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Saddle Up for Action & Adventure

Friday, May 26, 2017 6-10 pm

The Denver Art Museum's Untitled: True Grit will be an evening inspired by the characters, action, and adventure of The Western: An Epic in Art and Film. (Please note: Untitled Final Friday activities and performances are included with general admission. The Western requires an additional ticket.)

Enjoy Demos & Talks with Native Artists

The opening scene includes the powerhouse trio of Native Arts Artist-in-Residence alumni Melanie Yazzi, Gregg Deal and Walt Pourier. Join each artist as they combine action, community, and togetherness for a series of talks and demos that explore the fortitude and persistence of having “True Grit.” Get moving with Melanie’s Moving Circles project, listen up to the real Deal (Gregg that is) and get hands-on with the grit of the grip tape as you explore Lakota Skateboard culture with Walt.

Watch an Opera Performance

The drama builds with a fiery performance of excerpts from Carmen by Central City Opera. The characters in this story are fierce and determined to steal the show, so grab a seat and get ready for a real torrid affair.

Listen to Stories

The suite of story lines continues with a double-header of spoken-word performances from MOTUS Theater and Stories on Stage. Learn why there’s nothing tougher than a momma’s boy in Victor Galvan's monologue "My Mother's Son." Then hit the dusty trail to historic Denver with Jessica Robblee with a monologue full of cowboys and real cow pies.

Tour Western Art Galleries

Speaking of cowboys! It wouldn’t be a western theme without them! Join Denver western wear icon Rockmount Ranch Wear on a detour through our western American art galleries in the Hamilton Building that explores the costumes and culture behind the spurs and on the silver screen. These local outfitters have dressed the best of the west, including Elvis, the cast of Brokeback Mountain and more, so dust off your Stetsons and pearl snaps, because this is sure to be one good-looking tour.

Learn the Art & Science of Trick Roping

Now get jumping and swingin’ (but watch your back!) with cowboy trick roper Craig Ingram. This champion roper is here to show off the art and science behind the lasso. Watch the show and then try your hand at throwin’ rope inside the museum.

And More

There’s lots more fun to be had – including guest appearances from some of our favorite local acts, Buntport Theater and Warm Cookies of the Revolution. So head west (or whatever direction takes you to the museum) and we’ll see you on May 26 for Untitled: True Grit!

Lauren Hegge is the adult programs coordinator in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. Lauren has been with the DAM since 2013 and is committed to supporting Denver’s creative culture and enhancing the museum’s role as a place of community gathering.