Things from 2013

This is not a best of 2013 list.
This list also contains passionate gripes and contentious conversations.
It is a best of 2013 list.
This list can be hermetic.
This list is larger than just you and me.
Done in no order beyond the top of my head written on the road (wishing I was home).
Everything I’m glad I experienced of which I’m grateful.
-Painter and installation artist Lee Kit’s soft minimalism, “You (you)” at the 55th Venice Biennale, Hong Kong Pavilion
-Massimiliano Gioni’s all-inclusive “Encyclopedic Palace
at the 55th Venice Biennale, Arsenale and Giardini
-Jesper Just’s hidden entrances at the Danish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
-Working with all of those “Soft Subversion” artists and curators whose work disrupted and inspired~~~
-Don Fodness‘ artist as curator exhibition, “The Blob (ish)” at Vertigo Art Space with special faves Bernardo Cantu and Laurie Lynnxe Murphy
-A quote from Derrick Velasquez encouraging artists in Denver to “make even better art”
-A crazy end rush of curators, Carson Chan and Cortney Stell, and artists to meet the ridiculous Biennial of the Americas deadline
-RMCAD lecture and visiting artist series, especially the cycloptic work of Amande In
-A day in Venice where I was treated to an abbreviated criticism method, thumbs up OR thumbs down by Alyson and Beau Carey (thumbs down on them leaving Colorado)
-Each and every artist and/ or friend who either encouraged me or told me a hard truth (you know who you are)- I thank you.
-Getting to know Robin Rule while I was director at Ice Cube- knowing that her last exit leaves a dark hole in Denver. RIP RULE
-Moving into my new Redline studio with Mark Sink and Homare Ikeda who challenge me in new and unforeseen ways
-Every article and blog post I wrote whether lighthearted or difficult- thanks for being willing to chime in with your opinion, say or hear difficult things.
-Prolific hip-hop/ rap blogger, Ru Johnson at MCA Denver’s Feminism + CO BEST quote: bell hooks, “No black woman writer in this culture can write “too much”. Indeed, no woman writer can write “too much”…No woman has ever written enough.”
-Pairing the conceptually minimalist work of Katie Watson with Kathy Knaus’ maximal and provisional installation- different tools to explore very similar losses.
-Exhibitions I covered and even more I didn’t just because there aren’t enough hours in my day- thanks to artists who work hard and put themselves out there over and over- to you I’m grateful.

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