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Denver Culture

Denver’s love for art trickles from world class museums and grassroots galleries out onto the streets, where the city plays host to not only public art but also community art events. With Denver’s growing status in the art world, the city’s centralized Museum District is at the heart of creating cultural influence, combining all things historical and contemporary.

Denver Art Museum

100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. | 720.865.5000

The Denver Art Museum not only has many rotating exhibitions, including the current "Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place", but also creatively engages the community with "Untitled Final Fridays", featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist.

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Denver Art Museum seamlessly blends art and architecture with the world-renowned Frederic C. Hamilton building and the North Building, designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates. Inside the striking buildings you will find something for everyone, with collections ranging from African Art, to Architecture, Design & Graphics, to Modern & Contemporary Art.

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Clyfford Still Museum

1250 Bannock St. | 720.354.4880

The Clyfford Still Museum, a local's favorite, is currently showcasing a joint exhibit with Denver Art Museum entitled "Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford." Mark Bradford, who will represent the United States in the 2017 Venice Biennale and whose work will be on view at DAM, has selected all of Still's work for the exciting dual exhibit.

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Clyfford Still helped lay the groundwork for the creation of abstract expressionism, characterized by spontaneous and expressive brushwork. While he had no major tie to Denver, his will stipulated his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated to his work. The Clyfford Still Museum's collection includes 3,125 works created between 1920-1980 and are housed in exhibition rooms that provide a source of light to awaken Still’s work. The two-story, 28,500-square-foot building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display Still’s work.

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Denver's Grassroots Art

Not to be contained by four walls, vibrant artwork splashes across our city — into Denver’s library, throughout the city parks and on the buildings of the city itself. Some 300-plus works of art grace Denver’s public space, provoking the thoughts of visitors who dare to explore their backstory.

From First Friday Art Walks to the Denver Chalk Art Festival to Pat Milbery's "Love This City" street art murals, creative spirits will find inspiration in every corner of this Rocky Mountain arts hub. From co-op spaces with rotating exhibits to noteworthy artists who showcase the contemporary vibe, Denver’s many arts districts include the Art District on Santa Fe, RiNo, Navajo Street Art District, South Pearl Street, Tennyson Street Cultural District, LoDo and of course our own South Broadway and the Golden Triangle.

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History Colorado Center

1200 Broadway | 303.447.8679

History Colorado Center truly connects past to present, threading our great state's rich history into the fabric of our current lives. Their new exhibition, in partnership with DAM, is "Back Story: Western American Art in Context" now through February 11, 2018.

History Colorado Center provides a high-tech, hands-on journey, where more than 130 years of Colorado history is reflected in the museum’s preserved treasures and educational programs. Located just steps away from the ART, a hotel, History Colorado Center enlisted an all-Colorado team to design and build the organization’s award-winning center, which opened in 2012.

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Museum of Contemporary Art

1485 Delgany St. | 303.298.7554

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is to "promot[e] creative experimentation with art and ideas" by featuring a wide range of exhibitions from regional, national and international artists.

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Filled with natural light, expansive windows and contemporary artwork, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver looks out on the Platte Valley. With five galleries, the museum rotates exhibitions often, featuring regional, national and international artists. Make sure to hit the rooftop’s culinary space. The MCA Cafe and adjacent roof deck boast amazing city views.

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Denver Performing Arts Complex

1345 Champa St. | 720.865.4239

The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the largest performing arts complex under one roof, featuring everything from symphonies to operas, ballets to theatre. The complex’s 10 venues seat more than 10,000 people in this “Super Block” of theatrical activity.


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