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Top Museum Exhibits This Spring In Denver

February 24, 2014 6:00 AM

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Maya ‘Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed’ at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (credit: CBS)

On those cold, rainy days of spring, there is one thing that can be the perfect activity – exploring the many amazing museums and collections throughout Denver. In such a large city, there are many different museums to check out and each has touring exhibitions that give you plenty of reasons to visit over and over again. Check out some of the exciting new exhibits coming to Denver this spring. Make sure to get your tickets early as these exhibits tend to sell out, and they are only here for a limited time.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 322-7009
www.dmns.org

Through Aug. 24, 2014

This temporary exhibition is taking over a large hall at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science through August 24. You’ll get to explore the ancient and living Maya people and learn all about their historic path, the ancient Maya cities and their way of life. You’ll be able to stand among stone tributes and try your hand at Maya mathematics, you’ll even learn how to print your name in the Maya language. In fact, there is so much to learn and so many different things to explore in this fun exhibit that you may want to allow more than one day to visit it.

Rebranded: Polish Film Posters For The American Western
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000
www.denverartmuseum.org

Through June 1, 2014

You may be very familiar with the traditional American western movie posters, but are you going to be just as familiar with them when you see these classic flicks rebranded by Polish artists? The worlds made famous by John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood and more have become legends due to the Hollywood imagery and icons of the American West. For more than 30 years, Polish film posters have been one of the biggest art forms in the country and they re-interpret American posters into their unique style. Check out the display and see how these artistic representations differ from the classic American posters you know and love.

Related: Top Permanent Exhibits At The Denver Art Museum

Rashid Johnson: New Growth
Museum of Contemporary Art
1485 Delgany St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 298-7554
www.mcadenver.org

Feb. 21, 2014 through June 15, 2014

Rashid Johnson is a fascinating artist who works with a variety of materials such as black soap and shea butter. He then combines it with LP covers and books to create incredibly complex paintings, sculptures and other artistic installations. His work is meant to challenge the conventional representation of collective identity with this new collection intertwining the line between the past, present and future of cosmology and escapism. Johnson is a Chicago native and has had his impressive work shown at museums throughout the country. Don’t miss your chance to catch this great artist in action.

Living West: The Storm History Colorado
1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 447-8679
www.historycoloradocenter.org

If you have lived in Colorado for any length of time, you know just how fragile and chaotic the environment can be. This exhibition examines the history of water in Colorado in a 7,000-square-foot exhibit that explores the people of Colorado and their relationship with the environment. There is a lot to learn in this huge exhibit, starting with life in the 1930s as you experience the epic “Black Sunday” in the Dust Bowl Theater and learn how and why water conservation is so crucial. There is a lot for the kids too, so make sure to ask for the kids’ activity book that is full of fun crafts and other activities for your kids to apply what they’ve learned at the exhibit.

Related: Top Smaller-Scale Museums In Denver

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons From The Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000
www.denverartmuseum.org

March 2, 2014 through June 8, 2014

The Denver Art Museum is teaming up with the Clyfford Still Museum to bring this exciting art exhibition to Denver. You’ll explore more than 70 iconic pieces of art from such legendary artists as Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. Nearly 40 amazing and historic artists will have work on display throughout the exhibit. The art is all coming from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, which is one of the most well-respected collections of 20th Century art in the country. This is a must-see exhibit. Get your tickets early for this one.

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

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