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100 Years of Collecting Asian Art

2015 is the centennial anniversary of Asian art at the DAM. More

Tibetan text.

The Art of Tibetan Woodblock Printing

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

DU visiting assistant professor Benjamin Nourse will explore the world of Tibetan printed books, from the production of hand-carved printing blocks to the various printing styles that emerged among the great Tibetan printing centers. More

Drop-In Drawing: Transparency

Drop-In Drawing: Transparency

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 1:00pm3:00pm.

Explore the transparent surface of Mylar to create compelling layers of blurred and crisp marks, using the Asian Art collection as inspiration. More

Karatsu ware ewer or freshwater jar

Charles Lang Freer and Japanese Ceramics: A Visiting Curator’s Perspective

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:30pm8:00pm.

Louise A. Cort, Curator of Ceramics at the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Galleries, will consider Charles Lang Freer’s collecting of Japanese ceramics—both successes and pitfalls—and ask how his choices stand up to a century of hindsight. More

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.

Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More

Hmong American Association of Colorado Embroidery Demonstration

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 11:00am1:00pm.

In conjunction with Judy King’s lecture on Aug. 19, special guest artists from the Hmong American Association of Colorado (HMAAC) will conduct a live demonstration of Hmong embroidery and also will be available for an informal question & answer session. This is a rare opportunity to speak with Hmong artists and to see firsthand their traditional textile techniques and contemporary variations. More

Patterns of the High Plateau: An Introduction to the Culture and Costumes of China’s Miao and Hmong Nationalities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 6:30pm8:00pm.

Judy King has twenty-five years of experience photographing, studying, and collecting textiles in the Qian Dong Nan region of Guizhou. Over the years she has cultivated close relationships with people of the Miao, Hmong, Yao, Dong and Gejia nationalities. Although Guizhou is one of the most economically challenged provinces in China, the minority people have a rich history in the vibrant expression of their cultural identities. More

Last Emperor Puyi and Last Empress Wanrong.  Courtesy of Professor Wang Qingxiang.

Last Empress in Qipao: From Manchu to China Chic

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Author and independent curator Sally Yu Leung will explore the origins and modern-day interpretation of the qipao (Mandarin gown/cheongsam) through the influence of the last Chinese Empress, Wanrong. More

Samurai: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection


Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Mar 6, 2016–Jun 5, 2016

This exhibition tells the iconic story of Japanese samurai through 140 objects from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor and accoutrements in the world. More

Focus on the Lotus and Other Plants in Asian Art

Focus on the Lotus and Other Plants in Asian Art

with Kathy Keeler
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:00pm2:00pm.

Join Dr. Kathy Keeler, Professor Emerita University of Nebraska, School of Biological Sciences, aka The Wandering Botanist, in an exploration of the plants and flowers found in Asian art.

This lecture will touch on identification and meaning to be found in the lotus, chrysanthemum, peony, and other important plants in Asian art. (The tour portion of the program is filled.) More

Union with the Divine: The Art History of Yoga at the DAM

Union with the Divine: The Art History of Yoga at the DAM

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:30am3:00pm.

If you can’t make the Hanuman Festival in Boulder, or if you want to explore another aspect of yoga—yoga as portrayed in art—join the Asian Art Association in an hour of interpretation of Indian art forms by Sarah Magnatta, University of Denver, docent-led tours of the Indian Folk and Classical Indian Galleries of the DAM, and a yoga class led by Kristin Bonk Fong. An afternoon of yoga in art without the Boulder turnpike traffic jam.

This is a reprise of a popular program from spring 2014.

Doors open at 11am; full program runs 11:30am-3 pm. More

Reconstructing the All-Knowing Buddha: Piecing Together the History of an Object

Reconstructing the All-Knowing Buddha: Piecing Together the History of an Object

with Karl Debreczeny
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Karl Debreczeny, senior curator at the Rubin Museum of Art, will lead the audience through a visual analysis of a set of 54 paintings obtained in 1923 in “Eastern Mongolia” by a Belgian missionary. Unknown to the missionary they illustrate visualization, a creative meditative process that otherwise occurs only in the mind’s eye. This beautifully illustrated step-by-step guide to this practice thus provides a unique view of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and ritual, normally instruction restricted to oral transmission and not meant to be depicted. More

Enjoy Asian Influences in Brilliant & in the Denver Art Museum Collection (Photos)

Enjoy Asian Influences in Brilliant & in the Denver Art Museum Collection (Photos)

A discussion of Asian artworks in our collection similar to Cartier's inspirations and designs. More

From the Shadows of War: Three Japanese-American Artists

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 5:30pm7:30pm.

Little more than two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, fear and racist propaganda culminated in Executive Order 9066, which enabled the forced removal of 110,000 people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Little more than two months later they were gone. More

Tibetan Contemporary Art

Tibetan Contemporary Art

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tsherin Sherpa studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting from age 12, with a short foray to Taiwan to study Mandarin and Computer Science in his 20s. After his return to Nepal and subsequent move to the US in 1998, Tsherin continued working and teaching as a thangka artist, but in recent years has explored the detachment experience caused by the Tibetan Diaspora in relation to the traditional art. His classical images of Tibetan deities morph into a swirling abstract form that illustrates this sense of groundlessness. More

A Fond Farewell to the DAM's Retiring Asian Art Curator Ronald Otsuka

A Fond Farewell to the DAM's Retiring Asian Art Curator Ronald Otsuka

Ronald Otsuka, the DAM's Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, started at the Denver Art Museum in 1973, and this month he retires. More

Embracing Ryoan-ji

Embracing Ryoan-ji

with Andrew Svedlow
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Andrew Svedlow, Professor of Art History and formerly Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado, explores the history of the revered rock garden at the Ryoan-ji Temple located in Kyoto, Japan, and the aesthetics which underlie this iconic stone garden. Unfolding the significant connections between aesthetic theories at the time of the creation of the garden and the resonation of those ideas provides some insight into a contemporary sensibility about nature, art, and the place of contemplation in the aesthetic experience. More

Textile Talk: South Asian Textile Discoveries (Dec. 10)

Textile Talk: South Asian Textile Discoveries (Dec. 10)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:30am11:30am.

Join visiting expert Dale Carolyn Gluckman, former head of the department of costume and textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a senior adviser to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok, Thailand, as she reveals discoveries made while examining textiles from South Asia in the DAM’s collection.

$5. Pre-registration required.


Modern Expressions of the Korean Ottchil Tradition

Modern Expressions of the Korean Ottchil Tradition

Lacquer Artists of the Choi Family
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 6:30pm8:00pm.

Choi Jong-Kwan, his wife Kim Kyoung-Ja, son Choi Min-Woo, and daughter Choi Da-Young follow a family tradition of Korean lacquer art. They will describe their individual interests in creating modern lacquerware and their interconnection as a family of artists.

Lecture 6:30-8 pm, reception 8-9 pm

Free; reservations required. E-mail dbryant@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0166.

Image: (L-R) Choi Jong-Kwan, Choi Da-Young, Kim Kyoung-Ja, and Choi Min-Woo. More

Film Premiere: China’s Great History as it is told by Two 18th Century Screens

Film Premiere: China’s Great History as it is told by Two 18th Century Screens

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:00pm7:30pm.

Explore China’s past dynasties as it is revealed in two 18th century painted folding screens. Each was a major workshop commission, being painted with lacquer on lacquer, an extremely difficult artistic technique. As their stories are revealed in this premiere viewing of a 45-minute educational documentary, the hidden messages and ancient techniques used to create these beautiful works of art are revived. It has taken a team of collectors, expert researchers, translators and historians working together for several years to uncover some of their mysteries. More