SUMMERFUN: Must-See Exhibits


    Have you ever wondered how the limits of existing technology can be expressed in the form of a simple chair?  Have you wanted to explore the motives behind Native American dance and potentially participate in a dancing circle with a Mohawk artist? Or maybe you’re looking to get a better look at talented female artists who pursued abstract expressionism, but were lost to the tomes of history because the art form at the time was male-dominated.

    All of these exciting exhibits will be coming to the Denver Art Museum starting this summer.

    “Women of Abstract Expressionism” opens June 16.

    “Why we dance: American Indian Art Motion” opens May 29.

    “Unseated” opens May 1.

    100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver. or 720-913-0130

    Clyfford Still Museum

    When it opened five years ago, the L.A. Times described this single-artist museum as “nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor’s encounter with Still’s often riveting art.”

    Still, whose early and later works completely fill this modern space, was considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, and is widely known for his somber, large, abstract expressionist pieces.

    The Still Museum collection, which represents 95 percent of the artist’s lifetime output, includes approximately 3,125 works created between 1920 and 1980.

    Starting May 20, the museum will feature a special exhibition of Still’s role in the San Francisco Bay area art scene in the 1940s.

    The exhibition will include eight major paintings Still made in San Francisco between 1946 and 1950, illustrating the key formal developments he pioneered which came to define abstract expressionism.

    The museum is free every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s $10 for regular admission. Located at 1250 Bannock Street, Denver. or 720-354-4880.