BIODOME: An Experiment in Diversity

Posted on June 29, 2011


I decided to detour from my usual shopping stomping grounds and explore the artistic cultural side of Downtown Boulder. When I first heard of BIODOME I was casually eavesdropping while waiting in line for a sandwich (come on who hasn’t). However, all I got out of the conversation was BIODOME was opening and her boyfriend has been a jerk. So, with a lack of concern for her boyfriend drama, I decided I needed to explore this BIODOME with my non-jerk boyfriend, Forbes. First stop…Google info, second stop…Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. BMoCA is tucked away just south of the Pearl Street Mall (so tucked away it took me two loops around the block to find it, sadly I admit I was even using my gps). But nonetheless, we made it just in time for the opening of the new exhibit BIDOME: An Experiment in Diversity.

When I think of Boulder I think outdoorsy, active, and a melting pot of individuals, in other words diverse. However, it has come to my attention that some Boulderites are concerned that Boulder is becoming to elitist. This concern ignited BMoCA to launch the BIODOME which showcases how Boulder residents experience diversity.

Let me back up a step, and just say if you haven’t gone to BMoCA, go (my ticket was only $4). I am used to large museums where I end up lost and in an art coma overload. BMoCA is just the right size and filled with exciting, and stimulating art. I’m not going to lie to you guys, I was a little relieved when I saw the quaint, non-monstrous building.

When I walked in the doors I found myself already in the BIODOME exhibit. For those of you who don’t know what a BIODOME is, (I was one of them) long story short, it is a closed ecological system that is completely controlled. Don’t worry guys the name is a metaphor, I’m not sending you to some manmade kind of creepy ecological bubble. However, real life biodome attempts have been nothing to write home about because none of them have been successful, because they all lacked biodiversity (that was a mouthful). But BMoCA’s BIODOME is a little different; they are addressing issues and concerns that Boulder has with diversity through art (admit it your intrigued). Here you can see the works of artists who jumped right into the amazing Boulder lifestyle which they used as inspiration and interpretation for their work. The stark white walls throughout the museum with the contrast of the artists’ pieces really captured the essence of the art and allowed you to channel your focus to each piece.

I don’t want to give away all the juicy details on the BIODOME, because you all need to go! Oh and be sure when you go to not miss the “Boulder Bubble” and give your two cents on Boulder’s  diversity.

Over and out,


Related Categories: Art, Boulder

Related Destination: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

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