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McNichols Civic Center Building Showcases Spring Exhibits, Announces New Series of Cultural Fashion Shows

Denver Arts & Venues will present three new spring exhibits at the McNichols Civic Center Building, with several events related to the exhibit, including a new Cultural Fashion Runway series tied to the themes of the exhibit.

“Often, apparel and accessory design is overlooked as an artistic medium, but through fashion we can explore cultural themes in accessible ways,” said Shanna Shelby, Denver Arts & Venues program administrator and curator. exhibits in the McNichols Building. “Our hope is that with the Cultural Fashion Runway series, not only will we elevate fashion as an art form and celebrate emerging designers, but we will also spark interest in how design relates to the themes of our seasonal exhibits here at the McNichols Building.”

Imperfect Pixels and Imperfect Union (First Floor), from January 20 to April 23, is an exhibition of two works by artist and community designer Travis Sheridan. “Imperfect Pixels” consist of pixelated portraits of recently killed members of our black community. These portraits shine a light on our lost collective potential, and viewers are invited to take time to reflect on how, with their death, each subject’s personal stories have become distorted. “Imperfect Union” asks viewers to consider how the five promises set forth in the preamble to the US Constitution – justice, domestic tranquility, common defense, general welfare, and blessings of liberty – are twisted and unfulfilled.

Kyoto Zen Gardens in Denver: Photography by William Corey and Scott Dressel-Martin (Boettcher Culture Pavilion, second floor), Jan. 20-May 1, celebrates the beauty of Japanese Zen gardens through the medium of photography. The spectacular large format photographs of the late William Corey are rich in color and composition. Longtime Denver Botanical Gardens photographer Scott Dressel-Martin captures the beauty of the changing seasons in the gardens’ Shofu-En Japanese Garden.–the-photography-of-william-corey-and-scott-dressel-martin

Tomorrow is a New Day: The Artwork of Lauren Iida and Morn Chear (Third Floor), January 20-May 1. “Tomorrow is a new day” is a popular Cambodian proverb with a message of optimistic perseverance in times of adversity. The artwork in this exhibition features deeply personal work by Open Studio Cambodia block print artist Morn Chear and Open Studio Cambodia founder and Japanese-American paper-cut artist Lauren Iida. Each has used art as a powerful tool to heal and grow, and to express their valuable and unique perspectives.–the-artwork-of-lauren-iida-and-morn-chear

“This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our works in Denver, and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to share our works at the McNichols Building,” said Open Studio Cambodia Founder and Artist Lauren Iida. “We hope that by promoting healing from the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and confronting the stigma of disability through art, this exhibition raises awareness of what Open Studio Cambodia does.” Tomorrow is a New Day “offers a message of hope and resilience in these difficult times, and we strongly believe in the power of art to carry this important message far and wide.”

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.

“Imperfect Pixels” and “Imperfect Union” Virtual Tour, Guided by Artist Travis Sheridan – Friday, February 11, Noon: Join Denver Arts & Venues on Facebook for a live tour of the McNichols Building’s first floor exhibits, “Imperfect Pixels” and “Imperfect Union”, guided by artist Travis Sheridan. FREE.

Tomorrow is a New Day: Virtual Discussion with Lauren Iida – Tuesday, March 1, noon: Join Shanna Shelby, Denver Arts & Venues, and Open Studio Cambodia Founder, Lauren Iida, for a virtual discussion about Open Studio Cambodia and the works featured in “Tomorrow is a New Day: The Artwork of Lauren Iida and Morn Chear.” Lauren will discuss her artistic practice, including the art of social practice, mentoring emerging Cambodian artists, and her career in public art. The event will also include a short video from Morn Chear. FREE.

Zen Gardens of William Corey: Virtual Discussion with Reimi Adachi Corey – Monday, March 7, 4:30 p.m.: Join Shanna Shelby, Denver Arts & Venues, and Reimi Adachi Corey, wife of the late William Corey, in a discussion on “The Zen Gardens of Kyoto to Denver: The Photography of William Corey and Scott Dressel-Martin.” Reimi will discuss William’s photographic inspiration and methods, as well as the stories behind the photographs chosen for the exhibition.

Arts & Venues Cultural Fashion Runway Series: Mottainai – Saturday, March 12, Doors, 7 p.m., Runway, 9 p.m.: The inaugural Cultural Fashion Runway Series event highlights the Japanese concept of mottainai, encompassing the idea of ​​respecting resources rather than wasting too much. Through her studio, ARAE, local designer Rachel Lavine exemplifies this practice in her design development. Levine is a textile artist who focuses on shibori and fabric dyeing techniques, which she uses for her unique and one-of-a-kind collection. This sustainable fashion show will also feature vintage kimonos from the Nikkei Treasures collection. Prior to the parade, attendees are invited to browse the wabi-sabi vendor market which will feature local performers from across Colorado. Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 4 at 10 a.m. on, ranging from $6.35 to $44.80.