ArtsConnect: The Dirty South at MCA Denver

Untitled, 1946–1968, Minnie Evans (American, 1892–1987), pencil, ink, crayon, and oil on paperboard. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchased through funds provided by an anonymous donor to Collectors Evening 2011, 2011.4, Image © Estate of the artist

Minnie Evans (American, 1892 - 1987) ME G 489-12 Untitled (central portrait), 1946/51/68 collage, oil on paperboard 20 x 24" Image courtesy of Luise Ross Gallery, New York

CBCA Members and their employees are invited to request up to two complimentary tickets to visit The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver.  

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse explores the aesthetic legacies and traditions of Black Culture in the African American South as seen through the lens of contemporary Black musical expression. Lauded by critics from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, this exhibition argues for the importance of the American South and Black culture as critical to our understanding of America’s past, present, and future. Occupying all three floors of galleries at MCA Denver, The Dirty South will make visible the roots of Southern hip hop culture and reveal how the aesthetic traditions of the African American South have shaped visual art and musical expression over the last 100 years.

“MCA Denver is proud to bring this exhibition to the Mountain West, as an opportunity to more deeply engage with our own identity as Americans and as a foregrounding of the need for our own deep research and unpacking of the dialogues relevant to our region,” says Miranda Lash, MCA Denver’s Ellen Bruss Senior Curator.

ArtsConnect events are an exclusive CBCA member benefit. ArtsConnect events are first come, first served and nontransferable. This event is limited to 2 tickets per Member.

Photographs and/or video may be taken at this event. By taking part in this event, you consent to your image/likeness, voice, and/or name being used in photographs and/or film, and any reproductions or adaptations thereafter, by Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) for utilization in any and all print and digital media in perpetuity. If you do not wish to be photographed and/or filmed, please contact CBCA at

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