This week the galleries are giving equal time to the art of popular culture, co-ops and smart showcases for buzz-worthy artists. Whether you choose to forage for collectible vinyl toys at Lowbrow’s yard sale or see the world through a refugee’s eyes and words at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, there’s plenty to do and see in Denver’s art world. Here are nine shows to get your weekend rolling.
CU Art Museum, 1085 18th Street, University of Colorado at Boulder
July 19 through November 17
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
Right on the heels of an exhibit that opened last weekend at Art Gym (it runs through August 3), prolific painter Daisy Patton unveils another direction in her highly recognizable work with This Is Not Goodbye, a solo show opening on July 19 at the CU At Museum. While Patton continues in her trademark vein of blowing up and painting over found photographs, her subject matter for this exhibit is American post-mortem photography, resulting in a tribute to the anonymous dead overwhelmed by eerie details from their ornate funeral-parlor surroundings.
Sally Centigrade, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Unit E, in Lakewood
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 5 to 10 p.m.
For Mile High Mixtape, Scott and Myah Bailey of Sally Centigrade enlisted Colorado Public Radio host Alicia “Bruce” Trujillo to help them round up twenty local urban artists to pair with twenty local bands. Their task: To create imaginary gig posters for their assigned combos. The resulting show, a visual mixtape of sorts, represents a diverse swath of talent, ranging from well-loved veterans to fresh newcomers, in the Denver music and the art scenes. Hit the opening, enjoy the art and get down to a solo set by Dressy Bessy’s Tammy Shine.
Gildar Gallery, 82 South Broadway
July 20 through August 18
Opening Reception: Friday, July 20, 6 to 10 p.m.
Gildar Gallery hosts ceramicist Stephanie Kantor and mark-maker Noah Pollack in an interesting duet pairing Kantor’s feminized vessels and functional pieces built upon the remnants of family keepsakes and trophies with Pollack’s patterned, intuitive, puzzle-like stamped drawings. Though the art might not seem outwardly connected, each maker takes similar imaginative leaps, drawing them together and resulting in separate bodies of work unlike anything you’ve seen before. Smart show by people going places.
Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock Street
July 20 through August 25
Opening Reception: Friday July 27, 6 to 9 p.m.
For this latest project, Picture Me Here, a local storytelling program for refugees and immigrants, sponsored by CPAC, asked American newcomers from around the world to create photographic postcards telling their past selves how their lives have changed. Hear more about their personal stories and storytelling process at the opening reception, where the artists will be present, and come back later to get lost in the exhibit, a combination of art and personal writing.