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Finding a new way to take in art
Photo courtesy: Natura Obscura/ The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art/Denver Art Museum

By Joshua Pilkington

The Denver Metro Area has an abundance of museums. The well-known Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Art Museum and the Denver Botanic Gardens tend to welcome more visitors, but they are not alone.

All of Coloradoís museums enjoy a variety events and exhibits throughout the year, particularly during the summer months when visitors can enjoy both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Natura Obscura

One of those exhibits is Natura Obscura at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA), which creates an outdoor space in an indoor gallery. The exhibit takes on the arts and the outdoors in an immersive experience that allows visitors to step into their favorite painting while also utilizing the senses of smell, sight, touch and hearing.

The self-guided exploration is part art museum and part virtual and augmented reality experience through a dreamlike forest that combines art, sculpture and the latest virtual, augmented and digital technologies.

From a practical standpoint, the installation encompasses 5,000 sq. ft. of MOAís indoor gallery space and counts among its creators 30 local artists, craftsmen and other creatives. The museumís Design and Build education program plays a part as well in its collaboration with the creative minds of the MOA and Prismajic - a Denver-based entertainment company that brings galleries to life.

Natura Obscura will run through September 29 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts located at the Englewood Civic Center Building on 1000 Englewood Parkway. The experience is all ages with adult supervision required for small children and tickets range from $10 online to $15 at the door. Weekend pricing is $15 and $20, respectively.

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Bauhaus Centennial

Though German-based celebrations tend to find their way into Denver at the beginning of fall - and tend to involve copious amounts of beer - the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art is highlighting 100 years of the renowned Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany through its exhibit Bauhaus Centennial.

Utilizing its permanent collection created by designers who were once teachers or students at the famous art and design school, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art has created an expanded display that showcases the genius of artists like Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marianne Brandt.

The centennial celebration also features the work of two Bauhaus artists who would later work in Colorado: Herbert Bayer who lived in Aspen from 1946 to 1975 and Werner Drewes whose family connections in the state led him to visit and create work in Colorado.

The exhibit will be on display through December 31, 2019.

The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art is located at 1201 Bannock Street in Denver. For more information visit

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

Though visiting museums off the beating path is fun, there is nothing wrong with taking in the works on display at the frequented ones either. With Denver-born artist Jordan Casteelís collection on display at the Denver Art Museum for another month, now is as good a time as any to catch the contemporary, Harlem-based artistís works before they are gone.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is the first major museum exhibition for one of the most acclaimed, emerging artists working today. Twenty-nine of Casteelís paintings - created from 2013 to 2018 - are on display at DAM until August 18th. The exhibit includes new paintings that reveal Casteelís evolving practice and shift in subject matter ranging from cityscapes and subway scenes to women and local business owners.

A 45-minute public tour of the exhibition is available daily at 2 p.m. through August 18. The tour is included with general admission to DAM, which is free to DAM members and youth 18 and under.

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