PlatteForum’s Programming with The Temple

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We are proud to be the anchor agency of The Temple, a contemporary artists’ haven in the River North Art District of Denver, home to more than 30 professional artists and creative businesses. We pair-up creatives and studio artists from The Temple with the rabble-rousing change agents of our great city to show how we can make socially just communities.

Generously supported by the Bonfils Stanton Foundation


Our artists have juicy secrets that they want to share with you…
Introducing Temple Tattle, PlatteForum’s second annual offering, in which we pair-up creatives from The Temple with the rabble-rousing change agents of our great city to show how we can make socially just communities through art. Our Tattle Tales present varying approaches in art and culture, on how to create an equitable society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.

How to Make a Monster
Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring PlatteForum Resident Artist Katy Batsel and ArtLab Intern Mixi Bautista

When Gritty the Philadelphia Flyer’s bright orange ice hockey mascot was co-opted by the Antifa movement, Denver-based fiber and performance artist Katy Batsel took inspiration to build on her existing roster of monster puppets to create a queer identity movement of her own. Join us for a one-night discussion in which North High School student and PlatteForum ArtLab intern Mixi Bautista interviews Batsel on the inspiration for her monsters, and how she builds on the existing history of puppets to create protest art. End the evening with a hands-on demo on how to make your own monster, and on what movement that yours will stand.




The Faux Pas Factory
OPENING RECEPTION 6pm, Thursday, August 2nd
The opening reception is free and open to the public
The exhibition runs through September 8th, 2018
Gallery hours will be announced no later than July 26th

For their second annual curatorial initiative, PlatteForum’s high school ArtLab interns have produced an exhibition of the “failed” studio attempts by artists from our building, The Temple. Each artwork reveals the artist’s growth and exemplifies how they benefited from their mistakes to go on to become professional artists.



6:30pm, Wednesday January 31
Temple Artist Resident Thomas Evans (DETOUR) and local poet Panama Soweto
Turning fruit and paintings into musical instruments, while performing the spoken word – this presentation will be a hybrid of storytelling and interactive audience participation. Temple Artist Thomas Evans will share his instruments, as Denver-based spoken word poet Panama Soweto challenges ideas about bullying, single-parenthood, sexual abuse, self-advocacy, and discrimination.

NOT THE WEED STORY YOU THINK IT IS: Foragers and Activists
Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Temple Artist Viviane Le Courtois and Kate Armstrong, The Weed Lady.
Temple Artist Viviane Le Courtois will present on her long history of offering a new look on food and sustainable lifestyles through participatory installations and performances alongside Kate Armstrong, The Weed Lady, an urban forager who’s made a career of living off our urban landscape by supplementing her diet with edible weeds. Expect to try salves and teas, all harvested from the streets and yards of our great city.

Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Temple Artist Theresa Anderson and Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latina Studies at the Iliff School of Theology
In 17th Century France, there is a recorded case of nuns who, having experienced abuse in the convent, one-by-one went out to the town square and began to meow loudly, non-stop, for days. The town folk hired armed guards to beat the nuns and send them in retreat, back to the convent. This presentation will feature a discussion about Temple Artist Theresa Anderson’s recent performance based on this tale, “When I Was A Kitten,” along with co-presenter, Professor Miquel De La Torre, who will discuss the history of civil disobedience in religion and other forms of religious-based rebellions.

Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Temple Artist Drew Austin and Queer/Trans Political Operative Jack Teter
Beginning the evening of April 9th, Temple Artist Drew Austin will live-stream* the creation of a mural in PlatteForum’s gallery. Using his improvisational style of mark-making, Austin’s piece will also focus on concepts of masculinity and constructs of identity. The following evening, on April 10th, a lively discussion of the completed mural will ensue, with both Drew Austin and Jack Teter leading the critical discussion.
*Note: Austin’s mural creation session will be able to be viewed through PlatteForum’s FaceBook live-feed:https://www.facebook.com/PlatteForum/ (@PlatteForum)

Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Temple Artist Dylan Scholinski with Megan Lane, Recycling Program Administrator for the Solid Waste Management/Public Works Department of the City and County of Denver
Artist and activist Dylan Scholinski has dedicated every day of his life for the past eight years to creating one artwork per day, with each year’s series embodying the spirit of revering a found object, trash, the everyday, the lost, the abject. Join us for an evening discussion about this artist’s practice and how it ties to the City of Denver’s large-scale waste management and removal.


6:30pm, Tuesday April 25th
Temple Artist Resident George P. Perez and local change agent Ed Wood, Urban Planner
Starting in 2015, photographer George P. Perez began the task of documenting the 10,347 trees in the Five Points neighborhood, photographing each one in a project titled Allée or Alley or Whatever. Flash back to the life story of Ed Wood, a 92 year old urban planner and WW2 veteran, who can speak first-hand about the changes that have occurred to his neighborhood, Five Points.

6:30pm, Tuesday May 2nd
Temple Artist Resident Katie Caron and local change agents, Ann Cunningham, tactile artist and teacher at the Colorado Center for the Blind and artist Nathan Abels.
Learn how tactile art can serve those who are blind or visually impaired. In 2016, students from the Arapahoe Community College teamed-up with the Colorado Center for the Blind to create art that addresses the sensory experience that art can offer. Artists and Professors Katie Caron and Nathan Abels will discuss how their classes created the exhibition Shared Visions for the Arapahoe Community College Center for the Blind.

6:30pm, Tuesday May 16th
Temple Baker Eden Myles and local artist/writer Will Meier
Artists Eden Myles and Will Meier present a one-time-only performance: an improvisational, layered dialogue on the many ways chess can represent life, art, business – everything. All this while playing a ruthless game, each player budgeting their time on the chess clock. This event is supported by an American Sign Language interpreter.


A large-scale installation, featuring the work of Temple Artist Residents Xavian Lahey, Alexander Page and Kahlil Zawadi with guest artist Zachary Barnes-Fagg.
Storeroom explores the aesthetic and marketing politics found in display modes of the common store. In this gallery-turned-grocery store exhibition, viewers find themselves shopping for products that fulfill their own needs in a space which ultimately unites strangers.
Opening Reception 6-10pm, Friday June 2nd
Show runs through Saturday, June 17th
Gallery Hours Tuesday – Saturday, noon-6pm