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May 2015

Exhibitions

Sunday, April 19, 2015Sunday, June 21, 2015

A visitor favorite since her first appearance in 1984, Linda, is returning to the DAM after a long hiatus. Last on display at the DAM in 2009, Linda has since been kept in darkened, climate-controlled storage to ensure her preservation.

This exhibition also features two other sculptures by John DeAndrea, Clothed Artist and Model, and Nude with Black Drape. The latter is a newly completed work.

Sunday, March 22, 2015Sunday, June 28, 2015

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination focuses on artworks the Spanish artist created during the last two decades of his career (1963-1981). Joan Miró's (pronounced Jwan mr-OH) imagination and creativity extended well into his old age. Later in life, he continued the inventive forms for which he is known and began exploring new materials, including bronze. This exhibition features bronze sculptures–including Woman and Bird (Femme et oiseau) (in slide show below)–which have rarely been seen outside of Europe.

Sunday, November 10, 2013Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rupprecht Matthies’ ¿Being Home? is a community-inspired, interactive artwork that grows with each installation. In 2009 and 2011, Matthies collaborated with immigrants at Denver-area community organizations, including the African Community Center, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and Centro San Juan Diego, to gather words evocative of notions of home. The resulting words—transformed into mobiles, pillows, and wall pieces—are in 13 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, and Kareni.

Sunday, September 15, 2013Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists, Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson, and Virgil Ortiz, who have received international acclaim. These artists challenge people to think more broadly about the place of native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The included works reflect meditations on the self and native histories in a variety of media, including painting, sculptural ceramics, and multimedia works.

Sunday, March 8, 2015Sunday, August 16, 2015

Collectibles, a showcase of works on paper from the Denver Art Museum's collection, demonstrates that drawings are, indeed, collectible. That is, that they are worth acquiring and looking at—from up close and far away, in various arrangements, again and again.

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.

Sunday, November 18, 2012Sunday, September 27, 2015

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, 2013Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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, 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, 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.

Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions
Sunday, May 17, 2015Sunday, January 3, 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, January 26, 2014Sunday, January 10, 2016

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, May 17, 2015Sunday, January 10, 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.

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

This spring, New York-based artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez will transform 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 will camouflage paintings of insects—partially hidden by the protruding bags—creating another opportunity for discovery as visitors move through the space.

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, 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.

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 varied 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.

Tours

Occurs every day the museum is open , except July 4, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 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 June 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 1:00pm1:45pm

A 45-minute public tour highlighting Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination.

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

Free with admission. Reservations are not required.

Occurs every Wednesday and Friday
Wednesday, May 27, 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

May 27 & 29: Victor Higgins: New on View

Explore the art of Victor Higgins, a Taos Society artist who became a major transitional figure linking realism with modernism.

Special Events

Occurs every day the museum is open through June 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spark your imagination in our hands-on Studio space inspired by the art of Joan Miró. Visitors can build free-form sculptures, get creative with words, experiment with painting and drawing techniques, and explore a variety of activities designed to jump-start creativity.

Fun for all ages with no experience necessary, the Studio will be open March 29-June 28.

The Studio: Spark Your Imagination is sponsored by R&J Newman Family Foundation.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:00pm2:00pm

The Flobots are an alternative hip-hop band and the current DAM creatives-in-residence, bringing music to the galleries all month long.

Get in on the action with the band’s drummer, Kenny O., at informal drum clinics on Acoma Plaza on May 13 and 27. All skill levels welcome!

Sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 1:00pm1:30pm

The Insider Moment with Annabeth Rosen has been cancelled.

Join artist Annabeth Rosen for an off-the-cuff chat about her ceramic artwork, now on view at the DAM. Learn more about what drives Rosen’s work, which pushes beyond the traditional notions and conventions of clay. We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us!

Image credit: Annabeth Rosen, Ztheo, 2009. Ceramic, bailing wire, steel plate, and neoprene casters. M&C Acquisition Fund, 2011.259. © Annabeth Rosen

Friday, May 1, 2015Sunday, May 31, 2015

Throughout May, Denver Art Museum members will receive 20 percent off the entire stock of ties and scarves. Find a wide selection of art and design-inspired neckwear in The Shop located in the Hamilton Building, level 1. Additional discounts do not apply to monthly specials.

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

Contact The Shop at 720-865-4488 or shop@denverartmuseum.org.

Kids & Families

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 9:00am10:00am

DAM members get exclusive access to Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination during a special hour with emphasis on children’s programming.

Explore Miró’s artistic journey through an engaging, family-friendly play titled Miró, Magic & the Night.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 10:00am11:00am

Explore Miró’s artistic journey through an engaging, family-friendly play titled Miró, Magic & the Night.

With performances by Buntport Theater Co., this brand-new play tells the story of Miró’s journey as an artist - where he started, where he ended up, and where he went in between. How did Miro get to his iconic art, full of fun, whimsical shapes? How does an artist develop his craft over time? Travel with us, as we follow Miro’s early realistic works to his later fantastical forms.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This class will occur June 9–12, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

From swirling masquerade regalia to pounded nails that keep a promise, African Art has work to do. While exploring the museum’s African Collection, discover the job of many mysterious objects and find inspiration for your own creations.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This class will occur June 9–12, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Line, shading and gesture are just fancy words for squiggle, smudge, and splat! Travel all over the museum, read stories, play looking games, mash and mold clay, clip and paste collage, drip and stamp paint while creating wearable art and more.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This full day class will occur June 9–12, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

Get in the minds of three superstar architects! Construct with angles like Daniel Libeskind, create tile mosaics like Gio Ponti, and build with blocks like Michael Graves. Visit great downtown buildings and get inspired to design your own using trace paper, computers, and more.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This class will occur June 16–19, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Create art using everyday objects you would normally throw away. Make beautiful art projects using clothespins or old cans. Got an old shoe box? Turn it into a desk organizer. Create ornaments and decorations using junk. Keep the trash can empty and fill it with amazing treasures.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This class will occur June 16–19, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

What if feelings had colors and colors had feelings? Take a wild ride through color and expression in this class full of fun. We will paint, collage, and create while listening to music and moving to the happy beat.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This class will occur June 16–19, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Art supplies can be much more than pens, paints, and pastels. Discover how you can use ordinary objects to create extraordinary works of art.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This class will occur June 16–19, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Get to know the animals in the DAM’s collection. The animals here have very special meanings for the people that made them. Some say there is even an animal that will protect and guide you your whole life. Find your power animal and make art that shows off your new friend!

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Monday, June 22, 2015

This class will occur June 23-26, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Kids and their grown-ups will take on creative challenges, tell stories, and meet new friends - all while discovering the wonders of the Denver Art Museum TOGETHER. Reignite your imagination and explore creating alongside your child in this engaging and playful class. We are excited to embark on this journey with you both!

*Please note that one adult family member must attend with each child.*

Monday, February 9, 2015Monday, June 22, 2015

This class will occur June 23-26, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Sniff, listen, and feel your way through the museum in a week-long adventure to engage all your/the senses! Prepare to see, taste, and make works of art in a whole new way!

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This class will occur July 7–10, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Explore the four seasons through artworks at the DAM! Get inspired by summer, spring, winter, and fall to tap into your imagination, get messy, and create art.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This class will occur July 7–10, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Build alien creatures based on the museum’s sculpture collection and then create comfy homes for them inspired by the museum's abstract works of art.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This full day class will occur June 23–26 and July 7–10 (SOLD OUT), 9:30 am–4:30 pm

Journey with three white mice as they take you behind the scenes of the Forbidden City in China, 1800. You’ll fit right in with the royal family wearing an imperial robe you make yourself.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers; one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This full day class will occur July 14–17, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

In this stop-motion animation class we will be exploring... environment! From nature, the city or even the museum, learn to construct basic stop-motion animations and Claymation drawing inspiration from around you. We will post your creations to YouTube and host a cinema premiere. Please bring a digital camera, Blank SD card and a thumbdrive to take your films home on.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This class will occur July 21–24, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Finding inspiration from the array of horse iconography, imagery and sculptures in the DAM galleries, we will create a fully operational marionette horse, from wood, paint, rope and much more. These horses will be given a name and a story. We will prance through the museum on a horse parade at the end of the week. To accompany our horses, we will produce unique saddle blankets, watercolor horse portraits and a pasture scene.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This class will occur July 21–24, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

From American Indian, to Western, to Contemporary galleries and beyond, explore the influence of the West in art. Uncover ideas behind art from the West, what it means to you to live in the current day Western US and define your own sense of Western. To create several unique works you will select from wood, acrylic paint, watercolor, papier mache, and more.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This full-day class will occur July 14–17 (SOLD OUT) and July 21–24 (SOLD OUT), 9:30 am–4:30 pm

What would it be like to grow up in an 18th-century Japanese castle? Follow the adventures of four young lords and ladies, design settings for seashells, embellish a samurai sword, and play the games kids played back then.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers; one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This full day class will occur July 28–31, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

Pull back the curtain and discover the exciting mysteries held within the museum walls! Explore the museum through the untold stories of the art works and solve the “HOWdunits” of artists’ creations.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers; one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This full day class will occur July 28–31, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

Prowl the museum galleries to create an entire production inspired by the artwork. Together we will write, design, and act in a play to be performed in the art museum during the monthly Adult and College program, Untitled!

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers; one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This class will occur Aug. 4–7, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

What IS modern art? Where and how do modern artists develop their inspiration? Dive into the DAM's Modern Art Collection and discover the magic behind modern art through painting, drawing, sculpting, and other unexpected mediums!

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This class will occur Aug 4–7, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Explore the museum collections with your artist's eye, and develop your own signature style of seeing and creating art. Students will use sketchbooks, learn the method behind various drawing and sketching techniques, and see where their doodles take them.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This class will occur Aug. 4–7, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Go adventuring in the museum with a pint-sized companion, explore the world in miniature, and use your creativity to make mini-masterpieces.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers; one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This class will occur Aug. 4–7, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Your mission should you choose to accept it, will be to re-design an everyday object and make it better. Got a chair at home that just doesn’t feel right? A teapot that spills instead of pours? Pick up design skills like observation, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing and be on your way to designing a better world!

Monday, February 9, 2015Sunday, August 9, 2015

In summer classes at the DAM, kids ages 4-11 can explore the galleries and engage in hands-on learning and artmaking.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full-day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Registration begins February 9 at 10 am for DAM members; February 16 for nonmembers. These popular programs fill quickly; be sure to register early!

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This class will occur Aug. 11–14, 9:30 am—12:30 pm

Become a creative explorer on a quest for hidden treasure. Each day will be a different adventure as we sing, create, and move our way around the museum, unlocking mysteries with our favorite DAM family programs monkey, Seymour.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This class will occur Aug. 11–14, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Grab your magnifying glass and become an art detective at the museum! Discover line, shape, space and texture in artworks as you journey through the collections. Campers will create treasure maps and solve an art mystery while learning the elements of art.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This class will occur Aug. 11–14, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Explore movement as it relates to art and culture. Get inspired by a variety of artwork to help you create, dance, and even do yoga!

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Monday, February 9, 2015Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This class will occur Aug. 11–14, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

We are going to camp at the museum! Imagine sleeping under skies of many different paintings. We will make s’mores, fire flies, and campfires (not real ones, of course!) while learning about and creating abstract art.

One-week half-day classes $110 DAM members, $130 nonmembers, one-week full day classes $225 DAM members, $250 nonmembers. See all this summer’s half- and full-day classes.

Adult Programs

Occurs every month on the fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, May 26, 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, May 29, 2015 - 6:00pm10:00pm

Put the parts and pieces together this month at Untitled: Some Assembly Required to see how artworks are made, collections amassed, and installations assembled.

At our Untitled Final Fridays, you can get an offbeat art fix, pick up a creative skill, and convene with local movers and makers. Top it off with a cash bar, munchies, and a dose of the unexpected and you’ve got a great night out.

College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays.