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Douglas Busch, Money to Loan, Girl and two Guys, Denver, CO, 1986. Silver chloride contact print. Courtesy of the Artist.
Scene on the Street: Doug Busch
August 25 – December 2, 2012

Busch's large format black and white photographs, taken with a 20-by-24 inch camera that the artist designed and built himself, are images of great subtlety and irony. Through a combination of Busch's photographic sensibility and impeccable technique, the ordinary is raised to a monumental scale. The street scenes presented in this exhibition open our eyes to the beauty and subtlety of the everyday. Ranging in scale from 8-by-20 inch to 20-by-24 inches, the images are Busch's attempt to "record reality more accurately than I can actually see it."

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Family 1st Thursdays
Thursday, October 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy select galleries until 8 pm.

Family Resource Center

October 4
Street Scene Assemblage
Layer transparencies of black-and-white street photography by Doug Busch with found objects and monochromatic paper to create your own urban-inspired assemblage.


Douglas Busch, Electric Building, Denver, CO, 1986. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Artist.

Doug Busch: A Conversation
Sunday, October 14, 2:30 pm
Join photographer Doug Busch and theorist Colin Gardner as they discuss Busch's work, the power of photography, and the oddity of using a 450 pound, 30-by-50 inch camera to make street photographs. A self-proclaimed "crossover artist," Busch combines technical mastery and aesthetic sensitivity in his images. Crossover scholar, Colin Gardner, who has written on topics from film theory to fine art, leads the discussion.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free for SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members



Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
Sunday, October 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.

In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center. 

Front Steps of the Museum

Doug Busch's Street Scene Photographs
Sunday, October 14
Use transparent film and Sharpie pens to mix and match details from the subjects and settings of Doug Busch's photographs to create your own composition, focusing on contrast, lines, and shapes.


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