It’s summer! You can have your art and your sport and entertainment, too, at some unorthodox arts experiences this weekend. And sandwiched in between, you can also help Rule Gallery move from its current space at one last show.
Summer Games 2016
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
5 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 5
Free for all ages and abilities
BMoCA brings back the Summer Games, a street party with a conceptual sports theme that also doubles as the welcoming reception for Dmitri Obergfell’s new outdoor installation sculpture "Go Home Bacchus," which depicts the Greco-Roman god turned upside down. There’ll be something for everyone at this event, from the Boulder Underpants Run to the performative games of artists Tobias Fike and Ryan Wade Ruehlen; kids can create Olympian laurel wreaths and gold medals while adults screen-print Summer Games jerseys. Visit BMoCA online for complete details.
August 6 through 27
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 6
Rule Gallery will celebrate its own transition with Between Stations, a group show that will be the gallery’s last in its current location in RiNo, a space giving way to redevelopment on the block. Helen Alexandra, Chris Bagley, Clay Hawkley and Steve Legg explore the state of in-between that we all experience in the rush of contemporary life in fascinating ways, including Hawkley’s driftwood-and-furniture assemblages, the endless static of Bagley’s miniature TV screens, Alexandra’s blend of digital and traditional media and Legg’s ongoing project on paper, "Empty Space," inspired by the marks left behind by cars after a snowfall.
Look for Rule to pop back up in September at 530 Santa Fe Drive.
Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Reception and Garden Party in the Galleria: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 7
The Denver Arts & Venues Next Stage NOW artist-grant program and RedLine are collaborating to present Intrepid Garden, another collaboration — between artists Suchitra Mattai and Jodi Stuart, with guest artists John McEnroe and Ashley Williams — in the Buell’s exhibit space. Come inside for the reception and view the colorful installation, which mashes up digital and the handmade imagery; then step outdoors into the DPAC Galleria for a real garden party, with live music by Denver composer Nathan Hall, community mural-making, and food and drink.
Want more? See the Westword event listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.