This weekend, local galleries and art museums take a look — and in one case, a listen — at what makes something art rather than just an exercise. Brush up on your own analytical abilities by dropping in at Dateline Gallery, RedLine or the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Details ahead.
"Homer," by Jack Estenssoro, colored pencil and pen, 2016.
Drawing Never Dies
July 9 through August 5
Opening reception: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9
Drawing is the most basic, and perhaps the most complex, expression of the visual arts, an exercise in hand-eye coordination that sometimes relies solely on the artist’s mental tool of just letting go. Jurors Donald Fodness and Daisy McGowan have put together a large and stunning group show that explores every nook, cranny, representation and medium under the sun, while aptly defining what it means to draw.
Jonas Zoots gets in the zone at the Historic Hynds Building in Cheyenne.
Stuff on Walls
July 9 through 31
Opening reception: 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 9
Curtis Tucker’s pop-up gallery Stuff on Walls lands at Dateline this weekend, showcasing a diverse group of Denver artists and a stunning debut by young abstractionist Jonas Zoots, a kid whose spontaneous works transcend mark-making. Visit the gallery through July for a taste of unfettered creativity and experimentation.
Encounter a sound installation in BMoCA's Present Box.
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Jonathan Mason: a music composition for six colors and a glockenspiel to be performed by one to seven strangers
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
July 12 through 24
Opening reception: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12
BMoCA’s Present Box, the museum’s pop-up gift-shop gallery, will turn into a sound installation for a couple of weeks, featuring a modern composition by Wisconsin musician/artist Jonathan Mason. It’s a perfect way to begin or end a walk through BMoCA’s continuing summer shows Finishing School: BLISS and DESIGNxBOULDER: Inspiring Community Through Art, a three-part project created with internationally recognized artist, engineer and inventor Natalie Jeremijenko.
Want more? See the Westword event listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.