This week offers unique opportunities to look inside the work of artists through artist talks and lectures, appreciate modern developments in Indigenous and Latin American art, or just see what’s going on in your own backyard – in co-operatives, youth arts programs, or at someone’s home suburban street.
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Third Anniversary Membership Exhibition
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Thursday 28 July to 28 August
Opening reception: Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
American Artist Appreciation Month Reception: Friday, August 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
Anniversary celebration: Friday, August 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
D’art Gallery is celebrating its third anniversary on Santa Fe Drive this summer by showcasing the skills of eighteen members working in a variety of mediums and styles. It’s a great way for a thriving young co-op to also commemorate American Artist Appreciation Month, which begins August 1 and benefits all artists across the country, from brand successes to symbiotic, independent artist communities like D’art. The gallery will host events celebrating both perspectives throughout the duration of the exhibition, as noted above.
The Celestial & The Terrestrial: Artist Talk with Clarissa Tossin
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street
Thursday, July 28: 7 p.m. (admission 6 p.m.)
Brazilian artist Clarrisa Tossin looks upwards and propels her ideas into outer space to explore the desire to prepare the moon or the planet Mars for colonization. The 8th Continent, a trio of large-scale tapestries depicting mineable resource areas on the moon, provides a focal point for her solo exhibition fall from the earth, which includes commissioned sculptural work incorporating repurposed industrial materials and meteorite powder, NASA satellite imagery, tree bark and clay. Finally, the 62-foot silicone sculpture “Death by Heat Wave (Acer pseudoplatanus, Mulhouse Forest)” basically mourns the slow death of precious trees. Tossin will explore these topics and more in conversation with MCA’s Senior Curator Miranda Lash at the museum’s rooftop café and bar.
comfort for creatures judged show
Nice Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive
Thursday, July 28th to September 3rd
Sundays on Santa Fe/Opening Reception: Sunday, July 31, 12pm-3pm
The artists judged the group exhibition by Niza Knoll comfort for creatures were commissioned (or should we say, given free rein) to submit an artwork that encapsulates what on earth brings them simple comfort and happiness. If the results seem a little warm and fuzzy, that’s okay – the show will hit the spot and freely think about favorite things. Whether it is about a place, a situation, a person or an object, it is sure to appeal to the viewer.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of Valley Curtain and the Artists’ Legacy
Vail Mountain School, 3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail
Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. (admission 5.30 p.m.)
$25 in advance
It has been fifty years since the late artist Christo and his partner, the late Jeanne-Claude, developed the legendary Valley Curtain project, enclosing the sides of the Rifle Gap across Colorado State Highway 325 with a monumental curtain of bright orange nylon fabric bridged. It took 28 months and dozens of workers to complete the installation, but most people who remember the project also remember that it lasted just 28 hours before a 60-mph gust of wind blew it down. To mark the event, the Vail Symposium and the SummerVail Art Workshop Legacy Project are co-hosting a panel discussion with experts, attendees and friends to share the rise and fall of the Valley Curtain. If you are a devotee it is a must.
Raquel Meyers and interns, Concrete redundancy
Platte Forum Annex Gallery, Flight at Taxi, 3575 Ringsby Court, #103
Friday 29 July to 29 August
Opening reception: Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The PlatteForum continues to celebrate with the opening of the new gallery extension in the taxi Concrete redundancy, a new exhibition created by resident artist Raquel Meyers and student interns in response to the conflict between rapidly changing new technologies and the redundancy of discarded technologies, with a dystopian detour into a time of exploding technology and stored memories to the lost general public. Old technology forms the basis for the installation, which will be unveiled on Friday evening.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs
Friday 29th July to 7th January
The Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts focused on contemporary Indigenous art and the integration of 20th-century art movements by modern Indigenous artists to build its most intense exhibition to date: Action/abstraction redefined. The exhibition includes works of abstract expressionism, color field and hard-edge painting from the 1940s to the 1970s. The touring exhibition comes to CSFAC from the Cahoon Museum, where it debuted in May with 55 works by fifty artists including Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), George Morrison (Chippewa), John Hoover (Aleut), Edna Massey (Cherokee) and Patrick Swazo Hinds (Tesuque Pueblo).
Kristin Aslan, perspectives
Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, 115 Garnet Street, Broomfield
Opening reception: Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m
At first glance it looks like another small library – a common sight in a quiet part of Broomfield – but up close it’s not. Conceived by Hypnotic Turtle radio host Arlo White and his wife Kim Kennedy White, the Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox is a miniature guerrilla gallery installation that brings a touch of art to the streets. Friday marks the debut of a new DreamBox exhibition, perspectives, the artist Kristin Aslan, who reflects on the individuality of perspectives on everyday things. And what do you do after you look in the box? You’ll hear live avant-garde music by local theremin player Victoria Lundy.
Boulder Fine Art Street Festival
29th Street, 1710 29th Street, Boulder
Saturday and Sunday, July 30th to 31st, daily from 10am to 5pm
Free, RSVP at Eventbrite
It’s still high season for arts festivals, and the second annual Boulder Fine Art Street Festival is planting itself in the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district just in time to fill a niche before August kicks off. The two-day festival brings together vendors of fine arts and crafts, with paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture for art lovers and jewellery, glass, clay, wood and leather for craft collectors.
He who tells a story adds a tail: Latin America and contemporary art
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Sunday 31 July to 5 March 2022
Denver Art Museum lifts the lid on modern Latin American art Whoever tells a story adds a tail, a mostly site-specific exhibition connecting artists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and more, using a wide range of contemporary themes, styles and media. A thread of interactivity between the viewer and the artist ties everything together, surrounding the gallery with multimedia elements and personal narratives.
A Gesamtkunstwerk: The Expression of Unity in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs, Lecture by Stuart Graff
Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, 1201 Bannock Street (or online via Vimeo)
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Admission: $25 to $35, live or virtual
If there was ever time for a lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural and design legacy, now is the time. Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Taliesin West, Arizona, is no ordinary lecturer when it comes to architecture. Graff will discuss Wright’s concept of unity in integrating all design elements, from the external environment to the smallest architectural detail, as featured in the current Kirkland exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright in the walls.
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