5 Ways to Experience Art in June

With sunny days and the city opening back up, you won’t want to miss out on these great opportunities to connect with art and culture in Denver – all of which can be done from the comfort of your own home, or socially distanced! From new exhibitions at local galleries to online lectures, there is something for every kind of art-lover in our monthly roundup:

Popul/Arte: Artist-Scholar Residency

Now – June 12th

Where: Online

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The Latino Cultural Arts Center present “Popul/Arte”, an innovative Artist-Scholar Residency that merges the talents of activist-scholar, Dr. Michael Wilson Becerril, and Brazilian artist collective, Negráfrica, for an international workshop series that combines art, culture and theory to break down barriers to higher education. As the world faces mutually intensifying crises, we invite you to imagine a better future. “Popul/Arte” offered two weekly virtual workshops over four weeks that are free to the public. Don’t miss the final week as the session ends on the 12th!

Laura Shill: Future Self Storage

Now – June 19th

Where: Leon Gallery

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If you are looking for an exhibit that is thought provoking, make your way to Leon Gallery before June 19th to see Laura Shill’s sculptural installation.  “As an installation artist, Shill employs repetition of form and accumulation over time to create environments that immerse visitors and engage the sensorial experience of touch.  This exhibition presents new iterations of the current (and future) contents of her storage and unpacks the motivation behind the act of keeping.”

Image Credit: Image taken from https://leongallery.org/ 

Andrew Jensdotter: Road Work

Now – June 26th

Where: K Contemporary

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Don’t miss the chance to see the exhibit of Denver-based artist Andrew Jensdotter, Road Work.  “This is his first regional solo exhibition following his 2019 show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver. After a tumultuous year, during which the artist experienced a near-death health scare followed by the pandemic, Jensdotter’s work is a reflection on his transitional states of being.”

Image Credit: Image taken from https://kcontemporaryart.com/show/k-contemporary-andrew-jensdotter-solo-exhibition

Denver Art Museum Presents: Simphiwe Ndzube

June 13th – October 10th

Where: Denver Art Museum

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“In the first US solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube, Oracles of the Pink Universe presents eight new works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history.  The exhibition integrates themes related to power, conflict, and the search for freedom through a Pink Universe, an imaginative world that combines fantasy with the history of Ndzube’s post-apartheid South Africa. A genre first conceptualized in Latin America, magical realism infuses reality with elements of the fantastical.” – Denver Art Museum

Image Credit: Simphiwe Ndzube, The Blook of the Corpse Flower, 2020. Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media; 95 x 79 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Contemporary Collectors’ Circle with additional support from Vicki and Kent Logan, Catherine Dews Edwards and Philip Edwards, Craig Ponzio, Ellen and Morris Susman, and Bryon Adinoff and Trish Holland, 2021.37. Copyright  Simphiwe Ndzube. Courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder. 

MaryV: Loving You

June 17th, 5 pm – 7 pm  

Where: Online

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A unique addition to Union Hall’s current exhibit, MaryV (she/her) and her subjects Kia Lopez (she/her) and Chella Man (he/him) are hosting a conversation on MaryV’s exhibition Loving You, which focuses on “the documentation of self-identity, bodies, intimacy, compassion, relationships, sexuality, and self-love”.  This online conversation will be moderated by Union Hall’s Chief Curator, Ari Myers, who will interview the panel about their “experiences, creative process, gender journeys, activism, and the influences behind the exhibition and performance on display at Union Hall.”