CRITICAL FOCUS: LANNY DEVUONO

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FEBRUARY 19, 2016 – JUNE 5, 2016

Lanny DeVuono has been exploring outer space for the past year. Her ambition to illustrate extraterrestrial terrain, as she imagines it, led to the large-scale drawings on canvas on view in Critical Focus: Lanny DeVuono. The works that comprise Here and Elsewhere, the artist’s most recent series of conceptual landscapes, synthesize DeVuono’s curiosity about, and critique of, space travel, the influence of American Western landscapes on her practice, and her continuing dedication to materials. The images are at once familiar and foreign, surreal and, in some cases, almost entirely abstract. Critical Focus: Lanny DeVuono runs through June 5.

The exhibition is curated by Zoe Larkins.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Director’s Vision Society members and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

Image: Lanny DeVuono, Study for Outer Space, Large Drawing, 2015. Graphite, gesso, and gouache on canvas, 72 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist and Tina Goodwin Gallery.

http://mcadenver.org/lannydevuono.php — at Museum Of Contemporary Art

Image: Lanny DeVuono, Study for Outer Space, Large Drawing, 2015. Graphite, gesso, and gouache on canvas, 72 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist and Tina Goodwin Gallery.
Image: Lanny DeVuono, Study for Outer Space, Large Drawing, 2015. Graphite, gesso, and gouache on canvas, 72 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist and Tina Goodwin Gallery.

Laurence Kaptain

About Laurence Kaptain

The College of Arts & Media at CU Denver We envision a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Our students come to us with passion for artistic expression. Our goal is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. Mission Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions. Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice. Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 16 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. As a recording artist he can be heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with New York's Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony (Solti, Boulez, Jarvi), St. Louis Symphony (Slatkin), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Wolf) and LaScala Opera (Reynolds). He is currently a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver School for the Arts Foundation, Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Initiatives in the Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14. Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.