Artists on Art: Julia Christensen on Simon Denny: The Founder’s Paradox

May 19, 2018 / 2:30pm

Free with Museum Admission

Artists on Art are monthly talks by local artists who use their own mediums, subjects, and processes to interpret an artwork on view in MOCA's exhibitions. Multidisciplinary artist Julia Christensen, Associate Professor of Integrated Media at Oberlin College, will discuss Simon Denny’s sculptures, paintings, and prints in The Founder’s Paradox. Denny’s new body of work uses the language and structure of board games to examine mythologies emerging from the influence of tech founders like Peter Theil (PayPal) and Reed Hoffman (LinkedIn). Christensen’s work in sculpture, video, print, sound, and installation explores systems of technology, commerce, the evolving use and obsolescence of the natural and built landscape. She is currently a 2017-18 fellow at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Art + Tech Lab program in Los Angeles. She won a Creative Capital grant in 2013, along with residencies and fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts; MacDowell Colony; Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio and the Experimental Television Center. For more information about the artist visit

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Generous support for Simon Denny: The Founder's Paradox is provided by Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa.

Additional support provided by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, and Michael Lett / Andrew Thomas, Michael Lett Gallery.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.