Month of Photography 2019 remains on a roll this weekend, with numerous gallery openings, including such MoP signature shows as Ghostly Traces, debuting with a reception on Thursday, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Myhren Gallery, and the doubleheader of Delirium, Three Visions and NEST, which kicks off on Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at RedLine. Find details for both on our list of must-see MoP shows, and check out the wealth of smaller ones also opening this weekend and beyond at the easy-to-use MoP website. And there’s a whole other direction to go at galleries around town that are bypassing the photographic focus in March. Here are eight ways to see every other medium under the sun.
Collective Misnomer: Roger Beebe
Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Avenue
Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
$10 or pay what you can, at the door (cash preferred), no one turned away
Adán de la Garza’s Collective Misnomer experimental film series landed a major coup in March by welcoming cross-country traveler and notable filmmaker Roger Beebe to Denver for an evening of greatest hits that span a gamut between Super 8, simultaneous multi-projector works and wry films with underground themes.
AB Exorcism! Applied Action Painting and Inverted Arenas
PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street
March 7 through 23
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
For its latest art-making project, PlatteForum paired ArtLab high school interns with resident artist Maria Molteni, who led the kids through some mid-century art- and social-history lessons and a hands-on tutorial in abstract expressionism that involved setting them loose to action-paint in a cloth-covered environment. The DIY painted cloth has since been cut up and turned into athletic apparel, evoking backstories of Nike sweatshops.
A Little Tenderness
Gildar Gallery, 82 South Broadway
March 7 through April 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Gildar Gallery's new group show, A Little Tenderness, reflects the jungle of relationships and intimacy through the eyes of seven artists working with figurative imagery. From Ana Benaroya’s hungry merging faces in embrace to Molly Bounds’s pathos-filled illustration of a lonely woman alone on a bed, the stories told here run hot and cold, hidden in shadows.
Elena Gunderson, Dirty Laundry
Sally Centigrade, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
Thursday, March 7, 6 to 10 p.m.
Scott Bailey of Sally Centigrade says the pop-surreal and lowbrow gallery will be slowing down, with only four shows this year, while amping up artists' participation in their own exhibitions by encouraging them to create installations. The first, showcasing Denver artist Elena Gunderson, will go down in a “grab and go” evening with a fashion show of hand-painted Gunderson apparel, live painting and art, including watercolors, leather jackets and sunglasses, displayed unframed on clotheslines, begging to be purchased.
Women in Art at Women in Kind
Women In Kind, 3899 Jackson Street
Friday, March 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Art and International Women's Day come together to benefit Denver’s Mi Casa Resource Center in a juried exhibit of works by women artists exploring women’s issues reflected in this year’s IWD theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” As a benefit, the evening will have a party atmosphere, with root beer floats courtesy of Sweet Action and Bruz Beers and a cash bar hosted by Rising Sun Distillery.
Rochelle Dammel and Alissa Davies, Cultivation
Jean Smith and Annette Coleman, Positioned
Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive
March 8 through 24
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Collectors Night: Friday, March 15, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Closing Receptions: Sunday, March 24, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Painters Rochelle Dammel and Alissa Davies pair up in Core’s main gallery with two sets of well-matched abstracts, while clay artist Jean Smith and mixed-media experimenter Annette Coleman hold forth in the Annex, offering a blend of ceramic wall installations and a rash of three-dimensional feather sculptures hanging from the ceiling. Smith will also offer a trunk show of her hand-beaded jewelry on three dates: March 23, from noon to 5 p.m.; March 24, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.; and March 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.
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Keith Oelschlager and Robert Newman, The Way Back Home
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
Through March 31
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Place is everything in the paired works of painter Keith Oelschlager, who renders nostalgic sites in Denver and other cities, and photographer Robert Newman, whose own black-and-white cityscapes are all about form, shadows and patterns in architecture in a changing urban center.
Eyes on Erika Harrsch: Under the Same Sky…We Dream
Hamilton Building, Level Four, Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
March 10 through November 17
Born in Mexico City and now based in New York, artist Erika Harrsch has tailored her multimedia installation Under the Same Sky...We Dream to a space at the Denver Art Museum with pointedly perfect timing; first exhibited in 2017, the participatory statement piece takes on the rising issues faced by immigrants and Dreamers. Surrounded by video projections of clouds in motion, viewers are invited to sit among the same military-style mattresses and Mylar blankets offered to undocumented children in border detention centers. Walk a mile in their shoes.