3 top photography exhibitions for local photographers to see this summer

From iconic national artists to talented locals, Denver’s art scene is all about photography with three captivating exhibits this month.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center 59th Annual Jury Members Exhibition

July 1 to August 6 – CPAC

Nearly 150 Colorado Center for the Photographic Arts (CPAC), amateurs and professionals, submitted more than 800 images – representing a range of capture, processing and printing techniques – for consideration in the annual competition. This year’s judge, Gregory Harris, curator of Donald and Marilyn Keough family photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, then whittled that mass down to about 30 works, including the Animated pictures Manitou Springs series Brenda Biondo. But there can only be one Best in Show. Find out who takes home the top prize on Saturday, July 9 at the free opening reception and awards ceremony at CPAC Gallery in the Golden Triangle neighborhood.

Georgia O’Keeffe, photographer

July 3 to November 6 – Denver Art Museum

If you didn’t know Georgia O’Keeffe was a photographer, you are not alone. Even the folks at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, weren’t sure whether an archive of 400 photographs belonged to the modernist painter or her husband, photographer and art critic Alfred Stieglitz. But in 2016, a curator at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts was finally able to attribute some of the works to O’Keeffe’s nature-obsessed eye. The resulting traveling exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe, photographer, opens at the Denver Art Museum this month. More than 100 photos will hang alongside 15 paintings and drawings by the late master, showcasing O’Keeffe’s attention to detail: she would take multiple images of the same desert pastoral scenes at different times of the day, creating intervals of light that she could then study when creating her art.


Until July – Rules Gallery

Born in Massachusetts Sandy Skoglund is best known for her conceptual art, including her dreamlike, elaborate, large-scale settings, sometimes taking up an entire apartment or warehouse. The installations were temporary, so photography became an essential part of recording the scenes. Part retrospective, part re-examination, Falls seeks to reframe Skoglund’s work by exhibiting previously unseen photos of his installations. Take, for example, Skoglund’s 1981 masterpiece, “Revenge of the Goldfish.” The Getty Center in Los Angeles owns the photographs of the work initially exhibited; Outtakes scrutinizes never-before-seen footage, offering new insights into the celebrated artist.

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