Denver Arts Week
October 17, 2018
The time draws near to venture out from the 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Denver (or wherever you might be staying) and head to Denver Arts Week. This “nine-day celebration of all things art” will feature the participation of many a Denver establishment and organization, all helping to put on hundreds of individual events in tribute to the importance of art and creativity in the Mile High City.
It’s a lot to navigate, so we’re going to draw attention to a few highlights from the many goings on during Denver Arts Week opening weekend, and call attention to some of the most exciting places to head during that first few days. Read on, as we showcase some of the best from upcoming Denver Arts Week.
The Lowdown on Denver Arts Week Opening Weekend
Denver Arts week takes place from November 2nd to November 10th, and while in total it will comprise some 300 separate events taking place at more than 100 galleries around town, it all kicks off with Know Your Arts First Friday on November 2nd:
“Think of this as a super-charged version of the First Friday Art Walks that take place every month, with galleries open late, great food and drink, a festive atmosphere, and amazing art to check out.”
The First Friday action takes place in several key areas around town, including: Art District On Santa Fe, Belmar, Cherry Creek North, Golden Triangle Creative District, Downtown Denver, RiNo (River North Art District), Navajo Street, and Tennyson Street Cultural District. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the fine artistry the participating galleries in these areas of town have to offer, and admission is free.
Quickly following that First Friday during opening weekend will be Saturday at the Museums, which is where Arts Week really pays off for some. Just as the name implies, more than 20 of Denver's world-class museums opening their doors for free for a day. Museums you’ve always wanted to check out but usually don’t feel like purchasing a ticket for are now options on the table. Here’s a partial list to give you an idea:
- Black American West Museum
- Center for Colorado Women’s History
- The Cell
- Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
- Clyfford Still Museum
- Denver Art Museum
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Denver Firefighters Museum
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- Forney Museum of Transportation
- History Colorado Center
- Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art
- Museo de las Americas
- Dinosaur Ridge
- Four Mile Historic Park
- Golden History Museum & Park
- Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
That’s plenty of options just already, and if you’re the type who’s into Arts Week specifically for the artwork, then the Denver Art Museum might be at the top of your “to view” list. It’s a well-known staple and Denver landmark that features:
“World-class art in amazing spaces in the heart of Denver! Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building, renowned collections including European & American painting, contemporary art, and more. Hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, family-friendly programs and tours, café and museum shop.”
Normally, you’d have to spend upwards of $10 on a ticket. For the Arts Week kick off, however, admission is free and will grant you access to some thrilling current exhibits. Like Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. Running through January 6th, 2019, this exhibit is taking a look at Rembrandt’s slightly lesser-known forays into printmaking, with over 100 works on display spanning from 1625 to 1665.
The subject matter of these works is what you’d expect (if you know anything about Rembrandt), representing the very best imagery of biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape, and genre artworks of the time. The quality is unmatched (also to be expected of Rembrandt) and taking a look at the exhibition will give some amount of insight into Rembrandts rather unique approach at the craft.
This particular exhibit made the New York Times’ list of Must-See Art Shows for Fall 2018, and it’s not even the only amazing display that will be at the museum come early November. Also on display are the drawings of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, spanning a long career period from 1961 to 2001. While both artists are indeed well-known for sculpture, this particular exhibit provides a glimpse of the creative process that spawns those impressive sculptures:
“Notably, this exhibition includes an exclusive presentation of eight drawings of the monumental Big Sweep sculpture located outside the DAM, giving visitors the unique opportunity to view the creative process and ideas behind one of the most beloved outdoor sculptures in Denver.”
There are, of course, more exhibits at the Denver Art Museum to see, and more sights all around the other museums in town that are participating in Saturday Night at the Museum, which leads to our point: you can really make the most of Denver Arts week by pouncing on that very first weekend of events. So be sure to mark November 2nd on the calendar and get ready to head out into town.
Naturally, Arts week has stuff going on beyond that opening weekend, and we definitely encourage you to check out stuff like Denver’s On Stage and Arts Week Hidden Gems for an in-depth look into even more great art and creativity.
Be sure you also check out all the deals that are going on over Denver Arts Week, as there will be rare opportunities participate in classes, see sights, and enjoy wonders of the city for a vastly discounted price. Don’t miss it!
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