Maybe: Phil Toledano Cpac Grand Opening Reception

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On Sat., Feb. 6, CPAC will reopen its doors in a new location in Denver’s RiNo Arts District – and we’re starting things off with a bang! Join us from 6-8 pm to celebrate this milestone and enjoy the opening reception of Maybe, an exhibition of recent work by New York-based artist Phil Toledano.

Location: CPAC gallery, now at 3636 Chestnut Place, Denver CO 80216 (Ironton Studios)
Cost: Free and open to the public; light snacks and drinks available for purchase

Artist Talk: Friday, February 5, 7 – 8 pm
Location: Denver Art Museum, North Building, Lower Level, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Cost: CPAC/DAM/SPE Members $5; Non-members: $10

Portfolio Reviews with Phil Toledano: Saturday, February 6, 2:30-5 pm. Location: CPAC Gallery -- limited seats available. Register:

Sponsored by CPAC, the Society for Photographic Education, and the Photography Department at the Denver Art Museum.

About the Exhibition:

Featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, The Guardian, and in exhibitions around the world, Maybe is Toledano’s startling response to the unexpected death of his mother in 2006.

“When my mother died, it made me realize that you don’t have any control over your destiny at all,” said Toledano in a New York Times interview. I became quite fearful of what sharp turns life had in store for me and what other terrible unforeseen things might happen.”

He decided to confront his fears of death and aging head-on, by photographing his “future self” in various stages he could imagine himself experiencing at the end of his life. But how does one photograph the future?

To start, Toledano took a DNA test to determine illnesses he was likely to get. He consulted with fortune-tellers, hypnotists, and researched insurance company statistics. He then sought the help of Adam Morrow, who specializes in makeup and prosthetics for movies.

“I worked with a skilled prosthetics expert, so I could physically become my future selves,” he writes on his web site. These “future selves” include a homeless man, a stroke victim, an Upper East side socialite, and other characters. The result is a book, “Maybe,” published by Dewi Lewis, and a short film by Joshua Seftel documenting the creation of the photographs that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, “The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano.”

“For years, I’ve been drawn to Phil Toledano’s inventive approach to photography and the way he connects to ideas,” said Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC. “His photographs question our understanding of beauty to what lies ahead for our future selves. We’re thrilled to bring him to Denver for the special occasion of our grand opening at Ironton.”

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By: Colorado Photographic Arts Center