NEST gallery space, 1085 18th Street, University of Colorado Boulder
Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, 1 to 3 p.m., through April 12
Some artworks make outside-of-the-box statements, but for Super/impositions, curated by Boulder photographer j. gluckstern, it’s all about pictures created inside the box, or as the call-for-entry rules stated: in-camera only, using multiple-exposure photographic techniques. It’s a small show — only the size of a video screen on which the exhibited images flash — with limited viewing hours, but it’s also a gripping show, full of visual surprises. See what kind of alchemy photographers can capture without the advantage of digital technology or a darkroom.
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street
Through March 22
For MoP 2019, Art Gym is hosting Settlers, a view of both the promise and the depredation of Manifest Destiny, which ultimately resulted in co-option of the land, culture and freedoms of Native Americans and members of other disenfranchised cultures. Curated by former Colorado Photographic Arts Center director Rupert Jenkins and showcasing the work of seven photography-based artists (Tya Anthony, Sarah Fukami, Sarah Gjertson, Carl Iwasaki, James Milmoe, Heather Oelklaus and Christopher R. Perez), Settlers takes a neutral approach, with stories to tell from both sides of the cultural gap.
CHAC Art Gallery, 222 Santa Fe Drive
Through March 30
Awards Presentation: Friday, March 15, 6 p.m.
Find another kind of storytelling at CHAC, in a group show also juried by Rupert Jenkins, along with Geoffrey Shamos of the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery. A celebration of the narrative powers of photography, Storytelling: Through the Lens is a departure for CHAC, with a widely multicultural look.
Vertigo Art Space, 960 Santa Fe Drive
Open Saturdays, March 9 and 16, noon to 3 p.m.
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 23, 1 to 5 p.m.
Frequent Westword cover photographer Anthony Camera and photography hobbyist Andrew Novick play with the lenticular imagery we’d commonly associate with looking through an old-fashioned View-Master toy, which relies on the intermingling of differing information from each eye through a single lens. Is it fun? Given the theme and the purveyors, the answer is yes — a lot.
Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive
Through April 5
Meet the Artist/Community Respite: Friday, March 22, 5 to 9 p.m.
First Friday Closing Reception: Friday, April 5, 5 to 9 p.m.
The photographers of Roadside Attractions form a constellation around the mission of Access Gallery, which serves young adults on the intellectual/developmentally disabled spectrum through art and life-skills training. Muralist Josiah Lopez represents Access’s teaching staff, and Ted Tahquechi, a legally blind photographer who follows the light to make pictures, represents the I/DD community. The last piece of the puzzle involves snapshots of Wayfaring Band director Andrea Moore taken by the nonprofit’s I/DD members, who learn life skills while traveling as a group.
Federal Coffee, 2307 Federal Boulevard
Through March 30
Spun Sugar takes a look at alternative methods used to arrive at imagery that is, as the promo says, “the same but different.” The opening for this invitational juried coffee-house show is over, but you can still catch the exhibition, minus the pink cotton candy, through the end of the month. Have a cup of joe while you’re there.
Sandra Phillips Gallery, 47 West 11th Avenue
Through April 6
Sandra Phillips tips her hat to MoP with a show that mixes the aerial photography of Evan Anderman — whose recent works offer breathtaking views of bare trees left by the 2018 Spring Creek fire in southern Colorado — with new animations by gallery artists Virginia Folkestad, Anna Kaye and John Morrison.
Mr. Pool Gallery, 2347 South Street, Boulder
Through May 30
Natural forms, creatures and landscapes caught in moonlight set the after-dark mood for Wendy Schneider’s solo at Mr. Pool. Schneider exercises her painting background and love affair with nature in these lovely works by printing imagery on vellum or handmade kozo papers before overlaying them with gold leaf for a lush gossamer effect.
Station 16 Denver, Source Hotel, 3330 Brighton Boulevard, #204
March 8 through April 5
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
The jet-setting filmmaker and photographer Lyle Owerko, a pop-culture champion with a photo-documentarian’s eye, made his name on a whole gamut of projects and lucky shots, including his viral TIME cover image of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. But his Boombox Project, an ongoing series of vintage boombox portraits immortalized in Spike Lee’s introduction to a 2010 tome published by Abrams Books, might be his best-known accomplishment. See a set in all their glory and shake Owerko’s hand at the opening.
808 Projects, 808 Santa Fe Drive
Through March 31
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 5 to 8 p.m.
Whether rendered in oils or created digitally, John Boak’s finished paintings start with a photographic underlay
that he sometimes reorders with a sophisticated sheen and sense of movement and sometimes accentuates with a hyperreal overlay. Think of his process as another way of manipulating photos, which places it squarely in the open-minded MoP milieu.