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Theresa Anderson and Jennifer Jeannelle. Two intriguing solos fill the main space at Ice Cube Gallery. On one side of the room is Theresa Anderson: Private Listening Devices, and on the other there's Jennifer Jeannelle: Receptive. Anderson has taken the gallery's moveable walls and created a maze that viewers need to work their way through. Though best known as a painter, Anderson also delves into installation, which is what she's doing in this show, and performance, which is not part of this effort but is referred to. Anderson has taken her quirky representational paintings, as well as ripped-up magazines, thrift-shop lamps, fragments of knitting, etc., and used them to create an autobiographical piece. Jeannelle's work is very different, being a unified and singular vision. The tour de force is the enormous 36-panel mural "Receptive Catalyst," in which she merges natural and high-tech imagery. There are 5,000 extruded clay horns on beeswax-covered wooden panels that have been embedded with electronic components. Through June 18 at Ice Cube Gallery, 3320 Walnut Street, 303-292-1822,

What Is Modern? Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics curator Darrin Alfred has put together this large show dedicated to furniture and decor from the early nineteenth to the early 21st century. Alfred has included groundbreaking tables, storage units, lighting and — no surprise here, considering Alfred's specialty — graphics. Laudably, Alfred takes a chronological look at how technological advancements informed the development of modernism, starting with a bentwood chair from 1808 by Samuel Gragg. Its overall form is very sleek, with a gracefully curving back, but the details are very different, being almost precious, like the little hooves that mark the termination of the legs. One of the newest pieces in the show is "Roadrunner," a chair from 2006 by Colorado's own David Larabee and Dexter Thornton working together as DoubleButter. Made of a cheap synthetic, the chair is nonetheless elegant. In between the two chairs, Alfred has installed a wide assortment of classics from the annals of modernism. Through November 30 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000, Reviewed December 23.

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