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 venus for the latest status. 

Blockbuster Exhibitions 

NATURE CONNECTS, ART WITH LEGO BRICKS

Thru Nov. 1, 2020
For more LEGO fun, head to Denver ZooNature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks features more than 15 life-size and larger-than-life plant and animal sculptures made entirely of LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney. The sculptures took Sean and his team months to create and used nearly a million LEGO bricks!

THE ART OF THE BRICK

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.

FRIDA KAHLO, DIEGO RIVERA, AND MEXICAN MODERNISM: FROM THE JACQUES AND NATASHA GELMAN COLLECTION

Oct. 25, 2020–Jan. 24, 2021
This exhibition at Denver Art Museum explores the Mexican modernism movement and the emergence of national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution. It features more than 150 paintings and photographs by internationally celebrated artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Alvarez Bravo, María Izquierdo, Gunther Gerzso, Carlos Mérida and others.

NOW SHOWING

LA MISIÓN: HECHO DE TIERRA Y ESPÍRTU

Thru Oct. 23, 2020
Featuring around twenty unique pieces of art dating from the 17th Century to the present, La Misión at Museo de las Americas explores the narrative of the peoples living in the Rio Grande River Valley and the visual language unique to the colonial artwork of New Mexico. For an immersive experience, the gallery has been made reminiscent of a mission church interior to provide context for the many Santos, retablos and other artworks in the exhibit.

GAME CHANGERS: 100 YEARS OF NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL

Thru Nov. 1, 2020
Game Changers at History Colorado Center highlights broader social transformations from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era through the lens of America's favorite pastime.

EYES ON: ANTHONY MCCALL

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.

PASSING THROUGH BY SCOTTIE BURGESS

Thru Nov. 30, 2020
This large, site-specific installation by local artist Scottie Burgess consists of multiple wooden rectangular forms that trace the ever-changing Republic Plaza silhouette experienced through its viewer’s fluid perspective, creating a dynamic arrangement that references time, the building and the lives that traverse through its spaces.

SPOOKADELIA 3: BACK TO THE SOURCE

Thru Nov. 30, 2020
This all-ages experience at Spectra Art Space is part scavenger hunt, part haunt and part art installation. Guests will try to solve the puzzle of the psyche by journeying through the neon jungle of archetypes. Those who solve the puzzle in time will free the Crone and race to get her back to her home in Crone Throne Forest. Each room is immersive, interactive and mind-bending, and while the installations and experience are “spooky,” they're also family-friendly and full of delight.

THE FENCE

Thru Nov. 30, 2020
THE FENCE is a juried, traveling outdoor photography exhibit of outstanding images by photographers from around the world. The exhibit is installed along a 500-foot banner at Cherry Creek Shopping Center (near the bike path).

MASK

Thru Dec. 1, 2020
Masks have become a ubiquitous symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this project at Vicki Myhren Gallery, artists call attention to the significance of masks as an issue of public health, a demonstration of civic responsibility and a mode of self-expression and creativity. In turns utilitarian and fantastical, featured masks showcase artists engaging with the pandemic and applying their skills and individual styles.

TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

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 .

65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THUNDERBIRDS

Thru Dec. 27, 2020
Head to the Forney Museum of Transportation, a one-of-a-kind collection of over 600 artifacts relating to historical transportation, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the iconic Ford Thunderbird.

CSU AT 150

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.

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH’S COMEBACK STORY

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.

PRISMAJIC

Thru Jan. 3, 2021
In this 1,200-square-foot pop-up installation, you'll follow Shiki, a spiritual yeti guide and leader of the Spirits of the Forest. The immersive experience explores the dreams of this wise spirit in a multi-sensory experience of stunning creativity. See it at 2219 E. 21st Ave., right next to City Park.

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITION

Thru Jan. 9, 2021
Día de los Muertos makes its return to the Longmont Museum's main gallery this fall for a special exhibition of community ofrendas (altars) and the artwork of renowned Colorado artist Tony Ortega. The exhibition will include paintings, illustrations, prints, mixed media works and a newly commissioned downtown mural in honor of our 20th Día de los Muertos anniversary.

HECHO EN COLORADO

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.

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

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.

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. 

THE LATE WORKS: CLYFFORD STILL IN MARYLAND

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.

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. 

RAUSCHENBERG: REFLECTIONS AND RUMINATIONS

Thru Mar. 20, 2021
This exhibition at the Museum of Outdoor Arts showcases Robert Rauschenberg’s original works spanning from 1962 to 2008 and features more than 50 original artworks by the American Master, making this the largest collection of Rauschenberg’s artworks ever displayed in Colorado.

ONE FELL SWOOP BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY

Thru Apr. 30, 2021
This immersive, outdoor, site-specific sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield Farms Location 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. 

GREGG DEAL (PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE): MERCILESS INDIAN SAVAGES

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

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

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.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

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

A IS FOR…

Nov. 1–30, 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

DENVER ARTS WEEK(END)

Nov. 6–8, 2020
Arts and culture takes center stage in Denver during Denver Arts Week(end). Check out the virtual and in-person events and deals from museums, galleries, dance troupes and more!

PRIMA LINGUA: FIRST WORDS OF THE EARTH

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.

BEGIN AGAIN

Nov. 13, 2020–Jan. 9, 2021
The turn of a new decade brought with it an intersectional crossroads. And as society shifts, so does the art world. The five artists featured in this exhibition at Walker Fine Art are inspired by healing, hope and wonder, aesthetically working within the realm of ripples and repetition to convey their messages in an array of mediums. 

JACK BALAS, COMMON GROUND: PAINTINGS FOR AMERICA

Nov. 13, 2020–Jan. 9, 2021
Originally based in Chicago and Los Angeles, artist Jack Balas who divides his time between painting, drawing and photography, cross referenced at times with writing and other media. See it at William Havu Gallery.

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.

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.

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