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VASD + MCA Denver’s Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia


Tuesday, Dec 9th

In concurrence with MCA Denver’s current exhibition, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, the VASD Program is offering three exciting events as part of the Program’s Identity series:

Screening: The Royal Tenenbaums
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Please click here to RSVP.
Mary Harris Auditorium

About the Film
Enveloping topics of success, lineage, expectation, love and commitment, The Royal Tenenbaums presents a cinematic vision of identity situated within the family. Fraught with evolving and shifting loyalties, betrayals, and the unique and often complicated nature of familial love, this stunningly beautiful film by Director Wes Anderson features a score composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content.


Private Tour of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:15 p.m.
Hosted by MCA Denver Director Adam Lerner
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
RMCAD community only. Reservation is required and space is limited. Please click here to RSVP.
Reservations will close 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, or when filled.

About the Tour
Join the VASD Program for a private, RMCAD exclusive tour of the retrospective exhibition, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, with Museum Director and Chief Animator Adam Lerner at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.


Adam Lerner
Who Made the 80’s: Part Two
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
Reservation is required and space is limited. RMCAD community only. Please click here to RSVP.
The general public can purchase tickets here.
Reservations will close 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, or when filled.

About the Lecture
Who Made the 80’s is a lecture presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver as part of the Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia exhibition. Director and Chief Animator, Adam Lerner will explain the story and ideas behind the exhibition and the three-year process to introduce the world to one of the most creative minds of the past forty years.


About Mark Mothersbaugh
As an extraordinary and boundless contemporary artist and musician, Mothersbaugh co-founded the 1980’s New Wave band DEVO and is the award winning composer of numerous films including The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, 21 Jump Street, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as the theme song for television’s Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Mothersbaugh’s prolific work spans diverse mediums including rugs, music, fashion, drawing, sculpture, video and prints. The artist’s cross-disciplinary career positions him at the intersection of art and pop culture, and exemplifies the identity of a contemporary artist as a cultural critic and nonconformist outsider. Individuals like Mothersbaugh become culture creators, able to realize a new vision of the world from their own, unfettered imagination. More on Mark Mothersbaugh at mutato.com.

About the Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
“Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia is the first retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh’s work from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. This body of work presents a unique combination of cultural criticism and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music. But more than that, his work provides a missing link in the history of contemporary art and culture. At once an artist, musician, and tinkerer, he offers a key to understanding the current state of art, with its hybridity, subjectivity and fluid boundaries. Mothersbaugh’s work reveals his unique artistic voice and also asserts his role in the intersecting legacies that have formed contemporary culture.” – MCA Denver. More on the MCA Denver exhibition Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia at mcadenver.org/myopia.

For more information please go to http://rmcad.edu/vasd.

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Fall Festival

1:00 PM
Friday, Oct 24th

Students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an afternoon of tricks and treats at RMCAD's Fall Festival on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. Join us on the Carpenter Lawn for and afternoon filled with fall activities including:
A pumpkin carving contest
Lunch served fresh from the grill
Lawn games
Tarot card readings
Campus ghost tours
Cider and s'mores
A raffle
A scarecrow-making contest.

We hope to see you there!

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Graydation


Friday, Oct 10th to Sunday, Nov 2nd

Emerging RMCAD artists will be featured in a group exhibition, GRAYDATION, hosted at Denver's EDGE Gallery. The exhibition will begin with an opening reception Friday, October 10 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and will run through November 2, 2014. The works will feature an exploration of the non-conforming manner of the gray area and the successive changes of gradation.

Group exhibition artists:
Alexis Acebey
Ashley Ahlene
Arlexis Gallegos
Rashelle Stetman
Joseph Brown
Bonnie Geuder
Brooke Glandt
Alison Reid

Visit edgeart.org for more information and directions to the EDGE Gallery.

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Judy Chicago

6:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 16th

Judy Chicago: Five Decades
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Thanks to all that came to Judy Chicago's lecture! A recap video of the post-lecture book signing can be found here.


The Lecture
In celebration of her 75th birthday and in concurrence with the exhibition Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014 at RedLine, Denver, Judy Chicago will present an overview of her exceptional career in a lecture titled Judy Chicago: Five Decades. Chicago’s lecture will present a vital addition to the VASD Program’s series exploring identity and will review her contribution to contemporary discourse. Chicago’s work has taken many forms throughout her career. What remains unfaltering is the artist’s continuous championship for women’s rights to free expression, her advocacy for an expanded notion of the artist’s role in society, and an unabashed emphasis on women’s contributions to art, culture, and history.

About the Lecturer
Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans over five decades. One of Chicago’s primary goals was to overcome the erasure of women’s achievements that is symbolically expressed in The Dinner Party, her monumental representation of women in Western Civilization—now permanently housed at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is evident through her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books authored by the artist are published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to thousands of readers worldwide.

About the Exhibition: Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970–2014
Following her introductory lecture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, RedLine will celebrate Chicago’s 75th birthday by presenting a survey of her work, with a special emphasis on her fiber works. Curated by Simon Zalkind, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, this exhibition is part of She Crossed the Line, RedLine’s yearlong focus on female artists.

Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970–2014
Curated by Simon Zalkind
October 17–December 28, 2014
Opening Reception on Friday, October 17, 2014
Member & VIP Reception at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Public Reception at 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80205
More information at www.redlineart.org

The Identity Lecture Series
Judy Chicago: Five Decades is the second lecture in the VASD Program’s Identity lecture series. This lecture series investigates the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture.

Examining identity is pertinent to many facets of contemporary life including the incessant development and intimate integration of technology into daily life, the ease of travel and relocation, the changing recognition and validation of nontraditional gender roles and sexuality, the shifting perceptions of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and the increasingly normative occurrence of holding several different careers in a lifetime.

By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.

VASD Program
The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community. For more on VASD, click here.

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Hinrichs, McCoy + Glaser

5:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct 8th

Kathy McCoy & Kit Hinrichs
Featuring a special video message by Milton Glaser
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Panel Discussion from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium


RMCAD's Graphic Design Department will host Kit Hinrichs and Kathy McCoy for a reception and panel discussion on design in the Mary Harris Auditorium.

About the Presenters:

Katherine McCoy cochaired Cranbrook Academy of Art's Design Department for 24 years, and was a Senior Lecturer at Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Design in Chicago and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art. She is a AIGA Medallist and an elected member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Kansas City Art Institute. With her husband Michael, she received the Smithsonian Design Museum’s first Design Mind Award. Katherine consults in communications design for cultural and environmental clients, and writes on design criticism and history.

Kit Hinrichs served as principal in several design offices in New York and San Francisco and spent 23 years as a partner of Pentagram before opening Studio Hinrichs in 2009. His design experience incorporates a wide range of projects, including corporate communications, brand development, promotion, packaging, catalogs, environmental graphics, editorial and exhibition design. Kit’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. He has co-chaired the Alliance Graphique Internationale San Francisco Congress, and is an AIGA medalist.

Celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of AIGA, special limited numbered and signed posters from the 3 designers will be for sale with the proceeds benefiting the AIGA Design Archives located at the Denver Art Museum’s Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics.

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RMCAD to host 2014 National Portfolio Day

9:00 AM
Saturday, Sep 27th

On September 27, 2014, RMCAD will continue tradition by hosting National Portfolio Day (NPD) on its campus. At this event, students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accredited colleges to discuss and review artwork.

Check-in begins at 9:00AM. Reviews will be held from 11:00AM-3:00PM. Students interested in learning more about RMCAD can attend a tour at 9:30AM, 10:00AM or 3:00PM.

The following colleges will be in attendance:
Alberta College of Art + Design
Art Center College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Memphis College of Art
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
PrattMWP
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
School of Visual Arts
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
University of Kansas Department Visual Art
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

This event is offered at no charge. Click here to learn more about National Portfolio Day.

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Hasan Elahi


Wednesday, Sep 24th

Hasan Elahi
Surveillance, Data, and Learning to Love Big Brother
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Lecture begins at 7:00pm
Mary Harris Auditorium


The Lecture
Hasan Elahi’s lecture will discuss his ongoing creative explorations into the consequences of living under constant surveillance. In 2002, the FBI suspected the artist of being a national security risk—this erroneous supposition of his character led to intensive investigations and months of interrogation. Through this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived of an extensive online database, primarily made up of camera phone images called “Tracking Transience,” which publicly displays a thorough, yet intentionally selective, depiction of almost every aspect of his life. Twelve years later, the voluntary and involuntary contribution to a massive public database of personally identifying information has become a norm of contemporary life. In an overview of Elahi’s work, the artist will explore the creative choices he made to both subvert and engage big data.

About the Lecturer
Hasan Elahi is an artist based in Baltimore and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland. His work examines issues of surveillance, transport, border, and frontiers through a variety of media and has been exhibited at SITE Santa Fe, the Sundance Film Festival, The Hermitage, and the Venice Biennale.

Elahi has presented lectures at the Tate Modern, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, TedGlobal, and the World Economic Forum. Awards for his artistic achievement include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters, and the Ford Foundation/Phillip Morris National Fellowship. Reviews of Elahi’s work can be found in The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, and Al Jazeera, among many others. The artist also appeared on The Colbert Report in 2008.

The Identity Lecture Series
Elahi’s lecture will begin the VASD Program’s year-long consideration of Identity. Over the 2014-2015 academic year, the Program’s lecture series is investigating the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture. Examining identity is pertinent in many facets of contemporary life, including the incessant development and intimate integration of technology into daily life, the ease of travel and relocation, the changing recognition and validation of nontraditional gender roles and sexuality, the shifting perceptions of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and the increasingly normative occurrence of holding several different careers in a lifetime. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.

VASD Program
The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community. For more on VASD, click here.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Screening

6:30 PM
Wednesday, Sep 3rd

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium


In celebration of RMCAD’s Welcome Week and the launch of the VASD Program’s lecture series, Identity, RMCAD will be hosting a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium. This screening is presented in collaboration with Student Life, the VASD Program, and the RMCAD Foundations Department.

Enveloping topics of gender and sexuality, artistic and political freedom, and the human search for loving partnership, Hedwig and the Angry Inch presents a cinematic vision of identity through animation, music, and costume.

Hedwig is born a boy in East Berlin with dreams of becoming a glam rock star and escaping to the West. He falls in love with an American G.I. and agrees to a sex-change operation in the hopes it will lead to the fulfillment of his envisioned stardom. The operation is botched and so is the relationship. Hedwig finds (now) herself searching for her true other half, creative freedom, and artistic validation while on her U.S. tour in the not-so-glamorous venues of seafood restaurants. Her struggling tour follows the big time, arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis—a young boy who had once loved and sought mentorship from Hedwig, only to steal her songs, her heart, and her spotlight.* Hedwig belts out her tumultuous life story with humor and high-energy punk and rock inspired ballads in the tradition of David Bowie and à la Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Rated 'R' for sexual content and language.

Identity
Over the course of the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 semesters, the VASD Program will explore topics of identity. This lecture series investigates the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture. Examining identity is pertinent to many facets of contemporary life including the incessant development and intimate integration of technology into daily life, the ease of travel and relocation, the changing recognition and validation of nontraditional gender roles and sexuality, the shifting perceptions of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and the increasingly normative occurrence of holding several different careers in a lifetime. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.

*Anonymous, storyline of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Killer Films/New Line Cinema, IMDb, accessed August 4, 2014, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248845/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Image: New Line Cinema

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Join Us for the Fashion in Focus Event, August 23

11:00 AM
Saturday, Aug 23rd

Thanks to all who attended! Catch a glimpse of the event's highlight video!

Join RMCAD on August 23, 2014 for the Fashion in Focus event! This launch party will celebrate RMCAD's two newest undergraduate programs, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Photography and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. The event, titled Fashion in Focus, will include photography and styling workshops, a social mixer and a fashion show.

Workshop sessions include:
Fashion Editorial: Working With Models in Natural Light and Fashion
Fashion Design Workshop with Celebrity Fashion Stylist & Image Consultant Dean Hall
Fashion in the Studio: Lighting and Conceptual Interpretations

The day will conclude with a mixer and a fashion show. Featured designers include Jeannie Galioto, Caroline Smith, Salwa Owens and Tanya Notkof. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the Fashion in Focus website.

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June Registration Workshop

11:00 AM
Friday, Jun 6th

RMCAD will hold a June Registration Workshop on Friday, June 6 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. At this event, attendees can connect with RMCAD’s key faculty and administrators, including program chairs, admissions counselors, financial aid advisors and members of our executive team. Come ready to have your questions answered! If you have completed your portfolio or have artwork you would like to present to our faculty, you may do so at this event.

The event will take place on RMCAD’s campus, located at 1600 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80214. When you arrive, please go to the first floor of the Texas Building, where our Registration Team will meet you.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing fvezzali@rmcad.edu. We look forward to seeing you on campus Friday!

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