May 31st, 2019
Kenzie Sitterud is Denver Art Museum’s featured artist for a museum take over for the DAM’s Untiled Friday event.
The DAM exhibition, Serious Play, is an exhibit of mid-twentieth century post-war object design. This period in our history was one of great hope, excitement for the future and anticipation of how The American Dream would be realized and enjoyed by Americans. It was also an era where inequality and disparity among members of society was also quite prevalent.
Today’s environment is also one of extreme inequality and injustice, but what is different, is that the American Dream is now in danger of disappearing. Hope and enthusiasm for the future have been replaced by anxiety and fear. The world has become a very serious place as a result of the stresses of environmental change, political corruption, economic imbalance, and dwindling resources, and everyday more and more people are waking up to this fact. What has happened to the American Dream? It's a very serious time in history.
SIT. STAND. PLAY. is Kenzie Sitterud’s attempt to design an evening that invites the audience to recognize the seriousness of it all, and at the same time, forget about their worries through play. The evening will be a four hour event that encourages the patrons to tap into their playfulness while engaging with strangers with different perspectives. Kenzie’s main goal is to create some serious moments through the use of juxtaposition through sound, performance, and color. Kenzie has invited a dynamic group of artist and musicians to activate the Denver Art Museum though sound, silence, and play. This evening with include Agents of Sound, Agents of Thought, and Toy Agents.
Events to enjoy:
Slinky Races down the museum stairs
Laura Ann Samuelson performs inside a temporary installation The Queer Tradition by Kenzie Sitterud. This is a collaboration of performance and aesthetic explores the interaction of queerness, grief and childhood.
A musical juxtaposition performance by Margaret Siegrist and Nathan Hall. Margaret, a professional classical singer, and Nathan Hal, a multimedia artist. This performance will use each floor of the Denver Art Museum and will require audience participation.
Contributing Creatives: Kenzie Sitterud, Emma Acheson, Andryn Arithson, Allison Blakeney, Buntport Theater, Michael Ensminger, Nathan Hall, Charles Parsons, Laura Ann Samuelson, Margaret Siegrist, Kate Speer, Genevieve Waller and Lauren Zwicky.
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