February 2013: Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico Opens, Untitled #54 (Turf) Puts Artists in Their Place, Celebrate Amor at CelebrARTE and Other Highlights
Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land, opening February 10 and running through April 28, 2013, brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. The exhibition features 53 O’Keeffe works including 15 rarely seen pictures of different Hopi katsina tihu, along with examples of these types of figures. Chronicling her artwork created in New Mexico, the exhibition explores O’Keeffe’s paintings of New Mexico’s Hispanic and Native American architecture, cultural objects and landscapes.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986) began spending part of the year living and working in New Mexico in 1929, a pattern she rarely altered until 1949. She then made northern New Mexico her permanent home three years after the death of her husband, celebrated photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946). In addition to her astonishingly beautiful New Mexico landscapes, O’Keeffe was also inspired to paint some of the area’s churches, crosses and folk art as well as Native American subjects, such as architecture and katsina tithu, commonly referred to as kachina or katsina dolls.
Between 1931 and 1945, O'Keeffe created numerous drawings, watercolors and paintings of katsina tithu. Because she retained and seldom exhibited most of these paintings, they remain generally unknown to the public. The DAM exhibition also will showcase a selection of American Indian artworks including katsina tithu figurines, providing viewers with an up-close look at the various cultural artifacts the artist was exposed to during her time in New Mexico. Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico is included in general admission.
Paint Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations Continue
While Becoming Van Gogh has ended, the Paint Studio remains open through April 14. Visitors can dive into the creative process and explore assorted techniques and mediums, see tools used by artists and photographs of their workspaces, play with paint or contribute to a larger-than-life masterpiece. Each weekend local artists will demonstrate different painting techniques in a variety of mediums. Free with general admission; no reservations are required.
Weekend Demonstrations in February, noon–3 p.m.
Chuck Ceraso: Oil Painting — February 2 & 3, February 9 & 10, February 16 & 17 and February 23 & 24Untitled #54 (Turf) February 22, 6–10 p.m.
On the final Friday in February, Untitled celebrates the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land with a look at the significance of place in artists’ lives. Artist Nick Cave will give local dancers a chance to strut their stuff in open auditions to be part of summer programming related to his exhibition Nick Cave: Sojourn. Untitled is included with general admission to the museum, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event. Cash bar. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering provided by Kevin Taylor.
Conversation with Curator: All That Glistens: A Century of Japanese Lacquer'
February 1, 4–5 p.m.
Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. In February, join curator Ronald Otsuka for a tour of All That Glistens. Free with general admission; no reservations are required. Meet on level five of the North Building. For more information, call 720-913-0130.
February 10, 10 a.m.–noon
Calling all families with toddlers! Join us for Totspot Sunday, when you are invited to participate in special programming on the second Sunday of every month beginning in February. In collaboration with Buntport Theater, experience in-gallery performances at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Then check out all of the other activities available to families in the museum! Free with museum admission; no reservations required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create Playdate: Stomp
February 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Drop in with your little ones aged 3 to 5 and meet up with other tots and their grownups for art-making and story time in the galleries. Stomp and tromp like horses and create art that comes to life. Free with general admission; children 5 and under are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail email@example.com.
CelebrARTE: Amor y Amistad
February 17, 1–4 p.m.
¡Bienvenidos al CelebrARTE! On February 17, bring toda la familia and drop in anytime to DAM’s monthly, bilingual program. Celebrate the holiday of San Valentín with cariño (affection). Baile to the rhythms of love, then make a valentine for that special someone in the taller. All CelebrARTE activities are included with general admission; no reservations are required. Find the fiesta throughout the DAM. For more information, call 720-913-0054 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org-Year-Old Treasure Going On View
DAM staff are publishing a multi-part blog post series on a long-lost painting recently located in the collection at www.denverartmuseum.org/canaletto. Upon examination, an artwork turned out to be a very important painting by the Italian master, Canaletto. Venice: the Molo from the Bacino di San Marco has never been exhibited due to its condition and years hidden away in storage. Thanks to a generous grant from The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) Restoration Fund, the entire Canaletto masterwork is now undergoing conservation treatment. When that is completed, the painting including its original frame will go on view February 16 for the first time. CBS4 chronicled the story behind the painting and its conservation for a new series called Colorado Review. That episode will air February 9 at 6 p.m.
Free First Saturday and Free Yoga in February
February 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Every Saturday in February, stop in for a free Im’Unique Illustrating Union Yoga and Wellness Tour, open to all skill levels and all ages 8 and older. Class will begin at 11 a.m.; arrive by 10:30 to register. Bring your yoga mat and join us! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).