Discover the hidden world of Denver’s dynamic fine arts scene this fall.
Twelve pieces you need to see right now.
Walking into a museum or gallery can be overwhelming—so much to see and so little direction about what deserves your attention. What if you miss something amazing? Relax. We asked those in the know at the Mile High City’s citadels of fine art to point to one piece every visitor should see this season. Some are gems you might not find on your own; others might only be on display for a few days. If this tapestry of Denver’s fine art finds doesn’t cure your fear-of-missing-out angst, we’re not sure what will.
1 The Clyfford Still museum
The Drawing/Painting/Process exhibition explores the relationship between Still’s drawings and paintings, as with this 1936 ink on paper (PD-43) and 1934 oil on window shade (PH-653). October 4 to February 9, 2014
2 Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
“Crematorium and Cooling Plant in Mauthausen,” part of the MCA’s Heimrad Bäcker exhibition which, features works from the Austrian-born photographer, who captured the ruins—like the drain and rack here—left at Nazi concentration camps. Through January 5, 2014
3 Denver Art Museum
Drawn from a private collection, the DAM’s Passport to Paris exhibit offers a rare look at works from master artists such as Monet, Degas, and Boudin, whose “Trouville, Beach Scene,” is pictured. October 27 to February 9, 2014
4 Plus Gallery
Six porcelain sculptures (each with a different Chinese character on its lower back) make up Allie Pohl’s thought-provoking “Ideal Woman: Tramp Stamp,” part of the Plus Gallery’s Peacocking exhibit. Through October 19
5 Colorado Photographic art Center
Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, a series of images taken by James Balog as cameras followed him for the documentary Chasing Ice, stand out in the CPAC’s new LoHi digs. October 31 to December 14
6 Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art
BMoCA’s four-day MediaLive event brings together artists who explore live audiovisual performance. Don’t miss Los Angeles–based artist Miwa Matreyek’s “Myth and Infrastructure” during its short stint. November 7 to 10
7 Mizel Museum
The “Noah’s Ark” installation by Scott Lyon is on permanent display at the Mizel Museum’s 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks.
8 Robischon Gallery
“Eternal Love 7” is part of a solo show at Robischon by Iraqi photographer Halim Al Karim, who spent three years living in the desert alone to avoid military service under Saddam Hussein. Through November 2
9 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
In “Domestic Conglomerations,” part of Earth Moves, Dylan Beck arranges porcelain shapes based on flight patterns and air-traffic densities—then projects an animation based on previous viewers’ eye movements. Through November 10
10 Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Take a gander at this impressive hand-lacquered French Art Deco wood screen crafted circa
1925 by Jean Dunand. Through December 31
See Debra Baxter’s elegant and street-tough “Crystal Brass Knuckles (I am going to realign your chakras motherf*****),” on display in RedLine’s The Ironic Object show. October 4 to October 27
12 Denver Botanic Gardens
Deep in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Pard Morrison’s Schneewittchen, a fired-pigment-on-aluminum column, emerges from the glassy waters of the tucked-away Gates Montane Garden. Through January 12, 2014