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February 2015

Exhibitions

Sunday, June 8, 2014Wednesday, February 4, 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.

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, November 16, 2014Sunday, March 15, 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.

Tours

Occurs every day the museum is open
Sunday, February 1, 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
Sunday, February 1, 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
Wednesday, February 4, 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

January 14 & 16: Native American Adornment: Bison Hide Robes

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 4:00pm5:00pm

Join curator Thomas Smith for a look at William Matthews: Trespassing.

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 2 of the Hamilton Building.

 

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 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, February 7, 2015 - 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, February 12, 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.

  • February 12: Glitterati  (meet at the North Building entrance)
  • March 12: Modern & Contemporary/Oceanic (meet in the Hamilton Building atrium)
  • April 9: American Indian (meet at the North Building entrance)

Museum admission and the tour are free. 

Occurs every month on the third Saturday
Saturday, February 21, 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, e-mail lmiller@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0051. 

Lectures

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:00pm7:30pm

Yumi Janairo Roth works with everyday objects to make art that disturbs familiar environments. Her reinventions of banal objects have included decorating plastic traffic cones with ruffled crepe paper, inlaying mother-of-pearl patterns from Filipino furniture onto wooden pallets, and floating hundreds of colorful wooden arrows in Cherry Creek. She’s even navigated unfamiliar places with maps drawn by strangers. By recontextualizing and reformulating in surprising ways, Roth makes work that causes people to reassess what they thought they knew.

with Robin Farwell Gavin
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:30pm4:30pm

Traditional explanations for New Mexico's colonial artistic style are re-examined in light of recent research from across the  Americas by Robin Farwell Gavin, Chief Curator at the Museum of Colonial Art in Santa Fe. Her lecture will illustrate the connections between stylistic developments in New Mexican colonial art and those in other Spanish colonies through examples from Peru, Mexico, and New Mexico.

Doors open at 2 pm.

Free for Alianza members; $5 DAM members; $10 nonmembers; $3 students with ID.

With John Atencio
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 5:30pm6:30pm

John Atencio, Denver's premier jewelry designer, will speak about the art of jewelry design, his 40-year career, and the inside story of the jewelry industry.

Free with museum admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

Sponsored by Friends of Painting & Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Denver Art Museum members are invited to learn the stories behind the extravagant jewels with Brilliant exhibition curator, Margaret Young-Sánchez.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00pm1:00pm

Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tsherin Sherpa studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting from age 12, with a short foray to Taiwan to study Mandarin and Computer Science in his 20s.  After his return to Nepal and subsequent move to the US in 1998, Tsherin continued working and teaching as a thangka artist, but in recent years has explored the detachment experience caused by the Tibetan Diaspora in relation to the traditional art.  His classical images of Tibetan deities morph into a swirling abstract form that illustrates this sense of groundlessness.

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
Tuesday, February 3, 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.

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 7:00pm11:00pm

Join Design Council of the Denver Art Museum for Design After Dark | CUT, Denver’s most dynamic and diverse celebration of design. The evening will begin at 7 pm with cocktails, food, entertainment, and a silent auction well into the night.  

#designafterdarkcut

At Bindery, 2901 Blake St., Denver 80205

Tickets prices are $80 general; $65 DAM/Design Council members; $45 young professionals (ages 21–30 w-ID). 

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, February 7, 2015

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.

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 10:00am5:00pm

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).

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

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Celebrate your creativity and cultura every Free First Saturday of the month with bilingual activities for toda la familia

Occurs every month on January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December on the second Sunday
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:00am12:00pm

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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 10:00am1:00pm

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5 to jump into art that spins and Swirls. 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.

 

Adult Programs

Occurs every day the museum is open through March 15, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10:30am11:30am

Take a first look at new acquisitions to the textile collection with curator Alice Zrebiec.

$5, Pre-registration required.

 

Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Macy’s Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Occurs every Thursday
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 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.

Occurs every Thursday through February 12, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:15pm7:30pm

Join us for a series of informal expert-led talks exploring a variety of jewelry-related themes. Conversation Lounge tickets do not include entry to the exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.

Occurs every month on the second Tuesday
Tuesday, February 10, 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.

Offered bimonthly on the 2nd Friday & Saturday of the month
Occurs every month on February, April, June, August, October and December on the second Friday
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 10:00am1:00pm

Get hands on with art! Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated 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.

Tactile Tables are offered on the second Friday and Saturday of every other month.

Occurs every month on January, February, November and December on the second Friday through February 13, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 1:00pm3:30pm

Keep your drawing skills fresh in between fall and spring classes! Bring your own supplies and enjoy unstructured sketching time with help from artist and instructor Chuck Ceraso.

This class will not involve formal lessons, it is an open studio format for students with previous drawing experience.

Second Fridays, November–February (Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13), 1-3:30 pm

Sign up for individual sessions: $16 DAM members, $18 nonmembers.  (Registration for the 4-part series has closed.)

 

Offered bimonthly on the 2nd Friday & Saturday of the month
Occurs every month on February, April, June, August, October and December on the second Saturday
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:00am1:00pm

Get hands on with art! Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated 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.

Tactile Tables are offered on the second Friday and Saturday of every other month.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 1:30pm2:30pm

DAM conservation and curatorial staff discuss their latest work preparing for the spring’s tapestry exhibition.

$5, Pre-registration required.

 

Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Macy’s Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015Thursday, February 19, 2015

This class is for people who have already taken artist Chuck Ceraso's class, Drawing for People Who Think They Can't. This seven-week class will go deeper into aspects of shading, composition and bringing drawings to finish. This class also includes sketching from the museum collections.

This class is open to those who have not taken the pre-requisite class if they have previous drawing training. This is not an introductory class.

Supplies list:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015Thursday, February 19, 2015

Capturing the effects of nature entails more than just the focus on light and dark. In this seven-week class with artist Chuck Ceraso, learn to see the world as an arrangement of colored shapes and how to translate them into paint. Discover color’s various qualities and explore how light affects the appearance of color. This class is open to all experience levels and is great for beginners and experts alike. 

Thursdays, February 19–April 2, 2–4:30pm

$130 DAM members; $140 nonmembers

Occurs every month on the fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, February 24, 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, 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.

Sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering by Kevin Taylor.