Supernova brings art to the LED screens of the Denver Performing Arts Complex

We think of public art as still and semi-permanent, but for one day a year, public art is fleeting and animated.

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The screen at 14th and Champ streets during Supernova 2016. (Courtesy of Supernova)

We think of public art as still and semi-permanent — murals in alleys and sculptures on the lawns of city buildings. But for one day a year, public art is fleeting and animated.

This Saturday, Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival will light up the LED screens at the Denver Center for Performing Arts with work by artists from all over the world.


Denver just put most of its gorgeous Clyfford Still collection online for free

It’s a remarkable transformation for work that once was hidden away, with more than 1,200 never-before-seen works available on the free website.

elections from the Clyfford Still Museum Online Collection. All works © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY.
Selections from the Clyfford Still Museum Online Collection. All works © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY.

After he died in 1980, much of Clyfford Still’s artwork was sealed away from scholars and the public. The painter had wanted his enormous archive to remain complete, so he had ordered that it only be given to an American city that would create a permanent home for his work.

Denver, of course, became that place when it opened the Clyfford Still Museum in 2011. And now it’s gone a step further: The museum has launched an expansive digital archive with high-resolution images of about 70 percent of the city’s Still collection.