Top 5 Art Scene Events

You could binge-watch Netflix again. Or you could check out what the Queen City’s art scene has to offer this month. Hint: There’s a lot.
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Hill Street © Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs; courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

1. Contemporary Arts Center
Make a day of it; there’s plenty to see here. The exhibit Based on a True Story tells reimagined folk history mixed with hip-hop culture while The One-Eyed Thief collection from Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs showcases bold photographs that are both humorous and poignant. Unmade will have you questioning how you see familiar architecture (deconstructed chair, anyone?), and if that’s not trippy enough, make your way over to Memory Palace, where remembering becomes a creative act.

2. The Carnegie Gallery
What do a plastic bowling figurine, Monet’s garden at Giverny, and aviation in Denver have in common? They’ve each been the subject of three different artists who have documented their muse for more than twenty years through woodcarvings and photography. Visit Over Time in the Carnegie Gallery, then decide for yourself whether these artists were crazy good or just plain crazy.

3. Art Beyond Boundaries
Art Beyond Boundaries is known for celebrating local artists with disabilities. But in the newest exhibit, Changing Perspectives: Merge, the gallery opened its doors to more than 60 artists, with and without disabilities. Check out oil paintings by well-known artists Jimi Jones and Cedric Michael Cox, photography by Melvin Grier, or Michael Conaway’s wooden sculptures that are guaranteed to play with your perception.

4. Weston Art Gallery
Papier-mâché and balloons aren’t just for preschoolers. They feature prominently in Tim Rietenbach’s new exhibit The Man at the Weston Art Gallery, where he’s created an army of 650 disembodied skulls, which are both absurd and terrifying. Also featured are John Kortlander’s dream-like acrylics that question the paradox of religion, and Joyce Phillips Young’s colorful and abstract figure paintings. You’ll leave with a few profound thoughts, and maybe the desire to break out the papier-mâché.

5. Covington Arts
Photographers Kimberly Meadows and Lisa Sullivan like nature. A lot. But their work challenges how we see the landscape, depicting it as an uncultivated stage where a nude or a set of chained drums might suddenly appear. It’s edgy, it’s cool, it’ll leave you questioning what your backyard really means.


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