My Yard Our Message : Wes Hempel, Rebecca Vaughan, Floyd Tunson, Francoise Duresse, Jerry Kunkel, Sarah McKenzie, Carlos Fresquez, Lauri Lynnx Murphy, Jill Hadley Hooper, Gary Emrich
Aug 21 – Sep 20, 2008
In Part Two of "DIALOG: DENVER," a special Colorado component is a tangential project in response to both the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention which will be held next month in Minneapolis / St. Paul. In Minneapolis, a political placard design invitational was held in association with the Walker Art Center's "Unconvention / My Yard Our Message" initiative. In Denver, Robischon Gallery selected sixteen Colorado artists, who have a history of addressing political subject matter to contribute a uniquely-themed, original, yard-sign artwork for exhibition. The artwork, reproduced as actual yard signs will travel for exhibition to Minneapolis' "UnConvention," the equivalent of Denver's "Dialog: City." In exchange, sixteen Minneapolis artist's yard signs will be exhibited here in Denver. Covering topics as far ranging as war, wasteful spending, inhumane treatment of animals, universal healthcare and the cultural dissonance Americans experience between their own perceptions of themselves and how others perceive them, the artists pointedly speak up about the issues of the day.