At the Smithsonian Affiliate Museum in Downtown Denver, three unique installations visualize hidden stories and brighter futures in Mile High City.
June 12 – September 6, 2021
Building Denver: where corners meet takes you on a trip to visualize hidden stories and brighter futures in Mile High City, offering three collaborative and investigative projects to History Colorado. The exhibit, in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture & Planning, is part of Colorado history Denver Construction Initiative now enabling the people of Denver to collectively envision a healthier, more inclusive and more equitable city.
Where the corners meet, which runs from June 12 to September 6, 20201, will take guests through the Porch, Lobby, and Anschutz-Hamilton Lobby of the History Colorado Center, hosting creative architecture-focused interventions by students, architects and scholars. CU Denver National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS) student chapter members.
Structural elements on the museum’s porch provide commentary on access – and barriers – to cultural institutions and mainstream culture while depicting personal struggle and upliftment. In the lobby, other students reimagine Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood through the lens of Afrofuturism, imagining a future Five Points unhindered by racial segregation, continued discrimination and gentrification.
Inside the expansive Anschutz-Hamilton Hall, guests can enter a large temporary structure designed to amplify Denver’s distinct architectural voice. Inside, renderings of over 80 buildings across Denver reveal the energy and attitude of the Denver-specific collective architecture that lurks around us for all to see.
Fueled by climate change, public health crises and a burning quest for more justice within our metropolis, Denver is in the midst of accelerating urban and social transformation.
Denver’s population has exploded over the past two decades, and while the city is more diverse than ever, it has also been identified in a recent study to be one of the most gentrified cities in the country.
Building Denver: Where Corners Meet is hosted by faculty members Kevin Hirth, Rick Sommerfeld and Annicia Streete. Participating students include Xiomara Amaro, Tyson Burch, Ramiro Castillo, Jazmyn Dennard, Ricardo Gonzalez, Luis Gutierrez, Jocelyn Mujica Martinez, Maslin Mellick, Ethan Miller, Samuel Lara Palacios, Benjamin Pitney, Illiana Ramirez, Joseph Rutledge, Malavika Premanand Sheniloyin, Emanu Sknoyin, Alisson Quinones, Isamar Quinones, Jordyn Watters and Mohamad Zaina.
Information on tickets, times and duration:
Tickets ($ 0-14) are discounted when purchased in advance through historycolorado.org/welcome. The Colorado History Center is open late until 8 p.m. Thursday evenings this summer.
Building Denver: where corners meet can also be explored for free during the opening celebration for Five Points Plus: Neighborhood memory project Thursday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No prior registration is required for the celebration.
Exhibits related to Colorado history:
All exhibitions are always included in general admission tickets no additional cost. Children under five have free entry.
Building Denver: Visions of the Capital
Until August 31, 2022
A fascinating exhibition on architecture, ambition, activism and town planning, Building Denver: Visions of the Capital explores the growth, urban development and built environment of Denver from 1860 to today. Across 3,000 interactive square feet, the exhibit reveals how civic leaders, designers and residents have consistently worked to bring their own visions of Denver to life. It is built over five chronological sections that focus on different visions of the capital, including the future, and residents are encouraged to champion their ideas for tomorrow. In each section, the exhibition examines how design affects everyday life. An original lamppost from IM Pei’s 16th Street Mall is on display, along with a partial reconstruction of an 1859 Auraria plank house that was saved from demolition by May Bonfils Stanton in 1939 and is considered one of the oldest surviving structures in Denver. Drawings of John R. Henderson, Jr., who was Colorado’s first licensed black architect, are also among the artifacts on display. Visitors can listen to the poems featured in the Living Denver podcast and have the opportunity to share their own neighborhood memories in the exhibit.
Black in Denver
Until March 2022
The History Colorado Center is proud to be among the venues for Black in Denver, a series of portraits and interviews by Denverite Narkita Gold, who notes that the project “takes a critical look at identity, especially small black communities, loneliness and self-development”. Gold’s approach includes participant observation, empathy interviews, and surveys of locals and transplants to better understand black life in Denver. The online reception of the project is blackindenver.com.
Retrospective of the State Historical Fund
Until spring 2022
Within every historical structure or project supported by the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) is a vibrant community and individual history. In this 30th anniversary exhibit at the History Colorado Center, heartfelt testimonies and powerful photographs show how the preservation of history has changed lives. The nation’s largest preservation program of its kind, SHF currently administers more than 270 grants across Colorado. The Denver Woman’s Press Club, Shorter Community AME Church, State Capitol, and Temple Emanuel are local featured sites.
Five Points Plus: Neighborhood memory project
June 26, 2021 – November 2021
Colorado History collaborates with members of the Five Points community and the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center on a Museum of Memory project that highlights the human stories and the collective memory of this important district. Built on stories about life, work and growth at Five Points, it features a mural created by artist Adri Norris in partnership with the residents, artifacts from different eras Five Points, a sound installation featuring the voice of community storytellers photos of the community and a soundtrack provided by KUVO radio. This exhibit complements the imaginative installation of the hall by partners at the University of Colorado at Denver which is also on display this summer.
Brick and soul
July 30, 2021 – July 2022
This fourth-floor exhibit of more than 30 photographs by the Denver photographer Armando Geneyro connects the built environment to the people who shape its meaning. A versatile designer, Geneyro specializes in event coverage and photojournalism. His passion for street photography allows him to connect with his subjects and immerse himself in different cultures.