Say goodbye to summer vacations and hello to a new season of arts and culture: Here are six ways to get a head start on fall exhibits.
Chime On, Denver!
Denver City and County Building
1437 Bannock Street
Thursday, August 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Free, RSVP requested
Public art comes in different shapes and sizes — and even in disciplines that aren’t necessarily visual. The latest work commissioned by Denver's Public Art program is actually a musical composition, designed by Denver composer Kevin T. Padworski to be performed on the City and County Building’s problematic ten-bell chime, whose limited notes make it hard to mold to a lot of written music. The piece, “Ascent,” bypasses that obstacle and will, at least for the time being, replace the traditional Westminster chime on the hour and quarter-hour. Later, “Ascent” will ring out occasionally on special days. To celebrate, the city is hosting an unveiling on the City and County Building steps, followed by a free party with live music by the Perry Weissman 3, Greg Tanner Harris and kuxaan-sum, starting at 6 p.m. at the nearby McNichols Building.
Jann Haworth: Never the Less
1205 Tenth Street, Auraria campus
August 24 through November 11
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 24, 4 to 7 p.m.
Soft-sculpture pioneer and pop artist Jann Haworth, best known for co-creating the iconic album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with fellow artist Peter Blake, was also a trailblazer for women artists in the ’60s. Decades later, she revamped the cover to reflect 21st-century pop-culture figures in a mural, “SLC Pepper,” completed in Salt Lake City in 2005. Now, we’ll get a taste of her work here in Denver at Auraria’s Emmanuel Gallery, in what we’re banking on being a not-to-miss.
1412 Wazee Street
August 25 through September 9
Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Abend Gallery waxes on change and its rebirth in a shared LoDo space with two other galleries by unveiling Variance, a fresh group show mixing vibrant works by old and new gallery artists. A tribute to new avenues and unexpected subject matter, this show will also reassure fans that one of Denver’s strongest representational-art galleries continues to excel.
Food & Lodging for Travelers
4345 West 41st Avenue
August 26 through October 7
Saturday, August 26, 6 to 10 p.m.
Alto opens its doors to artist Tom Bond, a jack-of-all-trades and former gallerist at the defunct Love Gallery, who waxes on the joys of cross-country road-tripping for Food & Lodging for Travelers. The exhibit will include both new two-dimensional works and site-specific installations; refreshments and live music will enhance the reception. If you can’t make the opening, mark additional receptions on the First Fridays in September or October on your calendar.
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Zeel Gallery/Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Reception: Saturday August 26, 5 to 10 p.m.
The Zeel space in Stanley Marketplace delves into issues of incarceration and social justice with a show of works by Nashville artist Ndume Olatushani, who spent 27 years in prison (twenty of them on death row) for a crime he says he did not commit and was released in 2012 after a string of appeals. Olatushani found solace in art, and, since his release, has sought to fight the systemic “cradle to prison” syndrome in African-American communities through hard imagery.
’duct-work 2: Transforming the I-70 Viaduct
East 46th Avenue, between York Street and Brighton Boulevard
Saturday, August 26, 2 to 6 p.m.
’Duct Work, the community mural project that debuted last fall on doomed viaduct walls underneath I-70 in the Globeville neighborhood, is back for round two, with new work by 25 local artists. After a week or more of painting, ’duct-work 2 will be unveiled at a street party under the highway, with food vendors, music by DJ Beau Sanchez, and a community wall where kids can polish their own urban-art skills.