Worth the Wait

Though the idea has been kicking around the University of Colorado for over fifty years, a new CU Art Museum finally opens today. The facility is in the just-completed Visual Arts Complex and comprises two buildings designed by Boston’s KMW and Colorado’s own OZ Architecture in an updated Tuscan style, the signature look on the Boulder campus since the 1920s. “This is such a major contribution not only to the university, but to the entire region — and it’s free and open to the public,” notes Lisa Tamiris Becker, the museum’s director, who points out that the new buildings, which also house the departments of fine art and art history, total 180,000 square feet, making this complex larger than the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building.

The museum is hosting a members’ preview at 11 a.m. today, followed by a public reception at noon and ongoing activities until 6:30 p.m., which include the unveiling of three inaugural exhibits: ArchiTECHtonica, Liliana Porter: Fox in the Mirror and Highlights of the Collection. The CU Art Museum is located at 1085 18th Street in Boulder, not far from the main entrance to the campus. To learn more, call 303-492-8300 or go to www.colorado.edu/cuartmuseum.
Fri., Sept. 24, 12-6:30 p.m., 2010

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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