2017 Doors Open Denver
Building Behavior
Cultural Platform
Funded by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Building Behavior
Architecture and urban design remain the most tangible ways of constructing social spaces. The way cities are built informs how we move, connect, and behave. Building Behavior, the art platform for the 2017 Doors Open Denver weekend, is a series of 6 cultural events that respond to the psychological and social underpinnings of Denver’s architecture. By exploring the intangible aspects of built environments, we find perhaps architecture’s true nature—the ability to design mood, invite culture, and influence behavior.

- Cortney Lane Stell, curator


Peep Show
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Castle Marne, 1572 Race St

Peep Show is an exhibition that takes place in Uptown’s Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast, an 1889 Historic Landmark building turned family-owned inn. Twelve Denver-based artists have created experimental artworks that respond to the building’s psychological underpinnings as a place for honeymooners, tourists, and architectural enthusiasts.

If These Walls Could Talk: Architecture Stories with Sam Pike
Saturday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Denver Central Library Saturday, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy

What’s your favorite building in Denver? Which building holds within its walls an unforgettable story? Which building needs its story told before it is forgotten? These are some of the questions Sam Pike is asking participants to talk about at his Central Library story booth. Help Sam give a voice to the buildings of our city by telling him your most memorable experiences with Denver’s architecture.

From Green Rooms to Catwalks: A Haiku-Video Tour of the Ellie, Buell, and Boettcher
Saturday, 12:00 to 4:00 PM
at 14th & Champa LED screen in the Denver Theatre District

For decades, theatre enthusiasts from all over the world have enjoyed the award-winning productions brought to the stages of the Ellie, Buell, and Boettcher. We tend to forget, however, about the alleyways used by actors or the caged rooms housing the symphony’s instruments as well as other rooms and walks that make all the shows possible. Watch these behind-the-scenes video tours of the theatres’ more utilitarian spaces paired with some architecturally-inspired haiku on 14th and Champa’s giant outdoor screen.

Building Beauty
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St

Art-directed by makeup artist Katelyn Simkins, Building Beauty captures six of Denver’s most notable buildings through the lens of fashion and beauty. Two of Denver’s top salons, El Salon and Matthew Morris Salon, created hairstyles inspired by six iconic Denver buildings: Denver International Airport, the Brown Palace Hotel, the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, the Daniels & Fisher Tower, and the Denver Art Museum. Wilhelmina Denver models gracefully balanced these hairstyles while sporting the fashions of Denver based designer LUBA. Come on by Union Station to get a photograph of yourself trying on one of these structural masterpieces!

Synthesizer Sunday (Syn-Sunday): A Union of Architecture and Sound
Sunday, 12:00 to 3:00 PM
at Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, 14th & Curtis

Like architecture, which starts from basic elements: glass, sand, and stone to create a building, synthesizers start from basic sine waves modulated to produce sound into music. Join us for this open-air concert at one of Denver’s most prominent cultural facilities where five musicians taking turns playing synthesizers will dedicate their performances to the distinctive glass roof of the Galleria.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at OZ Architecture, 3003 Larimer St.

Wanderbout is a "choose your own adventure" architectural tour. Using directional signs and altered symbols, Extra Vitamins, an experimental design studio, sheds light on often overlooked architectural features, creating a playful journey through the OZ Architecture building.

Building Behavior Artists

Peep Show: Theresa Anderson, Amber Cobb, Don Fodness, Matt Harris, Stephanie Kantor, Xavian Lahey, Gretchen Schaefer, Janice Schindler, Kristen Hatgi Sink, Mark Sink, Rebecca Vaughan, Cyd Wilkes
If These Walls Could Talk: Julie Belamarich, Sam Pike, Kyle Warfield
From Green Rooms to Catwalks: Ginny Hoyle, Joanne Kuemmerlin, Ben Simkins
Building Beauty: Kevin Alexander, Emily Jean, Ron Lopez, Aletheia Matthews, Matthew Morris, Hannah Payne, Katelyn Simkins
Synthesizer Sunday: Chris Frain, Victoria Lundy, Mark Mosher, Kuxaan Sum, Dane Terry
Wanderbout: Julia Belamarich, Kyle Warfield

Building Behavior Committee
Rudi Cerri, Public Art Administrator, Denver Arts & Venues
Diego Estrada, Filmmaker, Degotelo Studios
Sarah Gott, Programs & Continuing Education Manager, AIA Colorado
Dan Manzanares, Community Programs Coordinator, Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Pauline Herrera Serianni, Executive Director, Denver Architectural Foundation
Cortney Stell, Executive Director + Chief Curator, Black Cube

Image (detail)
Building Beauty
Photo Kevin Alexander
Hair El Salon / Ron Lopez
Art Direction / Makeup Katelyn Simkins
Model Emily Jean / Wilhelmina Denver
Wardrobe Designer LUBA by Hannah Payne