Recently, the Times published a list of “52 Places to Go in 2018.” The list included exotic locales, such as Basilicata, Italy; Vierwaldstatteresee, Switzerland; Kangwon Province, South Korea; Australia’s Top End; Estonia; Fiji; Arles, France; Kigali, Rwanda.
And it also included a destination you might recognize: Denver.
The Times lauded Denver for its “vibrant art scene,” describing it as a “new art epicenter.” In particular, it highlighted Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, home to the Denver Art Museum, The Clyfford Still Museum, and the Denver Art Museum. This month, the District will also welcome the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, which is relocating to 1201 Bannock Street.
In addition, the Times praised an installation on the side of a building on Broadway by Rob Reynolds. Titled “An Ocean View of Denver,” the large art installation was commissioned by The Art, a hotel across the street. (According to local lore, a partner of the hotel said that the only thing the establishment lacked was an ocean view; a few phone calls later and voila, the problem was fixed.)
Finally, the newspaper called out Denver’s “more than a dozen galleries showcasing work from notable contemporary artists.”
If you haven’t seen these wonders, maybe it’s time hop on light rail and explore you own city the way thousands of tourists do every year. Switzerland and Estonia can wait.