Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO March 15th, 2017

  • MCA Denver
  • MCA Denver

A rare instance of the artist re-examining his earliest major body of work, which was titled The Kids Are Alright, the exhibition at MCA Denver features many never-before-printed images. Additionally, over 1500 of McGinley’s Polaroids, which have never before been exhibited, will wrap the museum’s second floor. For this series, he documented nearly every visitor to his home and studio over the course of four years.

Works by Dash Snow and Dan Colen, two of McGinley’s closest collaborators during this early period, complete the exhibition.

Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright is on view from February 11, 2017 to August 20, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Nora Burnett Abrams. Join us for the opening celebration on February 10, 6PM-MIDNIGHT.

Ryan McGinley (born 1977, Ramsey, NJ) earned a BFA in graphic design from Parsons School of Design in 2000. The year prior to his graduation from Parsons, McGinley self-published a book titled The Kids Are Alright, which earned him the attention of New York’s art scene. Since then, McGinley’s photographs have been shown at institutions around the world, including MoMA PS1, New York; the National Portrait Gallery, London; Kunsthalle, Vienna; and MACRO, Rome. In 2003, when he was 25, McGinley was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. His work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. He is represented by Team Gallery, New York; Ratio 3 Gallery, San Francisco; and Galerie Perrotin, Paris.