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. Included in general admission. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.
August 16 & 18: Stinson: Ruins & Remembrance
Colorado artist Don Stinson is drawn to the elements of earth, air, fire, and water as shaped by human-made structures within the landscape. His realistic landscape with an abandoned drive-in movie theater records human passage and its effect across geography and time. Based on his image, we will create a contemporary narrative of time passage.
August 23 & 25: Blanket Story: Tags with Memories
Blanket Story: Confluence, Heirloom and Tenth Mountain Division—what does it all mean? We will also engage in a discussion about the use of blankets as an art medium, the construction secrets, and the memories that made this art possible.
August 30 & September 1: Leaños & Bierstadt: Face to Face
One's understanding of Manifest Destiny depends on whether the Westward Expansion of the United States is viewed looking TO the West or FROM the West, as portrayed by John Jota Leaños and Albert Bierstadt.
September 6 & 8: The Secrets of Bamboo
Explore the DAM's extraordinary Lutz bamboo collection. This ancient grass has provided civilizations with such necessities as housing, clothing, food, fuel, and tools for hundreds of years. The DAM's collections feature masterful carvings—both useful and symbolic—from China, Japan, and Korea.
September 13 & 15: Fazal Sheikh: Honoring Refugees
In collaboration with refugees and marginalized communities, Fazal Sheikh's portraiture examines the human face of displaced people. Through close looking and individual stories, we will deepen our understanding of the complex lives of the displaced.
September 20 & 22: From the Fire
The From the Fire exhibition includes 65 examples of contemporary ceramic works by 35 Japanese artists. We will explore the works by master ceramists who are designated as Living National Treasures in Japan and explore how they use traditional techniques to make contemporary pottery.
September 27 & 29: Daniela Edburg's A Closer Look
Join us for a story of displacement and adaptation through the textile and photographic work of Daniela Edburg in Mi Tierra. This installation traces similar journeys that seven elements present in the Colorado landscape—lichen, cheat grass, river rock, red rock, alpaca, grassland, and tornadoes—made through very different scales of time.
October 4 & 6: Fazal Sheikh's World
What inspires Fazal Sheikh, a Princeton-educated New Yorker, to document the lives of displaced people all over the world? Learn a little of his story and the stories of the people he photographs in his unique, unforgettable portraits.
October 11 & 13: Old Christian Art: Who & What
How did people of the medieval and Renaissance periods, many of whom were illiterate, identify the subjects of church paintings?
October 18 & 20: Best Friends on Four Feet
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~Anatole France.
We have lived with and loved our animals for millennia … they share our history. Pictures we take of them are precious, and each one captures a moment in time, hinting at the timeless bond.
October 25 & 27: Arctic: Prehistoric to 1980s
Arctic graphic art has deep roots in the decoration of utilitarian objects of bone and ivory. We will follow the development of this artistic tradition from prehistoric fishing and hunting items to 20th-century prints.