In September, the Biennial of the Americas and Crush 2017 descend over Denver for a mashup of enlightened cross-cultural discourse and gritty urban street art. Art goes on, in the galleries and in the streets; here are some of the places both will intersect this weekend.
Philip J. Steele Gallery, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design campus
1600 Pierce Street, Lakewood
September 7 through October 5
Opening reception: Thursday, September 7, 4 to 7 p.m.
Artists from two Midwestern cities, Denver and Madison, Wisconsin, are exchanging views across the miles this year via Hyperlink, a loose international artist collective connected by the Internet. The relationship between the two non-coastal cities, called Together With, first blossomed into a physical exhibition last May with a group show by Denver artists in Wisconsin; a group of Madison artists are now returning the favor with a show at RMCAD. Both exhibits are curated by Kate Mothes of Young Space, an online platform supporting emerging artists.
Joshua Ware: Future Bodies
Georgia Art Space
900-1000 Mariposa Street
Friday, September 8, 6 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, September 9, noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Large-scale collage work by poet-turned-artist Joshua Ware will christen Georgia, a new cross-disciplinary art space in the garage of fellow poet Sommer Browning. The music act Path of Totality provides a sonic backdrop against visuals by Jeanne Liotta at the opening of the three-day exhibit, which also includes "OtherSpace," a discussion about local alternative art spaces from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 9.
Latin America: Endless Transformation
2350 Arapahoe Street
September 8 through October 29
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
Latin America: Endless Transformation, RedLine's latest, in conjunction with CEA Contemporary Expressions of Art and the Building Bridges Art Exchange, dovetails with the Biennial of the Americas. The exhibit draws together artists from seven Latin American nations for visual discourse on changing views and social patterns across borders.
Double Vision: A Glimpse Through the Eyes of Vice City By-Products
3004 Larimer Street
September 8 through October 1
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 6 p.m.
CRUSH Reception and Artist Party: 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, September 12
Influential Miami mural artists Luis Valle, aka "El Chan Guri," and Jay Bellicchi, aka “Remote," come indoors to take over Dateline for a big exhibition of two- and three-dimensional works on the subject of death’s inevitability. Yes, there will be skulls. Dateline hosts its own reception on September 9 and then joins forces with CRUSH for a second party on September 12; both events include live music by Pterrorfractyl.
Art Out Loud
Denver Art Society
734 Santa Fe Drive
Saturday, September 9, 5 to 11 p.m.
The Denver Art Society celebrates eight years of underground art-making and community-building in the Art District on Santa Fe with Art Out Loud, an annual fundraiser that showcases the venue’s multiple programs.
Enjoy a free-ranging art exhibit; live music by Neptune, Sympathy F and Pilot Haus; yoga; and the BYOA Art Jam, an invitation to bring your own sketchbook and medium to make art with others while supporting the cause.
See Westword’s calendar listings for more art events and openings.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.