The McNichols Project: Night of Rock!

The McNichols Project: Night of Rock!

Humphries Poli Architects

Denver’s civic-arts center, the McNichols Building, isn’t going away, but it will be spending some downtime over the next year for a makeover, with improvements designed to make the structure more inviting and accessible to the public. To make sure we don’t all forget about the venue while it’s closed, Denver Arts & Venues is shutting it down with a big bash that’s all about activating the space to its fullest.

The McNichols Project: Night of Rock might be inspired by artwork currently on the walls, but as the city’s cultural-affairs director, Tariana Navas-Nieves, notes, “This is about being an active participant. It’s not like a traditional art opening, where you stand and look at the work. In this case, all of the senses are involved in the art experience.”

The “rock” portion of the evening ties into the current McNichols exhibit The Art of Rock: Remembering the 1960s, a mash-up of rock photography, psychedelic posters and memorabilia from the Red Rocks collection. “The groovy ’60s will inspire the entire second-floor environment through food, decor and live music from the era,” Navas-Nieves says. But another element, based on Trine Bumiller’s show, 100 Paintings for 100 Years, a series of works imbued with natural patterns and imagery that were informed by a two-week artist’s residency in Rocky Mountain National Park, will transform the third floor into a virtual campsite, with twinkling lights and tents.

Rock out at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, on September 10 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. For tickets, $20 to $25, visit mcnicholsnightofrock.eventbrite.com.

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