The Anderman Photography Lecture Series will present quarterly talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today.
For over 40 years, Chuck Forsman has been a pioneering landscape artist whose paintings and photographs engage environmental and land-use issues from a unique viewpoint. His eye for form, detail, and the occasional quiet joke challenge ordinary perceptions of landscape and community and awaken a new sense of how and where we live.
In this lecture, Forsman will discuss his career as a painter and his use of photography as both source material and as artwork in its own right to give context to his current exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman. Drawing from two series of photographs—Western Rider, a look at land and people in the West from the driver’s seat of a car, and Walking Magpie, a coast-to-coast portrait of the country taken while walking the family dog—the work in Seen in Passing transforms routine excursions into personal meditations on contemporary landscape and American society.
Chuck Forsman was born in Idaho in 1944 and raised in eastern Oregon and northern California. He received his B.A. in art in 1967 and his M.F.A. in painting in 1971, both from the University of California at Davis. Forsman was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967, served as an illustrator and photo correspondent in Vietnam in 1968-1969, and earned a Bronze Star Medal. He taught painting at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1971 to 2008. Forsman’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others.
Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for DAM members and artists, $15 for others.
A catalog featuring Chuck Forsman’s series Walking Magpie: On and Off the Leash is available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum.
Series funding generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.