A Place in History
Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont
June 27 through July 28
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Three artists — Michael Brohman, Glen Moriwaki and C. Maxx Stevens — explore their relationships to three marginalized social strata in A Place in History, a hard-hitting exhibit at Firehouse with a sub-theme of human oppression. Each artist has a different story to tell: Brohman opens the book on his formative years as a gay youth raised within a biased religious group, while Californian Moriwaki addresses his Japanese parents’ internment in a Wyoming camp during WWII by juxtaposing visuals inspired by imprisonment and freedom, and Native artist Stevens comments on stereotyping on both sides of the divide from a personal point of view.
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, 1405 Florence Street, Aurora
June 28 through August 31
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 28, 4 to 7 p.m.
Nicole Banowetz’s inflatable installations, which blow up microscopic life forms to monumental size, provide a perfect portal for DAVA’s mission to blend usable job skills and art in an art-mentoring program for at-risk youth. For Micro Cosmos, Banowetz helped students navigate the science/art connection, resulting in installations of Petri dishes and growing cells by older kids, and microscopic shapes drawn by the younger set. It will all go on view Thursday, with Banowetz’s inflatables setting the scene, including several pop-up one-night-only works displayed outdoors during the opening reception. The spectacle is real, as are the lessons learned by the eager youth clientele at DAVA.
Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street
June 28 through August 15
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
If you’ve ever taken a scrap of paper and, without thinking, started folding it up in accordion shapes or little triangles, you’ve experienced the foundation of manipulated art. Of course, it’s more complicated when artists like Taiko Chandler, who prints and shapes sheets of Tyvek for large wall installations, start manipulating materials into non-traditional shapes. Chandler, who’s contributed a site-specific piece for the show, will be joined by fifteen other local artists versed in the art of manipulated mediums for Manipulated: cut…folded…molded, a downtown-Denver exhibit mounted by Arts Brookfield in the Republic Plaza lobby and concourse levels.