Down and Out in Denver

This Weekend

Posted in art, bars, denver, design, entertainment, food, music by Alastair on April 8, 2011

Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Poster Show

There are some pretty amazing things happening this weekend. In addition to the suggestions of the dance/design variety provided by the folks at Fancy Tiger, you can Shake your Buddha this evening at MCA Denver from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. There are three openings on Saturday evening: The previously mentioned Grand Opening of the I Heart Denver Store, an Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Poster show to be held at Super Ordinary Gallery located in the RINO Art District, and a few blocks away the opening of Love Letters, “a graphic exploration of the duality of love through typography, symbolism and pop culture” at CREMA Coffee House.

These last two events are part of RiNo’s Second Saturday. And, according to Westword’s Susan Froyd, there will be live music, food trucks, and a number of other gallery open houses and openings in the area.

Get out, bring your checkbook, and have fun this weekend!


Warhol In Colorado

Posted in art, denver, food, parties, wine by Alastair on January 21, 2011

Last night, Blake and I had the opportunity to help celebrate the opening of “Warhol In  Colorado,” an exhibition at the University of Denver. A little background: Beginning in 2007, the Andy Warhol Foundation dispersed more than 28,000 of the celebrated artist’s Polaroid portraits and other photographs to 183 university galleries across the United States. Among the three recipients in Colorado was the University of Denver, which has mounted an exhibition centered on the gift. “Warhol in Colorado” opened last night and runs through March 13 in DU’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery.

John Bonath: Andy Warhol, Ft. Collins, CO, 1981.

Blake and I attended the VIP preview with other Warhol admirers, art afficonados, and dedicated partygoers of all ages. Before exploring the show, Blake and I immediately order drinks from the bar. I went for a scotch and soda, while Blake had a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, which he was not so thrilled about… it was free. During the preview we snacked on some tasty hors d’œuvres, including lamb chops, Beef Wellington pockets (not to be confused with Hot Pockets, but more about that later), and mini crab cakes topped with shrimp.

The exhibition was fun, though the gallery left a lot to be desired. Let’s hope the funds raised from this event will go towards modernization of the Myhren. Setting aside, Warhol’s time in Colorado seemed like a good theme. And just as Warhol’s visits pulled the Colorado art community together three decades ago, the new exhibit,  draws from the University of Denver, the Denver Art Museum, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts.

Revel in the perfect fusion of art, fashion and design at the WARHOL HAPPENING, and let your inner hipster out!!!

Next, Blake and I jumped on the shuttle to the gala, or “Happening” over at the Cable Center– a building program I have not entirely figured out. There was video, music, photo booth opportunities, and specialty fare, all to be had. Thankfully, Blake and I found some familiar and new faces to pass the time, along with mini corn dogs, tater tots, paper cones filled with sweet potato fries, mac and cheese, and tomato bisque shooters with mini grilled cheese sandwiches.  Among those spotted in the crowd, philanthropist Laura Merage. Her husband, David Merage and his brother Paul founded Chef America, maker of Hot Pockets. Nestle paid $2.6 billion for Chef America in 2002. Blake was rather excited by this news… as he is a real big Hot Pocket lover.

A sign of what's to come?

Just as the night was coming to a close, and we were debating on whether to jump ship, chaos ensued! A rather frantic cater waiter collided with a party patron and a tray of tomato bisque shooters and grilled cheese sandwiches flew onto the floor… and onto Blake! The collision also caused Blake to dump his glass of Cab Sav down the sleeve of his fitted Theory shirt. The Ted Baker jacket was hit by the bisque, while his  Nudie jeans suffered a minor hit. Oh, it was terrible. I awoke this morning, thinking I had escaped unscathed, to find small amounts of bisque spread over my very own pants. Andy never wanted it this way!!!

Aspen Art Museum Moves Forward

Posted in architecture, art, design by Alastair on August 13, 2010

This week in the New York Times, Robin Pogrebin reported that The Aspen Art Museum is proceeding with the purchase of land in downtown Aspen for the construction of a new building designed by the architect Shigeru Ban, pictured above. They’ve made public the design concept and preliminary model of the 30,000-square-foot wood-and-glass structure. The museum also announced that the new building will include 12,500 square feet of exhibition space, a roof-deck sculpture garden, a classroom, museum shops, cafe, offices and storage.

The Aspen Art Museum has some less-than-inspiring images of the proposed project. For a visual arts institution you might expect something a little more sexy. In any case, I’m a little confused… the project was announced back in 2008 and when you head directly to Shigeru Ban’s site you see what must have been the original proposal (?) when the project began. Two similar but different looking designs, but no mention of the changes anywhere in the press.

Free Days at “The Nature of Things”

Posted in art, denver by Alastair on July 29, 2010


Some good news for you cash strapped art lovers. From now through Saturday, admission to the Biennial of the Americas’ The Nature of Things exhibit, located in the historic McNichols building in Civic Center Park, is FREE! Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Click here for complete info.

Just My Type

Posted in art, denver, design by Alastair on May 27, 2010

While I’m jealous that Blake gets to spend his Memorial Day weekend elsewhere, I am seriously looking forward to a bounty of happenings this weekend at the Denver Art Museum focused on the five-hundred-year old tradition of letterpress printing. The fun wraps up on the second level of the Denver Pavilions, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, with the opening of Pressed!, a special exhibit of works by letterpress typographers from across the country and beyond, including Hatch Show Print, that remains on view through July 4.

Rainbow Magic

Posted in art, denver, design by Alastair on May 24, 2010

Who doesn’t love rainbows? Seriously… I know I do. Optical and meteorological phenomena, rainbows are magical and beautiful. However, I don’t need to wear one on a necklace, wave it in the air, or sticker my rear window with them. Just saying.

Here are some pretty spectacular images of cypher13 design studio’s temporary sculptural installation Rainbow Magic, outside of David Adjaye’s MCA Denver and just across the street from Create Denver Week headquarters this past April. These are just the kind of rainbows I could spend some quality time with. But like any great rainbow they didn’t last long enough. To see more and read more, click here.

Ladies Fancywork Society: Cow and Calf

Posted in art, denver, design by Alastair on March 27, 2010

Looks like the LFS struck again… This time upon the Denver Art Museum’s pair of bronze sculptures Scottish Angus Cow and Calf. DOD caught glimpse of  the crochet street art group’s handiwork along 12th Avenue early Friday morning. These cows never looked cuter. Go Ladies!

Tessa McKillop

Posted in art, denver by Alastair on March 9, 2010

In my former life, I remember a good gal pal of mine purchasing one of those new Volkswagen Beetles… and then, within an instant, they were to be found all over the city. Well, I spotted my first Tessa McKillop at Design After Dark back in January and I’ve been seeing them with some frequency ever since….. and reading about them, too.

Highly crafted, McKillop’s large-scale, black-and-white portraits (often confused for photographs) are full of emotion. They’re much too striking not to be experienced in person. I highly suggest stopping by Sputnik on S. Broadway while you can to see them for yourself. Next thing you know, you’ll be spotting them all over town, too.