Art Exhibitions and Lectures in Denver Thanksgiving Weekend


It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and while there isn’t an art opening party in town, what you can see is very, very tasty. And never forget that art makes a wonderful gift!

Here are some of the serving sizes:

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Terrell Otey, “Still the Capital of Confederation? Richmond, Virginia.

© Terrell Otey, courtesy of CPAC

Privilege and consequence
Colorado Center for the Photographic Arts, 1070 Bannock Street
From Friday November 26 to January 8
Vernissage: Saturday, December 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

CPAC’s 2021 capper, Privilege and Consequence, sets the year we are leaving behind, capturing both turmoil and revelation in the areas of inequality and social justice. Judged by bi-coastal photographer Kris Graves, whose own work uplifts the innate humanity of people of color, the national group features artists who capture moments of protest and its underlying ironies. CPAC continues to prove it is ready for a national opinion; do the organization a favor and introduce yourself, see the show and talk about it.

Click to enlarge Vonalda Utterback,

Vonalda Utterback, “In Other Worlds”.

Vonalda Utterback

Member artists’ holiday market
Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont
Saturday November 27 and Sunday November 28 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A dozen or more local artists and designers will stand by, waiting for small business walk-in buyers on Saturdays and lesser-known artists on Sundays at the Firehouse Art Center. Why? Because an original art gift chosen for a special someone can be life changing during a season when many people are getting gloomy rather than happy. Firehouse also offers gift certificates for buyers who feel less confident in choosing art for someone else; buy one in the gallery store or online. They are good not only for art purchases, but also for course registrations.

Click to enlarge Kai & Sunny, “Fields of Madness”, 2020, ballpoint pen on paper.  - KAI & SUNNY, GALLERY OF BLACK BOOKS

Kai & Sunny, “Fields of Madness”, 2020, ballpoint pen on paper.

Kai & Sunny, Black Book Gallery

I only have to land it once
Black Book Gallery, 3878 South Jason Street, Englewood
Open Saturday November 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Black Book Gallery is usually only open to the public with one or two events for new shows (or by appointment); this Saturday afternoon is the last call in November to see I only have to land it once, a glorious street-art hymn to skateboarding culture featuring both artist decks and wall art. The show itself runs until December 11.

Holiday market
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
From Tuesday November 30 to December 24, open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Got an art collector on your list? Michael Warren is transforming into a multi-artist department store, open daily and through Christmas Eve, with works for sale representing the gallery’s diverse stable of art creators.

Click to enlarge James McNeill Whistler,

James McNeill Whistler, “Blue and Silver, Dieppe”, 1880-85, oil paint on panel.

American Art Museum of New Britain

Timothy Standring on “Whistler to Cassatt: The Making of an Exhibition”
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Tuesday, November 30, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Admission: $ 15 to $ 20 per conference

In connection with the new DAM exhibition From Whistler to Cassatt: American painters in France, Museum Curator Emeritus Timothy Standring, who led the exhibition’s curatorial team, is launching a four-session Drawn to France course and lecture series with a breakdown of the curatorial process. He will also answer questions about why American artists began flocking to France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, before focusing on narrower tangents during the January talks. In-person and virtual options are available. Now is the time to get full course passes (or single tickets); find details online.

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