It wasn’t long ago that Denver was considered a cow town, with little to offer in the way of an arts scene. Anyone looking for culture headed to the coasts.
But those days are gone, and the cow town has turned into a cultural mecca. Just last year, for example, the Denver Art Museum was home to the largest Monet exhibit in the U.S. in two decades.
There’s more to come. In 2020, Denverites can look forward to these cultural highlights, among others:
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, Denver Art Museum, opening October 25: Visitors will find more than 150 pieces from post-Mexican Revolution artists, most notably Kahlo and Rivero. The impressive exhibit will examine “the role art, artists, and their supporters played in the emergence of a national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution ended in 1920.”
Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom, Denver Art Museum, May 3- August 23: In the 1940s, Franklin D. Roosevelt aimed to persuade Americans to support the war effort. He focused on what he called the “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. To help sell these ideals, the Roosevelt administration encouraged artists, writers, actors, designers, and musicians to advance them in their work. This exhibit highlights renowned illustrator Norman Rockwell’s war-era artworks to that end.
World Premiere of David Byrne’s “Theater of the Mind,” August (details to come): With writer Mala Gaonkar, Byrne will bring a sensory experience to Denver. If this statement by on the Theater of the Mind website is any indication, it will be as interesting as it is hard to describe: “Witness the wonders of your mind for yourself as you follow The Guide through a spectacular 15,000-square-foot installation with 16 fellow audience members. As you explore intriguing environments, participate in a narrative and try a series of sensory experiments, your Guide will question how beliefs, memories and even our identities are less fixed than we think.”