If you have not been to the Dikeou Collection yet (and I’m guessing not a lot of people have), stop what you are doing and go, especially if you love art, contemporary art, weird art, weird shit in general, free things, hidden gems, or Babe Ruth.
If you’ve been to Denver, you’ve probably been to the 16th Street Mall. But you probably haven’t entered the unassuming building behind the Jamba Juice at 1615 California Street and gone to the 5th floor to encounter this:
The Dikeou Collection is the private collection of Devon Dikeou and her brother Pany Dikeou, and includes several interactive exhibits, like a chandelier of bottles filled with water that you play with a wooden mallet, and three baseballs signed by Babe Ruth that are deteriorating in value as collectables but increasing in value as art as they collect the fingerprints of everyone who picks them up.
We enjoyed climbing through “Sludgie the Whale” by Agatha Snow (2007), were startled by a giant man with a mullet and paradise in his mouth (“1989” by Lawrence Seward), and felt claustrophobic in a tent-like sculpture made of pipe cleaners (I cannot find the name of this or the artist…). And the rest of the night we kept saying, “WE TOUCHED THREE BASEBALLS SIGNED BY BABE RUTH!” I could go on and on about the art in this collection, but I feel like it’s best to be surprised at every turn.
Best of all, it is FREE and open to the public every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon-5:00 pm. They also do events in the gallery. As we were walking in, Andy realized he had been to a poetry reading there years before, but had no idea what the space was.
Seriously, if you’ve never been to this Denver hidden gem, drop what you are doing and go now. There is also a Dikeou pop-up space on Colfax that I still need to explore.
Go now. Do it.