Special Lectures & Talks

Special Lectures & Talks

The Denver Art Museum and its Support Groups frequently host special lectures by leaders in their fields.

  • Omer Arbel. Photo courtesy of James O’Mara.
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    Omer Arbel: Recent Works

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

    Based in Vancouver and Berlin, Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials and the treatment of light as a medium. Arbel’s interdisciplinary practice spans architecture, industrial design, materials research, sculpture, and high craft manufacturing. His work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, and the Monte Clark Gallery, among others. More

  • Spanish Colonial Shipwrecks of Florida
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    Spanish Colonial Shipwrecks of Florida

    with Mel King
    Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:30pm3:00pm.

    The Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere were tethered to the Old World by fleets of richly laden ships that crossed the Atlantic in peril of violent hurricanes, hidden reefs, and shifting shallows.

    From the perspective of a modern shipwreck salvor, the submerged cargoes off the coast of Florida represent a unique window on the cultural nuance and geo-political realities of a bygone era.

    In-depth historical research, advanced underwater detection methods, and conservation of delicate artifacts are all required to discover answers to these centuries-old mysteries. More

  • Hanuman Flies to the Himalayas for Magical Herbs
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe

    Asian Art Association and Curator’s Circle Lecture Series
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

    Demons and monkeys battle. Noblemen and women fall in love, perform valiant deeds, and sometimes betray each other. Both the magical events of the world of superheroes and real human experiences familiar to us all fill the stories of the legendary Indian prince Rama. More

  • Iconoclasm’s Aftermath: The Reuse of Pre-Columbian Sculpture in Colonial Mexico City
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    Iconoclasm’s Aftermath: The Reuse of Pre-Columbian Sculpture in Colonial Mexico City

    with Sara Ryu
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm7:45pm.

    In the decades following the Spanish conquest of Mexico (1519-1521), many pre-Columbian stone sculptures in the immediate vicinity of Mexico-Tenochtitlan were unmoored from their specific contexts, subjected to physical manipulations, and endowed with new functions. With the surviving evidence for reuse plentiful and diverse, this lecture by Sara Ryu will examine the afterlives of specific Mexica sculptures in the viceregal capital, and develop a sense of their distinct rhetorical strategies. More