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Top Exhibits To Visit This Summer In Denver

May 6, 2013 6:00 AM

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spun Top Exhibits To Visit This Summer In Denver(credit: Denver Art Museum “Spun: Adventures in Textiles” exhibit … Bruce Price, Medium & Large Aggregation, 2012. Acrylic paint and fabric on paper; 30 x 22 in. Lent by the artist. © the artist; courtesy Plus Gallery, Denver & CuratorialAccessories.com.)

With such a wide variety of cultural activities and great museums to visit, Denver is a rapidly growing, culturally hip city. In fact, there are several really exciting exhibits coming up in the next few months that you’ll want to start planning now. Of course, the Denver Art Museum is always a focus when it comes to fascinating new exhibits that travel to Denver for a short period, so it may be time to spring for a membership to this one. But there are some other great exhibits hitting some other museums around town, and if you haven’t visited Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art, this is the summer you should.


Spun: Adventures in Textiles

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000
www.denverartmuseum.org

Date: May 19, 2013 through Sept. 22, 2013
Price: Click here for tickets

The Denver Art Museum has a newly renovated textile art gallery and it is launching a whole series that will look at textile art from pre-Columbian weavings to modern art pieces. It will include a look at Navajo Design from 1840 through 1870, Textiles across Asia, and the works of designer Jacqueline Groag. It will also feature works that showcase Spanish Colonial Art and even the modern works of Bruce Price and his works on paper. There will also be a drop-in quilt studio and a lot more to visit. It is a great way to introduce this new textile gallery at the Denver Art Museum.

Related: Top Smaller-Scale Museums In Denver

Nick Cave: Sojourn
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000
www.denverartmuseum.org

Date: June 9, 2013 through Sept. 22, 2013
Price: Click here for tickets

Nick Cave’s works have been described as textiles meet modern dance with a wide range of colorful sculptures that have been in museums across the country. He’s made a name for himself through his work on Soundsuits, a variety of materials that come together to form a suit that makes noises as the wearer moves. This exciting exhibition will include more than 20 new suits, new short films, and another 20 works by Cave that will show off his impressive imagination. There will also be a performance on June 28 involving the use of the Soundsuits themselves.

Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios
Museum of Contemporary Art
1485 Delgany St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 298-7554
www.mcadenver.org

Date: June 21, 2013 through Sept. 15, 2013
Price: Click here for admission pricing

This is the first exhibition in the U.S. to bring this collection of paintings together. Guillermo Kuitca has been working in Buenos Aires since 1994, using discarded canvases and stretching them over an old table creating what the artist calls The Diarios. The Diarios are a collection of truly personal works that involve doodles, drawings and other recordings that Kuitca made on the discarded canvases. This exhibition will also include a projection of the table that is in Kuitca’s studio as it documented the work he was doing.

Mark Rothko in the 1940’s
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000
www.denverartmuseum.org

Date: June 23, 2013 through Sept. 29, 2013
Price: Click here for tickets

Mark Rothko was one of the more well-known painters in America. Classified as an abstract expressionist, he rejected that title and really any classification at all. Rothko was a prominent artist in New York from the late 1920s through his final days in 1970, when he took his own life. This exhibition will explore his work that took place in the 1940’s, when he worked with his first color field paintings, which are the works that really took off and helped him become the house-hold name he was. This exhibition will also include some work by Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still and Robert Motherwell, who all had similar work in abstract art.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 370-6000
www.dmns.org

Date:  October 11, 2013
Price: Click here for admission pricing

Ok, this one is not opening this summer, but you may as well start planning for it now, since it’s going to be a really popular exhibition. This exhibition will explore the theories that have made the television show MythBusters a hit. It includes hands-on experiments, live MythBusters demonstrations, as well as lots of actual gadgets and props that come right off the actual MythBusters set. This exhibit will attempt to answer many big questions, so you’ll want to make sure to get your tickets early.

Related: Top Permanent Exhibits At The Denver Art Museum

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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