Art of the City

To borrow a phrase from the infamous 1968 DNC, the whole world’s watching. That’s why the City of Denver put its irons in the fire months ago to create Dialog:City: An Event Converging Art, Democracy and Digital Media, a public program showcasing commissioned works by renowned artists that doubles as Denver’s cultural message to the world. The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs will begin unveiling those works with a series of events that begin today and continue through the convention, at locations all over the metro area. Here’s a partial itinerary; get out your scorecards and see how many you can hit over the next week or so.

An opening reception for Dialog:Denver, an exhibit of works by a hand-picked collection of both local artists and Dialog:City participants, gets things rolling tonight at 6 p.m. at Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street; for art slackers, the show continues through September 20. Tomorrow, Polish installation artist Krzystof Wodiczko premieres his Veteran Vehicle Project, a Humvee he’s transformed into a traveling media-projection vehicle that tells the stories of Denver homeless veterans, with a multimedia presentation at dusk on a wall at 14th Avenue and Grant Street. Showings continue nightly through August 26. August 24 signals the official debut of several sites, including the Air Forest, Minsuk Cho’s pneumatically driven temporary levitating pavilion located behind the Museum of Nature & Science in City Park. Partly Sunny: Designs to Change the Forecast, by Charlie Cannon and the Rhode Island School of Design Innovation Studios, also kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street; and Terra Nova: The Antarctica Suite, a multimedia performance by DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller, takes place at 7 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex. Finally, Ann Hamilton’s Circle of O’s, a multimedia spectacle of dance and music, will fly through the 16th Street Mall at 5 p.m. August 25.

And, yes, there’s more; for a complete listing, go to www.dialogcity.org.
Aug. 21-28, 2008

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