There is a broad spectrum of colorful ways to integrate art into meetings and events this summer and beyond in Denver. Beginning May 27 and the rest of summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is staying open until 9 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Visitors can experience the museum for only $5 after 5 p.m.; enjoy the rooftop café and outdoor deck and garden; sample cocktails and foods from local purveyors on Wednesday nights; and enjoy live music in the rooftop garden on Friday nights. Watch for details on MCA’s website and Twitter. The café and deck are available to rent with a capacity of 75 for a standing reception inside or 175 with both spaces.
The first outdoor exhibition of elegant glass works by American artist Dale Chihuly in the Rocky Mountain Region will be hosted by the 24-acre Denver Botanic Gardens from June 13 - Nov. 30. Each sculpture is place according to surrounding plants, flowers and architecture. The sculptures range in size and style from small water floats to large vertical installations and promise to provide a beautiful backdrop for any outdoor gathering.
The American West comes to life in The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925, the world’s first full-scale exhibition of Western bronzes to be displayed in only three places: Denver Art Museum (DAM) from now through Aug. 31, New York and China. The exhibition of 72 bronze sculptures by 28 artists, including classic works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, is co-curated by DAM and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Paintings by Remington and Russell are included so viewers can see
The Colorado Convention Center, known for the 40-foot high Blue Bear peeking into the building and its public art collection, recently added eight new pieces. The additions are the result of a public-private partnership between the City & County of Denver and the convention center’s management firm, SMG, which commissioned the $235,000 project.
The new artwork focuses on Denver artists and galleries and showcases both the city’s artistic forefathers such as Roland Bernier and Phil Bender as well as its next generation of creatives like Derrick Velasquez, Ian Fisher and Mindy Bray.