Past Event: Expanded Histories: A Symposium on Contemporary Abstract Painting @ The Holiday Theater 05/14/22 Doors 9:30AM


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Join us Saturday, May 14, at the Holiday Theater for a rich discussion on the many legacies of abstraction led by MCA Denver exhibiting artists Eamon Ore-Giron and Dyani White Hawk, with leading scholars Joyce Tsai, and Miranda Lash, MCA Denver’s Ellen Bruss Senior Curator.

The event begins with a dialogue between artist Dyani White Hawk and Joyce Tsai, Clyfford Still Museum Director, speaking on histories of abstract painting in the United States; spanning indigenous legacies of abstraction and the narratives and ideas associated with American Modernist painting. Then, artist Eamon Ore-Giron will be joined by a special guest to speak on histories of abstraction from Latin America and how they influence contemporary discourse on painting. 

Participants are encouraged to stay for lunch at the theater. After lunch, all four speakers will host a panel discussion moderated by Miranda Lash on how abstraction in the Americas can be discussed with greater nuance and expansiveness, acknowledging the evolution and legacies of forms that are centuries old. 

Lunch is included in the ticket price and will be served in the lobby. Attendees will be able to indicate preferred lunch selection when checking out.



The Holiday Theater. 2644 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211



10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
10:00 AM: Duet: Dyani White Hawk & Joyce Tsai
11:00 AM: Duet: Eamon Ore-Giron & C. Ondine Chavoya
12:00 PM: Lunch in the Lobby
1:30 PM: Panel Discussion



Single General Admission Ticket (Includes lunch)

$25 GA tickets for MCA members, $30 GA tickets for non-members.


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Joyce Tsai, Ph.D. is the director of the Clyfford Still Museum and is an internationally acclaimed curator, scholar, and teacher. She arrived at CSM from the University of Iowa, where she served as Chief Curator of the Stanley Museum of Art and Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Art and Art History. During her tenure at the University of Iowa, she led initiatives that have positioned the museum as a major catalyst for innovative, high impact teaching, research, and outreach. Dr. Tsai is trained as an intellectual historian and art historian -- Princeton, AB (History, cum laude); Johns Hopkins University, MA (German), PhD (Art History and Humanities). Tsai’s first book, László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography (UC Press, 2018) garnered critical acclaim for its integrated approach to avant-garde art, practice, and theory and is winner of the Phillips Collection Book Prize. She has published extensively in the field of technical art history with conservators and conservation scientists at the National Gallery of Art, Harvard Art Museums, Guggenheim, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.


Eamon Ore-Giron blends a wide range of visual styles and influences in his brightly colored abstract geometric paintings. Referencing indigenous and craft traditions as well as 20th-century avant-gardes, his paintings move between temporalities and resonate across cultural contexts. Ore-Giron also works in video and music, and his interdisciplinary projects explore the interrelationship of sound, color, rhythm, and pattern, and make manifest a history of transnational exchange. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, as a solo practitioner and as part of collaborative endeavors, and has been selected to realize major public commissions in New York and Los Angeles. Ore-Giron received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dyani White Hawk is a multimedia artist and independent curator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through painting, beadwork, installation, performance, and curation her practice challenges the lack of representation of Native arts, people, and voices in our national consciousness while highlighting the truth and necessity of intersectionality and relatedness across life. White Hawk has received numerous awards, including an Arts and Letters Award in Art (2021), McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship (2021 and 2014), United States Artists Fellowship in Visual Art (2019), Eiteljorg Fellowship for Contemporary Art (2019), Jerome Hill Artists Fellowship (2019), Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship (2017 and 2015), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2014). She has participated in residencies in New Orleans, Santa Fe, Australia, Russia and Germany. A major ten-year survey exhibition of her practice, Speaking to Relatives, opened at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in 2021, and travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in 2022. White Hawk's work will also be included in the 2022 Whitney Biennial.

Miranda Lash is the Ellen Bruss Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Lash has organized a wide range of exhibitions including Eamon Ore-Giron: Competing with Lightning/ Rivalizando con el relampago; Jason Moran: Bathing the Room with Blues; the retrospective Mel Chin: Rematch; Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; and Swoon: Thalassa. In 2017 Lash and Trevor Schoonmaker co-organized the widely acclaimed exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. From 2008 to 2014 Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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