Past Event: The Celestial & the Terrestrial: Artist Talk w/ Clarissa Tossin @ MCA Denver 07/28/22 Doors 6PM


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On Thursday, July 28, MCA Denver exhibiting artist Clarissa Tossin will be joined in conversation with Miranda Lash, MCA Denver Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, as they discuss Tossin’s deep research into the future of Space exploration and how it ties to the colonialist histories of resource extraction on Earth. In her practice, Tossin uses sculpture, weavings, and works on paper to underscore the fragility of human and non-human life on this planet and potentially in other celestial bodies. Her exhibition Falling from Earth is on view at MCA Denver through August 28, 2022.




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

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Doors: 6PM

Event: 7PM



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Clarissa Tossin was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1973, Tossin has for more than a decade grappled with the geopolitical causes of climate change and the legacies of colonialism through her research-based practice and choice of sculptural materials such as Amazonian-native latex, synthetic rubber (silicone), recycled plastic, repurposed cardboard from Amazon delivery boxes and meteorite powder. For her MCA Denver presentation, Tossin compares histories of resource extraction on Earth with plans already in development by the United States government and private companies for future resource extraction on the Moon, which is projected to facilitate the colonization of Mars.

As the Space surrounding our planet becomes increasingly militarized, monetized, and filled by both functional and defunct orbiting objects, Tossin’s practice provides an invaluable window into understanding humanity's approach to Space and how it will affect future generations. At a 2021 aerospace industry conference in Colorado, the NASA keynote address referred to Space (also known as "the High Frontier"), as "competitive, contested, and congested.” Tossin's exhibition targets the major economic, political, and surveillance issues at stake in what current-day aerospace industry specialists are referring to as “the second golden age of space exploration.”

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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