Visual Arts

Five Things for Art Lovers to See and Do in Denver Through the End of 2018

Heather Plambeck, "Starry-Eyed Surprise."
Heather Plambeck, "Starry-Eyed Surprise." Heather Plambeck
Gallery openings have slowed down for the holidays, though there's still a lot to see mid-run, and there should be some activity for Third Friday in the Art District on Santa Fe. But there are other ways to escape the holiday world with art, including the following:

click to enlarge Margaret Neumann in the studio. - VALERIE SANTERLI, RULE GALLERY
Margaret Neumann in the studio.
Valerie Santerli, Rule Gallery
In Conversation With Margaret Neumann
RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe Street
Thursday, December 20, 6 to 8 p.m.
Free, RSVP in advance at [email protected]

Painter Margaret Neumann has cast an aura over Denver’s art scene for decades, starting with Colorado’s countercultural Armory Group in the ’60s. There’s still time to see the Neumann retrospective What Lies Between, curated by Simon Zalkind, a standout tribute to an artist whose mysterious and masterful paintings dig deep into the human experience. The show hangs at RedLine through January 8. But pairing a viewing with an artist talk from Neumann herself is a swell idea, and a great opportunity to hear some answers to that question: “What the heck were you thinking about when you painted that?” which certainly applies to the underlying psychologies in the artist's cool and beautiful contemplative compositions.

click to enlarge Tiana Graves, "Prairie Lodge Motel, Roggen, CO," chromogenic proofs. - TIANA GRAVES
Tiana Graves, "Prairie Lodge Motel, Roggen, CO," chromogenic proofs.
Tiana Graves
Multiplicity 2018
SYNC Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
December 20 through January 12
Opening Reception: Friday, December 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

The members of the SYNC Gallery cooperative will end 2018 with a collective pat on the back in their annual Multiplicity show, an exhibition that’s alive with differing styles, images and concepts. If you miss the December 21 opening, there’ll be a second on First Friday in January, when the action on Santa Fe Drive should be more lively.

click to enlarge Heather Plambeck, "Radioaktiv." - HEATHER PLAMBECK
Heather Plambeck, "Radioaktiv."
Heather Plambeck
Heather Plambeck, Lost and (Rarely) Found
Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
December 21 through January 17
Opening Reception: Friday, December 21, 6 to 11 p.m.

Lane Myer Projects hosts an exhibition by Denver photographer Heather Plambeck, who often snaps women in staged natural settings in a soaring millennial interpretation of the Earth Mother, who is in tune with nature and perhaps the supernatural, as well.

click to enlarge Jason DeMarte, "Morning Mint Dew," 2016, archival pigmented ink print. - JASON DEMARTE, RULE GALLERY
Jason DeMarte, "Morning Mint Dew," 2016, archival pigmented ink print.
Jason DeMarte, Rule Gallery
RULE at the Pool Solstice Soirée
Mr. Pool, Inc., 2347 South Street, Boulder
Friday, December 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

This ongoing collaboration between Rule Gallery and Mr. Pool in Boulder currently showcases the eye-fooling photography of Jason DeMarte, along with small works by other gallery talent, including Nathan Abels, Sarah Bowling, Joseph Coniff, Caleb Hahne, Martha Hughes, Jillian FitzMaurice and others. As noted, it’s a low-key holiday party, too, with eats, hot mulled cider and fantastic art.

Sh!t Talk Tours
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 26 through 28, 4 and 5:30 p.m. daily
Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, 11 a.m. daily
Free with museum admission

Not sure how to spend the lull between Christmas and New Year’s, while bogged down with too many relatives crowded into the house? MCA has an antidote for that: The museum has scheduled eight Sh!t Talk Tours of the Tara Donovan show over five days, led alternately or together by comedians Christie Buchele and Janae Burris of the Pussy Bros. comedy power group. You won’t know whether to laugh out loud or stare in awe at Donovan’s large-scale installations made from everyday materials.

Interested in having your event appear in this calendar? Send the details to [email protected]. For more events this weekend, see our 21 Best Things to Do in Denver.
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