Basquiat performing in the apartment, c. 1979–1980. Photo by Alexis Adler, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a city to raise an artist. The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA) all but delcares this in their groundreaking new exhibition on the young Jean-Michel Basquiat. With the thesis-driven curation of never-before-seen materials from a pre-fame...
February 24 2017, 12:08 PM
Police violence and race relations are the focus of the latest exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which includes this work, "Police Cross Lines 4," by Dáreece Walker. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Center
There's no question that the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's latest exhibit is a commentary on contemporary times—but it's a message made stronger by the fact that almost none of the artwork is new.
Force/Resistance, which opens February 25, explores the interplay of power and violence in...
February 22 2017, 3:00 PM
Larry Hulst went to about 10 shows each month during the '70s and '80s. He recalls the '70s as being the golden years of live music. Photograph courtesy of Christian Murdock
Larry Hulst was in his early 20s and had just returned from Vietnam when he photographed his first show as a freelance concert photographer in November 1969. It was Steve Miller, live at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
Hulst now resides in Colorado Springs, where he has lived for the...
February 17 2017, 12:00 PM
RedLine Contemporary Art Center, the hub of Denver's Month of Photography, will host Between the Medium: Seeing Photographically from March 10 to April 9. Photography by Sam Nguyen
In a 1962 issue of Look magazine, John F. Kennedy said, “The life of the arts…is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.” Mark Sink, a renowned fine-art photographer in Denver, was only four years old at the time, but the line has become one of his favorites because it captures...
Kristin Heidbreder is one of many artists expressing their love of Denver in a new exhibition.
Valentine's Day is still a couple weeks away, but the spirit of love has arrived early in Denver.
More than 30 artists are showcasing their fondness for the Mile High City in To Denver, With Love (opening February 2). It's the first exhibition to be curated and overseen by the...
January 30 2017, 2:40 PM
Some men, in the midst of a midlife crisis, turn to fast cars and younger women. Mike Hamers turned to vodka. At age 50, the Gunbarrel resident felt underwhelmed with his life, sunk into a deep depression, and turned to alcohol to help temper his disappointment and regret. Fortunately, it didn’t...
January 17 2017, 2:25 PM
PlatteForum's latest exhibit asks pointed questions about homelessness in Denver.
Photo courtesy of PlatteForum
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has been fielding a lot of questions about homelessness lately, particularly about recent sweeps. A visiting artist has one more for him to respond to: Dear Mayor Hancock: What Are You Going To Do? is the title of PlatteForum's latest exhibition, which opens...
December 12 2016, 4:20 PM
Denver artist Mark Sink’s photos grace the side of a building during a party at the future site of Concept, an art-based development in Commerce City. —Courtesy of Jean Smith
The nearly 200,000 people who have moved to Denver in the past three years might find this hard to believe, but RiNo has not always been a cradle for small plates and craft beer. Around the turn of the last decade, the former industrial area hosted more empty warehouses and potholes than bistros...