Art Attack: revisit Christo’s Valley Curtain, polish up Frank Lloyd Wright, and see art in Suburbia

This week offers unique opportunities to look inside the work of artists through artist lectures and lectures, appreciate modern developments in Native and Latin American art, or simply see what’s happening in your own backyard – at co-ops, youth art programs or on someone’s suburban street.

Well, that’s variety. Start planning your art route with our help.

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Morgan McKenna, “Liquid Mathematics.”

Morgan McKenna

Exhibition members third birthday
D’Art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Thursday 28 July to 28 August
Opening reception: Friday 29 July, 6 to 9 p.m.
American Artist Appreciation Month Reception: Friday, August 12, 6-9pm
Anniversary party: Friday, August 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

D’art Gallery is celebrating three years on Santa Fe Drive this summer by showing off the skills of eighteen members who work in a variety of media and styles. It’s a great way for a thriving young co-op to also commemorate American Artist Appreciation Month, which kicks off August 1 and gives a nod to all artists across the country, from name brand successes to symbiotic, independent artist communities like D’art . The gallery has events celebrating both corners throughout the show, as noted above.

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Clarissa Tossin, installation view of “The 8th Continent”, as part of Off the wall at Rice University, September 24, 2021, through August 27, 2022, digital loom jacquard carpets with metallic thread.

Photo: Nash Baker

The Celestial & The Terrestrial: Artist Talk with Clarissa Tossin
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street
Thursday, July 28: 7pm (doors 6pm), $20

Brazilian artist Clarrisa Tossin looks up and propels her ideas into space to explore the desire to prepare the moon or planet Mars for colonization. “The 8th Continent”, a trio of large-scale tapestries representing mineable resource areas on the moon, is a focal point for her solo exhibition fall off the earth, including commissioned sculptures using recycled industrial materials and meteorite powder, NASA satellite imagery, tree bark and clay. Finally, the 62-meter-long silicone sculpture “Death by Heat Wave (Acer pseudoplatanus, Mulhouse Forest)” actually mourns the slow death of precious trees. Tossin will elucidate these themes and more in conversation with MCA senior curator Miranda Lash in the museum’s rooftop cafe and bar.

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Here is the comfort of Birdley James. What is yours?

Birdley James

Comfort of creatures jury show
Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive
Thursday 28 July to 3 September
Sundays on Santa Fe/Opening Reception: Sunday, July 31, 12 noon to 3 p.m.

The artists judged in Niza Knoll’s group show Comfort of creatures were commissioned (or perhaps we should say they were given free rein) to submit a work of art that encapsulates what in the world simply brings them comfort and happiness. If the results seem a little warm and fuzzy, that’s okay – the show will be right on schedule and freely musing on favorite things. Whether that is a place, a situation, a person or an object, it will undoubtedly strike a chord with the viewers.

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Christo’s “Valley Curtain.”

Bruce McAllister / EPA / National Archives

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Looking back at the 50th anniversary of “Valley Curtain” and the legacy of the artists
Vail Mountain School, 3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail
Thursday, July 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (doors, 5:30 p.m.)
$25 in advance

It has been fifty years since the late artist Christo and his partner, the late Jeanne-Claude, designed the legendary Valley Curtain project, which bridged the sides of Rifle Gap over Colorado State Highway 325 with a landmark curtain of bright orange nylon. It took 28 months and dozens of workers to complete the installation, but most people who remember the project also remember that it took just 28 hours for a 100 km/h gust to pull it down. To mark the event, the Vail Symposium and SummerVail Art Workshop Legacy Project are collaborating with a panel of experts, participants and friends to recount the rise and fall of the Valley Curtain. If you’re a follower, it’s one not to miss.

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Interns Raquel Meyers and PlatteForum, “Moves Episode 8: Concrete Redundancy.”

Raquel Meyers and interns, Concrete redundancy
PlatteForum Annex Gallery, Flight at Taxi, 3575 Ringsby Court, #103
Friday 29 July to 29 August
Opening reception: Friday 29 July, 6 to 9 p.m.
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PlatteForum continues to celebrate its new gallery annex at Taxi with the opening of Concrete redundancy, a new exhibit created by resident artist Raquel Meyers and interns in response to the clash between rapidly changing new technology and the redundancy of retired technology, featuring a dystopian foray into a time when technology blows up and stored memory is lost for the general public. Old technology forms the basis for the installation, which will be unveiled Friday evening.

Action/Abstract Redefined
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs
Friday 29 July to 7 January 2023

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts focused on contemporary Native art and the integration of twentieth-century art movements by modern Native artists to build the most intensive exhibition to date: Action/Abstract Redefined. The exhibit includes works of abstract expressionist, color-field, and hard-edge painting from the 1940s through the 1970s. The traveling exhibit arrives at CSFAC from the Cahoon Museum, where it debuted in May, featuring 55 works by fifty artists , including Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), George Morrison (Chippewa), John Hoover (Aleut), Edna Massey (Cherokee), and Patrick Swazo Hinds (Tesuque Pueblo).

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Kristin Aslan, “Perspective”, for the Hypnotic Turtle Dreambox.

Kristin Aslan

Kristin Aslan, perspectives
Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, 115 Garnet Street, Broomfield
Opening reception: Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

At first glance it looks like another small library – a perfectly normal sight in a quiet Broomfield neighborhood – but up close it’s nothing like it. The Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, created by Hypnotic Turtle radio host Arlo White and his wife, Kim Kennedy White, is a miniature installation from a guerrilla gallery that spreads a dash of art on the streets. Friday marks the debut of a new DreamBox exhibition, perspectives, by artist Kristin Aslan, who muses on the individuality of views on everyday things. And what do you do after looking in the box? You will listen to live avant-garde music from local theremin player Victoria Lundy.

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Sebastian Dietl, “Golden Gate Sunset.”

Sebastian Dietl

Boulder Fine Art Street Festival
Twenty Ninth Street, 1710 29th Street, Boulder
Saturday and Sunday 30-31 July, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free, RSVP at Eventbrite
It’s still peak art festival season, and the second annual Boulder Fine Art Street Festival is settling in the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, just in time to fill a niche before August kicks off. The two-day celebration combines fine art and artisan craft sellers, with paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture for art lovers, and jewelry, glass, clay, wood and leather for craft collectors.

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Tessa Mars, ‘Travelling Root’, 2022, acrylic on canvas.

Thanks to Tessa Mars, photo by Wouter Stelwagen

Telling a story adds a tail: Latin America and contemporary art
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Sunday 31 July to 5 March 2023

The Denver Art Museum opens the lid on modern Latin American art with Whoever tells a story adds a tail, a mainly site-specific exhibition connecting artists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and other countries, using a wide palette of contemporary themes, styles and media. A thread of interactivity between the viewer and the artist holds everything together and surrounds the gallery with multimedia elements and personal stories.

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Cleve window, designed c. 1912 by Frank Lloyd Wright, oak and clear glass with zinc lugs.

Photo by Wes Magyar, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Collection

A Total Work of Art: The Expression of Unity in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs, lecture by Stuart Graff
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, 1201 Bannock Street (or online via Vimeo)
Wednesday 3 August, 18.30 to 20.00
Admission: $25 to $35, Live or Virtual

If ever there was a time to attend a lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural and designer legacy, this is it. Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Taliesin West, Arizona, is no ordinary teacher when it comes to the architect. Graff discusses Wright’s concept of unity in the integration of all design elements, from the outdoor environment to the smallest architectural detail, as seen in the current Kirkland exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright within the walls.

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