MID Picks: Events May 23 – June 4

Need help sifting through the many events in our fine city? Fret not! At Modern in Denver, we celebrate the best in architecture, interiors, art, design, and people. We like to think the events below do just that. Enjoy, and we hope to see you around town.

10380906_10154189464445204_6705670713692176648_nWHAT: Downtown Denver Arts Festival
WHEN: Friday, May 23 to Sunday, May 25
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th Street
WHY: The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is a fine arts and fine crafts festival dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists. Held over Memorial Day weekend, Opera Colorado’s Young Artists will be performing during the festival.

10313057_764978383535385_4905470166678984989_nWHAT: ArtStir Denver 2014
WHEN: Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
WHERE: Denver Pavilions, on Glenarm between 15th and 16th Streets
WHY: ArtStir Denver will showcase local and regional artists with a lively blend of art and style. Featured works will include paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, textiles, furnishings, mixed media, and locally designed goods. Part of the event proceeds will benefit the Colorado chapter of AIGA, and a portion of booth sale revenues will go to community partners.

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WHAT: Denver Art Museum (DAM) Outdoor Plaza Installation 
WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., bronze pour at noon
WHERE: DAM, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
WHY: WORKSHOP8 and Blue Spruce Design & Construction will transform the DAM’s outdoor plaza with a participatory installation all summer. Bringing visitors together for a shared experience, the design teams will create a series of urban campfires on Martin Plaza, which encourages guests to pull up a tree stump, relax on the plaza, and exchange stories of summer with friends and family. The public is invited to meet the designers at the installation; no reservations are necessary.

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WHAT: LON Launch Party and //the_ART_of_DATA Exhibit
WHEN: Party: Wednesday, June 4, 5-8 p.m.; Exhibit: until July 6
WHERE: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder
WHY: One of our favorite stores in Boulder, LON Little Shop, has teamed with BMoCA to present a meticulously curated selection of products from the best designers and brands from around the world. And they’re having a party! We’re also excited about //the_ART_of_DATA exhibit, presenting the work of artists who are pioneers in developing the visual language that makes data captivating, expressive and meaningful.