Five Stunning Ways to Celebrate Art in Denver This Week

Shawn Huckins, “Landscape IV: Hello, Stranger,” acrylic on canvas, 2017.
Shawn Huckins, “Landscape IV: Hello, Stranger,” acrylic on canvas, 2017. Goodwin Fine Art
Whether you choose to live vicariously through two Colorado artists fresh back from the Venice Biennale, head to Boulder for a slate of summer shows at BMoCA, or just sniff around to see what’s new in Denver, there’s no shortage of experiences to be had this week, June 7 to 9, in the local art world.

click to enlarge Laura Shill, "Trophy Wall," 2017. - BLACK CUBE NOMADIC MUSEUM
Laura Shill, "Trophy Wall," 2017.
Black Cube Nomadic Museum
On Exhibiting in Venice: Artist Talk With Joel Swanson and Laura Shill
David B. Smith Gallery
Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m.

Cortney Lane Stell and the Black Cube Nomadic Museum took two prominent Colorado artists — Laura Shill and Joel Swanson — to the 2017 Venice Biennale, and now they’re back and ready to talk about their exhibit abroad, Personal Structures, on view in the historic Palazzo Bembo through November. Meet and greet the duo, learn more about the show and its take on the language of gender politics, and get a taste of the artistic climate in Venice on Wednesday, June 7, at David B. Smith Gallery, in LoDo. It might be the next best thing to being in Italy. Admission is free.

Dasha Shishkin: Tram Pam Pam
Mauro Giaconi: Cae a plomo (desde el fondo del tiempo) / falls to lead (from the depths of time)
Walk the Distance and Slow Down: Selections From the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
June 9 through September 10
Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

BMoCA’s summer exhibits cross the basic lines, shading and perspective of traditional drawing on paper. These shows take over walls, rise in sculpted forms and define whole new worlds of experience beyond the boundaries of a single medium. Russian-born artist Dasha Shishkin’s Tram Pam Pam pulls together new and old works into a sensual, circus-like jumble of color and characters, while Mexico City-based Mauro Giaconi’s wall installation evokes the rise and fall of civilization through a process of building up and breaking down layers of graphite and plaster fragments. Walk the Distance and Slow Down: Selections From the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey gathers works by 29 artists from around the globe who break all the rules to redefine drawing. If you’re passionate about collecting art, mark your calendars for Thursday, August 10, when you can meet Hickey and learn more about her experience as a collector during a conversation from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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