Another Victory Over the Sun
JUNE 9–AUGUST 21, 2011
Another Victory Over the Sun offered an experience where art framed architecture. During this exhibition, all the natural light in the museum was blacked-out, allowing many of the works of art to act as their own source of illumination. The title of the exhibition refers to the 1913 opera, “Victory Over the Sun,” a cornerstone for modern art, which celebrated the power of human creativity to invent new worlds. With art’s victory over its frame, the viewers could no longer detach themselves from the art experience, but instead were engulfed within it.
Immersing the visitor in an art environment, Another Victory Over the Sun explored the relationship between museum and theatre. Presented on the main floor of MCA Denver, American artist Spencer Finch designed a pond for recreating the Japanese activity of looking at the moon in the reflection of the water. Mexican artist Miguel Calderón presented a video of a panther in a dark room, experienced only as a glimpse of gnashing teeth and the sound of threatening growls. Other artists in the exhibition included: Dan Flavin, Scott Johnson, Juan Muñoz, Erin Shirreff, Melanie Smith, and David Zimmer.
This exhibition was sponsored in part by MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society (DVS) Members and we would like to recognize Ellen Bruss & Mark Falcone and Scott Miller & Tim Gill for their leadership funding. Further support of this exhibition was provided by our 2011 Gala Sponsor: Bart Spaulding. MCA Denver is supported in part by funding from the Colorado Creative Industries Division, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additionally, MCA Denver would like to thank the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District for their support.
Image: Juan Muñoz. Waiting for Jerry, 1991. Wall, light and studio soundtrack, dimensions variable.
Courtesy the Estate of Juan Muñoz and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Photograph by Kristien Daem.