The portions of the show that are upstairs include work that seems consistent with McEnroe's established vocabulary of plastics, like the wonderful "Black Tie" and "White Tie," in which wall-mounted slabs of resin have been embedded with ropes that spill onto the floor. Also classic McEnroe is the "Untitled" cluster of suspended blobs in the middle of one room. But some of the pieces are unexpected — and not just the photos. Anchoring each of the two galleries upstairs is a semi-funky, quasi-constructivist sculpture made of cut-up and reassembled found materials left in their found finishes. I may have seen this kind of thing before, but in Beauty Does, it seems to constitute a whole separate current in McEnroe's oeuvre.

“Black Tie,” by John McEnroe, rope and resin.
“Black Tie,” by John McEnroe, rope and resin.

Location Info


MCA Denver

1485 Delgany St.
Denver, CO 80202

Category: Community Venues

Region: Downtown Denver

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Central Denver


Through January 12 at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, September 29 at MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, 303-298-7554,

Though Catalyst is set to run at the DBG through the end of the year, Beauty Does closes before the end of September.

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