Art Attack: Ten Ways to See Art Live or Otherwise This Week

Deborah Howard and Laurel McMechan, "Ida B Wells-Barnett," 2020, detail, mixed media. Pink Progression: Collaborations, Arvada Center.
Deborah Howard and Laurel McMechan, "Ida B Wells-Barnett," 2020, detail, mixed media. Pink Progression: Collaborations, Arvada Center. Deborah Howard and Laurel McMechan
This weekend, MCA Denver reopens in fabulous form, History Colorado honors Colorado’s Chicano/Mexican-American community through art, Pink Progression throws glitter on the revival of the Arvada Center’s galleries, and smaller venues continue to join the fray.

First Friday is gaining speed in July with plenty of new shows worth seeing.

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Vance Kirkland, “Painting No. 21,” 1963, oil paint and water on linen.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
100 More, Because Less Is a Bore!
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Online, indefinitely

The Kirkland isn’t ready to join other major art museums in opening its doors, but the museum’s staff has been busy creating online content to keep Kirkland fans occupied in the meantime. The latest element is an online trove of 100 artworks and objects from the collection, complete with historical background information, to complement previous virtual content. Stroll the museum from your couch.

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Nari Ward, “We the People, 2011,” shoelaces.
© The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky
Nari Ward: We the People
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street
Through September 20
Museum Admission: $7 to $10 (free for members and youth ages eighteen and under)
Nari Ward in Conversation with Gary Carrion-Murayari: Tuesday, July 7, online from noon to 1 p.m., free, RSVP at

Nari Ward’s exhibition opening (and the MCA’s reopening to the public) couldn’t have been better timed: The artist repurposes the detritus of consumer culture in large installations that ask hard questions about the roots and cumulative effects of America’s class divide. We the People, a survey of definitive works from throughout Ward's career, lets us start answering those questions. Visits to the MCA are by timed-entry reservation only, with social distancing and masks required.

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Pink wooden feathers: Jennifer Pettus and Rebecca Vaughan, "Why Was She Removed (And Then Put Back?),” detail, bobcat taxidermy blanks, yarn, gouache, faux pearl pins, perler beads, pen, metal windmill base, mdf, cardboard.
Jennifer Pettus and Rebecca Vaughan
Pink Progression: Collaborations
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
Through November 8
Reserve free timed-entry tickets in advance

Artist Anna Kaye’s ongoing Pink Progression project showcasing women, trans and non-binary artists continues on its path in 2020 with Pink Progression: Collaborations, for which artist duos and teams worked together on new artworks. Follow the show at for dates and details of events still in planning stages.

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A trio of glass works by Cherry Creek Arts Festival artist David Benyosef.
David Benyosef
CherryArts Artist Relief Auction
Online at
Through July 10

You know it’s an extraordinary year when the time-honored Cherry Creek Arts Festival sleeps through the July 4 weekend. But in the face of COVID-19 pandemic measures, the fest’s parent organization, CherryArts, switched gears to offer buy-now prices from 2020 selected artists who are suffering losses this summer during an online auction that starts on the eve of July 4. Ninety percent of the proceeds will go directly to the makers, for the win!

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Artwork by Mario Zoots
Never Forgive Action: New Work by Speaks & Zoots
Alto Gallery, 4345 West 41st Avenue
Opening Reception: Friday, July 3, 6 to 10 p.m.

Alto hosts the duo of street artist Speaks and collagist Mario Zoots for a show of collage works inspired by the 1983 documentary Style Wars, about the long-ago battle between graffiti writers and Mayor Ed Koch in New York City. The pair’s works explore how the idea of “Never Forgive Action” addresses current events, at a time when graffitists are standing up to police violence and racism through art. Alto will enforce social distancing, masks and other pandemic protocols, but liquid refreshments and DJ Radio Rakeem will raise the bar for fun.

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