Art

Ten Things for Art Lovers to Do and See This Weekend in Denver

Lucas Samaras, "Corridor #2," 1970, mirrors on wood frame.
Lucas Samaras, "Corridor #2," 1970, mirrors on wood frame. Lucas Samaras, from the collection of the Denver Art Museum
As the academic year segues into summer, student and alumni works shimmer in the spotlight; elsewhere, gallery anniversaries will be celebrated, fine-art venues refresh for the summer, art takes root among the greenery, and the Denver Art Museum turns on the lights. Here are the arty happenings in Denver this weekend:

click to enlarge Barbara Takenaga, “Blue (A),” acrylic on linen. - BARBARA TAKENAGA, ROBISCHON GALLERY
Barbara Takenaga, “Blue (A),” acrylic on linen.
Barbara Takenaga, Robischon Gallery
Barbara Takenaga, Manifold
Linda Fleming, Allusion
Jaq Chartier, SunTests
Alison Hall, Heirlooms
Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

Robischon Gallery moves into another cycle with four abstract artists whose work taps the outer limits of medium and process. Jaq Chartier’s color-infused visual chemistry lessons, Linda Fleming’s curvy diagrammatic steel sculptures, Alison Hall’s darkly patterned studies and Barbara Takenaga’s cosmic canvases all share sacred space for the summer.

click to enlarge Poet JP Allen and puppet maker Katy Batsel team up with students at PlatteForum. - COURTESY OF PLATTEFORUM
Poet JP Allen and puppet maker Katy Batsel team up with students at PlatteForum.
Courtesy of PlatteForum
Another World Is Possible: Be the Monster and Codeswitch
PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
Gallery Hours: May 21 through 24, noon to 5 p.m.

The unlikely duo of poet JP Allen and puppetmaster Katy Batsel cross-reference their PlatteForum residencies as artist-mentors: Allen, who worked with youth from RiseUp Academy on developing literary/political manifestos, and Batsel, who created puppet activists with ArtLab interns, meet in the middle for a mixture of poetry and monster-puppet protests. At the reception, RiseUp will share resulting wordplay with live readings and an anything-goes open mic, while ArtLab breaks out in a monster-puppet parade; the puppets, including Batsel’s own creations touting queer identity, will remain on view through May 24.

click to enlarge Lindsay Smith Gustave joins other University of Denver art alumni in an exhibition at the Vicki Myhren Gallery. - LINDSAY SMITH GUSTAVE
Lindsay Smith Gustave joins other University of Denver art alumni in an exhibition at the Vicki Myhren Gallery.
Lindsay Smith Gustave
2019 Juried Alumni Exhibition
Vicki Myhren Gallery, 2121 East Asbury Avenue
May 17 through June 16
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 5 to 8 p.m.

A whopping 23 University of Denver artist alumni were chosen by jurors Andrea Wallace, Sue Oehme and Cordelia Taylor to exhibit work in a season-ending show that covers a wide gamut of styles and mediums and celebrates cross-generational creativity.


click to enlarge Photographer Rachel Woolf captures life on the border. - RACHEL WOOLF
Photographer Rachel Woolf captures life on the border.
Rachel Woolf
Border Stories
Pattern Denver, 855 Wyandot Street
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 7 to 10 p.m.

Pattern Denver, a new mural-covered Lincoln Park co-working facility aimed at offering services and space to photographers and filmmakers, also sports a gallery space that debuts to the public with Border Stories, a documentation of life on the border from the differing points of view of photographers Elliot Ross and Rachel Woolf. Ross offers a vignette-driven road trip along the border, while Woolf focuses on a family separated by deportation.

click to enlarge Zach Reini, “The Jokes on You!” (panel 1 of 4), 2019, spray enamel, acrylic, and latex on canvas over panel. - ZACH REINI, DAVID B. SMITH GALLERY
Zach Reini, “The Jokes on You!” (panel 1 of 4), 2019, spray enamel, acrylic, and latex on canvas over panel.
Zach Reini, David B. Smith Gallery
Zach Reini, Not Much Will Change When I’m Gone
Sierra Montoya Barela, Living Room, in the Project Room
David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 Wazee Street
May 17 through June 15
Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 6 to 8 p.m.

Zach Reini breaks into the David B. Smith stable with a show of works inspired by the collectible milk-caps called Pogs that were a pop-culture sensation twenty-plus years ago. Symbolic of America’s historical rise and future based on commerce, Reini’s Pog revival documents the inexorable march of capitalism. In the Project Room, Sierra Montoya Barela travels across time and space in paintings of imagined rooms and places.

MWC Fifth Anniversary Party
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, May 17, 5 to 9 p.m.

Michael Warren Contemporary, the joint project of partners Mike McClung and Warren Campbell, debuted in 2014 at the iconic space on Santa Fe Drive that once housed the van Straaten Gallery and Sandy Carson galleries. Five years down the road, MWC is still adding class to the art district with smart curation and a solid roster of artists. The gallery is celebrating with an anniversary party that also offers a look at the current abstract shows by Kelton Osborn and Meghan Wilbar, which hang through May 25.

click to enlarge REDLINE CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
RedLine Contemporary Art Center
EPIC Arts Spring 2019 Exhibition
RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe Street
May 18 through June 9
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 1 to 3 p.m.

Student artists from the Academy of Urban Learning, Bruce Randolph, Denver Green School, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy and McMeen Elementary School took on issues of social justice as part of RedLine’s action-based Epic Arts program; now the resulting works will go up for sale in a gallery exhibition. Proceeds go to organizations offering services to Denver’s homeless population.

click to enlarge Artist and sign painter Jae Mo decorates the walls at Rosehouse. - JAE MO
Artist and sign painter Jae Mo decorates the walls at Rosehouse.
Jae Mo
Jae Mo
Rosehouse, 14 South Broadway
May 18 through 31
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 7 to 9 p.m.

Artist and sign painter Jae Mo borrows from classic advertising imagery and modern thinking to create artwork, embroidery, T-shirts and more, some emblazoned with smartass remarks. Imagine a little wit and humor blooming up among the plants at Rosehouse and you’ll get the picture.
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