This group exhibit will bring together artists from across the United States who are working along themes of the baroque era: lavishness, complexity and adornment, exaggerated emotion— all with a 21st century twist. In addition to the visual, this show will include a musical element to further bring the baroque into the gallery space: Denver-based baroque ensemble Semplice will play a live concert in the gallery, highlighting the links between music and art of a former era as they are manifested today. ‘A Modern Baroque’ seeks to bring these forms of high art and beauty into the gallery space as an accessible experience for all viewers while recalling a specific period in art and music history.
While the term ‘baroque’ has had a complex history, one encyclopedic definition defines the qualities most frequently associated with the baroque as ‘grandeur, sensuous richness, drama, vitality, movement, tension, and emotional exuberance.’ For this show, we’re particularly interested in how artists' work approaches modern themes of excessiveness and opulence through a baroque lens. Some artists may choose to consider ‘baroque’ a derogative term— as it has been used in art criticism throughout modern periods— to critique elements of our modern society; while some may embrace this sense of opulence and exaggerated adornment in their work.