Variety is the name of the game in the Denver art scene this weekend: You can choose to take art seriously, view it with a light heart or stroll and browse through an outdoor art market where the collecting is easy. Here are a few new shows and events to take in.
Through July 19
Gildar Gallery takes on the 2015 Biennial of the Americas theme of Now! in now what, an international group exhibition guest-curated by Brett W. Schultz, co-director of Yautepec Gallery and Material Art Fair in Mexico City. “Originally, this was a show about uh-oh,” Schultz says in his statement. “But, at the end, it’s probably much more about meh. If the present moment – now – perpetually rings of hope, outrage, exhilaration, fear, sweaty anticipation and/or collective hysteria, then this show is the moment that immediately follows, when now fails to meet the future scripted for it. The let-down, the bounce-back. Situation Normal: All Fucked Up.” Go take a look and come to your own conclusions; the show is up through the Biennial opening week in July.
Twentieth Anniversary Show
Zip 37 Gallery
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 12
If there was ever proof that the little guys can persevere, it’s the Zip 37 cooperative, which celebrates twenty years on Navajo Street with a retrospective of work by members who’ve come and gone over the last two decades, including Gary Sweeney, Bill Amundson, Mark Friday, Katie Hoffman, Kate McGuinness and Valerie Savarie.
June 12 through July 3
Opening reception: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 12
Love Gallery presents a sister act with the two-person show Yggdrasil, which features illustrations by Sarah Michaels and cheeky soft sculptures by Carolyn Michaels. In an interview posted on the gallery’s website, Carolyn says this of her felt creations: “Wool is an incredibly forgiving material, so as I start making my base shapes, I’m often inspired by my mistakes. The more my work seems to drift from my initial concept, the more inspired and excited I seem to get. I can often fix a mistake easily or roll with it and adapt the rest of my piece to fit it. It’s all very spontaneous, and that’s why it continues to drive me to do new, stranger things.”
Ansel Adams: Masterworks
Foothills Art Center
June 12 through August 30
Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 12
The works of Ansel Adams, who photographed landscapes and nature’s perfect moments in starkly contrasted black-and-white, are seen everywhere, ingrained into the American cultural consciousness. But there’s no better way to see them than in person, and that opportunity strikes this week at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, when the touring show Ansel Adams: Masterworks opens for a summer run, featuring the artist’s most iconic views of the Sierra Nevadas, Yosemite Valley and New Mexico. FAC will present a lecture series with curator Marianne Lorenz to go with the visuals on July 12, 19 and 26, and August 2; register in advance online.
23rd Annual Summer Art Market
Art Students League of Denver
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14
Artists of every stripe — more than 260 of them — have been setting up shop outdoors at the Art Students League of Denver every summer for more than twenty years, offering art collectors a chance to buy everything from paintings to hand-crafted jewelry directly from the source. An all-local affair, the two-day Summer Art Market is much more than a sale — it also features food, drink, live music and performances, as well as free artist demonstrations and kids’ art activities.
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Jackie Barry, Nobody Deserves You the Way That I Do
June 13 through July 11
Opening reception: 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 13
Leon presents work by quirky Denver artist/illustrator Jackie Barry, whose gentle watercolor drawings and hand-stitched flags explore the vagaries of love in the age of social media. What’s real and what’s not? Go down that slippery slope with Barry, beginning Saturday, June 13.
Want more? See the Westword art event listings to learn more about current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.