On Friday the 13th of March 2020 – three days before Colorado sank into quarantine — Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Arts closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As post-lockdown reemergence unfolds, MCA Denver prepares to celebrate a silver anniversary in 2022.
Museum director Nora Burnett Abrams celebrates the silver linings forged by tumultuous events of 2020 and the first half of 2021. When I met with Abrams, I caught her contagious enthusiasm for the museum’s newest direction: a flourishing online presence that extended MCA Denver far beyond the bricks and mortar museum.
Here’s a link to “Curating Community,” my feature about MCA Denver in the new issue of Colorado Expression magazine
Creativity is always a valuable commodity when it comes to problem-solving. And what bigger problem than COVID-19, which shuttered the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Denver. The museum known for rule-breaking quirk put their creative, out-of-the-box thinking to work during quarantine and wound up growing their audience substantially via virtual programs. I had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with MCA Denver’s articulate and enthusiastic director, Nora Burnett Abrams — pictured below in images from the internet — to talk about how COVID-19 inspired a healthier MCA Denver.