CultureHaus makes up the coolest community in Colorado.
Get to know your fellow art lovers as we put the spotlight on a different member each month.
Where can we find you? (on the internet or in the real world)
You can always find me obsessing over film, often working on the marriage between activism & art, and sometimes even tweeting about all of it.
Tell us about your favorite CultureHaus event(s) you’ve been to?
The annual Gala fundraiser at the DAM is always a night to remember, but the Street Art Bus Tour is still my favorite. Street art and graffiti are particularly compelling instruments of storytelling within distinct communities. Learning about the artistic process, ancestral inspiration, and the frictions within those communities is the best way I can think of to spend the summer.
What is your most memorable experience or exhibit at the Denver Art Museum?
I still remember the first time I encountered Spanish translations within DAM exhibitions; a visceral moment for a Spanish-speaking immigrant to witness a giant arts institution confirming that I, too, belonged in this space.
What is your favorite way to experience art in Denver?
Serendipitously and on a daily basis.
Do you have a favorite local artist? What is your favorite piece or exhibit from them?
It’s hard to play favorites, but I love Emanuel Martínez. He’s a local muralist, painter and sculptor who first became an artist when he was incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility, and was a dedicated activist in the National Chicano Civil Rights Movement. His symbolic, Chicano-centered murals can be found around Denver and many other states.
Share an experience with a piece of art or an artist that made an impression are you.
Jordan Casteel’s recent DAM exhibit “Returning the Gaze” is one that will always stick with me. The vividly colorful representation of Black & Brown bodies was a gut-punch of ancestral pain and what it means to be vulnerable. Her piece “Ato”, seen below, is one of my favorite pieces of art.
What are you reading, listening to, or watching right now? Or what are you working on?
I’m currently deep into research for a big project on the criminal justice system in America, so a lot of the content and media I’m consuming is centered around that. Working at Denver Film, I’m also watching a lot of new films.
What is an unusual habit or unique thing that you love?
Watching bonus commentaries for movies. Even in the esoteric world of film, I don’t think many people still pay attention to that. It’s something I wish streaming platforms offered