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October 2014

Exhibitions

Sunday, November 10, 2013Sunday, October 19, 2014

Herbert Bayer spent an artistically fruitful decade in Berlin following his tenure at the Bauhaus. His graphic designs of the time are characterized by inventive integration of typography, photomontage, and graphics. Born of Bayer’s multidisciplinary method, these designs appear fresh, even today.

Sunday, June 22, 2014Sunday, November 2, 2014

“Upon first glance, viewers might think Daniel’s works are photographs because of their stunningly realistic elements. However, the longer we look at one of his paintings, the more we become aware that they are anything but a part of our world. We encounter Sprick’s paintings not so much as statements, but more as experiences, whereby we engage deeply with his creativity.”

- Timothy J. Standring, exhibition curator and Gates Foundation Curator at the DAM

Sunday, May 19, 2013Sunday, November 16, 2014

Drawing from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive Spanish colonial art collection, Fashion Fusion looks at the influence textile motif’s have had on other artistic mediums.

Sunday, May 19, 2013Sunday, January 4, 2015

From recycled plastics and bound clothing to woven silks and charred tree limbs, Material World illustrates the wide range of materials and techniques used by contemporary artists.

Sunday, June 1, 2014Sunday, January 4, 2015

German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than 10 years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures, such as Castle and Doublerocker, both were on display in Material World. But he could use a camera. Herring has continued making videos since then, focusing increasingly on the people who participate in them. He has invited friends and strangers to improvise scenarios he contrives.

Sunday, December 15, 2013Sunday, January 18, 2015

The environment, literacy, peace, and equality are just a few of the subjects that designers tackle in Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives. With a touch of humor or with straightforward solemnity, the 33 posters in this exhibition demonstrate the inventive techniques designers use to provoke action.

Sunday, June 8, 2014Sunday, January 25, 2015

Joyce and Ted Strauss transformed the museum’s photography collection through their involvement as patrons, collectors, curators, and passionate advocates for the medium. As collectors, Joyce and Ted cast a wide net that encompassed early masterworks as well as experimental photographs by emerging artists. Even as they focused on contemporary art, they continued to acquire important twentieth century photographs with a strong historic or conceptual relationship to more recent work.

Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art
Sunday, October 12, 2014Sunday, February 8, 2015

Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque, and Kees van Dongen.

Saturday, February 16, 2013Sunday, February 15, 2015

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, July 27, 2014Sunday, February 15, 2015

Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades. 

 

Sunday, June 1, 2014Sunday, March 22, 2015

A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection.

Sunday, November 18, 2012Sunday, April 5, 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, May 25, 2014Sunday, April 12, 2015

This summer, Jason Rogenes will transform the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes. Part of a rich summer program focusing on sculpture, the installation—made out of cardboard and reclaimed Styrofoam—will encourage visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities.  

Sunday, September 15, 2013Sunday, July 26, 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, 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, November 10, 2013Wednesday, September 30, 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, 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, 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.

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.

Tours

Occurs every day the museum is open
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:15am11:00am

Think outside the box and experience the unique architecture of the museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind.  Take a trip through Boettcher Canyon Walk, scout out the Bartlit Sculpture Deck, sight-see from Duncan Pavilion, and more.

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

 

Occurs every day the museum is open
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 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 Wednesday and Friday
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 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

October 1 & 3: Photography and Vision: Looking at the Strauss Collection

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 4:00pm5:00pm

Learn about the Dukes of Milan and their artists with curator Angelica Daneo.

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 on level six of the North Building.

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 2:00pm2:45pm

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!

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¡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!

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 2:00pm3:00pm

Encuentro en el Hamilton Atrium.

¡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!

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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!

Occurs every month on the second Thursday
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 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.

  • October 9: Quilts
  • November 13: Matisse and Friends
  • December 11: To be announced

Museum admission and the tour are free.  Meet in the Hamilton atrium on level one.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 5:30pm7:30pm

Don't miss the chance to see Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works at the DAM before the exhibition closes—with the artist! Join DAM Contemporaries for a tour of the show with Daniel, then celebrate the fantastic exhibition of new paintings at a reception.

Tickets are $25 for DAMC members, $30 for nonmembers. 

Enter through the Martin Plaza entrance.

Lectures

with Paul Bromberg
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00pm1:00pm

There has until recently been little published in English or Thai about Bencharong, yet it was made in China in the 18th and early 19th centuries exclusively for Siamese royalty. Paul Bromberg will explore the history, production, usage and forms of this little-known, yet vibrant and colorful, export ceramic ware.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:00pm8:30pm

In beautifully rendered images, Jack Balas takes as his subject the idealized male figure. Balas questions why the male figure has largely been ignored in deference to the ubiquitous female subject. For example, in his essay “Where's the Beef? A Look For (And Lack of) The Male Erotic Image in Contemporary Art. Is the Term 'Homo-Erotic' Pejorative?” he advocates for gender balance in figurative art. In the artist’s photographs and paintings, statuesque male figures offer a counterpoint to the traditional sensuous female nude.

with Dr. Vincent Pigott
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:00pm1:00pm

This lecture focuses on the remarkable evidence for early metal works excavated by Dr. Vincent Pigott, an anthropologist and archaeologist with a strong interest in the origins, transmission, and societal impact of metallurgy across Eurasia. 

In Thailand just north of Bangkok, a pair of unique, prehistoric villages found by Dr. Pigott and his team together comprise one of the largest regional copper production centers known anywhere in eastern Asia.  From where did this all-important technology come—India, China, or perhaps beyond?

Doors open at 11:30 am

with Josef Diaz
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 2:30pm4:00pm

During the Colonial period, "dressed-statue" paintings of the Virgin Mary became extremely popular in the Americas.  They depicted various images of Mary that had gained a wide following on account or miracles ascribed to them. This talk will explore the genre of "dressed statue" paintings as well as specific examples

Purchase tickets at the door. Free for Alianza members, $5 for DAM members, $3 for students, $10 for others.

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:00pm8:30pm

A “Colorado treasure,” master printer Bud Shark is legendary beyond the Rockies. Since 1976, he has been collaborating with many of the most renowned artists of our time who hail from around the world. More than 150 artists, including Red Grooms, William Wiley, Luis Jiménez, Roy De Forest, Peter Saul, Stacey Steers, Italo Scanga, Hung Liu, Enrique Chagoya and Betty Woodman have found their way to Shark's Ink, first in Boulder and now in Lyons. Shark uses techniques as diverse as the artists who have sought him out, and he is known for innovation, collaboration and quality.

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 7:00pm8:30pm

Widely known for his photographs that incorporate room-scale camera obscuras, Abelardo Morell creates innovative and surprising images that encourage us to question the way we see. 

Special Events

Occurs every day through October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:00am5:00pm

Throughout October, DAM members enjoy 15 percent discount off the entire selection of eyebobs reading glasses. Other weekly special offers available onsite. Additional member 10 percent discount does not apply to weekly specials. Offer is good at both Museum Shop locations.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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.

Sponsored by Target. Made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10:00am5:00pm

Members see the exhibition first! View Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art during this members-only event before the exhibition opens to the general public.

Entry is included with general admission, which is free for members. No reservations needed.

Members also save 20% on their purchases at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum on October 11 only. All purchases help support the Denver Art Museum.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 10:00am4:00pm

On Oct. 14 and 16, bring toda la familia and drop in between 10 am and 4 pm to celebrate creativity and cultura with Artesano-in-Residence Oscar Becerra Mora. Visit the maestro as he works. He will share his inspirations and processes as he works in cartonería, or Mexican paper sculpture, and how this technique plays a large role in the cultural expressions of the holiday of Día de los Muertos.

All Artesano-in-Residence activities are drop-in and included with general admission.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1:00pm4:00pm

Prepare for Día de los Muertos by making your own nicho with artesano-in-residence, Oscar Becerra Mora, visiting from Mexico City.  These nichos celebrate life by poking fun at death.  They are mixed-media shadow-boxes that contain lively scenes of mini-skeletons.  Create yours with inspiration from DAM collections.

The taller and materials are included in general admission, but reservations are required.  Find the fiesta in the North Building level 4 seminar room

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:00am4:00pm

On Oct. 14 and 16, bring toda la familia and drop in between 10 am and 4 pm to celebrate creativity and cultura with Artesano-in-Residence Oscar Becerra Mora. Visit the maestro as he works. He will share his inspirations and processes as he works in cartonería, or Mexican paper sculpture, and how this technique plays a large role in the cultural expressions of the holiday of Día de los Muertos.

All Artesano-in-Residence activities are drop-in and included with general admission.

Kids & Families

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:00am1:00pm

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to join in with our quilt craze as we mix and match patterns and fabrics. Create art,  read stories, and play art games in the galleries.

Create Playdates are included with general admission, and children 5 and under are always free.

No reservations are required.

For more information, e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130.

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 10:00am1:00pm

Bring your under 5-year-olds with the whole family, and join us every second Sunday of the month for in-gallery performances by Buntport Theater starring Foxy and Shmoxy (inspired by the DAM’s artwork Fox Games) at 10:30 or 11:30 am. 

Check in at the Family Activity Cart to get your special letter from the Fox Box and follow the clues to find the foxes! Afterwards, check out all of the other activities available to families in the museum.

Free with museum admission. No reservations required.

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm4:00pm

The third Sunday of the month, between 1 and 4 pm, bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and culturaLeyendas are stories that mix reality and fantasy to teach us about our history, culture, and traditions.  Hear legends passed down from the ancient Americas that are still told today and work with our visiting artista-maestro, Sr. Oscar Becerra Mora, based in Mexico City.  In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver and the Museo de Arte Popular (Mexico City).

Adult Programs

Occurs every day the museum is open through October 12, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Every day the museum is open, visitors can explore the creative process behind assorted techniques and mediums in the Sculpture Studio.

Every weekend, visitors will have a chance to pull back the curtain and immerse themselves in the artistic process as local artists demonstrate a variety of sculpting techniques.

Weekend demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 pm.

 

Weekend Demonstration Schedule (artists subject to change)

Occurs every Thursday
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 1:30pm3:30pm

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. For two hours on a weekly basis, visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle, and treat objects from the textile art collection. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation.

No reservations needed.

For details, e-mail svandyke@denverartmuseum.org.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:00am1:00pm

Get hands on with art! Tactile Tables are a regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunity to experience art in a hands-on way with facilitation by specially trained docents. These tables are free with admission and are open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision.

This program repeats on Saturday, October 11, 10 am-1 pm.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10:00am1:00pm

Get hands on with art! Tactile Tables are a regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunity to experience art in a hands-on way with facilitation by specially trained docents. These tables are free with admission and are open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision.

This program also offered on Friday, October 10, 10 am-1 pm.

Occurs every month on the second Tuesday
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 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. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1:30pm2:30pm

The DAM conservation team continues its work readying tapestries from the museum’s collection to go on view—see their progress and latest challenges and solutions!

This program also offered October 1, 10:30-11:30 am

$5; pre-registration required.

 

Occurs every month on the fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 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, October 31, 2014 - 6:00pm10:00pm

Take a turn toward the supernatural. Soak up the spirit of the night with a look at the otherworldly colors of the Fauvist movement, share ghost stories in the galleries, and score big in a museum-wide trick-or-treat.

Included with general admission. Cash bar.

Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.