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Epic Artmaking Party, Poster Making, Slam Poetry & More at Untitled #65 (Say Anything)

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Yell it, build it, write it, share it, destroy it, then talk about itthat sums up your night at this month’s Untitled #65 (Say Anything). With chats galore, poster making, roaming poets, and an epic artmaking party, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to sound off through art.

The planets are in sync, the stars have aligned, and we are excited to announce that Brooklyn-based artist Oliver Herring will be on-site to help create a monster-sized version of his interactive TASK parties. As Herring tells it, “TASK is an improvisational event with a simple structure and very few rules.” During a TASK party, people pull a creative task left by a stranger, complete the task, and then leave a new directive for the next person. One task may say “build a castle,” while the next person’s says “smash the castle.” It’s an improvised, dynamic process of constant creation, destruction, and interaction. Someone may grab you to be part of their task parade, want your help constructing a cardboard cat, or just want to talk to you about your day. We can’t really say what will happen; TASK parties are as creative as the people who participate in  them.

So we’ll be filling Ponti Hall with all the odd bits of art supplies we can find, covering the floors, and then letting you loose. DJ Postman will be spinning tunes to keep the creative juices flowing. 

Nearby, Ink Lounge Creative will be helping you pull your own screen print poster, inspired by the exhibition Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives.  Denver slam poetry icon Suzi Q. will be this month’s MakeARTtalk creative, giving a performance inspired by the collections and leading groups in poetry writing workshops. Speaking of poets, if you wander the galleries you may just stumble across local writer and actor Mitch Slevc, who will be creating poetry-on-demand from his trusty typewriter. Warm Cookies of the Revolution will be back, helping visitors connect over conversations that are often left unsaid. Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Rose Simpson will talk with visitors about living a creative life and Herring will take a break from the TASK party madness to chat about his two pieces on display in the DAM exhibition Material World.  

Jaime Kopke is the adult and college program manager in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. She has been with the DAM since 2011 and is always scouting for community creatives to collaborate with for A&C programs. Send her an email.