May 23, 2011 | Past Art Exhibits

Artist Truman Lowe creates new site-specific work on display at Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens hosts an unprecedented exhibition with new works created by contemporary artist Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk) in Between the Real and the Imagined , May 19 - August 7, 2011, in Gates Garden Court Gallery. Meet the artist at the opening reception on May 26, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Lowe creates a site-specific installation spanning the Lobby Court and Gates Garden Court Gallery, responding to the strong presence of water in the Gardens and reflecting the moving water motif recurrent throughout his career. Borrowing many of the themes and techniques inspired by the beadwork, split-plait basketry and canoe building of his childhood, he constructs sculptures and 2-dimensional objects out of natural materials. The effect of his work triggers the senses, evoking the sound of water, the smell of the forest floor and warmth of sunlight through the trees. Read more about this show in the Westword.

Lowe grew up in the Ho-Chunk community along the Black River in northern Wisconsin. He has exhibited at such venues as the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College in Wisconsin. One of his large outdoor sculptures was included in an exhibit at the White House in 1998.

He is Professor Emeritus in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin and the first Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Read more about Truman Lowe in a featured article on

Artist Reception: (FREE) Thursday, May 26, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Please rsvp to

Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 25, "Native Modernism", as part of the Gardens' 2011 lecture and curatorial walk series, "Contemporary Perspectives: A Series".  For times, ticket prices and to register visit the Gardens' website or call 720-865-3580.


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