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A woman wearing an orange sweater gestures at paintings on a wall to a tour group
Bailey Placzek leads a member tour, photo by James Dewhirst

Awful Bigness Curatorial Tour with Bailey Placzek

Wed, Jul 12, 2023 06:00 - 07:30 PM MDT

Venue : Clyfford Still Museum

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Category: Featured Tours, Member Events,

5:50 p.m. Doors open for members
6-6:30 p.m. Member-only behind the scenes of painting storage
6:30 p.m. Doors open for the tour
6:45-7:30 p.m. Public tour

Organized by Bailey Placzek, the Museum’s curator of collections, catalogue raisonné research and project manager, in collaboration with CSM’s director, Joyce Tsai, Awful Bigness fills the Museum’s largest galleries and celebrates Still’s biggest, most ambitious works. Hear directly from Bailey Placzek as she shares her take on the exhibition in this special tour.

Members can also attend an exclusive “behind the scenes” experience in painting storage before the tour with Bailey Placzek and Katherine Wilson, CSM’s director of collections.

This program is $5 for the public, free for CSM members, and registration is required to attend in person at the Clyfford Still Museum. Members, if you would like to attend the behind the scenes experience and tour, you must register for both programs. Registration will open soon.

About Bailey Placzek

Bailey H. Placzek
Bailey H. Placzek

Bailey Placzek is the Clyfford Still Museum’s curator of collections and research and project manager for Clyfford Still’s catalogue raisonné. She has been engaged in CSM’s curatorial program and collections research since before the Museum’s opening in 2011. She has given numerous talks at CSM—including The Secret Lives of Clyfford Still’s Paintings (2022)—as well as at various local and national conferences like American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Other curatorial projects include Clyfford Still, Art, and the Young Mind (2022), A Decade of Discovery: Clyfford Still in Denver (2021–22), and Still: Elemental (2019). Placzek’s work is focused on advancing access to collections, promoting art’s ability to foster connections among humanity across time, and deconstructing museum work to make it more transparent, collaborative, and fun. Placzek received dual BA degrees in Art History and Art from the University of Kansas and a MA in Art History from the University of Denver.