NEW ART AT COLORADO GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS THIS SUMMER EXPLORES THE EXPERIENCES OF OUR TIME.
Kelly O'Connor, “Multifaceted Woman” (2020, mixed media on panel), dimensions variable, at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY O'CONNOR AND TELLURIDE GALLERY OF FINE ART
This summer, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art unveils the exhibit Altered States, giving viewers a look at the literal and exaggerated dreams of the artists on display. The exhibit will feature recent works from nine gallery artists, including Kelly O’Connor. Her commanding multipaneled collage “Multifaceted Woman,” originally commissioned by the McNay Art Museum as a site-specific installation, explores society’s preoccupation with artificial happiness. The work incorporates nostalgic imagery from Disneyland and Alice in Wonderland as well as American visual culture from the 1950s and ’60s. The exhibit runs from July 6 through Aug. 8. 130 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride, 970.728.3300, telluridegallery.com
At MCA Denver, Narkita Gold’s "Black in Denver" (2021) celebrates the breadth of the local Black experience. PHOTO BY WES MAGYAR/COURTESY OF MCA DENVER
In celebration of 25 years, MCA Denver has three exhibits on tap, including Colorado in the Present Tense: Narkita Gold, Rick Griffith, Nathan Hall, and Maia Ruth Lee. In their work, these four Colorado artists reflect on the upheaval of the last year, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter to climate change. Gold’s piece, “Black in Denver,” is a colorful photographic and text-based project that describes the singularity of Denver’s Black community, exploring the identity and uniqueness of individuals within a historically marginalized community. Gold’s photographic mosaic celebrates a spectrum of self-expression, experience and narrative. The exhibit runs through Aug. 22. 1485Delgany St., Denver, 303.298.7554, mcadenver.org
Terry Gardner, “Two Riders from Chico” (2021, oil on canvas), 48 x 48 inches, at Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANN KOROLOGOS GALLERY
The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, a showcase for contemporary Western art, is hosting the group exhibition Working the Land, putting a spotlight on ranch and range. The show includes the work of Donna Howell-Sickles, Peggy Judy, Simon Winegar and Denver-based artist Terry Gardner. Compositions on view such as “Family of Pines” and “High Noon” by Gardner depict intimate moments in different corners of the American West. “Two Riders from Chico” captures a pair of wranglers riding on the nearly 100,000-acre Chico Basin Ranch as cattle are rotated among the pastures. “The painting is an invitation to experience life as a rancher in the American West,” Gardner says, “a life few imagine and few experience.” The exhibition runs from July 17 through Aug. 15. 211 Midland Ave., Basalt, 970.927.9668, korologosgallery.com