Art Attack: Twelve Things for Gallery Lovers to Do This Week

Griselda San Martin, “Untitled,” from the Friendship Park series.
Griselda San Martin, “Untitled,” from the Friendship Park series. Griselda San Martin
Engage in word and art games, explore cultures, appreciate murals, and visit artist studios and Lakewood co-ops: These are just a few of the ways you can celebrate culture around town. Here’s our selection of twelve ways to support your local artists and art venues this weekend:

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Ouida Touchon delineates the difference between Nude vs. Naked at the Art Gym.
Ouida Touchon, Art Gym
Nude vs. Naked
Figuratively Speaking
Art Gym, 1460 Leyden Street
October 10 through November 1
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 5 to 8 p.m.

Synonyms aren’t always foolproof: They can share subtle variations on a theme. Curators Lori Hellstrom and Elke McGuire found they diverged on the exactitudes of the terms “nude” and “naked,” thereby setting in motion the five-person exhibition Nude vs. Naked, opening on October 10 in the main gallery at the Art Gym. Michael Dowling, Brenda LaBier, Wendi Schneider, Noah Sodano and Ouida Touchon all created art illustrating their own definitions. And in the Common Space members’ gallery, Peter Stevinson and Louis Trujillo explore gender politics from an empathetic perspective.

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Play games with the Secret Love Collective at the CVA.
Center for Visual Art
Collect This! Secret Love Collective Game Show
Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Free, RSVP at

The members of Denver’s Secret Love Collective find the loveliest ways of expressing their queer values of love and acceptance while making everyone feel at home, regardless of gender. In conjunction with the CVA’s ongoing Collectivism show, which closes on October 19, the group will host a public game show that involves costumes, puppets and a lot of artful imagination. Be who you are for a night, free of social restraints. RSVP in advance for the free event.

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Sofía Córdova, "Untitled Vase," from the Green Gra$$ installation at Lane Meyer Projects.
Sofía Córdova
Dionne Lee and Sofía Córdova, Green Gra$$
Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
October 11 through November 12
Opening reception: Friday, October 11, 6 p.m. until late

More linguistic distinctions come into play at Lane Meyer Projects, where artists Sofía Córdova and Dionne Lee contrast green dollars and green growing things in an installation that showcases the encroachment of capitalism on the natural world. Green Gra$$, curated by Tatiana Mateus, blends Lee’s found images and Córdova’s dreams of a dystopian future to make its point.

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Korean artivist Lim Ok-sang goes solo at the Art Students League.
Courtesy of Lim Ok-sang
Lim Ok-sang
Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street
October 11 through November 29
Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Workshop: Painting with Soil — Self Portrait, Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Workshop fee: $300

Dynamic Korean artist Lim Ok-sang conflates art and politics in his hands-on works, using diverse and natural materials, from steel sheets and ink to site-specific dirt, to powerfully express his views. Already included in the current exhibition, counterART: Aesthetics of South Korean Activism, the artist gets a show of his own at ASLD, curated by Denver sculptor Sammy Lee. Are you free for the weekend? Get your hands dirty when Lim Ok-sang facilitates a self-portrait workshop using the aforementioned soil as a medium.

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A pair of drums handcrafted by Osage artisan Rock Pipestem.
Rock Pipestem
Selections from: Voices From the Drum: An Osage Collection
Museum of Anthropology, Sturm Hall, University of Denver, 2000 East Asbury Avenue
October 11 through October 25
Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 5 to 7 p.m.
Free, $5 suggested donation

In conjunction with the sixteenth annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, DU’s Museum of Anthropology will offer a preview of a major exhibition of handcrafted native drums by master drum-maker Rock Pipestem that opens in 2020 at the Osage Nation Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The imagery on each drum is drenched in Osage tradition and lore; Pipestem and fellow artisans Addie Roanhorse and Yatika Fields will elaborate in a talk at the reception.

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Griselda San Martin, “Untitled,” from the Friendship Park series.
Griselda San Martin
La Frontera de Cristal
Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock Street
October 11 through November 23
Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

CPAC takes on the current border situation for La Frontera de Cristal, inspired by the 1995 novel of the same name by author Carlos Fuentes, who weaves together complicated stories from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Three photographers — Griselda San Martin, Tom Kiefer and Elliot Ross — offer varying points of view: San Martin documents Friendship Park, where families meet to communicate from both sides of the barrier that separates them; Kiefer photographs collections of personal items confiscated by the Border Patrol at an Arizona customs facility; and Ross captures the fleeting lives of border dwellers with writer Genevieve Allison, resulting in the book American Backyard. It’s a documentarians' free-for-all that goes straight to the heart.

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Mary Elizabeth Cianciolo depicts endangered species.
Mary Elizabeth Cianciolo
Blake Chamness and Mary Elizabeth Cianciolo, There Is Only Now
The Portrait Show
Next Gallery, Pasternack’s Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Unit B, Lakewood
October 11 through November 17
Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 6 to 10 p.m.

Multidisciplinary artist Blake Chamness and painter Mary Elizabeth Cianciolo, both gallery members, collaborate on a show about disappearing nature and wildlife. Also debuting: a member group show of portraits. Pasternack’s will be hopping on Friday, with incoming co-op Edge Gallery hosting a reception and lights-out evening for member Stephen Shugart’s show of glowy light sculptures.

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