What a weekend in Denver's cultural scene: arts collaborations, artist discussions, imaginary regimes, art shows of all stripes online and in person, yard sales and Día de los Muertos-inspired craft fairs. This could keep you busy all day and night.
We have the details; now it’s your turn to pick and choose your favorites.
Sammy Lee, Remind Me Tomorrow
People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
Through October 31
Apart/Together: Sunday, October 18, 6 p.m., free, register in advance
Psychosomatic: Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, $10 to $20
Evolving Doors Dance: TBA
The core of Sammy Lee’s complex project Remind Me Tomorrow, funded via RedLine by an INSITE grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is a display of ongoing interactive artworks: the Baoli Action Center, Changing Station and a new iteration of Very Proper Table Setting, created during the pandemic. But Lee is mixing up the art with theatrical elements, including Apart/Together, in which Lee and the Asian-American theater group Insight Colab Theatre will perform using the Baoli Center, a structure inspired by Indian stepwells.
Further collaborations with Circo de Nada and eventually Evolving Doors Dance finish the package virtually (and in some cases, by limited in-person seating at the People’s Building). Learn more, find your way through this interdisciplinary maze, and register for performances at Lee’s website.
Jess T. Dugan: C.A.R.S. Online Virtual Exhibition
Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Colorado State University
Available online through September 2021
CSU’s Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, open only to the CSU community for now, continues its virtual Critic & Artist Residency Series exhibition series with work by the controversial photographer Jess Dugan (they/them), whose imagery explores gender identity through portraiture. As of Wednesday, October 14, an interview with Dugan is also available online for further insights.
Shannon Finnegan in Conversation With Alice Wong
MCA Denver online event
Wednesday, October 14, 5 to 6 p.m.
Free, register in advance at Eventbrite
MCA’s rich virtual programming in conjunction with the exhibition Citizenship: A Practice of Society continues with a discussion about disability rights between artist Shannon Finnegan, whose work is represented in Citizenship, and disability activist Alice Wong.
To Muse the Labyrinth
PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street
October 16 through November 8
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 15, 6 to 8:15 p.m.
Register online for one of two timed-entry slots to attend the reception
Wood sculptor Autumn T. Thomas and PlatteForum’s ArtLab youth interns unveil To Muse the Labyrinth, the culmination of their work together during Thomas’s PlatteForum residency, on October 15. Thomas’s work, a study in themes of Black identity, recalls African carvings in soaring futuristic curves. Join them in person at the opening by timed entry, or view the exhibition online at platteforum.org.
Dan Baumbach and Lydia Riegle, Entry Points
Gallery East: Carrie Makenna, Open For Discussion: Stories From a Woman’s Perspective, photographs
D’Art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
October 15 through November 8
Denver Arts Week Artists Talk: Saturday, November 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Dan Baumbach explores miniature details, textures and color with close-up photographs from nature at D’art, while Lydia Riegle lets loose in abstract paintings. In Gallery East, Carrie Makenna tells stories using black-and-white photocopier imprints. D’art is forgoing opening receptions but will host an artist talk during Denver Arts Week.
Chad Henry, Windows
Phyllis Rider, Separation
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
October 15 through November 14
At Sync, Chad Henry shows collage pieces with overlays in pencil and paint, and Phyllis Rider pitches in with bold abstract paintings and prints, inspired by life in COVID-19 lockdown.
Pink Progression: Collaborations Artist Talk 3
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities virtual event
Thursday, October 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Join Zoom call online
Pink Progression’s free virtual artist talks return for a third session, with ten fresh collaborative artist duos and trios discussing their communal works for Pink Progression: Collaborations at the Arvada Center. Access the Zoom meeting here and you’re in like Flynn.
Charles Livingston, Intersection
Peter Yumi, The Real Autonation
Troy Patterson in the Treasure Chest
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
October 16 through November 1
For his 2020 slot at Pirate: Contemporary Art, co-op member Peter Yumi continues his fables of capitalist regimes and the art of selling fantasies that started a year ago with his show Fruitland Contemporary Art During the Autonation Dictatorship. Now, The Real Autonation unpacks the nitty-gritty of his theories in panels splashed with color and stolen imagery. Charles Livingston appears to be a collaborator — his concurrent show includes thousands of car ads — and Yumi’s brother, Troy Patterson, is up in the Treasure Chest.
Bernice Strawn, Sum of the Parts
Museum of Authenticity, 124 East 2nd Street, Salida
October 16 through February 2021
Inaugural Open House and Artist Reception: Friday, October 16, 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, October 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bernice Strawn, wife of the late painter Mel Strawn and a fine wood-assemblage sculptor in her own right, has been part of Salida’s stalwart art colony for more than thirty years. Her work goes on display at the town’s quirky new Museum of Authenticity, a project by polymath Thordis Niela Simonsen that quietly opened in August. The artist will be in the house for a three-day grand-opening reception.
Lisa Luree and Jane Falkenberg, Birds, Bees & Beasts
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
October 14 through November 8
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
First Friday Reception: November 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Birds, Bees & Beasts seems to be a popular subject with Valkarie’s fantasy-inspired home crew, and here’s a show that proves it from Lisa Luree and Jane Falkenberg, with help from dedicated friends Katie Hoffman, Claudia Roulier, Dorothy Depaulo, Colleen Tully, Valerie Savarie and Paul Potts. Luree is known for her dancing skeletons and buzzing bees, and Falkenberg specializes in fantasy renditions from the animal world; expect a dark side to the work, in keeping with the season.
Día de los Muertos Art Show
Plaza38, 3550 West 38th Avenue
Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Inez Sanchez, who is known for her handmade Missfits dolls, has gathered a small group of fellow crafters and artisans for a fair of Día de los Muertos- and Frida-inspired items — and more. Social distancing and mask-wearing will be enforced, and Plaza38 is blessed with an ice cream shop, full bar and taco restaurant, should you get hungry or thirsty.
Yard Art Vol. 2.0
100 Gaylord Street
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The first COVID-responsible Yard Art in September was a big enough hit that host artist Annie Decamp is going with a second outdoor pop-up gallery; this one includes work by thirteen local fine artists on display in the spacious front yard at 100 Gaylord Street.
LMP PDA, Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
October 19 through November 1
The LMP PDA gallery window at Lane Meyer Projects turns over a new leaf to present art by Anna Tsouhlarakis viewable from the street or sidewalk on a 24/7 schedule. Tsouhlarakis is an installation artist, sculptor, videographer, photographer and draftsperson, so this two-week presentation could be just about anything that fits in the window.
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