Denver Arts & Venues presents the addition of a new auditory experience on the first floor, “TimeStamp”, and the continuation of the exhibitions on the second and third floors, “Chained Voices” and “Portrait of a Culture”, with several events related to the exhibition, including the third event in the Arts & Venues Cultural Fashion Runway series, celebrating STREET culture.
“The Chained Voices Fine Art Show connects hundreds of incarcerated artists within the Colorado Department of Corrections with audiences outside the walls,” said Dr. Ashley Hamilton, Executive Director of DU Prison Arts Initiative . “Our hope is that this connection and sharing of this work will help evolve the conversation about who is in prison while providing financial support and deeper purpose for incarcerated Colorado residents.”
Timestamp (first floor corner)
July 15 – August 29
Rewind to 2020 during the pandemic. As many got used to staying home again, musicians were playing music in their bedrooms. Visit the TIMESTAMP exhibit to witness a collection of music composed by Colorado musicians, during times of social isolation in 2020. Presented by FreeMusicForFreePeople. https://www.mcnicholsbuilding.com/exhibitions/detail/timestamp
Chained Voices: DU Prison Arts Initiative (Boettcher Culture Pavilion, second floor)
June 1 to August 20.
Curated by Shanna Shelby, with a statewide call for artists participating in the University of Denver’s Prison Arts Initiative, “Chained Voices” features artwork created by people currently incarcerated in a prison of Denver or at a Colorado Department of Corrections facility. The artwork featured in this exhibition (which highlights the themes of “Light Born from Darkness” and “Resiliency”) will be available for purchase with proceeds going directly to the artists. https://www.mcnicholsbuilding.com/exhibitions/detail/chained-voices–du-prison-arts-initiative
Portrait of a culture (third floor)
June 1 to August 20.
This exhibition presents portraits of the artist Kelle (Nigeria), Jordan Jones (Florida), Yazmin Atmore (Denver). Through their works, each artist presents their own unique approaches to portraiture. https://www.mcnicholsbuilding.com/exhibitions/detail/portrait-of-a-culture
The McNichols Building exhibits are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Denver Arts & Venues offers several exhibit-related events for those interested in learning more about the artworks and artists featured.
Performances – Saturday July 16, 12pm-9pm
Enjoy a day of short performances by 12 musicians featured in the TimeStamp audio experience. In addition to the musical performances, limited-edition posters printed by INK Lounge will be available for purchase. 100% of event proceeds and event merchandise will benefit the artists. Tickets $5 at https://partiful.com/e/dsOmryqbk08hnUhdo2FL.
Saturday July 23, doors: 7 p.m., track: 9 p.m.
Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Fashion Runway Series continues with STREET fashion, thematically tied to the “Portrait of a Culture” exhibit. The show will feature Denver STREET Adult designers ENT, Infantué, Extra Medium, Rob Hill and IRL, who design clothes for people of all shapes and sizes. But that’s not all! These designers also create fashion for the virtual world. Upon arrival, guests will have the option to create an Ethereum wallet and receive an NFT to purchase virtual clothes for their avatars. Arrive early to browse the second-floor vendors’ market, which not only features a wide variety of vendors and designers, but also includes virtual reality experiences, organic street food, and high-end cocktails. The immersive track experience on the third floor will entertain attendees with spoken word performances, hip-hop, live music and a basketball interlude. VIP ticket buyers get front row seats, plus a unique handbag with a personalized t-shirt and Bodega snacks.
Sunday July 24, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.:
Take part in an artist discussion about the third floor exhibit, “Portrait of a Culture,” followed by a fashion workshop presented by Infantué, followed by a discussion led by designers featured in Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Runway Series: STREET. Arrive early to visit the vendors’ lounge on the second floor, or visit it between chats. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m.:
Celebrate the closing of the second floor exhibition, “Chained Voices: DU Prison Arts Initiative“Enjoy light refreshments while exploring the artwork on display, all of which were created by artists currently incarcerated in a Colorado correctional facility. Attendees are encouraged to purchase artwork and take it home! All funds from artwork purchases go directly to the artists, and most use the funds to purchase art supplies.