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.
May 3 & 5: Roxanne Swentzell & Mud Woman
Roxanne Swentzell, creator of our own larger-than-life Mud Woman, depicts a wide spectrum of the human spirit through expressive, mostly female forms, and she does it with a powerful sense of humor! Learn more about her artistic journey and impressive body of work.
May 10 & 12: Benjamin West: Meet My Family
In honor of Mother’s Day, admire the love of a mother for her child in Benjamin West’s portrait of Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael. Explore this tender relationship in West’s painting of his wife and son, and see the beauty of a child who is yet to discover life and a mother who surrenders her life to her child.
May 17 & 19: Ramiro Gomez: Lupita
Ramiro Gomez’s artwork often probes the invisibility of the working class. Lupita makes visible a janitorial employee he met at the DAM who reminded him of his mother, a custodian at a public school. In this and other works, Gomez shines a light on marginalized Latino laborers, sharing his subjects’ experiences and highlighting their contributions to the community.
May 24 & 26: North Building: What's Next?
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Gio Ponti-designed North Building, it is time to look toward the next milestone. Come learn what's next for the North Building.
May 31 & June 2: Come to the Garden Party!
First appearing in the Americas in the early 17th century, the folding screen was invented in China, termed a byobu in Japanese and transitioning to biombo in Latin American cultures. We will discuss the composition, content, cultural influence, and symbolism shown in our ten-panel, 18-foot screen, one of only a few such treasures in U.S. museums.
June 7 & 9: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford
The visual vocabulary of abstract expressionism resonates from one generation to the next. Understanding the foundation of Still's work and how it evolved into abstraction helps draw a line of influence to Mark Bradford's current work.
June 14 & 16: Walter Radcliffe: Proud Father
Have you ever wondered who the people were in the massive painting of The Radcliffe Family? Explore the life of a wealthy 18th-century English family as depicted by an English master, Thomas Hudson.
June 21 & 23: Where is Ana Mendieta?
It’s a complex answer involving Castro, exile, feminism, conflicting art movements, and her elusive earth/body artwork. Thirty years after her shocking death, Ana Mendieta’s rule-breaking art continues to be an evocative presence in the art world.
June 28 & 30: Kay Sage: Forgotten Surrealist
As WWII threatened Europe, key French surrealists fled to New York. Their larger-than-life personalities and radical painting styles had a profound influence on American artists. We will look at Kay Sage's painting, A Little Later, and investigate her unheralded life as a female painter among the New York surrealists.
July 5 & 7: Time Travel: Claudio Dicochea
July 12 & 14: Motherwell: An AbEx Master
July 19 & 21: Philip Guston: Comic Relief?
July 26 & 28: Feather Dusters & Elk Teeth
August 2 & 4: Word Dance: A Visual Language
August 9 & 11: DAM Outdoors: Wheel
August 16 & 18: Stinson: Ruins & Remembrance
August 23 & 25: Blanket Story: Tags with Memories
August 30 & September 1: Leaños & Bierstadt: Face to Face