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There's always something innovative happening in The Mile High City, especially with powerhouse attractions like the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Museum of Contemporary Art and History Colorado Center. The exhibits are creative masterpieces and constantly changing, including annual sculpture displays at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens focusing on one artist such as Alexander Calder, Deborah Butterfield and Dale Chihuly.

RYAN MCGINLEY: THE KIDS WERE ALRIGHT

Ends Aug. 20, 2017
In the days before Instagram, photographers like Ryan McGinley documented the world around them with the help of the now-iconic Polaroid camera. In The Kids Were Alright, hosted at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, McGinley shares a collection of Polaroid photos from his life in New York in the late 90s and early aughts — a powerful portrait of his generation.

THE WESTERN: AN EPIC IN ART AND FILM

Ends Sept. 10, 2017
The Denver Art Museum will soon unveil the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is more than cowboys and American Indians, pursuits and duels, or bandits and barroom brawls.

CALDER: MONUMENTAL

Ends Sept. 24, 2017
Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, American artist Alexander Calder's lively, large-scale steel sculptures interact with the surrounding landscape of Denver Botanic Gardens in an energetic exploration of forms, volumes and voids.

MI TIERRA: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS EXPLORE PLACE

Ends Oct. 22, 2017
Explore contemporary life in the American West through the eyes of 13 Latino artists. The Denver Art Museum presents artwork by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe), and Xochi Solis (Austin).

BACKSTORY: WESTERN AMERICAN ART IN CONTEXT

Ends Feb. 11, 2018
This exhibition, which will be held at History Colorado Center, features 50 pieces from the collections of History Colorado and the Denver Art Museum's Petrie Institute of Western American Art. Come see landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington bronze sculptures, ancestral Puebloan pottery, American Indian artifacts, Civil War relics, saddles, Rockmount clothing and a chuck wagon.