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, Clyfford Still Museum and History Colorado Center. The exhibits are creative masterpieces and constantly changing, including annual sculpture displays at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens.
Thru Nov. 29, 2020
Between 1972 and 1974, London-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall recorded a suite of seven fire performances. Landscape for Fire presents five performers dressed in white walking a precisely choreographed pattern across an airfield in North Weald, England, igniting small fires. Shifting configurations of light and dark unfold across a thirty-six-point grid, as the field of grass becomes a meadow of light. See it at Denver Art Museum.
Thru Nov. 30, 2020
In this free outdoor exhibition, local artist Chinn Wang pairs words and symbols — some familiar and recognizable, some abstract and coded — to explore how learning language functions as the key to storytelling and powerful expressions of identity. A is for… is located in the Martin Plaza in front of the Denver Art Museum.
Thru Dec. 6, 2020
Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection features more than 60 paintings by masters such as Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen van Diest, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Hudson, gifted to the Denver Art Museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.
PINK LEMONADE HOPE: WORKS BY KOKO BAYER
Thru Dec. 6, 2020
Pink Lemonade Hope is a series of installations at Denver Botanic Gardens created by Denver artist Koko Bayer in response to the COVID-19 crisis as a reminder of the power of hope. Bayer uses her distinctive “pink lemonade” palette of magenta and bright yellow to reinforce her message through an aesthetic that’s warm, uplifting and — like its namesake drink — deliciously sweet.
GHOST FOREST: WORKS BY MELANIE WALKER
Thru Dec. 6, 2020
Colorado-based artist Melanie Walker’s works on fabric are a contemplative reverie on our origins in nature and the landscapes that continue to sustain us. This exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens offers visitors a space to reflect on the memories that connect us to wild places — and to one another. Ghost Forest is organized in collaboration with Walker Fine Art .
Thru Dec. 30, 2020
Colorado State University celebrates its 150th anniversary this year! In this exhibition at History Colorado Center, you'll explore artifacts that illustrate the university's groundbreaking work in environmental research, its storied sports history and current and former students' efforts to ensure equal opportunities for all.
Thru Dec. 31, 2020
A new trove of remarkably preserved fossils found by paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science near Colorado Springs paints a vivid picture of how Earth recovered after the devastating asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. See some of the very best fossils from the site at a brand-new bilingual pop-up exhibit to bring the discovery to life.
Thru Dec. 31, 2021
Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation. See it at History Colorado Center.
Thru Jan. 3, 2021
Have you ever wondered to yourself what your dog is thinking? Dogs! A Science Tail is a fun, interactive glimpse into the world of our canine friends. The exhibition at Denver Museum of Nature & Science highlights the extraordinary ways dogs see, hear, and smell their surroundings and explores why humans and dogs are best friends.
Thru Jan. 10, 2021
See historically significant paintings, sculptures, textiles and writings from Colorado's Chicano/Mexican American community, including prominent figures like Carlota EspinoZa, Carlos Fresquez and David Ocelotl García, as well as selections from up-and-coming artists. Hecho en Colorado (Made in Colorado) at History Colorado Center honors the artistic achievements of a community whose impact continues to shape Colorado culture.
Thru Jan. 24, 2021
Contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya's original artworks and reimagined versions of famous masterpieces made from LEGO® bricks will wow you when it comes to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science this summer. The exhibit also showcases a collection of LEGO-infused, hyper-realistic photography from Sawaya's innovative collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Guests of all ages will be able to put their own ingenuity to work in an area filled with LEGO bricks.
Thru Jan. 31, 2021
London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin has collaborated with iconic brands and artists from Puma and Nike to Max Mara and Kendrick Lamar. This interactive multimedia installation at Denver Art Museum features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.
Thru Feb. 14, 2021
This exhibition at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver posits art making as a critical civic act and exemplifies how artists act as citizens. Many of the works address specific political crises, such as the opioid epidemic and Flint, Michigan's battle for clean water. Others highlight specific legal issues that shape American society.
Thru Feb. 21, 2021
This exhibition explores Clyfford Still's later paintings and drawings, made after his move to rural Maryland in 1961. This marks a particularly fertile period for Still, during which he made more than 375 works on canvas and more than 1,100 works on paper (nearly all in pastel) before his death in 1980 at the age of 75. The Late Works at the Clyfford Still Museum will include approximately 70 of these unique works.
Thru Feb. 28, 2021
In works combining watercolor with historical photography, news clippings and text, Denver-based artist Adri Norris highlights women who've made history. See it at History Colorado Center.
Thru Feb. 28, 2021
On the brink of war against tyranny, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued his famous proclamation that all Americans had the right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. Almost 80 years later, History Colorado Center is asking four up-and-coming Denver artists to illustrate the condition of those four freedoms today.
Thru March 7, 2021
The Light Show at Denver Art Museum features more than 200 objects drawn from the museum's nine curatorial departments that explore both physical and symbolic representations of light in art.
Thru Apr. 30, 2021
This immersive, outdoor, site-specific sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield Farms was created by weaving flexible saplings and branches into a complex and whimsical architectural form and was created over the course of three weeks with the help of staff and volunteers.
Thru July 31, 2021
What does America mean to a person whose ancestors were insulted in its founding document? Gregg Deal of the Pyramid Lake Paiute leads an Indigenous exploration of what democracy means in Indian Country through his unique, dynamic works at History Colorado Center.
Nov. 7, 2020–Feb. 21, 2021
Aspen-based artist Jody Guralnick explores the intersection of science and art, bringing to light the microscopic and often unnoticed structures of lichens, mushrooms, molds and more. For her, these tiny organisms are comparable to the first words of the earth — the building blocks of nature's language. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.
RAÍCES Y RAMAS | ROOTS AND BRANCHES
Nov. 21, 2020–Feb. 28, 2021
Inspired by his journeys across languages, Tony Ortega’s artwork explores the Chicano experience in U.S. culture, highlighting the role of place and landscape in connecting community. This exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens is organized in collaboration with William Havu Gallery.
Dec. 13, 2020–Apr. 11, 2021
This collection, on view at the Denver Art Museum, is composed of more than 70 abstract and conceptual artworks by the internationally recognized artist, a prominent figure of the 1970s Black American avant-garde and Black Arts Movement.