The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) doesn’t collect art, it shows it off. In its ever-so-modern Downtown Denver building designed by “starchitect” David Adjaye, the ultracool venue hosts seemingly anything it wants. Like Maya Gurantz’s three-screen installation “The Whore’s Dialogue” (inspired by the erotic literature of the Marquis de Sade) and “Yarniverse!”, an installation created entirely out of yarn.
MCA Denver isn’t just cool according to adults. It has its own active Teen Council: a school-year-long internship for a select group of high school students. They get to meet artists, work on exhibitions like Yarniverse! and throw Faux’stache parties. (The students are presumably spared work on exhibitions such as the de Sade, namesake of sadism–and exponent of much else frowned upon by high school administrators!) MCA Denver is also a hot spot for tots. On the top floor of the museum is the Bubble Garden – an artificial garden of large climbable plastic bubbles and paper butterflies atop synthetic turf. The Bubble Garden is designed by artist Paul Andersen of !ndie Architecture, who has plans to build invisible garages!