Indian Summer

In the past few years, the Denver Botanic Gardens has become a place to see major art shows, and this season’s main offering is dedicated to Allan Houser, the late Native American sculptor. In conjunction, DBG exhibition director Lisa Eldred has laid out a schedule that features the work of other American Indian artists, including the current offering, Air Lab, an exhibit of photos by Will Wilson.

“This season, we sought important contemporary artists to complement Houser’s Native Roots | Modern Form exhibition,” says Eldred. “Wilson’s focus on the environment makes him an effective catalyst for dialogue in our context.” Wilson’s photos zero in on the Western landscape and pollution’s toxic assault on it. The DBG is also showing Wilson’s “Greenhouse Hogan” in the Oak Grove. “In this installation, Wilson has adapted the form of the Navajo hogan in order to facilitate survival — in this case, through growing plants native to the region, such as corn and squash,” Eldred says.

Air Lab continues through November 6; for more information, go to or call 720-865-3585.
Aug. 20-Nov. 6, 2011

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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