Past Event: Clark Richert: Celebration of Life and Legacy @ MCA Denver 06/24/22, 4PM
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Join us on Friday, June 24 from 4-9PM at MCA Denver as we celebrate the life and legacy of artist, teacher, and friend, Clark Richert. There will be music and food as well as opportunities to share your memories or your thanks for Richert and his decades-long impact on the arts in Colorado.
This is a public event, open to all who knew or admired Clark Richert and for those new to his work. Admission is just one penny, and the penny is on us!
MCA Denver at the Fries Building: 1485 Delgany Street, Denver, CO 80202
MCA Denver/MCA Denver rooftop café and bar
Penny Admission: All Day
Food, Music, & Drinks: 4PM - 8:30PM in fire lane
Remarks: 6PM in fire lane
DJ and Zome Tools: 4PM - 8:30PM in rooftop café and bar
Video "Memory" Booth: 4PM - 8:30PM on 3rd floor "idea box"
View some of Clark's work in the Octopus Initiative
Born in 1941 and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Richert received his BFA from the University of Kansas in 1963 and was influenced by Abstract Expressionist artist Mark Rothko early in his creative development. Richert participated in Drop City, the artist community that he co-founded near Trinidad, Colorado, from 1965 to 1969. His ongoing interest in dimensionality—the characteristics of and the relationship between one, two, three, and higher dimensions—shaped his approach to art-making. His curiosity about dimensionality was informed, in large part, by R. Buckminster Fuller’s ideas, including Fuller’s design for the geodesic dome, which Richert and his fellow “Droppers” followed in building their living and working spaces at Drop City.
In 1972, Richert received his MFA from the University of Colorado, and in 1974, Richert started a new art collective, Criss-Cross, with members Charles DiJulio, Richard Kallweit, and Fred Worden, all of whom he met at Drop City, and were now based in Boulder, Colorado. The newly formed collective explored similar themes as with Drop City, such as mathematics and nature, but also in themes of pattern and decoration.
Richert's work has been exhibited at museums across the U.S. including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, the Brooklyn Museum; and the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA. His work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, Denver Art Museum, and at Denver’s Born Hotel & ART the Hotel, among others.
Clark Richert passed away on December 24, 2021 at the age of 80.
Read MCA Denver's blog post Remembering Clark Richert.