Posted November 6, 2017

A Guide to Denver’s Mile-High Art

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Art lovers, get ready to feast your eyes. Denver excels when it comes to celebrating inspiring people and beautiful things. As a bonus, the location of Kimpton Born Hotel—an arts destination in its own right—means easy access to some of the most coveted galleries around.

Denver’s Kimpton Born Hotel is a haven for art-lovers

There’s an abundance of public art here, as well as dazzling hubs like the Denver Art Museum, which features more than 70,000 works. Through May 19, 2019, “Stampede: Animals in Art” brings together 300-plus objects to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. Next door, the Clyfford Still Museum is the permanent home for 95 percent of the life’s work of this Abstract Expressionist pioneer.

The Denver Art Museum’s striking Hamilton Building, seen from Acoma Plaza (Photo credit: Jeff Wells/ The Denver Art Museum)

The best news? Within walking distance of the hotel, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver explores “the art and culture of our time” through rotating exhibitions featuring regional, national and international talents. The special showcases typically stay on-view for two to four months. Currently, “SABER ACOMODAR: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now” showcases the work created in studios and artisanal workshops in Jalisco, Mexico. Designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye, the impressive building also features five galleries, hidden skylights and a rooftop café that serves up breathtaking city and mountain views.

An installation of hand-painted ceramic light fixtures from artist Jorge Pardo make a impression at the MCA Denver (Photo credit: Jorge Pardo/ Cerámica Suro)

Year-round, on the first Friday of each month, meet the artists themselves during art walks in seven of the city’s art districts, and if you’re here November 3 through 11, you can’t miss the annual Denver Arts Week.

As part of a $20 per night amenity fee, Kimpton Born guests can explore MCA Denver. Additionally, the hotel proudly contributes to the city’s thriving art scene by having amassed more than 700 original and limited-edition works. Adam Lerner, director of MCA Denver, asked 32 of the city’s most talented artists to produce bodies of work specifically for the hotel. Now approximately 300 works fill the public spaces and corridors, while others beautify guest room walls.

Art adorns a guest room at the Kimpton Born Hotel

Favorite treasures range from a Bill Stockman piece based on a poem by W.B. Yeats to several works by Molly Bounds, whose paintings capture faceless female forms. In the porte cochere, a massive install by Joel Swanson repeats the words “HERE” and “THERE” Hint: it makes for a cool photo opp. And a fascinating photo series by Kim Allen reveals what the Union Station area looked like in the 1990s.

Go from “HERE” to “THERE” with Joel Swanson’s Instagram-worthy art piece

No matter your style, one thing’s for sure: We’re filling our spaces with tangible proof that this city’s got (sky-high) talent.

View the installation at Kimpton Born and an interview with artist Joel Swanson:

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