See historically significant paintings, sculptures, textiles, and writings from Colorado’s Chicano/Mexican American community, including selections from up-and-coming artists as well as such prominent figures as Carlota EspinoZa, Carlos Fresquez, and David Ocelotl García. Presented in collaboration with the Denver Latino Cultural Arts Center, Hecho en Colorado (Made in Colorado) honors the artistic achievements of a community whose impact continues to shape Colorado culture.
In works combining watercolor with historical photography, news clippings, and text, Denver-based artist Adri Norris highlights women who’ve made history. She seeks to answer three questions about each woman she depicts: Who is she? What did she do? Why does she matter? “I started to tell the stories of women from all races, nationalities and walks of life," Norris says. “I want people to see themselves in those stories, to consider how they may be like those women and think differently about women in general.
The New Four Freedoms
Aug 7, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021 History Colorado Center
On the brink of war against tyranny, FDR issued his famous proclamation that all Americans had the right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Almost eighty years later, History Colorado is asking four up-and-coming Denver artists to illustrate the condition of those freedoms in our modern moment.
This project seeks to honor the Chicano/a mural tradition, developed 50 years ago in Colorado, of using public art in service to the people and communities that are historically dehumanized and oppressed in U.S. society. Artists K’ierre Dawkins, Aisha Renee, Leticia Tanguma, and Jeremy Silas Ulibarri (aka JOLT) have created a series of paintings that describe current events—and the fears and hopes of communities across Colorado and the nation—through evocative imagery. Three of these works are now on view to encourage an active discussion about our vibrant democracy. The fourth work of art, JOLT's No Justice, No Peace, is in History Colorado’s permanent collection and can be viewed here online. Artist statements can be found here.
Advocacy by and for disabled Americans is an aspect of civil-rights work that is both crucial and often overlooked in U.S. history. To help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Denver artist Gina Klawitter created a painted sculpture formed from Jennifer Keelan Chaffins, a local disabilities activist who drew worldwide attention to pass the ADA by participating in the Capitol Crawl protest as a child in 1990. The Crawl and the disabilities civil rights movement started in Denver. Read about Jennifer Chaffins and this artwork here.
We The People is a community-driven work of art led by artist Rian Kerrane. It draws inspiration from the principle of American democracy, e pluribus unum—”out of many, one”. The installation consists of individually casted hands added over time to a larger sculpture. They increasingly unite to form a simple, powerful statement.