to create worlds where marginalized experiences are front and center. Her work explores queer identities, mixed-race experiences, and complex expressions of grief and trauma. She holds a master's of fine arts in cinema production from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's in film and American studies from Smith College. She has completed residencies with RedLine Contemporary Art Center and Grand Canyon National Park and was a participant in the Colorado Creative Industries Change Leader Institute.

Feliciano is passionate about the power of the arts to create change and strengthen communities. In 2020, she joined the RedLine staff as Art Grants Manager where she supports artists and organizations across Colorado. Previously, she served as program director for Think 360 Arts for Learning and launched the Artist in Residence program at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Lares believes that everyone is an artist and is on a mission to support creativity in all.

She lives and works in Denver, where she has several projects in development including: Diasporican, a multi-layered storytelling project that uses archival imagery, experimental animation, and oral history to explore the deeply personal and diverse stories that make up the Puerto Rican experience; and Memory Mirror, an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas, and interactive storytelling.

Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe
June 13, 2021 – October 10, 2021

In the first U.S. solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube titled Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe, the exhibition at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will present eight new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history. Opening June 2021, the exhibition integrates themes related to power, conflict and the search for freedom through a Pink Universe, an imaginative world constructed by the artist, which combines fantasy with the history of Ndzube’s post-apartheid South Africa.

A genre first conceptualized in Latin America, magical realism infuses reality with elements of the fantastical. Oracles of the Pink Universe is organized by the DAM and curated by Laura F. Almeida, curatorial fellow of modern and contemporary art at the museum. The exhibition will be on view June 13, 2021, to Oct. 10, 2021, on level 2 of the museum’s Hamilton Building in the Martin and McCormick Gallery.

Oracles of the Pink Universe is an expansion of Ndzube's visual search that explores a mythological place, drawing from his personal experiences, imagination and art history. He will present exclusive works that depart from Hieronymus
“This installation by Simphiwe Ndzube will address important and difficult themes through playfulness and Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490 – 1500), depicting a theatrical space where heaven, earth and hell intersect. As visitors step into this alternate universe, they will be confronted with artworks that explore themes of conflict, tension, resilience, strength and a fight for human rights.

“This installation by Simphiwe Ndzube will address important and difficult themes through playfulness and imagination,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “By taking visitors on a visually captivating journey to his own alternate mythical universe, we hope Ndzube’s artworks will spark and encourage dialogue about underlying relevant to our lives today.”

Oracles of the Pink Universe will include an entirely new body of work comprised of vibrant paintings and sculptures, some of which ingeniously transform from two dimensional to three dimensional works of art. Ndzube’s installation will incorporate resin, spray paint, collage and found objects, such as second-hand clothing. They also will feature figures, sometimes depicted as headless, amorphous and non-binary, that appear to emerge from the traditional confines of paintings hung on walls.

“Through an imaginative visual language that draws upon the post-apartheid Black South African experience, Ndzube conjures a fantastical, at times jarring, world that addresses timeless themes of survival, power and conflict, prompting viewers to question historical narratives,” comments curatorial fellow Almeida. “Transcending traditional boundaries of medium, style and space, Ndzube’s work invites audiences into an exhibition experience that hovers on the edge of the supernatural and the
real, somewhere in the space where history and imagination merge.”

Ndzube’s mythical world will also explore boundaries, whether ontological, political, or geographical, and will embrace the coexistence of seemingly irreconcilable realities, spaces and systems that confront the viewer’s perception of what is possible.

A 96-page color catalog will accompany the exhibition, with an extended introduction by Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DAM, an essay by curatorial fellow Almeida and an artist-to-artist interview between Phumelele Tshabalala and Ndzube. The fully illustrated catalog, available at The Shop at the DAM, will feature artworks in the exhibition and photographs showing Ndzube’s process and sketches.

Oracles of the Pink Universe will be included in general admission and free for museum members as well as youth 18 and under. To manage visitor flow and maintain compliance with local and state health guidelines, purchasing a dated and timed general admission ticket at denverartmuseum.org may still be required to see this exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to check the museum website for the latest exhibition and ticketing details.

Oracles of the Pink Universe will include an entirely new body of work comprised of vibrant paintings and sculptures, some of which ingeniously transform from two dimensional to three dimensional works of art. Ndzube’s installation will incorporate resin, spray paint, collage and found objects, such as second-hand clothing. They also will feature figures, sometimes depicted as headless, amorphous and non-binary, that appear to emerge from the traditional confines of paintings hung on walls.

“Through an imaginative visual language that draws upon the post-apartheid Black South African experience, Ndzube conjures a fantastical, at times jarring, world that addresses timeless themes of survival, power and conflict, prompting viewers to question historical narratives,” comments curatorial fellow Almeida. “Transcending traditional boundaries of medium, style and space, Ndzube’s work invites audiences into an exhibition experience that hovers on the edge of the supernatural and the

ABOUT SIMPHIWE NDZUBE
Simphiwe Ndzube (b. 1990) is a South African artist based in Los Angeles, California. Influenced by literary figures, including Ben Okri, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino and Zakes Mda, Ndzube’s work combines painting and sculpture to address socio-historical themes within Black post-apartheid South Africa.

The artist’s solo exhibitions include shows at Galeria Nicodim (Bucharest, Romania); Museo Kaluz (Mexico City, Mexico); Stevenson Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa); The Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL); Cc Foundation (Shanghai, China); Harper's Books (East Hampton, New York); and Nicodim Gallery(Los Angeles, CA).

Ndzube’s work is featured in public and private collections internationally; Musee d’art Contemporain de Lyon; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The CC Foundation (Shanghai); HOW Art Museum (Shanghai); Christen Sveeas Collection (Norway); Pérez Art Museum (Miami); Museo Kalu (Mexico City); the Rubell Family Collection (Miami); and the Rupert Museum (Cape Town).

Ndzube holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town (2015) and attended the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Cape Town, South Africa (2010).

EXHIBITION SUPPORT
Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe is organized by Simphiwe Ndzube and the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan and the Birnbaum Social Discourse Project. Additional support is provided by the Hasday Family Trust, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultura

Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger
May 23, 2021–August 22, 2021

Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger is the first exhibition to feature together the work of Watt and Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking.

Exploring the collective process of creation, Each/Other will feature 26 mixed media sculptures, wall hangings and large-scale installation works by Watt (Seneca, Scottish, German) and Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European), along with a new monumental artist-guided community artwork. While each artist’s practice is rooted in collaboration, they have never before worked together or been exhibited alongside one another in a way that allows audiences to see both the similarities and contrasts in their work.

Watt and Luger's work is divided into two sections that explore the artists’ engagement with community, materials and the land. A new collaborative piece will be located where the two artists’ works converge within the gallery. Works on view in Each/Other will consist of materials including carved wood, ceramic and fabric sculpture, photography, installation works with concertina and oil drums, video-based interpretive elements and documentation pieces to show past performance works by the artists.

Following its presentation at the DAM, Each/Other will travel to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University Sept. 25, 2021 through Dec. 12, 2021 and to the Peabody Essex Museum Jan. 29, 2022 through May 8, 2022.

Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck
March 14 - June 20, 2021
Anschutz Gallery

Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck, an exhibition that presents 100 ensembles—by 15 different couturiers and designers from around the world—from the wardrobe of Parisian writer, philanthropist and fashion influencer Véronique Peck. A selection of haute couture, fashion sketches, photographs, film clips, family snapshots and documents, such as letters and receipts, is being exhibited publicly for the first time, providing a unique look into the style of one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples. The presentation will cover more than four decades, from the 1950s to the 1990s, providing an overview of how fashion changed as the roles of women in society evolved in the 20th century. In conjunction with the exhibition, Véronique and Gregory’s daughter, Cecilia Peck Voll, has gifted the Denver Art Museum 20 of her mother’s iconic looks for the museum’s collection. Paris to Hollywood, organized by the Denver Art Museum and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, and designed by architect Brian Dale and designer Meredith Dale, both co-founders of Sort Studio, is on view from March 14, 2021, through June 20, 2021 in the Anschutz Gallery on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.

Born in Paris, France, in 1932, Véronique Passani was a writer for the daily French newspaper France Soir when she met Gregory Peck at the age of 20. Véronique reviewed books, theater performances, exhibitions and “air du temps,” and, despite being a young woman in a patriarchal society, she interviewed high-profile celebrities, including General Eisenhower, Samuel Goldwyn, Albert Schweitzer and the French writer Colette. Peck, arguably the most famous Hollywood actor at the time, was filming Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn in Italy when he interviewed with Véronique for FranceSoir in Paris. The meeting was the beginning of a love story fit for a cinematic production, culminating in a marriage that lasted nearly five decades until Gregory’s death in 2003.

“Paris to Hollywood will present our visitors with an exclusive look behind the scenes of one of the most famed couples of the mid-to-late 20th century,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum. “We are honored to present such a monumental selection of Hollywood history through this exhibition, while showcasing the art of fashion and all that goes into the creation of these marvelous and intricate ensembles. We are incredibly grateful to Cecilia Peck Voll for graciously gifting 20 invaluable garments from the exhibition to DAM’s permanent collection following the show’s closure next year, and for sharing her collection with the world for the first time at our museum.”

When Véronique moved from Paris to Hollywood in 1955, she brought with her a nuanced Parisian elegance and quickly became one of the most influential women in Hollywood. As Gregory advocated for civil rights and social justice, through iconic films which condemned racism, anti-Semitism and nuclear proliferation, Veronique vigorously supported his activism and philanthropy. Together they donated and raised millions of dollars for the American Cancer Society, the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences, the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Music Center and the Los Angeles Public Library. In 1967, Véronique’s fundraising and passionate support for the Inner City Cultural Center led to her being named “Woman of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times.

Véronique’s close relationships with global designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Hubert de Givenchy and André Courrèges, as well as Hollywood stars like Princess Grace of Monaco, essentially made her an ambassador between the couturiers of Europe and the Hollywood elite.

“Véronique was, and remains, an exemplary figure of fashion with an emblematic wardrobe,” said curator Müller. “Fashion is a big component of our contemporary culture and how we see the world. Paris to Hollywood is a testament to the history of fashion and to Véronique’s ability to stay on the pulse of fashion and new trends. She amassed a collection of over 300 couture dresses, which she wore to the Oscars, the White House, film premieres and international galas from Paris to Rome, Cannes, New York and Los Angeles. It has truly been an honor to curate this exhibition with looks and documentations from the Peck collection.”

Paris to Hollywood unfolds a romantic journey, illustrating the Pecks’ life as a couple, alongside Véronique’s unique relationship with the most well-known couturiers of the 20th century. A variety of designers from France, Italy, the U.S. and the U.K. will be represented in the exhibition, including Yves Saint Laurent, André Courrèges, Valentino, Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Moschino, Pucci, Guy Laroche, Thea Porter, Pierre Cardin, Jacques Griffe, Jean Louis Scherrer, Rudi Gernreich and Sonia Rykiel.

Divided into nine sections organized thematically and chronologically, the exhibition will display iconic milestones in the history of fashion such as the mini dress and pantsuits of André Courrèges, whose futurist style was celebrated by the fashion magazines in 1965 as the “Courrèges bomb.” Véronique is praised for introducing Courrèges to the U.S. in the 1960s. A selection of dresses, demonstrating the meticulous artistic creativity that went into the creation of these garments, will reveal Véronique’s talent for choosing the best designer pieces, emblematic of each season and occasion. Her wardrobe—which includes many unique samples from the fashion shows of Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy—is a testament to the fact that leading designers viewed her as a fashion ambassador and influencer of her time. The first presentation of its kind, Paris to Hollywood also will include one of Gregory Peck’s tuxedos, in addition to film clips and never-before-seen family photographs.

"When my parents entered a room, you couldn’t take your eyes off them,” said Cecilia Peck. “They made style look effortless. I think their secret was that they were having fun. They were in love, and you could feel it. They inspired each other and made each other laugh. His eyes were always on her. Their style was a reflection of their love. Thanks to Christoph Heinrich and the Denver Art Museum, especially the extraordinary eye of Florence Müller, I am sharing my mother Veronique’s haute couture with the public for the first time. It’s been a thrilling journey of discovery for all of us."

An illustrated color catalog will accompany Paris to Hollywood, including three essays and an introduction by curator Florence Müller, interviews with Véronique Peck’s friends, Sharon Stone and Laura Dern, conducted by Müller. The catalog also includes biographies of each of the 15 couturiers presented in the exhibition, written by Jane Burke, senior curatorial assistant of textile art and fashion at the DAM. The catalog will feature images of the couture and designer pieces, along with a selection of archival photos, documents, sketches and family photos. The catalog ise available for purchase online and in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum upon the exhibition’s opening.

Paris to Hollywood is included in general admission, which is free for museum members and youth 18 and under every day. For the latest on new visitation, safety and cleaning procedures, please visit denverartmuseum.org.

Exhibition Sponsors
Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck is organized by the Denver Art Museum and presented by Joy Dinsdale. Additional support is provided by Bridget and John Grier, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership, Campaign and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.

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