Month of Photography: Nine shows to see

The city's Month of Photography has gone from a blip to a major event over the last few years; credit photographer Mark Sink for choreographing this year's liftoff into the stratosphere. MOP has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, but how do you navigate through all the shows on view this month at as many as 100 galleries, museums and venues around town? Well, first, you can refer to the convenient Denver Month of Photography Google Map. Or you can take our advice and hit some of these shows mentioned below; then, see where the wind blows you.

Discoveries of the Houston FotoFest Meeting Place, Thought Objects and Modern Uses of Alternative Processes.
RedLine Gallery, 2350 Arapahoe Street, 303-296-4448.

RedLine, MOP's hub, is hosting several events during March, including everything from informal lectures to rare professional portfolio reviews, as well as these three shows. The first is one of two traveling exhibitions in the nation generated by Houston's FotoFest photography biennial (the other opens this month in New York City).

Courtesy of Houston FotoFest and Gallery Kayafas
Judy Haberi, "Implication 8," 2009 Digital C-print.

Thought Objects, curated by MOP-meister Sink, is a group show that includes, but isn't exclusive to, several local artists, all hand-picked by Sink for their craft, humor and imagination.

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Isa Marcelli, Untitled Digital Pigment Print 2010.

And Modern Uses of Alternative Processes explores a backward trend in photography that Sink himself is part of: a return to such antiquated and process-heavy techniques, including photo-montage, daguerreotypes, wet plate collodion tintypes, ambrotypes, cyanotype, bromoil and platinum prints.

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Curtis Wehrfritz, "As Above So Below Ardrea," Daguerreotype 2010

The shows open tonight during First Friday and continue through April 26; a reception will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 11.

Illiterate Gallery

The Big Picture: Images Inside, Out the Door and Around the World
Illiterate Gallery, 82 South Broadway, 303-993-4474

Illiterate Gallery
The Big Picture begins within the narrow confines of Illiterate, but takes off from there to walls, windows and billboards all around town...and the world. Featuring large-scale Xerox copies of work by a local and global community of contemporary photographers, The Big Picture serves both as an act of high-brow street art and an international exchange. Start at Illiterate as an introduction, then hit the GPS trail with this Google Map which pinpoints the locations of the wheat-pasted works (all have been pre-approved) wherever they are displayed.

Random Big Picture images will also be displayed on the Downtown Denver Theatre District's new Jumbotron screen on the corner of the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Arapahoe streets; an eventual book and film documenting the project will be released in the future.

The Big Picture opens tonight at Illiterate with a reception from 6 to 11 p.m., and continues through March 25.

Exuberant Absurdity / Intimate Immensity, photo montage by David Tippit.
Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock Street, 303-620-4933.

David Tippit

Bask in the Dada and have a beautiful laugh at this photo-montage exhibition featuring Tippit's modern tribute to collage works typified in the early twentieth century by Man Ray and friends. Tippit juxtaposes images from old issues of LIFE Magazine; visit the gallery during First Friday receptions from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and April 1 or hear Tippit speak at a gallery talk from 1 to 3 p.m. March 19. Tippit's work will be on view through April 30.

Jim River, Roddy MacInnes.
Penrose Library, 2150 East Evans Avenue, 303 871-3707

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Roddy MacInnes

University of Denver professor Roddy MacInnes joins the fray with this series at DU's Penrose Library, which is inspired by photos taken in 1917 by a North Dakota woman named Nina Weist from two albums MacInnes found at an antique mall. MacInnes eventually revisited the land where Weist lived and shot her pictures, photographing its modern-day people and landscape in juxtaposition to her original images. Jim River opens on March 22 with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; see the show through June 3.

Traditionally Unconventional, group show curated by Jessica Ellis and John Davenport.
Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo Street, 303-477-7173.

This local group show, curated from the co-op point of view, opens tonight and continues through March 27; an artist talk takes place at 3 p.m. March 19 and a closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. March 25.

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