Americas Hurrah!

There’s so much going on during the Biennial of the Americas festival that it can be tough to figure out what, exactly, is going on. So get oriented at tonight’s Biennial of the Americas Opening Gala, where you’ll also get a sneak peek at The Nature of Things art exhibit. “There’s going to be heavy hors d’ouevre from throughout the hemisphere, a bar with specialty drinks, and the Jim Robischon Jazz Quartet will be playing all night,” promises the Biennial’s Rachel Chaparro. “People can tour The Nature of Things exhibit, which is 30,000 square feet of various arts and cultural works inspired by the Americas, including some site-specific works.”

“This is the inaugural exhibition,” notes The Nature of Things spokesperson Chris D’Aleo. “So it’ll evolve in years to come, but this is setting the groundwork well. There was always in the plan space dedicated to a contemporary art exhibition, and to have it be really representative of the whole hemisphere -- drawing artists’ works from a variety of countries. It’s just the idea that artists can provide a lens to address some of the issues overarching to the whole biennial: communication, sustainability, community. It’s creating a dialogue.”

The opening gala is in the McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 West Colfax Avenue, where The Nature of Things will be on display through July 31. Admission to the gala is $75 to $200; after that, admission to the building is free. Learn more at www.biennialoftheamericas.org.
Thu., July 1, 7-9 p.m., 2010

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