This weekend in Denver galleries — and other unexpected places — you’ll find a grab-bag of experiences, from giant bunnies to a temple to the joke, with interludes both meditative and peaceful in between.
Peoplescapes and Intrude
Now through August 17
Arts Brookfield brings a new group show, Peoplescapes, to the indoor galleries at Republic Plaza, but because it’s summer, there’s also something outside — Australian artist Amanda Parer’s monumental installations of inflatable rabbits with inner lighting, which conclude their two-week run in downtown Denver this weekend. Peoplescapes examines the human experience through stunning paintings by an all-star ensemble that includes Jerry De La Cruz, Melissa Furness, Michael Gadlin, Wes Magyar,
Tony Ortega, Daisy Patton, Xi Zhang and others. While you’re downtown, continue your bunny hunt and find more inflatables at 1801 California Street.
Lui Ferreyra: Sum Ergo Sum
William Havu Gallery
June 24 through August 20
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 24
Havu Gallery shows off the delicately fractured figurative works of painter Lui Ferreyra, which present surfaces broken into geometric patterns of subtly shifting colors. Also in the gallery this summer: select works by Roger Reutimann and a fresh glimpse at gallery newcomers Francisco Alvarado-Juárez and Francisco Benitez.
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
June 24 through September 2
Opening reception: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24
The kids of DAVA focus on Peace for this summer show, which includes murals by middle-schoolers, posters by students in the Computer Art Lab and ceramic works depicting peaceful activities by grade-schoolers. The project began with research into Nobel Peace Prize winners and discussions about peace activism, which not only inspired these works, but spawned an interactive installation encouraging people to get to know each other through peaceful interaction.
Casita: New Works by Lauren Napolitano
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25
Mixed-media artist Lauren Napolitano explores her Mexican heritage through beautiful illustrative imagery inspired by the handcrafts of Mexico, referencing patterns found in traditional textiles, tile and wood carvings. Meet the artist and have a ball at the Source, where food and drink are all part of the under-one-roof gallery-going experience.
Counterpath Pop-Up Tent at City Park Jazz
5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Is it art? That’s a funny thought. Denver’s small press and event space Counterpath is hosting weekly performances, installations, readings and book launches this summer at City Park Jazz. On June 26, local poet Sommer Browning presents a joke museum — yes, offering jokes as artifacts — under the pop-up tent, while also introducing her new Counterpath book You’re on My Period. Enjoy Browning’s double-header and catch some tunes by Denver favorite Otis Taylor.
Want more? See the Westword event listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.