Haitian Dream Boats, mixed media, 1993. On display through December, 2018.
Floyd D. Tunson: Haitian Dream Boats
On View: January 1–August 1, 2019
Floyd D. Tunson is one of Colorado's most important contemporary artists. Over the past 50 years he has prodigiously, fearlessly and innovatively created art from his keen cultural perspective, taking on identity, race, and history in a number of series and across a range of art media. He has spent most of those decades in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado, following formative years in Denver. An incredibly influential educator over 30 years in the public school system, Tunson's impact extends beyond the art world to the students fortunate to work with the artist in that context. His monumental installation, Haitian Dream Boats was installed alongside the inaugural exhibition at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art site, Janus. Weaving and bobbing on imaginary waves, the boat forms reference the Haitian migrant crisis that began in the 1980s as well as the political climate for migrants arriving on U.S. shores seeking asylum today.
This work is on view inside the Ent Center for the Arts through August 2019.
AWOL: Art WithOut Limits launched in 2008, featuring international, national and regional artists and collectives manifesting site-specific temporary projects outside the confines of the gallery walls with accompanying artistic residencies. Past programs include social practice projects, public sculpture, multi-disciplinary performances, and happenings across a wide range of venues. Creating community through shared experiences with art is a guiding goal of this program.