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. 

Blockbuster Exhibitions 

SUE: THE T. REX EXPERIENCE

Thru Apr. 25, 2021
Step into the world of SUE: The T. rex Experience at Denver Museum of Nature & Science to uncover the mysteries about the life of this fearsome fossil and her nemesis, Triceratops. Experience a unique multimedia show transporting you to the Cretaceous forest. Learn how the fossil was unearthed, and how scientists continue to make discoveries about SUE, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered.

STONEHENGE: ANCIENT MYSTERIES AND MODERN DISCOVERIES 

Mar. 12–Sept. 6, 2021
After centuries of speculation, experts are finally starting to understand the mysteries of Stonehenge, thanks to archaeological excavations and advances in scientific techniques. Explore where, when, why, and perhaps most intriguing, how Stonehenge was built. See it at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

PARIS TO HOLLYWOOD: THE FASHION AND INFLUENCE OF VÉRONIQUE AND GREGORY PECK

Mar. 14–June 20, 2021
A selection of haute couture, fashion sketches, photographs, film clips, family snapshots, and documents will be exhibited publicly for the first time, providing a unique look into the style of one of Hollywood's most beloved couples. Through more than four decades of material from the 1950s to the 1990s, the presentation provides an overview of how fashion changed as the roles of women in society evolved in the 20th century. In conjunction with the exhibition, Véronique and Gregory's daughter, Cecilia Peck Voll, has gifted the Denver Art Museum 20 of her mother's iconic looks for the museum's collection.

NOW SHOWING

COLORADO ABSTRACTED: FIVE ARTISTS CAPTURE THE TRANSCENDENTAL EXPERIENCE OF NATURE 

Thru Feb. 27, 2021
This group exhibition at Littleton Museum features Patricia J. Finley, Annamarie Mead, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist and Cyncie Winter celebrating the Colorado lifestyle and environment: the expansive blue skies, the magical quality of light at high altitude, the abundant sunshine, the clarity and dryness of the air, and mountain adventures.

DENNIS LEE MITCHELL: SMOKE DRAWINGS 

Thru Feb. 27, 2021
Dennis Lee Mitchell captures elusive and ephemeral smoke on paper in his unconventional drawings by applying acetylene torches directly to the surface of archival paper, creating rich brown-blacks and faint gradations left by moving smoke. The resulting imagery evokes natural forms such as landscapes and plants, yet remains captivatingly abstract. See it at William Havu Gallery.

ARTMORE 2021 

Thru Feb. 27, 2021, Fridays & Saturdays
This juried exhibition features the work of three artma artists: John McEnroe, Katharine McGuinness and Mami Yamamoto. Proceeds support The Morgan Adams Foundation, a local organization dedicated to raising money and awareness of behalf of children battling cancer. See it at Space ANNEX.

LOVE... OR SOMETHING LIKE IT 

Thru Feb. 28, 2021
Love embraces a broad range of strong emotional states, from the most sublime to the simplest pleasure. We love at first sight, fall in love, become addicted to love. Romance looms large in our natures. This open call exhibit has a variety of mediums and was juried by Dana Cain. See it at Core New Art Space.

COMING HOME 

Thru Feb. 28, 2021
Coming Home at Vicki Myhren Gallery showcases works recently acquired by the University Art Collections at the University of Denver (DU). Celebrating the creative legacies of DU-affiliated artists across multiple mediums, this exhibition highlights former faculty and distinguished alumni. 

FREEDOM OF SPEECH 

Thru Feb. 28, 2021
These billboards on Champa Street in Denver Theatre District feature a triptych of images depicting three interpretations of a town hall meeting portrayed in Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Freedom of Speech painting. In this series of photographs, the artists situate modern-day citizens within Rockwell's composition to reflect the diversity of American identities today.  

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.

RAÍCES Y RAMAS | ROOTS AND BRANCHES

Thru Feb. 28, 2021
Raíces y ramas explores the Chicano experience in U.S. culture, highlighting the role of place and landscape in connecting community on view at the Denver Botanic Gardens. 

Y/OUR DENVER 2020 ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Thru Mar. 1, 2021
Local photographers were asked to find and photograph their favorite areas of Denver. The call was open to all forms of architectural imagery and from photographers of all skill levels. 

THE LIGHT SHOW

Thru Mar. 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. 

ANA MENDIETA: SUSPENDED FIRE

Thru Mar. 7, 2021
This immersive installation at Denver Art Museum features two films created by Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. The two films portray the primordial element of fire. Active as an artist throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mendieta used her body as a way to explore ideas of identity and displacement and its connection to the earth.

NEW YEAR/NEW VIEW

Thru Mar. 14, 2021
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art's collection of Colorado & regional artworks continues to grow. To celebrate moving into a new year, Kirkland Museum will feature newly-acquired and never-before-seen works from the Colorado & Regional Art collection.

PRIMA LINGUA: FIRST WORDS OF THE EARTH 

Thru Mar. 14, 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.

ZANELE MUHOLI - SOMNYAMA NGONYAMA: HAIL THE DARK LIONESS 

Thru Mar. 20, 2021
CVA is proud to present Zanele Muholi - Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, organized by Autograph, London and curated by Renée Mussai. In more than 80 self-portraits, celebrated visual activist Zanele Muholi (South Africa, b. 1972) uses their body as a canvas to confront the deeply personal politics of race and representation in the visual archive. 

THE LATE WORKS: CLYFFORD STILL IN MARYLAND

Thru 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.

SENGA NENGUDI: TOPOLOGIES

Thru 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.

DREAMS IN BLOOM: PHOTOS BY FARES MICUE

Thru May 16, 2021
Photographer Fares Micue creates dreamlike self-portraits that integrate natural and surprising objects in vibrant hues at Denver Botanic Gardens. Set against a dark, mysterious ground, her images document the hope and positivity of the human spirit. Micue's first solo exhibition, Dreams in Bloom celebrates the individual beauty of the human form and the universal creative optimism within.

APRON CHRONICLES

Thru May 30, 2021
Apron Chronicles features photography, personal narratives and one-of-a-kind aprons. While the storytellers' recollections were each prompted by an apron, they're not about fabric. Sharing a depth of emotion and social complexity both intimately personal and universally relatable, the exhibit reminds us that we're all in this together and even lets visitors add their own stories to the experience. See it at History Colorado Center

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.

ENDURING IMPRESSIONS: DEGAS, MONET, PISSARRO, AND THEIR PRINTMAKER GEORGE WILLIAM THORNLEY 

Thru July 17, 2021
Impressionism is one of the most well-known movements in the history of art. This unique exhibit at Longmont Museum features original paintings, charcoal illustrations and prints by iconic impressionists like Claude Monet, Edgar Dega, and Camille Pissarro. All three painters produced copious amounts of stunning lithographs in collaboration with printmaker George William Thornley. This exhibition is among the first to examine these remarkable relationships and to showcase the works that emerged from this influential moment in time.

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

BINH DAHN: C.A.R.S ONLINE

Thru Aug. 25, 2021
The artist-curated C.A.R.S. Online series features past participants in the long-running Critic & Artist Residency Series at Colorado State University. In this virtual exhibition, Jess T. Dugan explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. 

JESS T. DUGAN: C.A.R.S ONLINE

Thru Sept. 30, 2021
The artist-curated C.A.R.S. Online series features past participants in the long-running Critic & Artist Residency Series at Colorado State University. In this virtual exhibition, Binh Danh investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. 

THE CIVIL WAR MONUMENT "ON GUARD"

Thru Oct. 15, 2021
This monument stood in front of Colorado's State Capitol until it was toppled in June 2020 during protests for Black lives. Installed in 1909 to memorialize Colorado’s role in the Civil War, the monument holds multiple meanings for viewers today: a tribute to those who’ve served and sacrificed in the nation’s armed forces, a reminder of atrocities committed against Indigenous peoples, a symbol of white supremacy and injustice, a casualty of destructive lawlessness, and more. Lonnie Bunch, the first African American and first historian to serve as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said, "what you really want to do is use the statues as teachable moments. Some of these need to go. But others need to be taken into a park, into a museum, into a warehouse, and interpreted for people, because they're part of our history." See it 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

COLORADO IN THE PRESENT TENSE: NARKITA GOLD, RICK GRIFFITH, NATHAN HALL, AND MAIA RUTH LEE

Feb. 26–Aug. 22, 2021
This exhibition of site-specific responses, large-scale projects, photography, sculpture, sonic movements and works that may live beyond the four walls of a museum centers on how artists in Colorado are absorbing, responding to, grappling with and reimagining the upended world in which we presently find ourselves, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter, climate change and beyond. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

JAIME CARREJO: WAITING

Feb. 26–Aug. 22, 2021
This new installation by the Denver-based artist explores the relationship between confinement and duration. Through a layering of Southwestern symbolism, mid-century desig, and objects from his own domestic space, Carrejo offers an environment reminiscent of an interior waiting room and exterior courtyard. These settings intend to prompt reflection on various physical and psychological barriers experienced during the pandemic as well as also pose the question of what will come after this extended period of waiting. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

KEITH HARING: GRACE HOUSE MURAL

Feb. 26–Aug. 22, 2021
Recently excavated from its original site, this site-specific mural that Haring executed in 1983/84 for those living at Grace House, a Catholic youth center in Manhattan, now exists as a series of 13 panels and additional ephemera, including the original plaque, mailbox and two doors that Haring integrated into his design. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

RADIANT SEASON: PAINTINGS BY KEVIN SLOAN 

Mar. 13–July 11, 2021
Sloan's paintings elevate the often-overlooked plants, animals and discarded objects inhabiting the edges of the urban landscape: thistles, traffic cones, sparrows and the like. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens

STORIES WE TELL: THE COLLECTION TWO WAYS  

Mar. 26–Sept. 12, 2021
This exhibition digs deep into the Clyfford Still Museum's vaults to present the collection in two complementary but alternate ways as a means to understand how artworks and their meaning can change based upon curatorial strategy. It begins with a new chronological presentation in the first five galleries. In the remaining four rooms, the artworks are grouped into specific thematic categories regardless of their chronology. 

SALVADOR DALÍ: GARDENS OF THE MIND

Apr. 10–Aug. 22, 2021 
Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind features two rarely seen series of fanciful color lithographs of flowers and fruits on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mixing flora with the artist's signature motifs, these works underscore Dalí's ongoing infatuation with his native landscape of Catalonia and the intriguing images of his Surrealist works. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.

EACH/OTHER: MARIE WATT AND CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER

May 23–Aug. 22, 2021
This is the first exhibition to present together the work of Watt and Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking. The exhibition will feature 24 mixed-media sculptures, wall hangings and large-scale installation works, along with a monumental artist-guided community artwork. Although each artist's practice is rooted in collaboration, they have never before worked together or been exhibited alongside one another in a way that allows audiences to see both the similarities and contrasts in their work. See it at Denver Art Museum.

DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

May 29–30, 2021
This fine art and fine crafts festival at Central Park's Conservatory Green Neighborhood supports Colorado artists while showcasing a select group of national artists.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: WORKS FROM THE SBAI

May 29–Aug. 15, 2021
From daffodils to daisies and buttercups to bananas, discover a world of yellow growing all around you through illustrations created by students and faculty of Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art & Illustration (SBAI).

NUMBERS IN NATURE: A MIRROR MAZE

June 4–Sept. 19, 2021
This immersive experience at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) is hardly by the numbers. It beautifully illustrates how patterns surround us in nature, from the veins in a leaf, to the spiral of a nautilus, to the spots on a giraffe. Enjoy, fun hands-on activities to spot patterns in music, art, architecture and even your own body. 

MATERIAL ODDITIES

June 11–Aug. 1, 2021
This exhibition of weird, wonderful works from cardboard furniture and radioactive dinnerware to paintings made from marble dust and sawdust highlights the use of unusual media. See it at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

SIMPHIWE NDZUBE: ORACLES OF THE PINK UNIVERSE

June 13–Sept. 12, 2021
A genre first conceptualized in Latin America, magical realism infuses reality with elements of the fantastical. In the first U.S. solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube, Oracles of the Pink Universe presents seven new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history. See it at Denver Art Museum.

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

July 2–4, 2021
The 30th anniversary Cherry Creek Arts Festival will transform the streets of Cherry Creek North into an innovative outdoor fine art show. Enjoy free parking and admission to see 265 national juried artists selling incredible original artworks. And don't miss a full block of family-friendly activities on "ARTivity Avenue," live music and more. 

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