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.
THE ART OF THE BRICK
Thru Jan. 31, 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.
CITIZENSHIP: A PRACTICE OF SOCIETY
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.
WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY
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.
THE NEW FOUR FREEDOMS
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.
THE LIGHT SHOW
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.
SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES
Thru May 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.
GREGG DEAL: PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE
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.
SENGA NENGUDI: TOPOLOGIES
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.
THE LATE WORKS: CLYFFORD STILL IN MARYLAND
Jan. 5–Mar. 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.