2013 Cultural Programming

For the duration of the Biennial, from July 16 – September 2, 2013, cultural organizations throughout Denver featured dynamic programs, events, and exhibitions in support of the Biennial’s celebration of the Americas. 

Along with the Biennial’s lead partner, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, these organizations presented film and documentary screenings, public events, parties, performances, exhibitions and more, showcasing Denver’s vibrant and thriving cultural scene.

Please visit the Biennial’s online event calendar, created in partnership with VISIT DENVER, for an overview of 2013’s community and cultural events. Stay tuned for the upcoming Biennial of the Americas’ events and activities.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Since 1996, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) has explored the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and educational programs.  This summer, MCA Denver presents the remarkable work of artists from throughout the Americas with four solo exhibitions by artists Tatiana Blass, Guillermo Kuitca, Gaspar Libedinsky and John McEnroe. With these exhibitions, MCA Denver will serve as the lead cultural partner of the 2013 Biennial of the Americas.

Visit: MCA Denver

Guillermo Kuitca, Diario (16 October—14 April 2009), 2009. Mixed media on canvas, 47 ¼ inches diameter. Courtesy the artist

Guillermo Kuitca, Diario (16 October—14 April 2009), 2009. Mixed media on canvas, 47 ¼ inches diameter. Courtesy the artist


Arts and Venues Denver

Denver Arts & Venues and Plus Gallery present:

Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

Through July 29

Denver Arts & Venues and Plus Gallery are proud to present Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA, an exhibition of paintings, featuring selected works created by Xi Zhang during his 2012 residency in Buenos Aires that will be shown for the first time. The young and talented contemporary Chinese artist is based in Denver and has been selected to represent the United States in the Biennial of the Americas, a distinguished program that every year brings together 15 artists from around the world. The exhibition also presents selected works from the last three years that exhibit a depth, maturity and fascination that is unparalleled amongst emerging artists.

Visit: Denver Arts & Venues

Center for Visual Arts

The Center for Visual Art (CVA) is the off-campus art gallery of Metropolitan State University.  The award-winning CVA was founded in 1990 and serves both students and the community at large.  For its summer exhibition, the Center for Visual Art reached out to Denver’s community of art educators. Converging its education mission with exhibition programming, CVA proudly presents two concurrent exhibitions, Theory Loves Practice and Interrupted Process. Both exhibitions investigate theories, methodology, data and challenges involved in making and teaching contemporary art.

Visit: MSU Denver

Clyfford Still Museum

Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists.  The Clyfford Still Museum’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of his art and legacy through the presentation, research, interpretation, preservation, and stewardship of their collection.  This summer, Biennial of the Americas attendees can enjoy $2.00 off their adult admission to the Clyfford Still Museum (using the code BIENNIAL13). Information about the Museum, including operating hours and directions, can be found on the museum’s website.

Visit: Clyfford Still Museum

Colorado Ballet

Established in 1961, the Colorado Ballet celebrates more than 50 years of presenting the highest quality dance performances in Denver.  This year, Colorado Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program includes more than 100 students from the U.S. and abroad.  The program includes students from Mongolia, Japan, Italy and Canada as well as students from other prestigious American ballet companies including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Boston Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. On July 19, the Summer Intensive Program will conclude with a final performance at the History Colorado Center.

Visit: Colorado Ballet



Colorado Symphony

The Colorado Symphony, Colorado’s only full-time professional orchestra, holds symphonic performances throughout the year.  This summer on July 17th, musicians from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra perform an evening of Beethoven string quartets at the Clyfford Still Museum, providing a unique opportunity for a comparison of the compositions of two iconic artists, Clyfford Still and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Visit: Colorado Symphony

Community Minded Dance

Community Minded Dance (cmDance) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the next generation of dancers and musicians in Colorado, by providing educational dance programs taught by expert instructors to Colorado schools. cmDance also hosts dance and music festivals that bring world-champion instructors, musicians, and dancers to educate audiences of all ages. The fourth annual Swing in the City Gala & Dinner Show will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2013, and will feature “Dance Across the Americas” – a show featuring special guest performing artists Groupo Folklorico Copelec from Chillan, Chile. The show will be followed by an evening of dancing and live music from the George Gee Swing Orchestra from NYC.

Visit: Community Minded Dance

Control Group Productions

Control Group Productions is a platform for live arts research, development, and distribution. Part performance company and part live arts presenter, they offer powerful, immersive aesthetic experiences driven by potent innovation rigorous quality standards. FEAR & PROPHETS is a multi-site-specific performance + cultural-historical bus tour: a journey from Denver’s urban core to the resurgent wilderness of Rocky Mountain Arsenal, tracking human imprint on our natural environment. Histories, futures, and fictions collide in an immersive avant-garde performance event that slams together Manifest Destiny, the modern Romantic ethos, and pop-culture renderings of the Apocalypse to prophecy our downfall and our prospects for redemption.

Visit: Control Group Productions

Denver Architectural Foundation

The Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) works to increase public awareness and appreciation for architecture and its influence on our quality of life through education, participation, and advocacy for excellence. This summer, DAF will lead two architectural tours of the Biennial’s Draft Urbanism large-scale sites, as well as a lecture series focusing on the intersection of architecture and urbanism.

Visit: Denver Architectural Foundation


Denver Art Museum

As one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) aims to enrich lives through the acquisition, presentation, and preservation of works of art. The summer of 2013 will see renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave debut a new body of work at the museum. The artist will create a multi-sensory, immersive installation that will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound, and movement. Cave’s exhibition will feature a combination of multimedia elements and performances along with a selection of figurative sculptures the artist has dubbed “Soundsuits,” for which he has become very well-known. This exhibition continues the DAM’s series of exhibitions that provide insight and context to the neighboring Clyfford Still Museum.

Visit: Denver Art Museum 


Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors in an outdoor group exhibition, as twelve artists redefine the surrounding landscape with their 3-D work. The artwork introduces a variety of color, texture, and form into an already rich environment. Participating artists include Emmett Culligan, Kim Dickey, Linda Fleming, Nancy Lovendahl, Terry Maker, Robert Mangold, Patrick Marold, Andy Miller, Pard Morrison, Carl Reed, Yoshitomo Saito and James Surls.

Visit: Denver Botanic Gardens


Robert Mangold, Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed 4/01, 2001, polished stainless steel


Denver Digerati/Denver Theater District

Denver Digerati is a special platform in development by the Denver Theatre District intended to nurture and bring leading advances in motion-based artwork to Denver’s public through state of the art LED screens located in some of the most exciting locations in Downtown Denver. During the Biennial, Denver Digerati and the Denver Theatre District present “Friday Flash No. 3,” the third program in a summer series that brings motion-based art and animation from around the world to the public LED screen at the corner of 14th Street and Champa in downtown Denver. Denver Digerati has commissioned a guest curator for the program, artist and DU Professor Chris Coleman, who will present works from around the world by emerging female artists and animators.

Visit: Denver Digerati

Visit: Denver Theatre District



Denver Film Society

Denver Film Society (DFS) is a cultural nonprofit that produces film events year-round, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks, and weekly events at the Sie FilmCenter. Denver Film Society’s mission is to develop opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative thought-provoking experiences. DFS will host a series of topical films with filmmakers in person during the Biennial’s clínicas program, July 17th-19th. From July to September, the SFC will also screen multiple film programs tied to the Draft Urbanism exhibition.

Visit: Denver Film Society


Denver International Airport Art Gallery

The Denver International Airport (DIA) Art and Culture produces and promotes new artworks and exhibitions that are unique to the airport setting and enrich the experience of their visitors. Friends as Neighbors is a multi-faceted series of installations featuring four remarkable artists from North America. This public art project features the work Colorado ceramicist Kim Dickey, a conceptual performance by Humberto Duque of Mexico City, Montreal-based video installation specialist Isabelle Hayeur, and an expansive text-based intervention from Ximena Labra also based in Mexico.

Visit: Denver International Airport Gallery


Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) aspires to create a community of critical thinkers and to inspire curiosity and excite minds of all ages through unique presentations of the world’s treasures.  Offered as part of the Biennial of the Americas, DMNS will show the stunning IMAX film, Flight of the Butterflies 3D, which tells an amazing story of a scientist’s passion for butterflies and how he discovered the monarchs’ reclusive winter home, high in the mountains in Mexico. On July 20th, at a special screening, families can see butterflies from the Museum collections and enjoy butterfly-inspired activities.

Visit: Denver Museum for Nature and Science

Still - Monarchs - FOB - SK Films
El Sistema Colorado

El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change. Following the proven model conceived in Venezuela, their mission is to empower children by providing an intensive ensemble music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.

Visit: El Sistema Colorado

Golden Triangle Museum District

Located south of downtown, bordered by Lincoln, Speer and Colfax, & the 13th Avenue of the Arts and within walking distance of the Convention Center, this unique neighborhood is Denver’s center for art and culture. The Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD) is home to eight of the city’s museums, including the Byers-Evans House, History Colorado Center , Denver Art Museum (DAM), Denver Firefighters Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, the Molly Brown House, Grant Humphries Mansion and the Clyfford Still Museum. This summer, observe artists in action at some of the most spectacular urban and natural settings Colorado has to offer during The Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival 2013.  Artists will paint on location from Aug 1 through Sep 29 around Denver and throughout CO. A juried exhibition of festival works takes place at the Denver Public Library in November, with winning works receiving a special showing at History Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Gallery.

Visit: Golden Triangle Museum District

Mexican Cultural Center

The Mexican Cultural Center was established as a Colorado non-profit organization in 1992, with a mission to promote the Mexican culture in the state of Colorado. The Mexican Cultural Center’s ultimate purpose is to increase awareness and showcase the richness of Mexican culture to the community.

Visit: Mexican Cultural Center


Museo de las Américas

Museo de las Americas plays an important role in building pride among Denver’s Latino community through innovative exhibitions and programming.  This summer, in collaboration with the Biennial of the Americas, the Museo presents the exhibition Enviros/Around/Alrededor.  The artists in this exhibition use the space as a platform to confront the artificial quality of modern life that distracts people from their natural connection to the environment, providing viewers with interpretations that guide them to recover that connection.

Visit: Museo de las Américas


Platte Forum

PlatteForum is an award-winning and innovative arts, youth-development, and artist-in-residence program in Denver that teams underserved, at-risk urban youth (K-12) with contemporary master artists in intensive, structured, and long-term creative learning environments, where youth work side by side with resident artists. From July 10 through August 2nd, PlatteForum will feature Creative Resident, Teri Frame. Utilizing the craft materials of clay, Frame’s work addresses issues of body and identity, blurring the distinction between art and craft. With no interest in making objects, she uses clay as flesh, incorporating performance, and video to explore Western beauty paradigms and their relationship to globalism, plastic surgery, and genetic manipulation.

Visit: Platte Forum


Santa Fe Art District

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe is a unique, nationally known art and cultural district with over 60 galleries, restaurants and shops located a few short blocks from downtown Denver, Colorado. The Art District opens its doors freely to lively crowds for popular events such as the First Friday Art Walk, held every first Friday of the month, and Preview Night, a more intimate gathering held every third Friday of the month.

Visit: Santa Fe Art District

Su Teatro

Su Teatro  began in 1971 as a student-organized theater group at the University of Colorado at Denver. Over 40 years, Su Teatro has established a national reputation for homegrown productions that speak to the history and experience of Chicanos. This sumer, Su Teatro is please to present Solitude, written by Evelina Fernandez and inspired by the book “Labyrinth of Solitude,” written by Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz. Performances will be from July 24 -26. The play is directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, with choreography by Urbanie Lucero and original music by Semyon Kobialka, and a production of  the Latino Theatre Company, Los Angeles, California.

Visit: Su Teatro


RedLine is a diverse urban laboratory where art, education and community converge. Their vision is to foster forms of social practice in the arts that inspire inquiry and catalyze change. This summer, Imagined Realities, a temporary exhibition at Sustainability Park, is dedicated to artistic research, exploring the intertwined concepts of energy and sustainability. This exhibition considers concepts interwoven in both challenges and solutions to sustainable living –  from the conundrum of envisioning utopia to the aura of the apocalyptic potentials that often drive sustainable endeavors. “Imagined Realities is really about thinking through all of our aesthetic, social, philosophical, and pragmatic relations to the world in which we live,” stated Courtney Lane Stell, guest curator for the exhibition. “Here, artists encourage a critical, reflective, and engaging approach to this topic – a topic that is normally approached through political or commercial avenues. This exhibition is not about answers it’s more about a pluralistic dialogue.”

Visit: RedLine

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Matthew Harris
Scholar Rock After Monet sketch, 2013
digital collage


RiNo Arts District

Located just north of Downtown Denver, the River North Art District (RiNo) includes a remarkable concentration of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, ceramicists, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, authors, wineries, small-batch breweries, distilleries, urban agriculture, painters, media artists, performance artists, sculptors, photographers, and an array of studio spaces. While retaining its industrial roots, the RiNo neighborhood is now fertile ground for arts and artists. RiNo is dedicated to promoting and supporting the people and businesses that reside in the area.

Visit: RiNo Arts District



Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

The mission of the Philip J Steele Gallery is to enhance the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD)’s position as a place for current dialogues, using contemporary art as a vehicle for critical discourse. The gallery presents exhibitions of challenging, educational, and historically significant art.  As a publically open space, the gallery’s exhibitions bridge the gap between the RMCAD community and the public. By providing direct connection to original artworks and focusing on relevant contemporary artists and their work, the exhibitions enliven the visual environment on campus, and foster a culture of experimentation and change. Gallery talks often supplement the exhibitions by giving the public and the RMCAD community an in-depth look at the process and philosophy behind the work.

Visit: Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

A New Perspective For Perspective by Amande In. Photography Credit: Isabel Zaino.

A New Perspective For Perspective by Amande In. Photography Credit: Isabel Zaino.

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