Can sports persuade more people to take an active interest in art? That’s the notion that set Game Changer, the latest exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, in motion, and things are about to get very active with Summer Games, a string of free interactive athletic events that BMoCA is presenting as a live component of the show. Street ping-pong, yoga, volleyball and dodgeball will all be part of the series, which runs through August 7 in Boulder’s Central Park.
For Game Changer, guest curators Ruth Bruno and Cortney Lane Stell brought together site-specific installations, photography and more from international artists Humberto Duque and Catherine Opie and Denver’s own Phil Bender, among other participants. “It is an easy access point for people who aren’t familiar with contemporary art, because you can see artists interrupting expectations with sports or traditional assumptions with sports — [like] artists using sports equipment for their aesthetic qualities,” Stell says of the exhibit. Now, by pairing actual physical activity with a show about athleticism, the curators hope to see Boulder’s sports and arts crowds collide.
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Tonight’s Summer Games interactive event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m at Boulder’s Central Park, 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard; the event is free and open to all ages. Game Changer is on view now through September 14 at the museum, 1750 13th Street in Boulder. For more information on both the show and the Summer Games series, visit BMoCA’s website at bmoca.org.
Thu., July 24, 6-8:30 p.m.; Thu., July 31, 6-8:30 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 7, 6-8:30 p.m., 2014