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February 2015

Exhibitions

Sunday, November 16, 2014Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The DAM will host the world-exclusive exhibition of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, featuring stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or design house's, evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building.

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, June 1, 2014Sunday, April 19, 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 23, 2014Sunday, May 17, 2015

William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape.

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, 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, 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.

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.

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.

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 through May 1, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 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
Friday, February 27, 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 Wednesday and Friday
Friday, February 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

February 4 & 6: Bark Art in Oceania

Lectures

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:00pm

David Maisel is notable for photographing the unseen and the unseeable. Both in his landscapes and in his recent work with objects, he entices the viewer through the use of abstraction and unreal color.

Special Events

Occurs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through March 13, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015

Begin your Brilliant experience with a special introduction to Cartier presented by an expert docent. Gain insight about Cartier’s storied history, glamorous clientele, and meticulous craftsmanship. Then, view the exhibition at your own pace and enjoy a deeper understanding of Cartier’s artistry.

Each attendee will receive a souvenir booklet, illustrated with a selection of the stunning jewelry, precious objects, and historic photographs on view.

Tickets are $18. Space is limited to only 25 tickets per day; advance purchase is recommended.

Sunday, February 1, 2015Saturday, February 28, 2015

Throughout February, Denver Art Museum members will receive 20 percent off the entire stock of puzzles, including puzzles inspired by works in the museum’s collection. Find a wide selection of puzzles in The Shop located in the North 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.

Occurs every day the museum is open through March 15, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015Sunday, March 15, 2015

See artist Kevin Pourier at work creating carved buffalo-horn jewelry in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Studio from January 20 through February 1.

Drop in from 1-3 pm on the weekends below to meet the artist and explore his artmaking process first hand:

  • January 23-25
  • January 30-February 1

Pourier’s finished works will remain installed in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Studio for visitors to browse between February 1 and March 15.

Free with museum admission; no reservations required.

Kids & Families

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 22-25, 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 22-25, 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 22–25 and July 7–10, 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 and July 21–24, 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 camps and 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 day the museum is open through March 15, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015

Visitors can explore their creativity in the hands-on studio space. Connecting to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, the studio will offer an up-close look at jewelry.

Every weekend from noon-3 pm, local artists will demonstrate their skills.

Demonstration Schedule / Programación de Demostraciones

Andrea Li: Original Gemstone Creations / Creaciones Originales de Piedras Preciosas

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:00pm10:00pm

At our final-Friday Untitled events, the DAM offers a dose of the unexpected with offbeat art encounters, unique detours of the DAM collection, artmaking, local music, cash bar, munchies and more. At each Untitled, join us to explore a specific theme with exhibition related activities and community collaborations.