Explore the intersection between art and sports in the heart of Boulder. Summer Games is a series of free outdoor events for all ages and abilities and features artists, games, food trucks, and local breweries.
Summer Games will include a large-scale Ping-Pong tournament, trivia, yoga, a volleyball-dodgeball mash-up, and lawn sports with curated soundtracks; as well as BMoCA’s popular Art Stop, art-making for youth and families on the museum’s front porch; free screen-printing workshops inside the museum; music; and artist interventions. BMoCA will extend its gallery hours to provide visitors with additional opportunities to explore the artworks on view, and waive admission fees.
Presented alongside BMoCA’s exhibition Game Changer, Summer Games builds on the expanding body of academic scholarship and contemporary artistic work considering the societal constructions of race, gender, age, and sexuality that are revealed within the alternative realities created in game structures. Summer Games, following in the tradition of artists like Gabriel Orozco and Gustavo Artigas, is an active intervention led by artists that demystifies and deconstructs the accepted rules and boundaries of organized sports, exposing the hierarchies protected within the games arena. In the Summer Games, Ping-Pong and trivia intersect to become one game, both intellectual and athletic. A sacred yoga series will be interrupted with artist-designed poses, at times impossible, other times comedic. In the Summer Games finale, the boundaries of high school gym sports and lawn sports collide and enmesh to create new spaces with our own invented realities.
Summer Games participating artists to be announced shortly.
Summer Games I: Street Ping-Pong & Trivia
July 24, 6-8:30pm
The kick-off Summer Games event will fill 13th Street with Ping-Pong tables ready for you to play! The Civic Plaza will feature trivia designed to test your knowledge of Boulder, sports, and art. Bring a t-shirt, and screen-print your very own Summer Games jersey for you to wear to all of the Games!
Art Stop, BMoCA’s outdoor art station for kids, will work with Newton Running Shoes to create a large semi-permanent sculpture to remain at BMoCA for the duration of Summer Games.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Ping-Pong tournament.
Summer Games II: Yoga in the Park
July 31, 6-8:30pm:
Strike your best Downward Dog during a drop-in outdoor yoga class led by Boulder’s best yoga instructors in Civic Center Park. Be aware, some of the yoga moves may come straight from the minds of artists! Afterward, enjoy local breweries and food trucks on BMoCA’s front porch. Gaiam, Inc., a locally owned and operated healthy lifestyle company, has donated a limited number of colorful yoga mats to Summer Games. Please remember to bring a yoga mat if you have your own!
Summer Games III: Games Super Finale feat. volleyball, dodgeball, and bocci ball
August 7, 6-8:30pm
Join us for the Summer Games Super Finale where the sports you know best take new shape. Volleyball and dodgeball will take place simultaneously on one court. Artist-designed chess tables will redefine the beloved classic. Bocci ball, cornhole, and croquet will inspire new experiences of the terrain in Civic Center Park.
Summer Games Warm-Up Run
July 24, July 31, and August 7, 6:30am
Join Newton Running Company and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art staff every morning before Summer Games for a pre-game run!
Created in partnership with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, Newton Running Shoes, Ecovessel, Gaiam, Inc., and Blackbelly Catering.