Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Sweet Serenades, Secret Sounds, a Sewing Circle & More at Untitled #59 (Undercover)

July 24 update: Here is the program (PDF) for this month's Untitled.

This month Untitled #59 (Undercover) looks at the art of going incognito and examines what lies beneath. July also marks the beginning of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas. During Untitled see Mexican artist Humberto Duque’s roaming performance piece Lightning Blues Express, which is also happening at DIA throughout July, as part of the Biennial celebrations.

For Untitled, Duque is creating a performance where songs of farewell will spontaneously emerge throughout the museum. This roving series will take place as the program winds to a close, providing a sentimental send-off as visitors head home. As Duque describes it, his work often “incorporates elements of fiction…inviting the audience to be immersed in bewildering scenarios.” 

Offering the unexpected is a key part of the Untitled program, providing visitors with opportunities to connect and converse over the night’s happenings. We can’t promise you will run into Duque’s piece, but if you keep your ears open for a forlorn country tune, you may just find yourself surrounded by a sweet serenade.

Duque’s piece isn’t the only happening that will fly under the radar. Take in a mini-concert by MakeARTtalk creative Jason Corder who has gone undercover to record and present sounds he found in the museum. There will also be several activities that will literally take you under the covers. DAM master teacher Stefania Van Dyke will give a behind the scenes scoop of the exhibition Cover Story, and artist-in-residence Marie Watt will offer visitors a space at her community sewing circle. You can also hear about the materiality and myths surrounding masks in the African art collection and, as always, Joan (of Buntport Theater) will be figuring out new ways to avoid her swimming lessons.

See you on July 26 from 6-10 pm for Untitled #59 (Undercover). Video courtesy of Humberto Duque: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlNloOP7b40. 

Rose Eason is the coordinator of adult and college programs in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Rose has been at the DAM since 2012 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Mud Woman Rolls On.