The Fragile Bee: Nancy Macko
March 10 – April 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6 – 7 pm
California based artist Nancy Macko has drawn upon images of the honeybee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology and ancient matriarchal cultures. Macko combines elements of painting, printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation to create a unique visual language. This combination of media allows her to examine and respond to issues related to eco-feminism, nature, and the importance of ancient matriarchal cultures – as well as to explore her interest in mathematics, and prime numbers in particular, in which she attempts to make explicit the implicit connections between nature and technology. This exhibition includes a new series inspired by the bee attracting plants of the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Listen to the artist explain her series The First Ten Prime Numbers and the relationship of mathematics to ancient bee societies: (970) 962-2159.
Gallery Talk with Nancy Macko
Thursday, March 15, 5 – 6 pm
The plight of the bees is a call to social and political action with its roots in feminism. It requires a mindfulness about our place in the universe and purpose in our lives. The bees are a symptom and a sign of much deeper and broader problems in our environment. How we treat the bees is symptomatic of how many women and children are treated around the globe. There is a parallel connection here…if we don’t create a safer world in which women and children can truly thrive, we will sacrifice a collective balance that can only have catastrophic consequences.
~ Nancy Macko
***The Foote Gallery/Auditorium is a reservable space and the gallery may be closed for private events from time to time. Please call the Museum front desk (970) 962-2410 to verify exhibit availability prior to arrival.
Thursday, March 22, 5:30 – 7 pm
Presented by Arlo Pelegrin
Humans and bees have worked side-by-side for countless generations. The well-known honeybee, buzzing in our gardens and orchards every summer, has a strikingly complex set of tools and behaviors at its disposal. The world of bees is larger and richer than most people imagine. Join us for a taste of Colorado honey, and to find out some of the secrets and skills that make bees so successful.
Honey Bee 101
Friday, April 13, 6 – 8 pm
Beth Conrey, owner of Bee Squared Apiaries in Berthoud, CO, will kick off swarm season with a discussion about the physiology and social structure of the honey bee. Products from Bee Squared Apiaries will be available for purchase. The Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association will be available to answer questions such as what types of flowers attract bees and who to call if you have a bee swarm.