Powerful. Timely. Jarring, yet elegant. Artist Cleon Peterson’s exhibition at MCA Denver explores the shadow self and male violence through an incredible body of work that is boldly modern, yet evokes the style of classical Greek figures. Not created as a commentary on contemporary society, this is Peterson’s exploration of his own journey and the violence he feels inside himself. Through canvas works and ceramics, he gives form to his own ugly insides. Viewers will certainly find themselves considering their own dark impulses and the violence found in society too. Sometimes the museum is a place to go to enjoy works that are beautiful and make us feel good, but the more challenging work of museums can be to create a space for society to process the human experience, even the elements we may not want to face. This exhibition is well worth your time.
On view: February 2–May 27, 2018
MCA Hours: MON: CLOSED | TUES: NOON–7PM | WED: NOON–7PM | THURS: NOON–7PM | FRI: NOON–9PM | SAT: 10AM–5PM | SUN: 10AM–5PM
Admission: Members: FREE | Adult: $8 ($5 after 5PM Tues-Friday) | College Student (w/ ID), Senior 65+, Military: $5| Teen (13–18): ALWAYS FREE | Children (0–12): FREE