Past Event: Kaneem Smith Artist Talk @ MCA Denver 01/11/23 Doors @ 6PM


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Join exhibiting artist Kaneem Smith and Miranda Lash, MCA Denver Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, for a conversation in the galleries of The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse.

Smith's powerful and thought-provoking installation, The Past is Perpetual/Weighted Fleet, investigates the nature of material to evoke dialogue. Smith carefully chooses materials that are often imbued with cultural memory, historical resonance, and significant meaning—such as cotton. In this work, a large, rectangular cotton bale is framed by iron weights and flanked by rows of old iron hanging scales. As a historical commodity of the South, cotton often evokes visceral reactions through its associations with the enslavement and disenfranchised labor of African Americans.
Smith and Lash will discuss Smith's practice, and how the South informs our understanding of American history.

When you purchase a ticket, guess what you get (in addition to this totally awesome experience)? You get free admission to the museum to see the current exhibition. Yeah, that’s right!

Admission to the museum is normally $10, so you could say this is a steal. Simply show the front desk your ticket confirmation email to get free entry.


MCA Denver at the Fries Building
1485 Delgany Street, Denver, CO 80202

The talk will be held on the first floor, in the Merage Gallery.


Doors: 6PM

Event: 7PM



  • $10 General Admission tickets for MCA members
  • $15 General Admission tickets for non-members
  • $5 student tickets (Must show a valid student ID upon entry.)


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Kaneem Smith was born in Buffalo, NY. She lives and works in Houston where she is a practicing visual artist and fine arts educator. She studied at Rice University and the Maryland Institute College of Art before receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and then her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Syracuse University. Her work has been included in numerous venues such as Artpace, San Antonio; the African American Museum in Dallas; Art League Houston, Station Museum of Contemporary Art; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; Amarillo Museum of Art; National Art Gallery, Athens, Greece; Lima Art Museum, Peru, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Among her many accomplishments, exhibitions, awards, and residencies, Smith was the recipient of visual arts fellowships through the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Artadia, and the Creative Capital Foundation in New York.

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: RematchRashaad 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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