Ana Teresa Fernández, Erasure 4 (performance documentation), 2015. Oil on canvas.

Logan Lecture Series: Activated Frontiers

2017 Winter/Spring

Challenging the conventional boundaries of place, relationships, and history, these contemporary artists question the familiar and activate new frontiers through disruption and new structures.

INDIVIDUAL LECTURES (scroll down to individual lecture listings to buy tickets):

$8 volunteers, $12 artists, $15 DAM members, $18 nonmembers

DAM Contemporaries (DAMC) members and students are free with valid student ID (student must present valid student ID the night of the lecture)


6:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm), Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Please note: the Mark Bradford lecture on May 30 will take place in Ponti Hall, North Building


DAMC invites you to an après-lecture reception with the artist immediately following each lecture at the ART, a hotel. Enjoy conversations with some of the hottest artists working today, along with complimentary snacks and a cash bar.

Please note: In lieu of a reception at the ART hotel immediately following the Mark Bradford lecture on May 30, the Clyfford Still Museum will be free and open from 5:00-8:00 pm that evening.



Join Denver Art Museum curator of modern and contemporary art Rebecca Hart; curator of architecture, design and graphics Darrin Alfred; and Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Curator of Fashion Florence Müller, for a dialogue highlighting the convergence of art, design, and fashion.

The boundaries of each are tempted as new media challenge one another and collaborations expand or self-reflect.

Mark Bradford compares his studio process with that of Clyfford Still: “What caught my eye was the insistence of his paintings. His surfaces were more raw and immediate than other abstract expressionist paintings.” Representing the U.S. in the 2017 Venice Biennale, Bradford joins us for the 100th Logan Lecture where he will speak about the two-venue exhibition Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford. The conversation will be led by the Denver Art Museum's curator of modern and contemporary art Rebecca Hart and Clyfford Still Museum director, Dean Sobel.

PLEASE NOTE: The Mark Bradford lecture is co-sponsored by Clyfford Still Museum. In addition to ticketing information above, Friends of Clyfford Still members receive free admission to this lecture (seating is limited, reserve in advance). This lecture will be held in Ponti Hall in the Denver Art Museum's North Building. In lieu of a reception at the ART hotel immediately following, the Clyfford Still Museum will be free and open from 5:00-8:00 pm this evening.


  • JOHN JOTA LEAÑOS—Wednesday, January 11
  • MELANIE SMITH—Wednesday, January 25
  • MI TIERRA, HERE & THERE, moderated by Rafael Fajardo, focusing on the research work of panelists Ramona Beltran, PhD, and Marisa Lerer, PhD—Wednesday, April 19
  • ANA TERESA FERNÁNDEZ —Wednesday, May 3
Still image of the video animation Frontera with a 20 minute run time, created in 2014 by artist John Jota Leaños.

John Jota Leaños, Frontera, 2014. Video animation (still), 20 minutes. © John Jota Leaños.

Still from the video Cats created in 2016 by artist Melanie Smith.

Melanie Smith, Cats, 2016. Video still. © Melanie Smith.

  • Mark Bradford
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    Logan Lecture: Mark Bradford

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    Representing the United States in the 2017 Venice Biennale, Mark Bradford joins us to speak about Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford. More