Night Reels: The Work of Stacey Steers

Margaretta Gilboy: Flying in the Hands of Time: A Retrospective

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

January 30 – May 25, 2020

  • Night Reels guest curated by Kim Dickey
  • Margaretta Gilboy guest curated by Simon Zalkind
  • Opening Reception: Thursday January 30 from 6:30-8:30pm
large 2bmocaStacey Steers, Phantom Canyon (detail of collage used in film), 2006, mixed media on paper, 6 x 8”. Image courtesy of the artist

mgbmocaMargaretta Gilboy, Daphne & Apollo (detail), 2008, oil on linen, 24 x 30”. Courtesy of Paul Gillis.

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Stacey Steers is known internationally for her process-driven, labor-intensive animated films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Her more recent work also includes collaborative installations that join invented, three-dimensional production elements with film loops. Her films have screened at Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno International Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Lincoln Center in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC among dozens of other venues, and she has won numerous prizes. Steers is the recipient of major grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, and the American Film Institute. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is currently represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver.

About Guest Curator Kim Dickey

Artist Kim Dickey, a Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder for the past twenty years, has had solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Denver, and has participated in dozens of national and international invitationals. US galleries that have featured Dickey’s work include Garth Clark, Jack Tilton, Pierogi, Thomas Healy, Sherry Leedy, Peters Project, Rule Gallery, and White Columns. She is currently represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver.

A devotee of animation and independent film, Dickey is honored to be collaborating with BMoCA to present the accomplished works of Stacey Steers to the Boulder arts community.

Margaretta Gilboy (1943-2017) was a much acclaimed and influential artist whose work — though often described as realist — defies easy classification. Working primarily in oil and watercolor, Gilboy created paintings brimming with a seemingly incongruous and occasionally off-kilter deployment of objects both Eastern and Western. Her expertly and tenderly painted still lifes and portraits owe much of their sophistication to an oblique dialogue between art-historical masterpieces and objects of quotidian domesticity. Gilboy knowingly incorporates a play between objects deeply suffused with emotive and psycho-spiritual energies and ordinary objects of decorative craft or mass-production.

Although she was heavily influenced by Asian philosophy, spirituality, and art, her paintings of people are palpably physical and vibrantly earth-bound. Her paintings of puppets and dolls are also linked to portraiture—they grant humanity to inanimate objects, in turn allowing us to engage with the object as if it were generating a real world of expressive complexity. The commingling of Modernism, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and Asian influences, particularly Japanese woodblock prints, shaped her artistic point of view and provide the cohesive tension that informs and animates her remarkable work.

About Guest Curator Simon Zalkind

Simon Zalkind is a Denver-based curator, art advisor, and art writer. He was previously the Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York and Assistant Curator of Collections at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York. From 1991–1996, Zalkind was the Director of the Art in Public Places Program for the State of Colorado. He has been instrumental in guiding and forming a number of significant private and corporate collections, and he has curated major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Art Fort Collins, The Singer Gallery, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and numerous other institutions. He currently serves as Curator of Exhibitions at the Fulginiti Gallery, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Denver Art Museum’s “DAM Key Award,” which is presented annually to individuals who “have dramatically impacted the contemporary art community in Colorado.”