[This article was originally published by Entropy on 26 July 2018]
Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) recently launched their Octopus Initiative: a program that brings fine art into the homes of the general public. According to their website, the museum will offer “any resident of the Denver metro area the chance to borrow and live with a work of art made by a Denver-based artist for ten months.” The program intends to “demonstrate a commitment to Denver artists by supporting them with commissions, while also deepening the connection between Denver audiences and the art and the artists working in their city.”
The parameters for the Octopus Initiative are rather simple. Entrants register online, “heart” artwork in the collection that they like, then wait to find out if they’ve been selected during a monthly lottery. If selected, winners pick up artwork at the museum for display in their home. The first round of artists solicited for the program include Molly Bounds, Suchitra Mattai, Clark Richter, and Derek Velasquez, among others. A second round of featured artists will soon follow, which includes the work of Diego Rodriguez-Warner.
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