Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Three Shows for the Weekend of August 15-17

New exhibitions include an exploration of Chicano activism in art at the Center for Visual Art and a roomful of art, some of it created on site at Access Gallery, by a disabled artist with powerful messages (see below). The weekend will also see the introduction of a new lowbrow temple on Colfax, fine art on Santa Fe and an interdisciplinary exchange down the road in Louisville. Keep reading for a look at what's on display around Denver.

See also: One-Armed Attack: Access Denied at Access Gallery

Masks & Mischief Love Gallery, August 15 and16 Opening reception: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, August 15

Lowbrow-art fans, rejoice! Michael Benninghoven will reopen his Love Gallery in a new location on the East Colfax drag with a weekend show of new works from Ten Hundred, Wey Mnky and Zachary Kuhlman. Celebrate the street!

Continue reading for more Gallery Sketches. Third Friday at the Gallery Michael Warren Contemporary 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 15

Third Friday in the Art District on Santa Fe is an opportunity to catch up on district shows in a slightly less frenetic atmosphere than the one you'll find there on First Fridays. Michael Warren Contemporary's Introductions II: A Closer Look opened earlier in August; the elegant new gallery's second show singles out eight artists from its prestigious stable, and runs through September 6.

Image and Word: Art and Poetry in Conversation Louisville Center for the Arts 7 p.m. Saturday, August 16 $12 online

Poems, meet Art. And vice versa. This one-night presentation will reveal the results of a chain-reaction experiment for which eight artists collaborated with eight poets in a kind of multidisciplinary, exquisite-corpse exercise. The poems and artworks passed back and forth anonymously, one by one, to inspire new examples of each; tonight everyone -- even the artists and poets -- will witness the project's denouement for the first time. An after-party with live music follows, proceeds benefit the Louisville Cultural Council.

Want more? See the Westword art event listings to learn more about current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.

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