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Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Chatfield Farms
One Fell Swoop (2019), Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO. Photo: Scott Dressel-Martin.

One Fell Swoop by Patrick Dougherty

On View Now
Outdoor
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Chatfield Farms

Dougherty’s immersive sculpture at Chatfield Farms in Littleton, CO is created by weaving flexible saplings and branches into a complex and whimsical architectural form. Learn more

York Street
Xolotl: Dios Perro, Photograph by E&M photo (www.eandmphoto.com).

Alebrije: Xólotl: Dios Perro

Oct. 10 – Nov. 15, 2020
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York Street

Denver Botanic Gardens hosts the monumental sculpture Xólotl: Dios Perro (Xólotl: Dog Deity) by contemporary Mexican artist Oscar Becerra-Mora. Learn more

York Street
Lynn Williamson, Pinus Ponderosa, ink, 2018.

Beauty without Bloom: Botanical Art & Illustration

Oct. 17, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
Indoor
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York Street

Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration unveils the beauty of flowerless plants and trees in this annual juried exhibition. Learn more

York Street
Tony Ortega, Salud Health Clinic Mural, 2012. Artwork © Tony Ortega. Photo courtesy of Tony Ortega.

Raíces y ramas | Roots and Branches

Nov. 7, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021
Indoor
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York Street

Identity, culture and place are integral to Chicano artist Tony Ortega’s work. Learn more

York Street
Image Credits: Jody Guralnick, Prima Lingua, detail, 72 x 48 inches, oil and acrylic on two panels, 2018.

Prima Lingua: First Words of the Earth

Nov. 7, 2020 – Feb. 21, 2021
Indoor
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York Street

Jody Guralnick explores the intersection of science and art, bringing to light the microscopic and often unnoticed structures of lichens, mushrooms, molds and more. Learn more

York Street
Ursula von Rydingsvard, Ocean Floor, 1996,  Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. and The Fabric Workshop Museum, 2018. Photo by Carlos Avedaño.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

2021
Indoor
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York Street

An ambitious exhibition featuring large cedar sculptures by one of the most influential sculptors working today. Learn more

Past Exhibits

Day and Night: Paintings by Ana Maria Hernando

Day and Night: Paintings by Ana Maria Hernando

May 22, 2013 - August 4, 2013
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Ana Maria Hernando is inspired by the complex beauty and the lifecycle of flowers. Her work is informed by the powerful women of her family and the understated contributions of women’s work. These qualities come together in the patterning and layering of her paintings. Learn more

York Street

Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture

May 4, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Outdoor
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York Street

Denver Botanic Gardens celebrated the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors in this outdoor group exhibition. Twelve artists redefined the surrounding landscape with their 3-D work, introducing a variety of color, texture, and form into an already rich environment. Learn more

Botany Inside & Out: Early Printed European Books

February 25, 2013 - April 5, 2013
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Explore the development of botanical science through 15th century European herbal books with selected pages from the Helen Fowler Library rare book collection. Learn about the surprising ways plants were used to make books, and experience them through touch, sight and smell. Learn more

Coleoptera & Friends: Paintings by Robert Spellman

February 13, 2013 - May 12, 2013
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Boulder-based artist Robert Spellman takes inspiration from nature, using color and texture to create isolated, ethereal images of beetles and flowers that feel simultaneously scientific and mystic. Often painting over old canvases and incorporating old fabrics into his surface treatments, the formal qualities of the images give way to an archeology of layers and meaning. Learn more

Someone Like You: Paintings by Margaret Kasahara

August 18, 2012 - November 4, 2012
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Of Japanese descent, Kasahara uses the lightness of kitsch and humor to explore the heavy topics of stereotypes and personal identity. An Asian American living in the West, her colorful images pull from Japanese pop culture as well as cowboy hats and hamburgers. Learn more

Fluid Duality: Bamboo sculptures by Kenichi Nagakura

May 12, 2012 - August 5, 2012
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Nagakura expands the Japanese tradition of bamboo baskets, moving beyond the functional into the realm of abstract sculptural forms. Using splitting and plaiting techniques learned from his grandfather, the artist creates forms that are bold and expressionistic. Learn more

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