1. An Abstract Legacy
After two decades instructing at the Art Students League of Denver, iconic abstractionist Dale Chisman is leaving his teaching years behind with a one-week farewell exhibit of works from 35 current and past students. The paintings embody Chisman’s uncanny ability to develop his students’ individual flair without injecting his own style. Chisman, a painter revered for his brilliant and distinctive interpretations, is also gifted in cultivating the talent of his protégés; many have gone on to become highly regarded artists, such as Catherine Dixon, Leslie Allen, and Susan Taylor.
Past and Present: The Students of Dale Chisman: April 20–27, Art Students League of Denver
2. What If He’s Innocent?
It’s a question you can’t hide from when a convict gets sentenced to death row—and one explored in the stage version of Tim Robbins’ film Dead Man Walking. The University of Denver first coproduced this contemplative drama in 2006, juxtaposing the grief of the victim’s family with the inhumanity of state-ordered execution. Inspired by the resulting dialogue, Director Angela Astle brings back the show this season, and this year audiences can hear from an exonerated death row inmate, attend a death penalty debate, or jump into a talkback session after the show.
Dead Man Walking: April 20–June 3, Denver Victorian Playhouse
3. Reflections of Reality
In an exhibit that emanates hope, resilience, and strength in the face of torture and tragedy, 10 Colorado artists pursuing global contemporary issues interpret the aftermath of genocide from an intimate perspective. Each artist’s work, ranging from terra-cotta reliefs to sound installations, is based on direct experiences, such as Michelle Torrez’s arresting paintings of Sudanese refugees, which stem from her time freeing slaves in Darfur. Don’t miss Izabela Lundberg’s powerful portraits of the escapees she assists here in the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center.
10 “Glocal” Artists Interpret Genocide: Through April 27, Mizel Museum
4. Think Outside Your World
Boulderites are in their interdisciplinary element this month as they host the 59th annual Conference on World Affairs (aka the Conference on Everything Conceivable)—a giant melting pot of ideas, professions, religions, cultures, and expertise. For some, it’s tradition (this is film critic Roger Ebert’s 38th consecutive appearance), while others will make their debuts this year, such as Calypso king and humanitarian Harry Belafonte. Also making the journey for the first time is The New York Times op-ed writer Paul Krugman, whose lecture will commemorate the recent passing of provocative columnist Molly Ivins—a conference regular since 1980.
Conference on World Affairs: April 9–13, University of Colorado–Boulder