The notion of the total artist -- one who juggles many media and genres with ease -- defines the career of Bauhaus master Herbert Bayer, who danced between graphic and fine art, architecture and sculpture. He created diverse works, ranging from stylish Aspen ski posters touting his adopted home town to the bright-yellow "Articulated Wall" sculpture alongside I-25 near Broadway.
That kind of artistic facility is what Lisa Spivak, director of the Philip J. Steele Gallery at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, hopes will inspire students during the run of A Visual Voice: The Language of Herbert Bayer, which opens at the school today and continues through October 1.
"Because this is an art college, I tried to show how he would take an image -- say, a circle -- and play with it, carrying the image through, using several different media," she says.
To that end, Spivak and co-curator Fred Murrell broke the show into four stylistic genres -- geometric, linear, organic and Colorado-related -- and included a broad range of works in each section, including seventy tapestries, photo collages, prints, paintings, posters, sculpture and maquettes.
An opening reception takes place at the gallery, 1600 Pierce Street in Lakewood, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 9; Gwen Chanzit, curator of the Denver Art Museum's Bayer collection and author of a book about the artist, will speak beginning at 6:30 p.m. Call 303-753-6046 or visit www.rmcad.edu. -- Susan Froyd
In Her Own Image
Look into the faces of the homeless at the Outreach Women's Art Show: In Defense of Self exhibit tonight at The Other Side Arts, 1644 Platte Street. The annual showcase is a by-product of TOSA's outreach project pairing local artists with the wards of local non-profit organizations that provide services to at-risk women. This year, the group focused on The Gathering Place women's shelter, and the resulting art pieces are self-portraits of the homeless women involved.
There is a reception this evening from 6 to 11 p.m.; the exhibit continues through September 30. For details, call 303-561-3000 or go to www.theothersidearts.org. -- Susan Froyd
It's back to the future with John Fielder.
One good page-turner deserves another, and that's exactly what we got with Colorado 1870-2000: Then & Now II. The exhibit, which opens today at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, features 35 photographic pairings from John Fielder's new book, Colorado 1870-2000 II. That volume is itself a second helping of photos taken when Fielder was working on his first book, 1999's incredibly popular Colorado 1870-2000, a side-by-side comparison of scenes shot by pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson back in the late 1800s and Fielder's own shots of the same locations more than a century later. The new book has 108 sets of photos; CHM photography curator Eric Paddock whittled those down by looking for "a geographic mix, as well as pictures with historical content illustrating landmark buildings, important aspects of Colorado's economy, contemporary issues like growth and sprawl, and, of course, splendiferous scenery."
Now, thanks to Fielder's photos and a special museum offer, you can travel back in time again and again by purchasing a Then & Now membership for $60, which includes not just a copy of the book (published by Westcliffe and retailing at $45), but year-long admission to all CHS museums and free attendance at the slide shows that Fielder will present during the exhibit's seven-month run. For more information, go to www.coloradohistory.org or call 303-866-3678. -- Patricia Calhoun
Labor Day means turkey legs.
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It would be hard to determine what Colorado tastes like. For starters, where would one sample the soil most indicative of the Centennial State? In Denver? Or would the most-telling turf be found at higher elevations? And what would that flavor be like? You can be sure the topsoil would smack of scandal -- but it would probably also taste a bit like Coors. Deeper down, there would be traces of Indian blood intermingled with a salty prospector tang. Then there'd be all that fossilized dinosaur crap to contend with. When you think about it, Colorado would probably taste pretty disgusting. Fortunately, the good people at A Taste of Colorado do the thinking for us, presenting a more palatable annual survey of the state's best cuisine.
This year is no exception. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Civic Center Park, will provide the signature turkey legs and sunburns, but also some new highlights, such as the GoldenPalace.com World Grilled Cheese Eating Competition and musical acts that include Foghat and Kansas. But it's really about the food, and with a smorgasbord of dishes from more than fifty of Colorado's favorite restaurants, it's sure to beat eating dirt.
For details, visit www.atasteofcolorado.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland