CVA - Semblance - First Friday Ballet Performance

Center for Visual Art: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Semblance presents lens and time-based works that share the elements of performance, ritual and illusion, exploring ambiguous boundaries between the real and the imagined. Artists: Sama Alshaibi, Neil Chowdury, Kim Keever, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Laura Shill, and Janaina Tschäpe.
Curated by Tomiko Jones, Assistant Professor of Photography, MSU Denver and Cecily Cullen, Creative Director, CVA.
Guised, a world premiere video art exhibition, is a fox in sheep's clothing. The projects in Guisedcontain a riddle that at first appearance offers a non-threatening trajectory, but upon further examination, unfolds onto a far more pointed and often sinister implication. Artists: Ninar Esber, Jovan Erfan, Gary Setzer, Coriana Close, Hala Ali, Lantian Xie and Larissa Sansour.
Curated by Sama Alshaibi, Associate Professor of Photography/Video Art, University of Arizona.
The Emerging Artist Gallery will be devoted to work from MSU Denver students selected from a portfolio review. Selection was based on quality of the work and relevance to the exhibition theme. Artists: Chancey Bush, Blair Douglas, Kelsey Sailsbery, Evan Lee Miller, Holly Mills and Carolyn Nicholson.

IMAGES: Sama Alshaibi, Gitmo Girl, courtesy of Selma Feriani Gallery and Lawrie Shabibi Gallery.
Neil Chowdhury, Street Madness and McIndia

Opening Reception - Thursday, February 21, 6-9 p.m.
Semblance Artists in Conversation Sama Alshaibi and Neil Chowdury - Thursday, February 28, 6 p.m.
Guised International Video Screening and Curator Talk with Sama Alshaibi - Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.
Collective Vision Faculty Lecture Series - Friday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. Inducing Images: How Cinema Moves Us to Social Action Led by Deanne Pytlinski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Vincent Piturro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English-Cinema Studies.
Creative Mission: Gallery Talk with exhibiting MSU Denver students - Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m.
Colorado Ballet Student Performance - Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
The performance is the culmination of a dance workshop for youth ages 10-14 inspired by the works in Semblance.

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Sponsored by: U.S. Bank, Three Tomatoes Catering, Colorado Creative Industries, MSU Denver Student Advisory Board, SpringHill Suites Downtown Denver Metro State, Jan and Fred Mayer Fund

 Laura Shill

 Laura Shill

CVA invited Colorado Ballet to choreograph a dance piece inspired by the works in the exhibition to be performed by nine 10-13 year old ballerinas.  Laura Shill has been working with the group on their costume design with a remarkable group of girls.  They will be performing their 7-10 minute piece in the gallery this Friday at 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30 pm.