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The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents How Art is Born, a podcast that delves deep into the creative process with artists representing the spectrum of artmaking. Join host R. Alan Brooks, a comic book writer and professor, for a conversation with a different creative person each episode, learning about their artistic practice. How and where are their ideas generated? Which ideas become art and which ones stay on the cutting room floor? How did their careers as artists begin? Get the story behind the artist and how their art is born.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents How Art is Born, a podcast that delves deep into the creative process with artists representing the spectrum of artmaking. Join host R. Alan Brooks, a comic book writer and professor, for a conversation with a different creative person each episode, learning about their artistic practice. How and where are their ideas generated? Which ideas become art and which ones stay on the cutting room floor? How did their careers as artists begin? Get the story behind the artist and how their art is born.

www.mcadenver.org/podcast
Instagram: @mca_denver
TikTok: @mcadenver
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mcadenver1485

    Creating through grief with indie-pop producer and recording artist ZEMBU

    Creating through grief with indie-pop producer and recording artist ZEMBU

    Recording artist and indie-pop producer Sarah Pumpian grew up in a musical household near Seattle. She woke up to the sound of her mother’s vocal students warming up and spent her childhood singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” on the family’s karaoke machine and even performing on tour with her mother in Japan. But after her mother’s death when she was 15 years old, Sarah pushed away her love for singing. It wasn’t until after college when a friend invited her to a jam session that her passion was reignited and she decided to pursue music professionally. Today, she writes and produces her own songs and tours as ZEMBU. In this episode of How Art is Born, Sarah and Alan discuss mental health and grieving, art versus commerce, and how to balance creativity and commerce as a professional artist.
    Learn more about ZEMBU on https://www.amp-li-fy.org/ (the Japanese Arts Network’s AMPLIFY platform)
    Links discussed in this episode:
    https://www.zembumusic.com/ (ZEMBU’s website)
    https://www.instagram.com/zembumusic/ (Follow ZEMBU on Instagram)
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/62VBDaxSQkTLYkKIXVItGr?si=-lT7iQB2RLG5UMwB_pE6Jgandnd=1 (Follow ZEMBU on Spotify)
    https://www.beatsbygirlz.org/fort-collins (Beats by Girlz Fort Collins chapter)
    https://www.ted.com/talks/r_alan_brooks_when_the_world_is_burning_is_art_a_waste_of_time_feb_2021?language=en (R. Alan Brooks’ TEDx Talk “When the world is burning, is art a waste of time?”)
    https://www.tatteredcover.com/search/site/crying%20in%20h%20mart (Crying in H Mart (the memoir Sarah references by Japanese Breakfast))
    Special thanks to ZEMBU for letting us use her song “Overgrown” in this week’s episode.
    This episode contains discussion of depression and suicide. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255.

    • 42 min
    From acting to stand-up and winning over the audience with comedian Janae Burris

    From acting to stand-up and winning over the audience with comedian Janae Burris

    Comedian Janae Burris has made a name for herself in Denver as a member of Comedy Works’ Pro List and as a frequent opener for Josh Blue (not to mention her https://303magazine.com/2018/07/mca-shit-talk-tours/ (Sh!t Talk Tours) at MCA Denver). But her journey to comedy came by way of her love for theatre and standup was initially a way to bolster her acting résumé. In this episode, Janae and R. Alan Brooks discuss her path to the stage, tips for newcomers to comedy, and her experience being pigeonholed and typecast as a Black woman in both theatre and comedy.
    You can find Janae performing at the https://www.highplainscomedyfestival.com/ (8th annual High Plains Comedy Festival September 16-18, 2021).
    Links discussed in this episode:
    https://janaeburris.com/ (Janae’s website)
    https://www.instagram.com/negativenegro/ (Follow Janae on Instagram)
    https://twitter.com/negativenegro (Follow Janae on Twitter)
    https://athenaprojectarts.org/girls-improv-comedy/ (Janae’s comedy classes for girls at Athena Project)
    This episode contains mature language and content.

    • 57 min
    Introverts and the danger of ego with photographer Armando Geneyro

    Introverts and the danger of ego with photographer Armando Geneyro

    Armando Geneyro has been photographing various subcultures in Denver for the past seven years from the local hip-hop scene to cruisers and lowriders. Originally from Lompoc, California, he spent six years in the military after the passing of his father when Armando was 18. Throughout his childhood and time in the military, he used cameras to document his surroundings, but it wasn’t until the rise of Instagram that he started exploring photography as an art form. In the first episode of How Art is Born, he talks to host R. Alan Brooks about imposter syndrome, the power of the Internet for budding artists, not being afraid to fail and pivot focus when necessary, and the challenges of being introverted as a photographer of people.
    Links mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.instagram.com/theyshootn (THEYSHOOTN), Armando’s collective of photographers who host different events that celebrate the people of Denver while also collecting resources for the community.
    https://www.historycolorado.org/brick-and-soul (Brick and Soul), Armando’s exhibition at History Colorado open now through July 30, 2022.
    https://armandogeneyro.com/ (Armando’s website)
    https://www.instagram.com/armando_geneyro/ (Follow Armando on Instagram)
    This episode contains mature language and content.

    • 53 min
    Introducing How Art is Born

    Introducing How Art is Born

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents How Art is Born, a podcast that delves deep into the creative process with artists representing the spectrum of artmaking. Join host R. Alan Brooks, a comic book writer and professor, for a conversation with a different creative person each episode, learning about their artistic practice. How and where are their ideas generated? Which ideas become art and which ones stay on the cutting room floor? How did their careers as artists begin? Get the story behind the artist and how their art is born.
    https://mcadenver.org/podcast (mcadenver.org/podcast)

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