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Andrea Modica - Human Being

March 5th - May 23, 2015

#20, Male, 61 Years Old
Human Being grew out of a study on a group of over one hundred skeletons secretly buried a century ago. They were discovered in 1993, on the grounds of the Colorado Mental Health Institute, by prison inmates who were breaking ground to build the extension of an asylum for the criminally insane.

“Photographs for this exhibit were generously loaned by the Denver Art Museum to the Center for Bioethics and Humanities,” said curator Simon Zalkind.  “We hope that this exhibit will encourage a conversation about historical and aesthetic dimensions of the photograph as evidence and elegy, within the context of Modica’s ‘Human Being’ – a tragic story of the forgotten lives and the deaths of people who lived in Colorado over a century ago.”

Listen to an interview with photographer Andrea Modica on Colorado Public Radio.

Denver Post fine art critic Ray Mark Rinaldi says, "Human Being reinvents portrait photography in ways that are both revolutionary and gruesome."  Read entire review.

Westword names Human Being #1 "not-to-miss" show during Denver Photography Month.

Read, "Staring into Colorado's abyss of insanity," by Quincy Snowdon in the Aurora Sentinel.

The Colorado Springs Gazette says, "Human Being" is marriage of art, science, history.

View the report about Human Being, on the Aurora Weekly News television channel.

Learn more about the exhibit in CU Connections​.
Click to view exhibition catalog​
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The opening on March 5th included a conversation, titled "Hidden and Revealed: The Photograph as Evidence," between Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum, and Simon Zalkind, Curator of Exhibitions at the Fulginiti Pavilion.​  Click to listen to the hour-long discussion.​