Though the idea has been kicking around the University of Colorado for over fifty years, a new CU Art Museum finally opens today. The facility is in the just-completed Visual Arts Complex and comprises two buildings designed by Bostons KMW and Colorados own OZ Architecture in an updated Tuscan style, the signature look on the Boulder campus since the 1920s. This is such a major contribution not only to the university, but to the entire region and its free and open to the public, notes Lisa Tamiris Becker, the museums director, who points out that the new buildings, which also house the departments of fine art and art history, total 180,000 square feet, making this complex larger than the Denver Art Museums Hamilton Building.
The museum is hosting a members preview at 11 a.m. today, followed by a public reception at noon and ongoing activities until 6:30 p.m., which include the unveiling of three inaugural exhibits: ArchiTECHtonica, Liliana Porter: Fox in the Mirror and Highlights of the Collection. The CU Art Museum is located at 1085 18th Street in Boulder, not far from the main entrance to the campus. To learn more, call 303-492-8300 or go to www.colorado.edu/cuartmuseum.
Fri., Sept. 24, 12-6:30 p.m., 2010