Dialog:City in Denver

Charlie Cannon and the RISD Innovation, 2008. Courtesy Dialog:City

Later this summer, from August 22-29, the Denver metro area will host Dialog:City, a convergence of education, art and democracy. Slated as an exhibition and cultural event that “catalyzes civic discourse by inviting internationally renowned artists and designers to create participatory, interactive, and dialogical site-specific works in neighborhoods across the city.”

Taking place concurrently in Denver with the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Dialog:City has invited ten artists including R. Luke Dubois, Sharon Hayes, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, and Art:21 artists Ann Hamilton (Season 1) and Krzysztof Wodiczko (Season 3). Most of the artists will present site-specific installations that are simultaneous collaborations and initiatives with local schools and community groups to address topics such as “greening” and “what democracy means to you.”

  1. It should be a wonderful exhibit. However, we are all very sad that no local artists are included. Unfortunately, this happens all over the country. I was just hoping Denver would be different and acknowledge the wealth of talent we have here at a time that we’re in the national spotlight.

    I encourage other cities to showcase their artists. They’ll need the support of local artists when the superstars and tourists are all gone.

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