The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is participating in the city-wide Denver Arts Week celebration through a host of special events and offers. During Denver Arts Week, November 2–10, visitors can take advantage of a $3 discount off full price adult tickets to Becoming Van Gogh, the DAM’s blockbuster exhibition that chronicles Van Gogh’s unconventional journey to becoming the artist we all know today. Ticket purchasers can enter the code DAW online, on-site or via telephone to receive the discount. Read below for other events taking place that week.
Van Gogh: The Paris Years through Music
November 2 and 3, 6:30 p.m., pre-concert talk; 7 p.m. performance
November 4, 1:30 p.m., pre-concert talk; 2:30 p.m. performance
The DAM and the Colorado Symphony are collaborating for three performances. A pre-concert talk by Becoming Van Gogh curator Timothy Standring introduces a multi-media collaboration between the DAM and the Symphony. Projected images of works from the DAM's exclusive exhibition, Becoming Van Gogh—which focuses on the artist's years in Paris—provide a stunning visual backdrop to this special performance.
Van Gogh’s years in Paris from March 1886 to February 1888 occurred during a period of both social change and artistic innovation. During these years, he spent much of his artistic energy responding to both Impressionists and Post Impressionists and developing his own highly original style. As a fitting segue, the concert program includes works that recreate the bohemian atmosphere of the era's salons, concert halls and music. You’ll gain new insight into this prolific period when all of Paris was buzzing about fresh, emerging artistic trends; when Fauré and Saint-Saëns were at their prime; and when the two composers produced respectively Pavane and Third Violin Concerto. The evening will feature Satie's Jack in the Box, Fauré's Pavane and Requiem and Saint-Saëns's Violin Concerto No. 3, with Jose Luis Gomez, conductor; Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin; the Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director.
Single tickets for the performances can be purchased at the Boettcher Concert Hall box office at 1000 14th Street, Denver, online at www.coloradosymphony.org or by calling 303-623-7876.
Night at the Museums
November 3, 5–10 p.m.
During Night at the Museums, visitors will be treated to a few special guests as the museum stays open late. Iconic artists Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will be stopping by the museum to meet museum-goers, mix and mingle with the crowd. These masters of the canvas will stroll through the DAM from 5 to 9 p.m. The permanent collections are open for free for visitors. Guests can also receive a $5 discount off full price adult tickets to Becoming Van Gogh by entering the code NIGHT for tickets purchased to view the exhibition the evening of Nov. 3. The museum is encouraging visitors to book in advance as tickets are selling fast for that evening.
Behind the Scenes at the DAM: Becoming Van Gogh
November 7, 7 p.m.
The public is invited to join Timothy Standring, curator of Becoming Van Gogh, a world-exclusive exhibition of more than 70 of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings from around the world, for a special talk at the Tattered Cover Book Store’s historic LODO location. From negotiating loans from more than 60 public and private collections to the travel required to acquire these treasures, guests will hear Standring’s behind-the-scenes stories of an exhibition that has been years in the making. Free, but seating is limited and on a first-come basis.
For more information, call the Tattered Cover Book Store at 303-436-1070.
About Becoming Van Gogh
Becoming Van Gogh is an in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists. The exhibition examines critical steps in the evolution of the largely self-taught artist through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works from artists who inspired him. The DAM is the only venue for the exhibition which brings together loans from more than 60 public and private collections through Europe and North America to tell the story of a number of key formative periods throughout the artist’s career. No other exhibition has focused so intensely on Van Gogh’s personal growth and progression as he developed his own personal style.
Becoming Van Gogh requires a timed and dated ticket.
Becoming Van Gogh is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is funded by Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation; Wells Fargo; Sotheby’s; and Sill-TerHar Motors, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Maserati. Additional funding is provided by Telemundo Denver and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4 and The Denver Post.