Ten shows the History Colorado Center should have opened with

The brand new History Colorado Center opens on Saturday. Last week, in my column about the wonderfully-designed museum, I pointed out how poor the two debut shows, Colorado Stories and Destination Colorado, are. Rather than trying to elevate the discussion, the museum and History Colorado chief operating officer Kathryn Hill, have dumbed it down, relying on surveys, charts, graphs and focus groups in order to arrive at the lowest common denominator for exhibits. It was a missed opportunity.

In my column, I made two suggestions for the kinds of shows that the museum could -- and should -- have opened with. Here they are, along with eight others.

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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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