The Biennial of the Americas announced its opening week events and named its featured artists from around the Americas.

2015 Biennial of the Americas


July, 14 – August 30, 2015

Artistic Director and Curator: Lauren Wright


TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015

Generation NOW!: New Leadership for a New World

Symposium Panel: 7:00 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

The Generation NOW! symposium panel will explore new priorities and approaches to participation in business, civic and social life that are fueled by evolving technologies, methods of learning and interaction. Speakers and moderators to be announced soon.

Biennial Pavilion Opening Celebration

Evening, Location TBA

Activities daily from July 14-18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open to the public on weekends July 19 – August 30, 2015

The Biennial Pavilion is a free drop-in site, featuring engaging and accessible programming, talks and events created with collaborating organizations from Denver and the Front Range. Additionally, the Pavilion will feature an exhibition created by Mexico City cultural practitioners, curated by the curatorial collective de_sitio.

Denver International Airport Public Art Installation

Main Terminal

Opening Event TBA

Continues through August 30, 2015

A major new artwork will enliven Jeppesen Terminal. This large-scale temporary commission, involving live performance, video, sound and sculptural installations, will highlight the site’s complex and evolving architecture, functions and dynamics and its relationship with neighboring communities.

Featured Artist: Erick Meyenberg (Mexico City)

Downtown Denver and Mexico City Public Art Installations

Locations and times to be announced in late Spring 2015

Continues through August 30, 2015

An ambitious two-sited temporary artwork will be located in prominent public areas in Downtown Denver and in Mexico City. These works will invite the public to imagine and experience a relation between the two cities across time and space. More information on times and locations will be provided in May. Presented with support from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

Featured Artist: Marcela Armas (San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, Mexico)


Business NOW!: The Case for a New North-South Vision

Symposium Panel: 7:00 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

The Business NOW! symposium panel will seek the next big idea for trade in the Americas, exploring the strategies, tools and policies that can jumpstart business growth in the hemisphere. Speakers and moderators to be announced soon.

Now? NOW! Opening celebration

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Opening celebration, Time TBA

Exhibition open to the public July 14 – August 30, 2015

Now? NOW! is the central art exhibition of the Biennial of the Americas. MCA Denver returns as a key cultural partner to the Biennial. Artists from across the hemisphere explore the nature of the present, imaginatively responding to pressing issues and capturing the atmosphere of our time. Featured artists to be announced soon.


Community NOW!: Legalization: The Next Phase in the War on Drugs?

Symposium Panel: 7:00 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

This symposium panel will examine how illicit drug markets affect communities in the Americas and will explore effective approaches to legalization and policy. Speakers and moderators to be announced soon.

Biennial Ambassadors Residency Exhibition Opening Celebration

Boettcher Cultural Pavilion at McNichols Building

Opening celebration 9:00 -11:00 p.m.
Exhibition open to the public July 14 – 31, 2015

This exhibition features work created during Biennial Ambassadors residencies in Denver and Mexico City. Organized in collaboration with ArtPlant, Denver and SOMA, Mexico City.

Featured artists: Cristobal Gracia (Mexico City), Daniel Monroy Cuevas (Mexico City), Melissa Furness (Denver), Mathew Scobey (Denver). 

FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015

Special Presentation: The Return of the City-State: Security, Growth and Urbanization

Location and Time to be Announced in late Spring

This panel will convene Mayors and former Mayors from across the Western Hemisphere to discuss the growing importance of local leadership in relation to national and international issues. Hosted by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock

Image: The Biennial of the Americas Team. Courtesy The Biennial of the Americas.

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