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Field Trips

This year, MCN is pleased to introduce a new program strand to the annual conference: MCN Field Trips are meant to fuel critical dialogue and provocative conversations on art, ideas, and culture, particularly on the impact of the Internet on cultural spaces. One part roundtable discussion and one part tour, pre-conference Field Trips take attendees out of the conference bubble and into the community to explore lesser-known spaces and engage in substantive talks with the artists and professionals incubating the local art scene. 

The Roundtable

Up to 20 registrants from MCN’s conference contingent will join invited participants from Denver’s robust creative community for a 90-minute conversation in the round on a given topic (see below). Facilitated by local arts organization Tilt West, the roundtables are unmoderated to allow for a non-hierarchical exchange of ideas between all the participants—bring your brain and your voice.

The Location

These community exchanges take place at offsite locations of cultural interest. Our hosts at these locations—which are off the beaten path for most conference-goers—give personal tours of these locations, offering an all-too-rare opportunity to connect with the places, work, and people that give the local art scene its flavor.

These half-day sessions are held the day before the conference (Tuesday, November 13, 2018) and provide museum professionals the opportunity to evolve perspectives and make connections across communities and disciplines.

Advanced Registration Required!

  • Field Trips are optional and must be purchased in addition to the conference registration. 
  • Fee is $50 per Field Trip, which includes snacks, and beverages.
  • Space is limited so make sure you make your selection early.

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Proud to be Flesh: Cultural Spaces After the Internet - 9 am-12:30 pm


Prompted by Marty Spellerberg

Hosted by Next Stage Gallery

Now that a generation has grown up not knowing a world without the Internet, has the question evolved from "Do cultural institutions need to be online?" to "Do cultural institutions need to have physical spaces?" Consider the work of artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Kara Walker, whose work was so prolific on Instagram, Art In America reported that even arts professionals "willfully refrained from seeing [the work] … because they felt that they had already sufficiently experienced the piece.” This unmoderated exchange will explore the nature and relevance of digitally-influenced physical spaces.

This roundtable discussion is hosted at the Next Stage Collaborative, an interactive gallery space that focuses on new technology in art and design. A collaboration between the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media and the City and County of Denver Arts & Venues, this previously vacant storefront was designed into a flexible, modern gallery by students from CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning's design/build program. The current exhibition is a collaborative installation by artists Derrick Velasquez, Dmitri Obergfell, Laura Shill, Molly Bounds, and Diego Manuel, presented by Meow Wolf. Sculptor Derrick Velasquez gives a tour of the space following the roundtable discussion.


Start time: 9:00 AM depart from The Curtis Hotel

End time: 12:30 PM back at The Curtis Hotel

Transportation: Walking distance (venue across from The Curtis Hotel)

Capacity: Limited to 20 participants

Price: $50 per person (includes snacks, and beverages)

Computer Lib / Nightmare Machines: Technology’s Impact on Cultural Communities - 1:30 pm-5:00 pm


Prompted by Sarah Wambold

Hosted by Emmanuel Gallery, 1205 10th Street

Where are we in this technological moment—liberated by tech’s potential, or servants to its mounting demands? Tech evangelists praise technology’s promise of liberation—bodies free from manual labor, minds free from menial tasks. But is practice proving a slide to dependence, distraction, and division? Social media exposes millions to art, artists, and cultural institutions, but is it also eroding our collective visual literacy, aesthetic values, and attention spans? Our ability to anticipate issues of data privacy and governance are outstripped by the rapid pace of major technological advances. In tech revolutions, who benefits and who gets left behind? This discussion will focus on possible opportunities and threats of revolutionary tech’s impacts on the arts community, artistic practice, and the audience’s ability to appreciate—and willingness to engage with—art and culture.


Hosted at the Emmanuel Gallery—the art gallery located on Colorado University’s downtown Denver campus—the roundtable discussion is followed by a tour given by Emmanuel director and curator Jeff Lambson of the current exhibition by German artist Aram Bartholl, whose work creates an interplay between internet, culture and reality. Bartholl asks not just what humans are doing with media, but what media is doing with humans. Tensions between public and private, online and offline, techno-lust and everyday life are at the core of his work, and his public interventions and installations challenge our concepts of reality and incorporeality.

Built in 1876 as an Episcopalian Chapel, the Emmanuel Gallery is Denver’s oldest standing church structure. The building is constructed of stone and features a combination of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. In 1903 Emmanuel Episcopal Chapel was purchased by the congregation of Shearith Israel and converted to a synagogue. For over half of a century, the synagogue served the developing Jewish community and became affectionately known as the Tenth Street Shul. The artist Wolfgang Pogzeba purchased the building in 1958 and used it as his studio until 1973 when it became part of the Auraria Campus, which includes the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver.


Start time: 1:30 PM depart from The Curtis Hotel

End time: 5:00 PM back at The Curtis Hotel

Transportation: Walking distance (venue is .5 miles from The Curtis Hotel)

Capacity: Limited to 20 participants

Price: $50 per person (includes snacks, and beverages)

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