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September 2015


Friday, March 13, 2015Sunday, September 20, 2015

Barbara Bosworth’s photography explores nature and memory through calm reflection upon places that hold deep personal and social meaning. Using a large format 8x10 camera, Bosworth makes exquisite prints that immerse the viewer in the scene and imbue details—fleeting effects of light and subtle traces of human or natural activity—with arresting presence.

Monday, June 1, 2015Sunday, October 11, 2015

Arrangements of flower-themed artwork will be on view throughout the Denver Art Museum this summer as part of the campus-wide celebration of flowers and in conjunction with In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism.

These installations highlight the DAM's vast and varied collections by spotlighting groupings of artworks from all over the world and across time that embrace the flower as subject matter.

Arrangements now on view:

North Building

Art & Activities throughout the Museum
Saturday, June 6, 2015Sunday, October 11, 2015

Celebrate the beauty of flowers with the Denver Art Museum!

Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism
Sunday, July 19, 2015Sunday, October 11, 2015

In Bloom explores the development of nineteenth-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and others.

A Video Installation by Kutluğ Ataman
Sunday, July 19, 2015Sunday, October 11, 2015

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read (2002) is a four-screen video installation filmed over the course of a year, which centers around the remarkable life of Veronica Read, an Englishwoman with a special passion for Hippeastrum, commonly known as amaryllis.

With over 900 Hippeastrum bulbs in her two-bedroom house, Veronica Read's obsession with these flowers is all consuming. Masquerading as a documentary about the Hippeastrum flower bulb, the work is actually a portrait of a woman wholly devoted to the care of these bulbs, which contain the hope of flowering only once a year.

Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection
Sunday, August 9, 2015Sunday, November 8, 2015

Castiglione: Lost Genius—Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection features 90 of the finest drawings, etchings and monotypes by the master draftsman, painter, and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. A forgotten master from the Italian baroque, Castiglione was a self-proclaimed genius, whose artworks entered the Royal Collection in 1762. The exhibition explores Castiglione’s mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite his turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known.

Sunday, June 7, 2015Sunday, November 29, 2015

Photographer Alec Soth studies the habits and rituals of ordinary Americans, finding moments of self-absorption and vulnerability that are specific to the people he photographs, yet somehow common to human experience. Taking cues from the Depression-era documentary projects of the 1930s, Soth set out to create a state-by-state record of American life in the early twenty-first century. Photographed over the course of a 2013 road trip, Colorado Dispatch presents the core of Soth’s work from the Centennial State.

Sunday, January 30, 2011Sunday, December 27, 2015

Experience one of the world's premier collections of Native American art. Reopened on January 30, 2011, our remodeled galleries of American Indian and Northwest Coast art focus on artists and their creations, revealing the hand and eye of each individual artist.

Sunday, January 30, 2011Sunday, December 27, 2015

Nampeyo: Excellence by Name is on view in the American Indian art galleries. Nampeyo is recognized as one of the greatest ceramicists of the 20th century. This exhibition traces the full spectrum of the famed Hopi artist’s career, highlighting key elements of her innovative forms and designs and the work of successive generations of her family.

Sunday, November 18, 2012Sunday, January 3, 2016

The 30 artworks in this exhibition reveal the versatility of lacquer as a medium used by Japanese artists to create containers, trays, plaques, braziers, and screens. A wide range of techniques are represented to demonstrate how lacquer was used during the last century to create objects of enduring beauty. The selected artworks reflect the changing styles and tastes of successive generations of lacquer artists who produced designs based on plants, animals, and other elements of nature.

Sunday, August 25, 2013Sunday, January 3, 2016

Depth and Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan, and Korea showcases a variety of carved, cut, incised, and etched bamboo objects. The exhibition demonstrates how artists used bamboo, carving deeply through it to achieve different colors and textures. The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning.

Sunday, February 15, 2015Sunday, January 3, 2016

Angel is a video that explores the theme of religion and features Wallinger playing Blind Faith, his sightless alter ego. The artist is seen repeatedly reciting—backwards—the first five verses of St. John's Gospel from the King James version of the Bible. The spectator is asked to consider religious belief in a realm beyond the visible.

Thursday, June 25, 2015Sunday, January 3, 2016

In partnership with Museo de las Americas, we celebrate the Mexican modernist master Gunther Gerzso (1915−2000). The Denver Art Museum highlights some of the artist's extraordinary paintings from 1960−1981 while the Museo offers a rich selection of his works on paper in Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master.

Saturday, February 16, 2013Sunday, February 28, 2016

Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration.

Sunday, May 31, 2015Sunday, March 6, 2016

From around the world and across centuries, more than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, garments, and sculptural forms illustrate the creative possibilities of this technique. The selection includes historic European tapestries made by large ateliers, twentieth-century collaborations between artist and weaver, and works by solo artist-weavers who use tapestry as their creative medium.

Sunday, May 17, 2015Sunday, April 10, 2016

New York-based artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez has transformed the Precourt Discovery Hall into a whimsical environment for family audiences using recycled paper from thousands of grocery paper bags, painted and cut by hand. Created in collaboration with local community groups, the seaweed-like bags camouflage paintings of insects—partially hidden by the protruding bags—creating another opportunity for discovery as visitors move through the space.

Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions
Sunday, May 17, 2015Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gifts, promised gifts, and works that the museum purchased over the last seven years are the focus of our next rotation in the modern and contemporary galleries.

The collection is the principal artery of a museum. It’s here where the idea for the next big show might be sparked, where artists and amateurs alike find their inspiration and a museum shapes its identity. Especially in modern and contemporary art, a continuous and strategically growing collection becomes the showcase of our time. It reflects who and where we are now and tells future generations about us.

Sunday, May 17, 2015Sunday, May 1, 2016

Virgil Ortiz is an internationally renowned ceramicist, fashion designer, and graphic artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. He uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz’s graphic murals, this exhibition features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. This is the first exhibition of his work to visually tell the whole story.

Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America
Sunday, December 7, 2014Sunday, November 27, 2016

During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry.

Sunday, January 26, 2014Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cubism was the most revolutionary and influential movement of the twentieth century. After Renaissance artists perfected the device of perspective, a painting was thought of as a window into the world. But cubist painters understood that canvases themselves were painted objects. They also rejected the idea that an object rendered with traditional perspective was any more “real” than an abstraction of that object on the flat surface.

Sunday, April 26, 2015Sunday, April 16, 2017

Celebrated for his multidisciplinary approach to art and design, Herbert Bayer called painting "the continuous link connecting all the facets of my work." The paintings presented in the exhibition give us a window into the personal side of this versatile artist.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015Friday, June 30, 2017

Strong Statements features six thought-provoking works, each by a contemporary native artist. The work of Melanie Yazzie, David P. Bradley, Harry Fonseca, James Luna, Jesse Cooday, and Judith Lowry challenges stereotypes and explores issues that affect American Indians including corruption and violence in the casino industry, racism, addiction, and questions of identity.

The Art of Bark Cloth
Sunday, August 31, 2014Sunday, August 27, 2017

This reinstallation of the Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through the unique medium of bark cloth (or tapa) used across the Pacific. Techniques and styles for decorating vary from island group to island group. Painted, printed, and beaten patterns decorate supple and sometimes expansive bark cloths. Elaborate masks made with tapa stretch over rigid stick or cane frames.


Occurs every day the museum is open , except July 4, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 11:00am11:45am

Expert docents introduce you to a selection of the museum’s most noteworthy objects. Visit both the North and Hamilton buildings and discover a diversity of artworks from across time and around the world.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Occurs every day the museum is open through November 8, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 2:00pm

A 45-minute public tour of Castiglione: Lost Genius examining the work of the master Genoese draftsman, painter, and printmaker.

Tours offered daily at 2 pm, August 9–November 8.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Free with admission. Reservations are not required.

Occurs every month on the first Saturday , except July 4, 2015 . Also includes July 11, 2015.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:36pm11:21pm

¡Cada Primer sábado gratis el Denver Art Museum te invita a aprender sobre nuestras colecciones en un tour gratis en español sobre nuestras obras favoritas en el museo!

Encuentro en el Hamilton Atrium.


Every First Free Saturday the Denver Art Museum invites you to learn about our collections in a free Spanish language tour of our favorite works in the museum!

Meet in the Hamilton Building Atrium.

Occurs every Tuesday and Thursday through October 8, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 1:00pm1:45pm

Docent-led member tours of In Bloom will be available at 1 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the course of the exhibition.

In Bloom explores the development of 19th-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and others.

$2 per member; limited by membership level.

Meet for the tour on level 1 of the Hamilton Building, by the glass wall that divides the ticketing area and The Shop.

Occurs every Wednesday and Friday
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 12:00pm12:30pm

Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Enjoy a different topic each week. Included in general admission.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Upcoming Topics

September 2 & 4: Imaginative Exercises in Precourt Family Discovery Hall

Occurs every month on the second Thursday
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:30am11:45am

Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. Experience and discuss art together on a tour led by a specially trained guide on the second Thursday of the month.

  • September 10: Flower Arrangements (meet in the lobby of the North Building)
  • October 8: Topic TBA
  • November 12: Topic TBA
  • December 10: Topic TBA

Museum admission and the tour are free.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 4:00pm5:00pm

Join Angelica Daneo for a discussion of Kress and Guggenheim, enlightened patrons of Renaissance art.

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.

Meet at 4 pm in the elevator lobby of level 6 of the Hamilton Building.

This month's Conversation with Curator was postponed because of the Labor Day holiday.

Occurs every month on the third Saturday
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:00am11:45am

On the third Saturday of the month, expert docents introduce you to a selection of the museum’s most noteworthy objects. Visit both the North and Hamilton buildings and discover a diversity of artworks from across time and around the world. The 45-minute tour is interpreted in ASL.

For details, call 720-913-0051 or e-mail


Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 5:30pm6:30pm

This lecture by Stephanie Schrader, Curator of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines the colorful and dynamic still-life paintings made by the 17th-century German artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Featuring botanicals and insect metamorphosis from Northern Europe and South America, the talk introduces the artwork of an important precursor to the Impressionists.

with Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Tom Haukaas 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 6:00pm7:00pm

Plains Indian floral beadwork features exuberantly varied shapes, colors, and motifs, but can you identify what tribe particular designs come from? Artist Tom Haukaas will explore examples of Plains beadwork and the characteristics that historically distinguished classic styles of one tribe from another. He’ll also discuss the identity of some of the flowers depicted and how commercial patterns appear in Native designs. In addition, Haukaas will show contemporary examples by today’s master artists from the Plains.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm8:00pm

Street photography can define the mood and culture of a city. In Harvey Stein’s long and varied career as an engaged photographer working in the documentary tradition, he has utilized the medium to craft pictures that capture the spirit and vitality of the people and places he depicts. His time working in communities from Harlem to Coney Island has resulted in seven books and over 80 one-person exhibitions that reveal his personal style and commitment to building human connections with photography.

Occurs every month on the second Sunday
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm2:45pm

Learn about the process and decision making of textile conservation from the Mellon Foundation Fellow with examples from current projects, and see completed treatments in the textile art galleries.

Included in general admission; however, space is limited.

PreVIEW is funded with generous support from the William H. Donner Foundation.

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 7:00pm8:30pm

With grids of small gelatin silver prints hand-titled in graphite and arranged by type, Mark Ruwedel’s work straddles the line between documentation and conceptual art.

His photographs of the U.S. and Canadian West present landscapes marked by their human presence. These pictures reveal the histories of places that have been traversed, exploited, and built upon. Sometimes these marks are evident, other times they’re merely a trace, yet all show the West as a peopled landscape—even in its perceived desolation—and give evidence that human and natural histories are intertwined.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:30pm3:45pm

Dr. Annabeth Headrick will discuss Chichen Itza, with special focus on the Temple of the Warriors. Through the art of the temple, she will show how international trade exploded and elevated the status of the warriors who went in search of ever more exotic goods.

Doors open at 2 pm.

Free for Alianza members free; $5 DAM members; $10 others. Students with ID free.

Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 5:30pm6:30pm

Defying categorization, Castiglione’s innovative pen and brush technique blurs the lines between drawing and painting. Laura Giles, Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Princeton University Art Museum, will explore Castiglione’s extraordinary graphic genius in the context of other master Baroque draftsmen, including Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, and Guercino. Her lecture also will consider his sources of inspiration and his impact on subsequent artists.

Doors open at 5 pm.

Free with general admission; first-come seating.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm1:00pm

Author and independent curator Sally Yu Leung will explore the origins and modern-day interpretation of the qipao (Mandarin gown/cheongsam) through the influence of the last Chinese Empress, Wanrong. Though an opium addict whose marriage to the Emperor Puyi at age 16 created a scandal, stylish and modern Wanrong led fashion in the elevation of a peripheral and bourgeois article of clothing to a global fashion icon.

Free for Asian Art Association members; $5 for docents, teachers & students; $7 DAM members; $10 others.

Special Events

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, September 5, 2015

On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy our art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime!

A Collection Highlights tours in Spanish is offered at 2 pm on Free First Saturdays.

Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 am. Some special exhibitions may require additional ticket.

Occurs every day through October 11, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015

Every day, visitors can find creative inspiration surrounded by abundant blooms in our hands-on artmaking space. Try out art materials, explore design styles, and experiment with techniques.

Meet local creatives and watch demonstrations of flower-inspired artmaking every weekend during In Bloom.

Occurs every month on the first Saturday , except July 4, 2015 . Also includes July 11, 2015.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 3:00am

Every Free First Saturday, listen to cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during our new storytelling program, Cuentos del Arte.

Stories para todos – for everyone - happen at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 6:00pm9:00pm

Educators enjoy free admission to the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and History Colorado Center and learn about the rich educational offerings available at each institution. You’ll also get exclusive access to the following exhibitions:

In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism

Clyfford Still: The Colville Reservation and Beyond, 1934-1939

El Movimiento: The Chicano Movement in Colorado

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 1:00pm1:30pm

Join artist Tom Haukaas for an informal chat about his ongoing work in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence studio. Learn more about what drives the nationally acclaimed bead artist, painter, and doll maker of the Rosebud Lakota tribe’s work. We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us!

The Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 6:00pm8:00pm

Join Design Council and Design Onscreen for the Denver premiere of The Nature of Modernism, E. Stewart Williams, Architect (2014, USA, 79 min.).

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 10:00am4:00pm

One of the Denver Art Museum’s longest-running events, the 26th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities, artist booths, and more. The DAM’s Friendship Powwow is a celebration of the vitality of American Indian cultures. The Gourd Dance will begin at 10 a.m. with the powwow grand entry at noon.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:00am11:00am

The Denver Art Museum is seeking a diverse group of volunteer museum guides to lead visitors on participatory tours of the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Museum guides work with groups ranging from pre-school students to adult visitors, and guides connect visitors with works of art and each other by initiating conversations, fostering discoveries, and sharing insights.

The first step in applying is to attend one of three required information sessions where you will learn more about the program, meet staff and other museum guides, and receive an application.

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 2:00pm9:00pm

Visit the mobile recording booth on the plaza to share your songs and stories about flowers and in exchange receive wildflower seed packets and paper flowers from Maureen Hearty, Gregory Hill and Nikki Pike of the bARTer collective and Sparky the Dog Records, a collective team of artists, musicians, writers, designers, educators, and thought provokers.

September 25, 2-5 pm and 6-9 pm

Included in general admission; members and youth 18 and younger free.

Saturday, June 6, 2015Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence for the summer is Tom Haukaas, nationally acclaimed bead artist, painter, and dollmaker of the Rosebud Lakota tribe.

Tom's residency will run June 6 through September 27. He will be in the studio on level 3 of the North Building on the following dates:

  • June 23–28, 11 am–2 pm
  • July 26–August 2
  • September 12 (Friendship Powwow)

There will be public hours on the weekends when Tom will engage with visitors:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Throughout September, DAM members will receive 20 percent off calendars. Other weekly special offers available onsite. Additional member 10 percent discount does not apply to weekly specials.

Not yet a member of the Denver Art Museum? Join today.

Free admission; shopping discounts for members only.

For sale or museum shop questions, call 720-865-4488.

Kids & Families

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, September 5, 2015

Celebrate your creativity and cultura on the Free First Saturday each month with bilingual activities for toda la familia. General admission is free. / Celebra tu creatividad y tu cultura durante el primer sábado de cada mes con actividades gratuitas para toda la familia. La entrada general es gratis.

Occurs every month on the second Sunday
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 10:00am

Foxy and Shmoxy- two smart, witty, and hilarious foxes inspired by the Fox Games artwork, are ready to strike out on their own and solve art mysteries in the galleries. The Fox Games artwork may be going off view (last day Aug. 16), but Foxy and Shmoxy are here to stay.

Adult Programs

Occurs every Saturday through October 31, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:00am4:30pm

Discover what it takes to be a textile conservator and learn what can cause damage to a textile. Use authentic tools to try out skills related to examination, dexterity, and tough judgment calls.

Included in general admission

Available September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

PreVIEW is funded with generous support from the William H. Donner Foundation.

Occurs every month on the second Tuesday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 1:00pm3:00pm

(Re)kindle your creative passions in these informal sketching sessions on the second Tuesday of every month. Take inspiration from the galleries with the help of a DAM art instructor and tackle a new drawing topic every month.

Occurs every Wednesday
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 10:30am12:00pm

On the first Wednesday of each month there will be a Textile Talk from 10:30 am-noon. On the other Wednesdays of the month, stop by for PREVIEW Open Window from 10:30 am-noon.

At the monthly Textile Talk, join textile conservators as they work with objects from the museum's collection. New objects and aspects of treatment will be discussed each month.

Occurs every month on the fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:00pm3:00pm

Monthly program on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. With the help of a DAM instructor, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries.

Meet in the El Pomar Grand Atrium of the Hamilton Building, level 1. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks.

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 6:00pm10:00pm

This month, celebrating In Bloom, we'll explore everything that flowers inspire, from perfumes to photography

Tuesday, September 8, 2015Saturday, September 26, 2015

Registration for all adult programs opens September 8 at 10 am for DAM members and September 15 at 10 am for others.

In this beginning level class with artist David Johnson, students will weave tapestries of their own design using historic and cultural sources for inspiration. Admission to Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry and all materials included. Students will be able to keep the loom provided.

Saturdays, September 26, October 10 and 24, 1-4 pm

Tuesday, September 8, 2015Thursday, October 8, 2015

Registration for all adult programs opens September 8 at 10 am for DAM members and September 15 at 10 am for others.

In Art of Color Seeing: Painting Like the Impressionists, discover the extraordinary world of light and color inspired by the French Impressionists. In this seven-week oil painting class, you will learn to see the three qualities of color and gain an understanding of how light affects its appearance. This class is open to all experience levels.

Thursdays, October 8-November 19, 2-4:30 pm

$130 members, $140 nonmembers

Tuesday, September 8, 2015Thursday, October 8, 2015

Registration for all adult programs opens September 8 at 10 am for DAM members and September 15 at 10 am for others.

Everyone has the ability to draw and create; the key is learning to see in a new way. Discover how to notice what you’ve missed in the visual experience and unleash your inherent ability to draw. Let artist Chuck Ceraso guide you through a revealing seven weeks and take home drawings that might surprise you.

Thursdays, October 8-November 19, 10 am-12:30 pm

$130 members, $140 nonmembers. Classroom visits to the art collection galleries included.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015Friday, November 20, 2015

Registration for all adult programs opens September 8 at 10 am for DAM members and September 15 at 10 am for others.

Keep your creative skills fresh in between fall and spring classes! Whether you draw or paint, bring your own supplies and enjoy unstructured studio work time with guidance from artist and instructor Chuck Ceraso. This class will not involve formal lessons, it is an open studio format for students with previous drawing or painting experience.

Third Fridays, Nov. 20, Dec. 18. Jan. 15, Feb. 19, 1-3:30 pm

$65 members, $75 nonmembers