Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Inside the White Cubicle: Meet the Staff of MCA Denver
Ever wondered about the hopes and dreams of the staff of MCA Denver? How long have they toiled away in their windowless basement under the museum? Where did they come from? What did they want to be when they grew up? What is their least favorite mode of transportion? What embarrassing songs did they once listen to? What do they look to in terms of an inspirational quotation? Here are their answers, part of a new, semi-recurring feature we are calling: MCA Denver: Inside the White Cubicle.
Nick Silici, Exhibitions Manager (pictured above)
Nick has worked with the museum since 2007. He was born in Fairfield, California and has lived in Denver since 1993. While growing up Nick always wanted to be a scientist but then gave up and became an artist. His least favorite mode of transportation is running. Although Nick claims to have exceptional taste in music, he did once own an album by WHAM, a fact he denied until George
Michael himself lent MCA Denver a Damien Hirst artwork from his own personal collection of YBAs. Nick's favorite quote comes from Pablo Picasso,"We artists are indestructible, even in a prison cell or a concentration camp I would be almighty in my own world of art. Even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell."
Molly, as one of MCA Denver's newest employees, as been with the museum just since July 2013. Born in Denver, as a kid she thought she would be a veterinarian until she realized there was math involved, and in college she thought she'd be a lawyer until she realized art history existed. Her least favorite mode of transportation are those tiny planes with 25 seats. When she was 10 years old she was the proud owner of a Spice Girls cassette tape, which she would probably still jam to if tape players still existed. Her favorite quote is from Julia Child: "People who love to eat are always the best people."
Luc Hughart, Special Events Fundraising Manager
Luc (seen here in an portrait that has been lovingly restored) has been with the museum since September 2011, but he's been working on MCA Denver's special events as far back as 2007. Born and raised in Edgerton, Ohio on corn and creativity, Luc always wanted to be an adventurer, creator, problem solver - just like MacGyver. If he had to get somewhere, a boat would probably be his last choice. Luc is sad to admit that Jock Jams, Volume 1 was the first album he ever owned, although it has come in handy for MCA Denver tailgate parties. He admires a job-well-done; from CEO to sign-spinner. "Whatever you are, be a good one" -Abraham Lincoln.