Discover why The Mile High City is the place to be when it comes to incredible arts and culture.

NOTE: Due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19), some events may be canceled. Please check directly with the venues for the latest status. 

MUSEUM OPENINGS & REOPENINGS

Denver's arts scene is shining brighter than ever with some key openings and reopenings. Denver Art Museum recently celebrated the reopening of the Martin Building (formerly known as the North Building). First opened in 1971, the building was designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates. The building as been fully renovated with expanded gallery space, plus stunning views of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains. The building will showcase Asian art, Indigenous arts of North America, Northwest Coast and Alaska Native, European and American art before 1900, Latin American and art of the ancient Americas, photography, textile art and fashion, and Western American art collections.

The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, meanwhile, is back after a temporary closure due to water damage. To kick things off, the museum is hosting a new exhibition, Truth, Beauty and Power: Christopher Dresser and The Aesthetic Movement, which runs through Jan. 2, 2022

And for a truly unforgettable and mind-bending experience, check out Meow Wolf’s “Convergence Station,” the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based arts and entertainment company’s new permanent installation. 

BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITIONS 

THE 19TH CENTURY IN EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART

WHERE: Denver Art Museum
In newly installed galleries, view more than 85 artworks from the museum’s collection by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Childe Hassam and others that tell a story about one of the most important times in art history.

SURVIVAL OF THE SLOWEST

WHEN: Thru Jan. 9, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Sometimes being slow has advantages! Meet live animals such as a two-toed sloth, a green iguana, a chameleon and several other species that manage to thrive in a world where large, strong and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain. Explore dozens of habitats teeming with live plants and animals, and discover their counterintuitive adaptations and surprising strategies for survival.

WHISTLER TO CASSATT: AMERICAN PAINTERS IN FRANCE

WHEN: Nov. 14, 2021–Mar. 13, 2022 
WHERE: Dever Art Museum
See more than 100 paintings made between 1855 and 1913 in the first comprehensive examination of France's stylistic impact on American painting of the period. From academic training in Paris to exploration of the countryside landscape, Whistler to Cassatt reveals both the visual and conceptual influences of France on American painters in the 19th and early 20th century.

NOW SHOWING

SPECTRUM OF BEING

WHEN: Thru Nov. 6, 2021
WHERE: Walker Fine Art
Aristotle developed the first known theory of color, believing it was sent by God from Heaven through celestial rays of light. From Newton to Geothe, studies on the spectrums of color and light have been conducted for millennia, and while the sciences of these matters are now widely accepted, artists continue to experiment with the use of these concepts to induce varying emotions through their work. In this exhibition, six artists bridge the intuitive and the visceral to address the viewers’ individual life experiences. This exhibition serves as an invitation to the shared visual experiences of human existence.

PRELUDES

WHEN: Thru Nov. 6, 2021
WHERE: William Havu Gallery

The William Havu Gallery is honored to present the first solo exhibition by Cuban-born artist Carlos Estévez in Colorado, which will include more than 20 paintings. Estévez uses his work to reveal the invisible realm to the spirit that lies hidden beneath the visible world, a process that he refers to as an alchemical, metaphysical transformation of mystery into knowledge.

ALEBRIJE: XÓLOTL

WHEN: Thru Nov. 7, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural CenterDenver Botanic Gardens hosts a monumental sculpture by contemporary Mexican artist Óscar Becerra Mora. Standing nearly 15 feet tall, the sculpture depicts an alebrije — a fantastical hybrid creature from Mexican folklore.

ROLAND BERNIER: IN OTHER WORDS

WHEN: Thru Nov. 14, 2021
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada

Text-based conceptualist and Colorado artist Roland Bernier experimented with symbols and language, exploiting the visual characteristics of words rather than their meaning. The resulting paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations mix Bernier’s use of text with his strong lines, bold colors and vast diversity of materials. 

GHOSTS OF THE EARTH

WHEN: Thru Nov. 14, 2021
WHERE: Next Gallery, Lakewood
All creatures, plants, minerals and molecules are connected. Ghosts of the Earth explores these connections by bringing very different elements of nature together into hybrid creatures and environments to highlight these connections.

TOUCH(ED) BY TAMARA MAHONEY

WHEN: Thru Nov. 14, 2021
WHERE: Next Gallery, Lakewood
Touch is its own language, a language that is essential to what it means to be human. Hands are how we venture out into the world, exploring, communicating, connecting. Explore how hands speak of our identity, our emotions and our inner world. 

OF SKY AND GROUND: YOSHITOMO SAITO

WHEN: Thru Nov. 28, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Yoshitomo Saito's cast-bronze works capture and celebrate the elegant lines and subtle details of nature. From smaller seed pods to the arch of a branch, his compositions reinterpret organic forms to encourage contemplation.

BIRDLY VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE

WHEN: Thru Dec. 1, 2021
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Soar through the air like a bird on the wing in this cutting-edge virtual reality experience! Visually immersed through a head-mounted VR display, fliers are enveloped in a high-resolution Jurassic era virtual landscape charged with interactive zones and entertaining surprises. The result of Birdly’s precise sensory-motor coupling — including headwind simulation, 3D audio and visual impact — is absolute exhilaration!

SHIKI DREAMS BY PRISMAJIC

WHEN: Thru Dec. 19, 2021
WHERE: Prismajic

Shiki Dreams is the latest immersive adventure from Prismajic, the creators of 2019’s smash hit Natura Obscura. The multi-sensory immersive experience leads guests on a fun and mystical journey of exploration and discovery that combines art and technology in beautiful and amazing ways.

MUSEUM FOR BLACK GIRLS

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: 
1421 26th St.
"Black Girl Magic" is more than a buzzword or trend. It's the essence of Black women. The Museum for Black Girls is a space to celebrate this essence, as well as educate about the journey to our present state and liberation. Finally and most importantly, our museum serves as a love letter to Black women and our experience. This interactive pop-up gallery features multiple, vibrant exhibits.

EARTH ILLUMINATED

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Earth Illuminated is an immersive experience where the natural world and digital media merge to take you on an ethereal journey. Wander through a 13,000-square-foot space showcasing our planet's beauty from air, land and sea. Explore a series of immersive environments and large-scale interactive art installations that change the way you experience art and nature.

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation.

GIO PONTI: DESIGNER OF A THOUSAND TALENTS

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Gio Ponti was one of the most inventive Italian architects and designers of his time. For more than 60 years, Ponti’s exuberant approach found expression in public and private commissions from buildings, interiors, and furniture to glass, ceramics, and flatware. These diverse and prolific achievements led to Ponti’s hiring in 1965, at the age of 74, to collaborate with Denver-based James Sudler Associates on the design of a new building for the Denver Art Museum.

CURIOUS VISIONS: TOWARD ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This two-part exhibition explores experimentations with abstraction from the past 100 years. Approximately 60 works are featured, spotlighting historical images by photographers such as Aaron Siskind, Man Ray, Eliot Porter, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston and Minor White alongside contemporary artworks by Jungjin Lee, Gary Emrich, Alison Rossiter, Laura Letinsky and others.

TRUTH, BEAUTY AND POWER: CHRISTOPHER DRESSER AND THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art 

Following a temporary closure due to water damage earlier in the year, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has reopened with a new exhibition: Truth, Beauty and Power: Christopher Dresser and The Aesthetic Movement. Museum visitors will learn about this lesser-known design movement (1865-1900) along with Dresser, a British designer. The exhibition features works from the museum's permanent collection, many of which will be publicly displayed for the first time. 

FERVOR: ANA MARÍA HERNANDO

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Interdisciplinary artist Ana María Hernando harnesses the power of painting, poetry and installation to honor and alter traditional feminine craft and community. Her love of plants, flowers and the spirit of nature permeates her work. Fervor features her installation Écoutons | Escuchemos | Let's Listen, created in response to bird sounds submitted from more than 200 people across the globe.

DEBORAH ROBERTS: I'M

WHEN: Thru Jan. 30, 2022
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Roberts's mixed media works on paper and on canvas combine found images sourced from the Internet with hand-painted details in striking figural compositions that invite viewers to look closely and to see through the layers. She focuses her gaze on Black children — historically, and still today, among the most vulnerable members of our population — investigating how societal pressures, projected images of beauty or heroism, and the violence of American racism condition their experiences growing up in this country as well as how others perceive them. 

JASON MORAN: BATHING THE ROOM WITH BLUES

WHEN: Thru Jan. 30, 2022
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Renowned artist and musician Jason Moran presents a gathering of artworks that celebrates space and creative expression in jazz history, as well as the importance of music and live performance as vital forces in Black culture and American life. Through a range of media, Moran highlights his fascination with the physical environments where music is born and how the residue of music-making can be captured.

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH

WHEN: Thru Feb. 6, 2022
WHERE: Lighthouse Denver

Renowned for transforming venues into unforgettable art experiences, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit strives to highlight the unique architecture of its spaces while integrating influences from its history and community. Get ready to be transported the second you step inside!

SMOKING MIRRORS: A REFLECTION ON IDENTITY IN MEXICO AND THE USA, 1821-2021

WHEN: Thru Feb. 26, 2022
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

This visual arts exhibit curated by the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project honors the Colorado Chicano/a mural tradition of using public art in service to the people and communities that are historically dehumanized and oppressed in US society.

BY DESIGN: STORIES AND IDEAS BEHIND OBJECTS

WHEN: Thru Mar. 1, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A series of thematic installations drawn primarily from the architecture and design collection, By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. How does it come into being? Who creates it and for what purpose? How does it serve society? What trends inspire it?

BLACK IN DENVER

WHEN: Thru Mar. 5, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Narkita Gold is a Denver-based artist who's been honing her skills in digital photography since 2009. Her exhibition Black in Denver is a portrait and interview series that takes delves into Black life in Denver.

STATE HISTORICAL FUND RETROSPECTIVE

WHEN: Thru Apr. 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado

This exhibit explores the rich contributions of History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Through the preservation of the built environment, the SHF has enhanced vibrant communities across the state for more than three decades.

SCULPTURE ON THE GREEN II: FEATURING ROBERT MANGOLD

WHEN: Thru May 2022
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

MOA presents Sculpture on the Green II at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, the second installation of an ongoing, annual, rotating exhibition. This year features Colorado sculptor Robert Mangold. The sculptures are made from industrial steel piping. Some are painted a brilliant red, while others are simply polished, allowing for the beauty in the raw material to be revealed.

REVISIÓN: ART IN THE AMERICAS

WHEN: Thru July 17, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This thematic presentation will explore land, people and place by linking ancient and contemporary artworks that address political and social issues at the heart of the region’s cultural heritage as well as expand the narrative through voices that include women artists and contemporary voices that speak to the diversity of the Americas.

BRICK & SOUL // ARMANDO GENEYRO

WHEN: Thru July 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Local photographer Armando Geneyro connects the build environment with the people who shape its meaning. A versatile photographer, Armando specializes in events coverage and photojournalism. His passion for street photography allows him to connect to his subjects and immerse himself in different cultures.

MEMORY MIRROR

WHEN: Thru Mar. 5, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Lares Feliciano's Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative's living room, this exhibition will transform the museum's Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

WHEN: Permanent
WHERE: Daniels & Fisher Tower

Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.

COMING SOON

IDENTIDAD

WHEN: Nov. 5–12, 2021
WHERE: Adams County Government Center, Brighton
Identidad (identity) is an art exhibit about mestizaje and the indigenous roots of the Americas. It is both an internal and external landscape that shapes who we are as descendants of two different worlds that converged in the wilderness of the human heart. A story narrated from the visions of five artists who embrace mestizaje and the Indigenous origins (las raíces) that shape a new generation of americanosmestizos e indios 500 years after la conquista.

HOLIDAY HARMONY

WHEN: Nov. 5–12, 2021
WHERE: Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton
Enjoy this holiday-themed art exhibit at the Stanton Art Gallery at Littelton Town Hall Arts Center, which hosts rotating exhibits of local artists in partnership with the Littleton Fine Arts Guild.

LESSONS LEARNED BY EMILIO LOBATO.

WHEN: Nov. 12, 2021–Jan. 6, 2022
WHERE: William Havu Gallery
Lobato’s latest body of work consists of collages made from rubber and tacks on panel, assemblages made from antique printing blocks, and porcelain sculptures, in addition to oils with collage on panel and monotypes.

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