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Lectures & Programs

Registration for Drawing for People Who Think They Can't (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 10:00amThursday, September 29, 2016 - 10:00am.

Discover how to notice what you’ve missed in the visual experience and unleash your inherent ability to draw with this class on Thursdays, September 29–November 10.

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Registration for Art of Color Seeing (SOLD OUT)

Painting Like the Impressionists
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 10:00amThursday, September 29, 2016 - 2:00pm.

Discover the extraordinary world of light and color inspired by the French Impressionists. In this seven-week oil painting class on Thursdays, September 29-November 10.

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Registration for Glory of Venice: An Artistic Evolution

Four-session course
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 10:00amSaturday, October 15, 2016 - 2:30pm.

This four-session course will take participants on an extraordinary exploration of the creativity of Venice spanning the mid-1400s to early 1800s, a time when artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian.

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Registration for Winter Open Studio: Maintaining Skills

Occurs every day through November 18, 2016. Next Occurs on Tuesday, August 30, 2016Friday, November 18, 2016.

Bring your own supplies and enjoy unstructured studio work time with guidance from Chuck Ceraso. This class, held on third Fridays, November 18, December 16, and January 20, will not involve formal lessons, it is an open studio format for students with previous drawing or painting experience.

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Kids & Families

Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity

Art Showcase at the DAM
Friday, August 26, 2016Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity showcases artwork by Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative (BRAI) artists and celebrates the creativity of children with autism spectrum disorder.

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DAM Highlights Tour (Daily)

Occurs every day the museum is open. Next Occurs on Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 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.

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Nooner Tour (Tuesday—Friday)

Occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Next Occurs on Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 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.

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Rhythm & Roots Tours

Occurs every day the museum is open through October 2, 2016. Next Occurs on Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 1:00pm.

Join a 45-minute public tour of Rhythm & Roots, offered daily at 1 pm, July 10 through October 2. Included with general admission, reservations not required.

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Artists & Studios

CultureHaus Lecture with Artist Stuart Semple

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:30pm8:00pm.

CultureHaus presents an exclusive artist experience with acclaimed British artist, Stuart Semple.

On September 29th, meet us at the Denver Art Museum for cocktails, snacks, and an artist talk with Semple. This discussion will give attendees an in-depth look into the artist's creative process, influences, and global art experience.

Semple is creating a limited edition print available for purchase ($140) specifically by attendees; all proceeds will benefit the Denver Art Museum.

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The Movement Studio & Weekend Creative Demonstrations

Saturday, June 4, 2016Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Explore how artists are inspired by movement with three hands-on activities. Watch an artist demonstration on weekends.

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Rhythm & Roots

Dance in American Art
Sunday, July 10, 2016Sunday, October 2, 2016.

This exhibition will present how artists, dancers, and choreographers helped form the artistic identity of dance in America. It will feature about 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and costumes relating to American dance from 1830 to 1960.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016Sunday, October 2, 2016.

#dancelab is a creative dance installation created by local artistic dance partners Wonderbound and creative firm Legwork Studio. This immersive, participatory movement experience focuses on celebrating American dance and deconstructs the dance experience to make it accessible to all.

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On Desert Time

Landscape Photographs by O’Sullivan & Bell, 1871–1874
Sunday, May 29, 2016Sunday, January 8, 2017.

This exhibition presents photographs by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and William H. Bell made in the American Southwest, 1871-1874, during expeditions on the Wheeler Survey.

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Performance on Paper

The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie
Sunday, July 3, 2016Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Posters by internationally acclaimed Colorado designers Phil Risbeck and the late John Sorbie announce performances at Colorado State University, and showcase expressive techniques, energetic imagery, and restrained typography.

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Depth & Detail

Carved Bamboo from China, Japan & Korea
Sunday, August 25, 2013Sunday, January 15, 2017.

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.

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What it Meant to be Modern, 1910–1965

American Works on Paper from the Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection
Sunday, August 21, 2016Sunday, March 5, 2017.

What it Meant to be Modern, 1910–1965: American Works on Paper from the Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection brings together the visionary work of Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler. The 18 works on paper all share the magic of the modernist movement of the first half of the twentieth century.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016Sunday, March 19, 2017.

This installation of larger-than-life immersive illustrations by Hadley Hooper was inspired by theater stage sets.

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Treasures of British Art

Sunday, March 27, 2016Sunday, April 9, 2017.

This exhibition presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, providing a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art.

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Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974

New York and Aspen Paintings
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.

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Artistry and Craftsmanship

Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons
Sunday, November 29, 2015Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Throughout its 35-year history, Ruskin Pottery produced decorative vessels, tableware, buttons, and plaques intended to be set in silver as jewelry. The pottery was known for hand-thrown ceramic bodies and innovative glazes.

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Contemporary Chairs Reimagined
Sunday, May 1, 2016Sunday, May 7, 2017.

These eight works reveal the vast range of materials and processes used by contemporary designers as they challenge our notions of what design can be through the enduring form of the chair.

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Contemporary Artists Speak Out
Sunday, February 21, 2016Sunday, May 14, 2017.

British artist Damien Hirst famously said, “Art survives through its effect on others.” As a leader in the contemporary art world, he, like his peers, considers making art a way to convey ideas about culture, human relationships, the environment, and politics.

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Abstract Expressionism

from the Denver Art Museum
Sunday, April 3, 2016Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Soon after World War II, the center of the avant-garde shifted from Europe to the United States when the first American-grown modern art movement—abstract expressionism—was born.

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Shock Wave

Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s
Sunday, September 11, 2016Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today.

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Strong Statements

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

Strong Statements features six thought-provoking works, each by a contemporary native artist. The works challenge stereotypes and explores issues that affect American Indians including corruption and violence in the casino industry, racism, addiction, and questions of identity.

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Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America
Sunday, December 7, 2014Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

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.

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Grand Gestures

Dance, Drama, Masquerade
Sunday, December 13, 2015Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Pre-Columbian art is full of human and supernatural figures in dramatic poses. This installation of 29 objects presents a cross-cultural selection of works from the DAM's extensive collection.

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Printed and Painted

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.

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Canaletto Masterwork Restored

Saturday, February 16, 2013Sunday, October 1, 2017.

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.

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From the Fire

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection
Sunday, September 25, 2016Sunday, October 1, 2017.

This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler.

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