Cirque for a Living

For the ninth annual Design After Dark fundraiser, the Denver Art Museum wanted to manipulate this year’s “Cirque” theme a bit. “The idea is to play off the theme with three words — illusion, contortion and tension,” explains Darrin Alfred, associate curator for the department of architecture. The thirty participating artists, architects and designers were given just words to work with — the rest was up to them.

Works of wood, paper, steel and various other materials created specifically for the auction by Brittany Gould, Hangar 41, Matter, Open Studio Architecture and dozens more will be on display. The space itself will echo the extravaganza theme, with elaborate floral arrangements, circus-like hors d’oeuvre and a funhouse-mirror photo booth manned by Samuel Schimek — who will later turn the images he snaps into a time-lapse video.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax; tickets are $40 to $85 and available online (advance purchase recommended) or at the door. For more information, visit
Fri., Feb. 8, 7-11 p.m., 2013

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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