March continues with a rush of new shows, including several Month of Photography entries and a summer-ready exhibition presented by RedLine at the McNichols Building. Here are a few suggestions of where to head this weekend to see and be seen.
Cody Day and Brenda LaBier
March 20 through April 11
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 20
Sync acknowledges Month of Photography with work from Brenda LaBier, whose provocative self-portraits are shaped by her own ambiguous sense of power through self-image. Also on the walls: paintings of oozing, organic shapes in motion from Cody Day that mimic drawings with comic-book details. The gallery will host a second reception on First Friday in April.
Anne Arden McDonald: Unconscious Metaphors
Walker Fine Art
March 20 through May 2
Opening reception: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday March 20
Another artist interested in self-portraiture, photographer Anne Arden McDonald pictures herself in daydream scenarios where she flies or dances among the trees in otherworldly forests. But there’s more to her work than imagination: McDonald also experiments with the photographic process to produce her dreamy images. McDonald holds forth in the main gallery, joined by Bonny Lhotka, Zelda Zinn, Susan kae Grant in the back; McDonald, Zinn and Lhotka will also speak at a panel discussion from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.
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McNichols Civic Center Building
March 21 through June 28
RedLine and Denver Arts & Venues take over the McNichols Building for Press Play, beginning today and continuing until the venue shuts down this summer for renovations. The summery, all-ages group exhibit, curated by Cortney Lane Stell and Ruth Bruno, addresses advances in art in the digital age with a series of projections, video games, installations and more by a diverse collection of artists both established and emerging. Visit the show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; there will be a closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 18 that will double as an opportunity to say goodbye to McNichols — for a while.