Luminade Illuminates Art RiNo as New Murals Come to an End, Amber Cobb’s Semiotic Messages Arrive at Meow Wolf, Indigenous Art Continues to Storm Denver Galleries, and Assemblage Brings It to the Curtis Center for the Arts.
Go ahead and discover more art around town:
River North Arts District
Until September 11
Luminade: Dusk-10 p.m. through September 10, RiNo ArtPark, 1900 35th Street
As Art RiNo’s six lead artists, who have been working on new murals in the RiNo Art District since Monday, near completion, the week-long celebration is starting to heat up. One of Art RiNo’s showcase events, Luminade, will light up the riverside RiNo ArtPark after dark starting Thursday evening, with a special light art installation by a team of IRL Art artists. An art walk through the outdoor nighttime gallery begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. as the skies darken, perhaps to warm people up for a weekend of unveilings of finished murals, parties, DJ sets and a Drink RiNo Bar Crawl on Sunday evening. Everything is free, except for one major element: the Westword Music Showcase, partner of Art RiNo, which starts for free on Fridays in the RiNo rooms and ends on Saturday at the Mission Ballroom, with headlining the Flaming Lips, and more. Find show tickets at westword.comand get your Art RiNo timetables and map here.
Amber Cobb, A wink is just a wink
Galleri Gallery, Meow Wolf Denver, 1338 1st Street
Until November 30
Opening: Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; to participate, buy a Meow Wolf ticket, $49, for that time.
Notable Denver artist Amber Cobb takes over the Galleri Gallery space at Meow Wolf Denver, starting with a reception on Thursday night. You’ll need to buy a regular admission ticket to Convergence Station to attend, so plan to hang around the attraction’s exhibits for a while, but the Cobb show should be worth it. For A wink is just a wink she expresses ambiguity, sensuality and body language using a semiotic typeface comprised of amorphous, humanoid shapes to compose gouache paintings and mixed media sculptures, creating a weird and wonderful exhibition worthy of her Meow setting Wolf.
Archive Live: unpacking the archives of Devon Dikeou
Dikeou Collection, 1615 California Street, Suite 515
Thursday, September 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tonight’s special guest at Dikeou Collections is none other than Josh T. Franco, the collections manager at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, who believes in the importance of collecting research materials by artists in order to trace and preserve their processes over time. As a meticulous artist and archival collector, Devon Dikeou does the trick for his talk on the subject, and will offer plenty of fodder collected over twenty years or more to unveil his career to an audience.
The Red Route Project
Nizhóní Way: new works by Melanie Yazzie
McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
From Friday September 9 to December 18
Opening: Friday, September 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Virtual tour of the artists of the Red Road project: Saturday, September 10, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; RSVP to Eventbrite for the link
It turns out that Denver is the year of the Contemporary Native Art Show (and here are many more curated in that direction), as a pair of new additions to the roster open Friday at the McNichols Building from Civic Center Park. The Red Route Project documents the collaboration between photographer Carlotta Cardana and writer Danielle SeeWalker, who collect the stories of contemporary Indigenous life in a postcolonial society through interviews, photos, videos, archival footage and articles in the gallery from the third floor. One floor down at Melanie Yazzie’s Nizhoni Way sources the traditional and how it shapes the modern Navajo, in a collection of new mixed media works combining printmaking, painting and drawing. Alongside the exhibits, McNichols will also host the Wóȟopa Native American Market and one Wóȟopa Fashion Show in October.
Out of this world!
Downtown Aurora Visual Art (DAVA),
From Friday September 9 to November 11
Opening: Friday, September 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Young children in DAVA’s youth art programs studied biology and astronomy in workshops with medical student Annie Cao and visiting astronomer Ka Chun Yu, middle school youth worked with guest artist Yazz and high school students got to know paper artist Nistasha Perez and printmaker Javier Flores this summer, resulting in a whimsical show Out of this World! The worlds referenced in the title take viewers through new worlds that are both microscopic and telescopic, and focused on the present as well as the future. It looks fun.
Little Treasures: Miniatures and Small-Scale Art
Balefire Merchandise, 7513 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
From Friday September 9 to September 3
Balefire is going small this month with Little Treasures, an art exhibition with an emphasis on miniature, presented by artists with a penchant for the little things in life. But Balefire owner Jamie Hollier has hand-picked some of the area’s finest tiny makers, including felted foxes and inch-wide paintings by artist Salida Karen Watkins, tiny dioramas by Becky Wareing Steele, mini-prints, enamel pins and greeting cards by Valérie Savarie, and more. It’s never too early to look for Christmas stockings and small gifts….
Rising Gallery, 4885 South Broadway, Englewood
Opening: Friday, September 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Christian Millet’s Rising Gallery in Englewood pays homage to Andy Warhol’s aesthetic and his relationship to street art with a new exhibition, Warholics. Participating artists come from all over the world (RS), across the country (Jeff Skelle, Mr Clever) and at home (the ubiquitous Hungerworldwide). The exhibition will also feature a private collection for sale including works by Andy Warhol, as well as George Condo, Yoshimoto Nara, Mr. Brainwash, Roamcouch, Pete Street, Onemizer, D’Face, Ben Frost and more.
The Colorado Element
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden St.
Opening: Friday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Permanent exhibition of Art gym The Colorado Elementa showcase in conjunction with the Colorado Metalsmithing Association (CoMA), ends September 18. But if you haven’t had a chance to view this top-notch collection of metalwork from across the state, the gallery will host a last-ditch closing reception of gorgeous jewelry, household items, and sculpture.
Breathe in the Past: Cross Currents in the Caribbean
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs
From September 9 to January 29
Opening: Friday, September 9, 7 p.m.Mr.
Don’t imagine you can float on a gentle blue wave at CSFAC Breathe in the past: cross currents in the Caribbean. Beneath the tropical flora, folklore, fairy tales and blue skies and water sometimes referenced by the list of featured artists by Firelei Báez, Albert Chong, Andrea Chung, Maksaens Denis, Hulda Guzmán, Renluka Maharaj, Suchitra Mattai , Carlos Martiel, Javier Orfón, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, María Isabel Rueda and Nyugen Smith, you will find stories of colonialism, imperialism, the sugar industry and unwanted links with the rest of the world. Prior to the Friday reception, an Afro-Cuban dance performance by Yesenia Selier accompanied by Cuban Bata drummer Miguelo Valdés will kick off at 5:30 p.m.
The mystics of nature: re-enchanting the world
Visions West Contemporary, 2605 Walnut St.
From Friday September 9 to October 8
Opening: Friday, September 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The subject of nature, seen through the eyes and aesthetics of eight regional artists, keeps this group show light and woodsy, with creatures frolicking among the trees. If that’s your bag, the band won’t disappoint.
Michelle Jader, Destination unknown
Abend Gallery, 1261 Delaware St.
From Saturday September 10 to September 24
Opening: Saturday September 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..
Michelle Jader’s process begins with a series of photographs, which are then layered in separate acrylic sheets, triggering a sensory impression of otherworldly movement, as if the subjects are swirling through the mists.
Recombobulation: exposure of all assemblies
Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village
Until October 29
Opening: Saturday September 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Some of Colorado’s finest assemblage (or recombobulation) artists have been brought together for this exhibit which is all about creatively combining found objects into pleasant, funny, clever or scary amalgams, like a Frankenstein’s monster. And it’s sure to be a winner, because you don’t have to be nerd to appreciate these works.
Black Book Gallery, 3878 South Jason Street, Englewood
Opening: Saturday September 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m..
Thai urban artist Muebon makes his first solo US appearance at Black Book, bringing his iconic disruptive characters, who are caught bombarding the aesthetics of Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Marcel Duchamp, among others , in spray paints and oil works, as well as sculptures in bronze or resin. Must say they are pretty cute.
Proembrion is the alter-ego nickname of Polish artist Krzysztof Syruć, who started out as a graffiti artist before applying theory from his architectural training to add dimensionality to his basic compositions. See the result, which looks unstructured but isn’t, at the Ryan Joseph Gallery.
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