Think of the Biennial of the Americas as a festival with an educational and cultural purpose. It’s actually a bit hard to explain what the Biennial is succinctly, but I’m going to try to give more depth without copying and pasting their website. It occurs in Denver every other year and is a gathering of the Western Hemisphere in ideas, art and culture. Events range from symposiums (sort of similar to TED talks), to concerts, to parties to breakfasts with like-minded people to art exhibitions. The primary exhibition of this year’s Biennial is at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, where I work as a graphic designer.
The exhibition is incredibly interesting, with all of the artworks making commentary on the state of now in the Western Hemisphere. There are artists from South and Central America, as well as the US and Canada. The range in mediums is really interesting; woodworking, to installation, to video art, to vinyl, to weaving. This exhibition is very interesting in not only the cross of cultures, but the cross of materials and styles as well.
The exhibition is open for two more weeks, through August 30th. I definitely recommend coming to see it if you’re concerned about the political and cultural state of the Western Hemisphere, or if you’re in need of some inspiration in general. I’m not typically a huge fan of group shows, but I think this one was curated well and I love the undercurrents that pull all of the works together. A strong theme in a group show makes such a huge difference!