Start with the basics and then delve deep in this four-part course on the history of modern art. First up is Dr. Gwen Chanzit, curator of modern art at the DAM, who examines the development of abstraction in the first part of the twentieth century. Next, DU professor Dr. M.E. Warlick discusses how, emerging from the Dada movement and inspired by Freudian psychoanalytic theory, the surrealists experimented with ways to unlock the unconscious mind as a source for their creative activities. In the third session, Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, will be discussing the abstract expressionists, the group of highly original artists that shifted attention away from Europe to the United States in the decade following World War II. Finally, in the last session, DU professor Dr. Marisa Lerer explores pop and post-pop art movements from the 1960s and beyond.
Course will occur Sundays, April 13, 20 & 27 and May 4, 1-2:30 pm
Get a different perspective on the world of modern art by joining the course’s informal book club. Following the last session on May 4, DAM master teachers Danielle Stephens and Stefania Van Dyke will lead an open discussion (tea included!) of Katherine Kuh’s My Love Affair with Modern Art. This fascinating memoir shares the story of 1930s Chicago curator Katherine Kuh and her encounters with up and coming artists such as Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Ansel Adams, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder and many more. Copies of the book are available at the Tattered Cover Book Store. The discussion will run from 2:45-3:45 pm and is included with course registration. Space is limited, however; please contact Sally McCance at 720-913-0074 or email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Course: $75 DAM members, $85 nonmembers. Single sessions: $20 members, $23 non-members
Registration for the full four-session course begins March 11 for DAM members; March 18 for others. Tickets for individual sessions open to registration April 8. Register online at www.denverartmuseum.org/adultprograms or call 720-913-0130.
All classes and courses are accessible to people with disabilities. To arrange for individual accommodations or access services, please make your request at the time of registration. Wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first-come basis from the museum at no charge.
Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Educational Programs, Nancy Benson Educational 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).
Image credit: Juan Gris, Nature morte à la bouteille de Bordeaux (Still life with a bottle of Bordeaux), 1919. Oil paint on canvas. Gift of Marion G. Hendrie, 1966.176