Many exhibitions that opened before March 26 in Denver's galleries went dark before people could see them. Some galleries fought back with virtual viewing on their websites; others chose to sit it out and hope for the best. In the present, as more spaces gingerly open their doors to limited socially distanced and masked patrons, gallery-goers are getting a second chance to see shuttered shows that have now been extended, as well as some entirely new exhibitions.
To go to the galleries, you’re going to have to play by their rules. And if you’re not ready to do that, you can still take advantage of virtual viewing and online art-shopping opportunities to allay your fears of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Depending on how brave you are about stepping back into the gallery arena, here are some of your options:
John Crandall and Kelly Cole, Totems
Urban Mud Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive
By appointment, 720-271-9601
At the clay and contemporary art showcase Urban Mud, owner Mary Mackey is inviting art lovers to make appointments to tour Totems, a show that never officially opened though it’s been up since March. Wood sculptor John Crandall and ceramic artist Kelly Cole both go tall in this stunning duet; give Mackey a call and set up a time to view the show with her and up to three of your gallery-going friends.
Liz Miller, Structural Paradigms
Paolo Arao, Never Too Much
David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 Wazee Street
Open by appointment only, closing date TBD
David B. Smith Gallery artists Liz Miller and Paolo Arao mounted shows in March that have never been seen anywhere other than online (and you can still see Miller’s mixed-media fiber wall constructions and Arao’s sewn fiber works on the website if you choose). But the gallery is now at least open by appointment if you want a close-up look (email email@example.com).
Kahn + Selesnick, Madame Lulu's Book of Fate
Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street
Through May 30
Online or by appointment
Robischon Gallery has also had a fabulous show under wraps since April — a tour de force from the collaborative duo of Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick that has been accessible virtually. The team blends carnivalesque staged photography, drawings, sculpture and painting in Madame Lulu's Book of Fate, a themed visual story about mummers and mystics in an absurdist tableau, and now you can view it in person, by appointment, during its final weekend (call 303-298-7788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5.
Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive
Through May 30
Space Gallery reopens to the public with a held-over group show celebrating the 2020 Month of Printmaking that now ends on May 30. Gallery artists Sue Oehme, Patricia Aaron, Alicia McKim, Taiko Chandler, Wendy Kowynia, Charlie Wooldridge, Diane Cionni, Pattie Lee Becker and Sangeeta Reddy offer a gamut of well-executed printmaking styles. Hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also on the horizon at Space: A new e-commerce option debuts on the gallery’s website on June 1, with an introductory 20 percent discount through the end of the month.
Time Travel Makes My Stomach Hurt: Collaborations by Julio Alejandro, Jack Estenssoro and Jillian FitzMaurice
ILA Gallery, 209 Kalamath Street, Suite 12
Through June 10
ILA Gallery is offering several options for viewing its current show by artist collaborators Julio Alejandro, Jack Estenssoro and Jillian FitzMaurice, beginning with a timed-entry choice during gallery hours on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. (reserve a time at the gallery website on the events page). No more than ten people, including two staff members on duty, will be allowed in the gallery at one time during each thirty-minute time slot; masks and proper social distancing are required. In addition, the show can be viewed by appointment or online.
And Then There Were Nine
Tenn Street Coffee & Books, 4418 Tennyson Street
Through June 8
Tenn Street gets around to honoring the Month of Printmaking with And Then There Were Nine, another show that opened in March only to go on hiatus. Nine artists riffed on the number nine for the show; you can now see the results in person at the coffee shop, which is back in business with social distancing limitations.
Colleen Tully, Oil & Water
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street
May 20 through June 14
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 13, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
As the title suggests, Colleen Tully’s new show at Valkarie juxtaposes opposite views: One is whimsical, the other is dark and noirish, and each body of work explores a different medium: oil painting versus water-based inks. Tully is opting to hold a formal reception at the end rather than the beginning of the show’s run; get a head start and wear your mask to visit the gallery Wednesdays through Sundays during limited hours.
Six Feet Apart
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
Through June 13
Michael Warren Contemporary reopens artfully with a group show of works by gallery artists — each spaced six feet apart from one another, as a reminder to keep your distance from others as you wander the gallery wearing a mask. If you feel safer on the outside, MWC will also host an Art of the Day wall viewable without walking inside and featuring a different artist daily. You can also go online and check out MWC’s website, or go to the Instagram, Facebook or Artsy pages to see art virtually. Visit the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Power & Fragility
Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue #A
May 22 through August 1
Power and Fragility opened last weekend with a two-day, timed-entry reception and remains accessible by limited entry during regular gallery hours on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through August 1. The sextet of Tonia Bonnell, Pat Finley, Jane Guthridge, Allison Svoboda, Ana Zanic and Zelda Zinn explore the organic natural world in a wide variety of mediums; keep up with the gallery on the website and via social media for ongoing virtual events and viewing opportunities.
Sandra Kaplan, A Thorn in My Side
Sandra Phillips Gallery, 47 West 11th Avenue
Through June 13
Sandra Phillips is open by appointment for a show of Sandra Kaplan’s gorgeous paintings of cacti and succulents, with selections from Kaplan’s personal ceramic cactus collection greeting patrons in the front window. Call 303-931-2991 or email email@example.com to arrange a visit.
Brian Cavanaugh, Show of Hands
Tim McKay, Color as Line
Pirate Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
May 29 through June 7
Pirate will join the nearby co-ops at the Art Hub in Lakewood by opening its doors for a second look at shows by members Brian Cavanaugh and Tim McKay, whose works first went on view on March 13. Cavanaugh’s installation Show of Hands pairs video projection and wire sculpture, while Tim McKay splashes color through the gallery in geometric forms; owing to the long break before reopening, there might be some new work to look at for the first time. Social distancing rules apply, and wear a mask; Pirate is open on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Over the Edge
Edge Gallery, Pasternack’s Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
May 29 through June 14
Edge at the Art Hub also reopens this weekend for limited hours (Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment), with a group member show that’s also viewable online. There’s a six-person limit on occupancy, and masks are required; Edge will have some disposable masks at the door if you arrive without one.
Architecture of Form
Core New Art Space, Pasternack’s Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
May 29 through June 14
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 6 to 10 p.m.
Also at the Art Hub, Core gets a fresh start on Friday with Architecture of Form, a brand-new group show of abstract geometric works curated by member Jude Barton, who also works with non-objective architectural shapes in her own practice. Core asks patrons to wear masks and follow social distancing rules, especially at the official reception on First Friday.
Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations Exhibition Extension
Museum of Outdoor Arts, 1000 Englewood Parkway
June 1 through March 20, 2021
Timed-Entry Tickets: $10 in advance
Here’s good news for Rauschenberg devotees, who might have missed the iconic artist’s big, print-heavy show that opened at MOA in February. Now that COVID-19 restrictions have lightened, the museum will reopen on June 1, and the blockbuster has been extended through next March, giving patrons who missed out initially plenty of time to catch up with the exhibition. Masks and social distancing will be enforced, and no more than ten people will be allowed to enter the exhibition at any given time.
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