Animated! by Brian Alfred

 "Animated! Explorations in Moving Pictures," film series curated by Brian Alfred, Wednesdays in April, noon-4 PM Palmer Museum of ArtThe series features a group of artists who use animation in very different ways, with very different results. Artists: Kota Ezawa, Jennifer Steinkamp, LoVid, Takagi Masakatsu, Tala Madani, Allison Schulnik, Michael Bell Smith, Hayal Pozanti.

Brian Alfred at Denver Art Museum by Brian Alfred

 Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out

21 February 2016 - February 2017

Brian Alfred's City Sunrise, 2004, will be on exhibition in the Denver Art Museum's reinstallation of the Modern & Contemporary galleries. Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out officially opens to the public February 21, 2016 and will be on view through February 2017.

The artworks included in Audacious seek to invite or even incite conversation about the world around us. Comprised mainly of works in the permanent collection the exhibition is organized around four themes: Self and Other, Ecologies and Exchanges, Threat and Surveillance, and Politics and Geographies. City Sunrise will be part of Threat and Surveillance.

The opening reception for this exhibition will be on February 18th 5:30 - 7:30pm.

Brian Alfred on Japan's Genbi Shinkansen by Brian Alfred

Japan’s newest Shinkansen is world’s fastest gallery, packed with contemporary art inside and out

October 2015

From an engineering standpoint, Japan’s famed Shinkansen is already a work of art. Recently, though, the country’s bullet trains have been putting a renewed effort into their appearance, taking inspiration from centuries-old tradition and science-fiction anime.

The latest Shinkansen to be unveiled, though, incorporates design cues more modern than tatami reed floors yet not as futuristic as giant robots. Instead, it’s envisioned as a travelling gallery of contemporary art, allowing for what operator East Japan Railways calls “the world’s fastest art appreciation.”

A special train needs a special name, and the new Shinkansen has been christened Genbi, combining the kanji gen (現), meaning “contemporary,” and bi (美), “beauty.” The Genbi Shinkansen will run along the Joetsu Shinkansen line between Niigata and Echigo Yuzawa Stations in Niigata Prefecture.

Seven of the carriages will be used as art exhibition spaces, with different painters, sculptors, and visual creators represented in each. The contributing artists have been announced as Nao Matsumoto, Yusuke Komuta, Kentaro Kobuke, paramodel, Naoki Ishikawa, Haruaka Kojin, and Brian Alfred.

If you’d like your sense of taste to be stimulated along with your sight, there’s also a cafe. On the menu you’ll find sweets made with rice flour from Niigata’s prized (and pricy) Uonuma-grown Koshihikari rice and butter from dairies on Sadogashima Island.

And it’s not like only passengers inside the train will have something pretty to look at, either. The non-windowed side of the Genbi Shinkansen’s exterior is covered with colorful photographs of Niigata’s Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, one of the largest in Japan, taken by photographer Mika Ninagawa.

The Genbi Shinkansen goes into service next spring.