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Nevertheless, They Persisted - Kaitlyn Tucek Artist Talk

Nevertheless, They Persisted - Kaitlyn Tucek Artist Talk

Featuring Zoe Larkins (Assistant Curator | Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), Jessie de la Cruz (Creative Executive Director and Founder | Arthyve), and Sarah Gjertson (Associate Professor of Studio Art | School of Art & Art History | University of Denver)


Sept 25th, 2019


Leon Gallery | 1112 E. 17th Ave, Denver, CO


“Because we are denied knowledge of our history, we are deprived of standing upon each other’s shoulders and building upon each other’s hard earned accomplishments. Instead we are condemned to repeat what others have done before us and thus we continually reinvent the wheel.” –Judy Chicago


Join us at Leon Gallery as we discuss a new beginning in contemporary art history with Kaitlyn Tucek, Zoe Larkins, Jessie de la Cruz, and Sarah Gjertson. Using Kaitlyn Tucek’s celebrated exhibition “OVER LOOK” as the jumping off point, we will open the gallery for a round table discussion as we ask the question, where do we go from here? We know that female artists have been overlooked throughout art history, and that we have blindly adhered to a systemic problem that taught more about male artists than female artists. Many institutions are beginning to correct this mistake, but what details must we consider in order to make sure that everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability, has an equal place for expression through the arts?

We are beginning the building of a new language. Join us to add your voice to the discussion.


 About our speakers:

Kaitlyn Tucek


Kaitlyn Tucek lives and works in Denver, CO. From Long Island, NY, Tucek graduated from Pratt Institute in 2006 and was awarded her Master’s from CUNY Queens College in 2013. Mother to two under 5, Tucek is a multi-disciplinary artist who is often labeled a feminist. Tucek has been featured in Hyperallergic, Westword, Modern in Denver, and was recently named one of Denver’s top 5 artists to watch and collect by 5280 Magazine. In addition to her art, Tucek occasionally moonlights in art and museum education, illustration and curatorial work.


Zoe Larkins

Assistant Curator | Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Zoe Larkins is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. At MCA Denver, she has curated exhibitions including Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2018), Clark Richert in hyperspace (2019), and Diego Rodriguez-Warner: Honestly Lying (2018). Prior to joining MCA Denver’s staff, she worked at the Denver Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Creative Time. She has contributed writing to museum and gallery publications, as well as Art in America,, and The Art Newspaper. She holds an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a BA in Art History from Scripps College.


Sarah Gjertson

Associate Professor of Studio Art | School of Art & Art History | University of Denver

Sarah Gjertson earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997, and is currently an Associate Professor of Studio Art in the School of Art & Art History (SAAH) at the University of Denver. Since joining DU in 2002, she has developed and administered the foundational art curriculum, is a former Director of SAAH, and has taught a variety of Studio Art courses from the beginning to advanced level. In addition, she’s developed new interdisciplinary courses like “Unconventional Portrait” and offered upper level seminars such as “Professional Practice” and “Bad Girls, Riot Grrrls and Misbehaving Women”.

Her research and studio practice have explored American expectations of “womanhood” and the personal and social potency of nostalgia and longing. By exploiting the associations we have with objects and materials, the mediums of her work are determined by a conceptual lineage to their subjects. From liquid makeup to inflatables and cast objects, aspects of comfort, familiarity and memory are triggered by an integrated approach - incorporating a strong research base and embracing a variety of media: sculpture, installation, video, printmaking and photography. You can see more of Sarah's work at her website,


Jessie de la Cruz

Creative Executive Director and Founder | Arthyve

Faculty & University Archivist and curator of Special Collections | Regis University

Jessie de la Cruz serves as the founder and creative director for ArtHyve, a non-profit community built archive which preserves, celebrates and centers the hidden art histories of Denver and its neighboring communities. De la Cruz recently joined Regis University as faculty and serves as the University Archivist and curator of Special Collections. Prior to this Jessie was the founding Archivist and Digital Collections Manager at the Clyfford Still Museum. Her professional interests include and the intersection of archives and social justice. For this work, and her contributions to the arts, de la Cruz was named one of 2017’s 100 Colorado Creatives by Westword Magazine.