Top Upcoming Art Exhibits In Denver

Denver Art Museum Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective (credit: Denver Art Museum)

The Denver area is robust with a variety of art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions that bring the vibrant art scene to life in the state of Colorado. For those who love to explore works of art, there are always lots of touring exhibitions that stop in Denver, usually for a short time. In fact, some of the biggest and best exhibitions the world has seen have made stops in Denver. The following exhibits are all truly exciting and fascinating, bringing lots of amazing works of art to many different museums throughout the Denver area. Plan ahead, get your tickets early and make sure to check out these upcoming exhibitions while you can, because once they are gone, you may miss out on these forever.

"Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective"
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000

Date: Through Sept. 14, 2014

Explore more than 100 different works by iconic pop artist Tom Wesselmann at this brilliant and colorful exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. These works are organized chronologically, showcasing the development of his skill, series by series, from his early abstracts to his most well-known works like "Great American Nude" and "Sunset Nudes." In addition, you can also explore many of Wesselman's personal drawings, archival documents and more in a section of the exhibition that looks into the artist's process. This wonderful exhibit is included in general museum admission, so be sure to stop by and check out all of this art while it's still here.

"Game Changer"
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 443-2122

Date: Through Sept. 14, 2014

Combining the worlds of art and sports, "Game Changer" is an intriguing exhibition now on display at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. This exhibit presents the work of 12 artists that each reflect differently on the world of modern sports. There are 21 works in the exhibition to examine from painting to media and installation, all explore the many themes found in the world of sports. From identity to idolization, the scope of this exhibit covers soccer, ping-pong, basketball, football, baseball and tennis, and uses the world of sports to bring a new artistic perspective to the viewer.

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"Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia"
Museum of Contemporary Art
1485 Delgany St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 298-7554

Date: Oct. 31, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015

Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as one of the founding members of the band DEVO, however you may not know that this incredibly talented man is also a prolific artist, and has been since well before the band started. This exciting exhibition will showcase a variety of his work, from drawings, sculptures and photographs to videos, prints and even rugs. This is actually the very first presentation of Mothersbaugh's work from the early 1970s, when his career first started, to present day. His work is just as bright, fascinating and whimsical as you would expect.

"Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century"
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000

Date: Nov. 16, 2014 through March 15, 2015

This glittering exhibit is sure to be one of those quick sell-outs at at the Denver Art Museum so buy those tickets in advance. This world-exclusive exhibition will showcase jewelry created by Cartier between 1900 and 1975. It's a fascinating look at Cartier's rise and the historical events that helped push the brand itself, tracing its rise into one of the most prestigious jewelry lines in the world. Fans of jewelry, fans of art and anyone with an interest in history will love this exhibit, showcasing 250 pieces. This is not included with general museum admission, so make sure you get those tickets early. You don't want to miss out on this one.

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"Traveling the Silk Road"
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 370-6000

Date: Nov. 21, 2014 through May 3, 2015

This is a truly fascinating exhibition coming to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in November. It traces the legendary trade route that stretched from China to the Middle East, through Central Asia – a route more than 4,500 miles long. The route took traders through several other cities, bringing new ideas and exchanges of many types of goods, which all led to the modern world. This interactive exhibit will showcase those bazaars filled with crafts, art work and gems. You'll be able to see live silkworms, look inside of an actual cargo ship and see the beautiful scrolls that held the documents of the time.

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