Performance on Paper

The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie
Jul 3, 2016–Jan 29, 2017
John Sorbie, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, 1974. Offset lithograph.

John Sorbie, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, 1974. Offset lithograph. © John Sorbie. Gift of Julie Roche, Amy Sorbie, and Judy Sorbie-Dunn.

John Sorbie, CSU’s Outdoor Cafe Theater, 1978. Offset lithograph.

John Sorbie, CSU’s Outdoor Cafe Theater, 1978. Offset lithograph. © John Sorbie. Gift of David Clune.

John Sorbie, Anton Heiller, 1968. Offset lithograph.

John Sorbie, Anton Heiller, 1968. Offset lithograph. © John Sorbie. Gift of Julie Roche, Amy Sorbie, and Judy Sorbie-Dunn.

Phil Risbeck, Carmen, 1991. Offset lithograph.

Phil Risbeck, Carmen, 1991. Offset lithograph. © Phil Risbeck. Gift of Philip E. and Marie Vescial Risbeck.

Phil Risbeck, Rosiland Newman and Dancers, 1981. Offset lithograph.

Phil Risbeck, Rosiland Newman and Dancers, 1981. Offset lithograph. © Phil Risbeck. Gift of Philip E. and Marie Vescial Risbeck.

Phil Risbeck, Drums Along the Rockies, 1981. Offset lithograph.

Phil Risbeck, Drums Along the Rockies, 1981. Offset lithograph. © Phil Risbeck. Gift of Philip E. and Marie Vescial Risbeck.

Closed: July 3, 2016–Jan 29, 2017
Hamilton Building - Level 2

Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie features the graphic works of internationally acclaimed Colorado designers Phil Risbeck and the late John Sorbie. Thirty posters, spanning a 30-year period from the 1960s to the 1990s, announce a constant stream of performances, including dance, theatre, opera, and film at Colorado State University.

The exhibition will highlight Risbeck and Sorbie’s expressive techniques, such as high-contrast photography, collage and photomontage, hand-drawn illustrations, and their innovative use of the split fountain technique. These eye-catching works capture the essence of an event through energetic imagery and restrained typography.

Performance on Paper is curated by Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture, design, and graphics.

Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with the generous support of donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.