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.
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
Explore and play with Claudio Dicochea's ideas of race, gender, and power as we follow his artistic journey from 18th-century Spanish Colonial casta paintings to contemporary media archetypes and on to the universe!
July 12 & 14: Motherwell: An AbEx Master
Robert Motherwell, one of the most philosophical of the early Abstract Expressionists of the 1940s to 1960s, was influenced by the European Surrealists, who tried to represent their unconscious through their paintings. Motherwell and other AbEx artists adapted this approach to their own, uniquely American style of painting.
July 19 & 21: Philip Guston: Comic Relief?
Philip Guston’s Caught is from a group of paintings from the 1970s that referenced the hooded, masked figures of the Ku Klux Klan. After a long career as an Abstract Expressionist artist, he began representational painting again (1967-1980) in a cartoonish manner, unhappy with the political disorder in America.
July 26 & 28: Feather Dusters & Elk Teeth
We’ll look at ornamentation—feather dusters and elk teeth—in several objects in the American Indian galleries. From the elk tooth dress in Kevin Red Star’s Knows Her Medicine/Crow Indian to a flamboyant feather duster headdress atop a wedding coat, we’ll consider the context of such adornments and their dazzling visual effects.
August 2 & 4: Word Dance: A Visual Language
What is a drawing? Explore the complex question through the ideas, thoughts, and emotions expressed in the words dancing across the paper. This is SYZYGY!
August 9 & 11: DAM Outdoors: Wheel
Explore the meaning of text and imagery relating to American Indian history with Edgar Heap of Birds’s Wheel. This sculpture, consisting of ten tree forms, was inspired by the Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming and has become a special site for many.
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.