Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Reclaimed Skateboard Decks, Mayan Calendar & Doodling at Untitled #51 (Second Life)

Untitled #51 (Second Life) on September 28 looks at re-purposing, repair, and a dose of reincarnation. This month, we celebrate the newest exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa.  Chat with Eric Berkemeyer, curatorial assistant in the native arts department, as he gives you the inside scoop on installing the El Anatsui exhibition and how the artist transforms everyday materials into extraordinary artworks. 

We also are taking inspiration from the collection of Anatsui’s pen and ink drawings. Anatsui, like many artists, is an avid sketcher. Show off your own doodling skills at one of our personalized sketching stations and make a memento to take home.

Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie, whom we have come to know and love, step beyond the freight elevator pool (though they will be hanging out there as well) into a new life as tour guides. Hear what Joan and Charlie have to say about the DAM collections (Joan is very opinionated) in a series of tours through the galleries. Goggles optional. Speaking of goggles, look for the Second Life Swap Cart in the Hamilton Building atrium. Props from past Untitleds will be up for grabs. Here's the list of all the items.

Over in the North Building things get more philosophical as two detours examine the cycles of life in the pre-Columbian and Asian art galleries. On level four, find out if the end of days really is coming as University of Denver professor Annabeth Headrick dissects the myths of the Mayan calendar. Up one level, talk reincarnation in a tour of the Asian art galleries.

This month’s MakeARTtalk creative uses repurposed materials every day. Derek Keenan, of Mukee Designs, makes jewelry crafted from reclaimed skateboard decks. Stop by the modern and contemporary gallery on level three in the Hamilton Building to see how Derek experimented with this material while creating a new sculpture inspired by a David Schnell painting.

Finish off the night by enjoying the view on the Duncan patio and soaking in the tunes of local band In the Whale. We've got another great night planned, hope to see you there!

You can view the event listing on our calendar and RSVP on Facebook.

The final Untitled of the season is October 26, and the 2013 season begins January 25.

Jaime Kopke is the adult and college program manager in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. She has been with the DAM since 2011 and is always scouting for community creatives to collaborate with for A&C programs. Send her an email.