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Man wearing headphones and a hat looks at a small framed artwork
A visitor enjoys "Artists Select: Mark Mothersbaugh" at the Museum.
Photo by James Dewhirst

Artists Select: Mark Mothersbaugh

March 6 – May 3, 2015

Artists Select: Mark Mothersbaugh initiates an ambitious new curatorial series at the Clyfford Still Museum through which creative professionals engage in curatorial work traditionally performed by individuals with chiefly academic, art historical backgrounds. Mark Mothersbaugh—featured in the critically acclaimed MCA Denver exhibition Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia—is a composer of scores for movies and television, frontman for the influential musical group DEVO, and an artist who, much like Clyfford Still, has created and shown works on the periphery of the art world throughout his lifetime. He is the first artist to curate an exhibition at the Clyfford Still Museum. An opening night program and reception with the artist will mark the occasion.

The exhibition, on view in the Museum’s Jana and Fred Bartlit Gallery, features four small drawings by Clyfford Still selected by Mothersbaugh from the permanent collection housed at the Museum. The small number and size of the works amplify the large and open space of that gallery and stand in stark contrast to the monumentally scaled works by Clyfford Still on view in adjacent galleries. Each drawing is accompanied by a unique musical composition created by Mothersbaugh in response to it, made available to gallery visitors on headsets.

Clyfford Still, PN-7, 1941. Pastel on paper, 6 x 9 in. © City and County of Denver


Clyfford Still, PP-641, 1949. Pastel on paper, 5 x 7.75 in. © City and County of Denver


Clyfford Still, PP-640, 1950. Pastel on paper, 5 x 7.75 in. © City and County of Denver


Clyfford Still, PP-594, 1971. Pastel on paper, 6 x 9 in. © City and County of Denver


Along with other research and programming initiatives at CSM, Artists Select aims to uphold the intellectual breadth—ranging from an interest in music and philosophy to literature and history—that Clyfford Still himself maintained. CSM will continue the series with different guest curators in coming years.

Beginning February 20, guests of either the Clyfford Still Museum or MCA Denver may purchase a joint ticket to experience both this exhibition and the MCA Denver’s Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia at a discounted price. Tickets may be purchased at either museum. Joint tickets for groups of ten or more will be available by calling the Clyfford Still Museum (720-354-4878) or MCA Denver (303-298-7554).

Joint Ticket Pricing

Adults: $13 (Groups of ten or more: $10)
Seniors: $10 (Groups of ten or more: $8)
Students (over 19) / Teachers / Military: $7 (Groups of ten or more: $5)
CSM and MCA Denver Members: Free
Children and Teens: Free