“BORDER” Art Exhibition by Mongolian Artist Tsogo Mijid
Exhibition Runs: 03/06/2020 – 04/30/2020
McNichols Civic Building
First Floor Community Gallery
March 6 – April 30, 2020
BORDER is a solo exhibit of works by Mongolian artist Tsogo Mijid featuring a mix of contemporary paintings, Tsam dance masks and soft sculpture works, curated by Eriko Tsogo. This exhibition is the outcome of Mijid’s residency with the International Yurt Art Residency Program in collaboration with the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado, and is supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program.
BORDER offers a critical review on themes of immigration and the marginalized identity, inspired by first-person narratives of the artist’s life dating back two decades of residency in Colorado since his immigration to Denver from Mongolia.
Born in 1965 in Ulaanbaatar, Tsogo Mijid lives and works as an artist, arts administration professional, and art educator in Denver. Tsogo has had numerous solo and select group exhibitions in Mongolia, Hungary, Germany, Russia and the United States. His artworks are owned by Nobel Peace Prize laureate the 14th Dalai Lama, and the Denver Art Museum, with permanent installations at the Denver Zoo and Meow Wolf Denver. Tsogo remains one of the few Mongolian artists in the world to follow in the ancient art of the Mongolian Tsam mask-making tradition.
Over the course of his 35-year career, Tsogo’s commitment to creating powerful images of the marginalized life is unwavering. Having lived through various political systems in many different countries, Tsogo remains a versatile artist whose different art practices continues to reflect his migratory experiences. In each of the cities where he has lived over the course of his career, Tsogo continues to be a key figure merging both Western and Eastern cultures.
The International Yurt Art Residency Program (IYARP) was founded by Mongolian American artist Eriko Tsogo in collaboration with the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado in 2018. Every year IYARP awards two multi-disciplinary artists a one to three-month cross-cultural residency studio exchange experience in a traditional Mongolian yurt. IYARP has a multi-fold mission to create cross-cultural artist exchanges between Colorado and Mongolia, and encourage artistic and cultural enrichment through diversity, while promoting social justice, academic discourse and creative capital surrounding social policy and environmental sustainability on a cross-cultural platform.
Founded in 2004, the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Coloradois committed to the preservation, cultivation and advancement of the rich Mongolian culture and heritage through the inspiration of the arts, education and cross-cultural exchange for the greater Mongolian and surrounding world communities.