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ENRICH-0707 – Art Hist on Zoom: Artistic Collaborations (ENRICH-0707_DUOS)

The Power of Two: Creative Duos That Changed the Art World

Peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, a hammer and nail … some things just go together. For centuries, creative duos—lifelong friends, collaborative couples, heated rivals—have inspired art and stimulated innovation. In this three-session course, teaching specialist from the Denver Art Museum, Molly Medakovich, introduces you to the creative tensions and dialogues between artists across time and artistic mediums, from Ghiberti and Brunelleschi’s 1401 competition for the Florence Baptistry doors to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s dual dedication to environmental installations in the 21st century. Peek into Van Gogh and Gaugin’s turbulent relationship and paintings during their time in the “studio of the south,” consider the inspiration (and friction) between Frida and Diego, meet design dream team Charles and Ray Eames, and discover more stories of art buddies and rivals along the way. Since the Renaissance, the longstanding myth of the solitary creative genius has dominated how we look at and understand artists and their work. In fact, collaboration and connection have more recently been shown to enhance creative expression. Come away with a better understanding of how sharing ideas, borrowing techniques, and pushing one another to the edge (for better or for worse) has led to creative breakthroughs and helped shape an art world in a way that no singular artist would have achieved on their own.

Three Zoom sessions
Mon., Mar. 20, 27, Apr. 3, 2023, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Molly Medakovich is a teaching specialist for lifelong learning programs at the Denver Art Museum, an affiliate faculty member at the University of Denver and an art historian. She holds a PhD in 18th- and 19th-century European art history with a focus on women artists and gender and has contributed to exhibitions, published essays, given lectures, and led programs focusing on American, western American, and European art.
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Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 32Waitlist Places Left: 0Fee: $105


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday20th March 20233rd April 202306:30PM - 08:30PMN/AMolly Medakovich