October 2013: Passport to Paris Opens, Untitled Wraps Up 2013 Season and Other Highlights

Opening October 27, Passport to Paris brings together works from some of the world's most beloved artists—Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and more. This exhibition's trio of shows focuses on French art from the late 1600s to early 1900s and explores changes in art and society during three important centuries in art history.

Claude Monet, The Beach at Trouville, 1870. Oil on canvas.  Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund.

Claude Monet, The Beach at Trouville, 1870. Oil on canvas.  Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund.
Revealing how art mirrors society, guests will get a sense of the changes that took place from the time of the powerful and absolute monarchy of Louis XIV to an individualistic café society. The museum also will offer numerous activities highlighting France and the French aesthetic. An exciting partnership with the Colorado Symphony will create a multisensory on-site experience that will beckon visitors back throughout the season.

Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum features 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn. The artworks visually unfold the richness of French painting, ranging from the 1600s through the early 1900s and include religious and mythological subjects, portraits, landscapes, still lifes and genre scenes. The exhibition's immersive environment includes hand-stenciled walls modeled after the Palace of Versailles and intimate boudoir settings of the Rococo era. Among the artists featured are Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Claude Monet.

Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum displays the stunning work of 19th century impressionist artists, including Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Focusing on landscape paintings, this exhibition will feature about 36 artworks from the private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton and the DAM's own holdings. This is the first time that the masterworks from Hamilton's private collection will be on view to the public.

Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection will offer a space where visitors can get close to artworks whose intimate nature invites contemplation and close-up viewing. Comprised of approximately 39 works-on-paper, the exhibition includes a range of techniques from rapid sketches to finished pastels. Drawn from the private collection of Dr. Esmond Bradley Martin, visitors will see works by artists including François Boucher, Théodore Géricault, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley.

Passport to Paris will be on view October 27, 2013–February 9, 2014. A special exhibition ticket will give visitors access to all three exhibitions for a delightful discovery of French art. Tickets are now on sale at the museum, on the museum website, www.denverartmuseum.org or by calling 720-913-0130.

The Shop at the Denver Art Museum opens online

The Shop at the Denver Art Museum is now online at http://shop.denverartmuseum.org/. Initial items available for sale online include replicas in two sizes of Lawrence Argent's popular I See What you Mean sculpture (known locally as the Blue Bear) as well as a selection of exhibition catalogs, note cards, prints and a punching bag modeled on Nick Cave's Soundsuits. Additional items will be added in new phases scheduled for later this year, including catalogs from the Nature as Muse and Drawing Room exhibitions in Passport to Paris and some fun gift options, such as Eiffel Tower bookends.

Among catalogs now available are Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade, Jacqueline Groag: Textile and Design and a newly-published book on the DAM's exhibition, Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty. This 92-page publication is profusely illustrated with overall images and numerous breathtaking details of some of the best late Qing dynasty robes, textiles and accessories in the DAM collection. The book captures most of the objects that appeared in the stunning 2012 exhibition of the same name.

Sovereign: Independent Voices now on view

Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists—Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson and Virgil Ortiz—all of whom have received international acclaim. These artists challenge people to think more broadly about the place of Native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The included works reflect meditations on the self and Native histories in a variety of media, including painting, sculptural ceramics and multimedia works. Sovereign is included in general admission.

In conjunction with Sovereign, Kent Monkman will speak at the Logan Lecture Series and present the world premiere of a new performance art piece.

Logan Lecture: Kent Monkman

October 16, 7–8:30 p.m.

Kent Monkman, Fisher River Band Cree, Lot’s Wife, 2012. Fiberglass, Styrofoam, wood, taxidermy deer, artificial grass, video projection. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2013.71. Photo courtesy Elaine Stocki of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kent Monkman, Fisher River Band Cree, Lot’s Wife, 2012. Fiberglass, Styrofoam, wood, taxidermy deer, artificial grass, video projection. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2013.71. Photo courtesy Elaine Stocki of the Winnipeg Art Gallery
A Canadian artist of Cree Indian ancestry who works in diverse media, including painting, film/video, performance and installation, Kent Monkman challenges the colonial portrayal of Native people by Western painters. Monkman has exhibited his work and performed in major institutions throughout Canada, as well as in Europe and the United States. Tickets range from $8 to $18; call 720-913-0130 or visit the museum website for details. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Casualties of Modernity: A Kent Monkman Performance

October 18, 8–10 p.m.

Kent Monkman will present the world premiere of a new performance art piece commissioned by the Denver Art Museum. Monkman's work helps to rewrite the history books on issues such as cultural oppression, representation, gender and sexuality. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $15 for DAM members, $20 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan.

Spun exhibitions still on view

While Red, White and Bold has closed and the Dye Garden will be harvested on September 27, a number of the exhibitions that were part of Spun are still on view. Irresistible and Common Threads will remain on display until October 20 and 27 respectively, while Bruce Price: Works on Paper and Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag will be on view through November 3. Material World will be extended until January 5, 2014, and Cover Story, the debut exhibition for the new textile arts gallery, will remain up until April 27, 2014.

Conversations with Curators

October 4, 4 p.m. — Personal Items and Miniature Masterpieces in Spanish Colonial Art

Julie Wilson Frick of the New World Art Department will discuss small and exquisite objects in the Spanish Colonial galleries. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.

PreVIEW Open Window

Thursdays through October 31, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. For two hours on a weekly basis, visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle and treat objects from the textile art collection. Note: As of November 7, the hours for PreVIEW Open Window will change to 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Untitled #62 (Shady)

October 25, 6–10 p.m.

Wrap up the 2013 Untitled season with a venture into the dark side with a look at shading and slightly suspicious artworks at Untitled #62 (Shady). Enjoy live music, unusual detours, performances by Buntport Theater and more. Included with general admission, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event. Untitled will be on hiatus in November and December, returning in January for the 2014 season. Untitled is sponsored by Macy's Foundation and made possible through citizen support of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Drop-In Drawing: Gesture – NEW PROGRAM!

October 8, 1 p.m.

This new hands-on program for adults will occur every month on the second Tuesday, focusing on a different aspect each time. In October, experiment with different types of gesture drawing in the Asian art galleries to explore a wide range of subjects, strengthen your skills in rendering general forms and discover new types of mark making. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. Meet on level one of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission. Reservations are not required.

Family Fun in October

Create Playdate: Stamp

October 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in on the second Wednesday of the month for hands-on artmaking with your little ones. Hear a story in the gallery and have fun with other tots and their grown-ups. Create Playdates are included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org.

Totspot Sunday

October 13, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to join us for Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month. Watch Buntport Theater perform in the galleries, then check out all of the other museum activities available for families. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org.

CelebrARTE: Raíces

October 20, 1–4 pm

Bienvenidos a CelebrARTE! Bring toda la familia to our monthly bilingual program. This month, visitors are invited to celebrate their raíces, their roots, and make art to honor their ancestors for Día de los Muertos. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail Madalena Salazar at msalazar@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0054.

Free First Saturday

October 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy the museum's art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! 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).

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