Americas the Beautiful

The 2010 Denver Biennial is a citywide celebration of the artistic, intellectual and political progress of the Western Hemisphere's 35 nations. In honor of the month-long event, the Denver Art Museum brought in the work of photographer Edward Ranney to highlight its New World collection of Spanish Colonial and pre-Columbian art.

"Ranney has shown a signature devotion to the Americas," says DAM photography curator Eric Paddock. "His knowledge of these places and their relationship between the people and their environment is both beautiful and wise."

Opening today at 10 a.m. at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Shaped by Culture: New World Landscapes by Edward Ranneyi> is a collection of quiet, meditative Latin American landscape photography that explores the way ancient Mayans and Incas saw and understood their environment. "He was particularly interested in how cultures and humans shaped the landscape," says Kristy Bassuener, senior communications manager at the DAM. The museum will pair Ranney's work with select objects from its renowned New World collection.

Museum admission is $3 to $13. For more information, call 720-865-5000 or go to
June 26-Sept. 26, 2010

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