Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, in two upcoming talks with the curators. More
During the Colonial period, "dressed-statue" paintings of the Virgin Mary became extremely popular in the Americas. They depicted various images of Mary that had gained a wide following on account or miracles ascribed to them. This talk will explore the genre of "dressed statue" paintings as well as specific examples
Purchase tickets at the door. Free for Alianza members, $5 for DAM members, $3 for students, $10 for others.
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group. More
Join the DAM Contemporaries for a special program with Claire Wesselmann, in conjunction with Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective. Learn more about this prolific artist from his widow and former model, who appears in many of the works that will be on view at the DAM.
Claire and Jeffrey Sturges, Studio Manager of the Estate of Tom Wesselmann, will share memories and insights about Tom Wesselmann at this special lecture a few days before the exhibition opens. More
British photographer Michael Collins draws upon the descriptive tradition of the medium to create monumental, color works that are exacting in their presentation. With subject matter that includes industrial structures, London cityscapes, and views on the Hoo Peninsula, Collins employs the camera’s potential for accuracy and ability to capture more detail than the eye can see to encourage slow looking—an act he considers essential to understanding photography. More
The illustrated talk will provide a survey of the history of frame styles and framing practices, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Reference will be made to the frame in the context of historic interior design and the development of ornament, collectors and their taste in framing and the relationship between artists and their frames. Carving, gilding and decorative techniques in frame making will also be discussed.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. More
The Anderman Photography Lecture Series will present quarterly talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today.
For over 40 years, Chuck Forsman has been a pioneering landscape artist whose paintings and photographs engage environmental and land-use issues from a unique viewpoint. His eye for form, detail, and the occasional quiet joke challenge ordinary perceptions of landscape and community and awaken a new sense of how and where we live. More
Cynthia Lawrence has treated several paintings in the Denver Art Museum's Spanish Colonial collection of art. She will be presenting examples of how conserving these paintings helps to preserve the artist's original intent for the artwork, stabilizing fragile paintings, removing years of dirt and grime and later applied surface coatings, and revealing original colors, beautiful compositional details, and artists' technique and brushwork.
Free for Alianza members, $5 DAM members, $10 others. Purchase tickets at the door. More
In his presentation, Dr. Karl Taube will discuss recent discoveries of jade sources in the Motagua of eastern Guatemala, as well as technical aspects of working the stone along with its sensual qualities concerning touch and sound as well as sight. In addition, he will also describe in detail some of the major symbolic themes of this stone among the ancient Maya, along with jade being related to maize and the ethereal soul spirit of breath and wind.
Free for Alianza members, $5 DAM members, $10 others. Purchase tickets at the door More
The history of art reflects the evolution of human consciousness. Prehistoric cave paintings and figurines show the consciousness of the people who were wishing to invoke power and certain qualities of nature in order to imbue themselves with such power and qualities. One can observe the similar invocation and the embodiment (imbuement) in the art/artifacts of the Jōmon (縄文) era (14,500 BC to about 300 BC) in Japan. The art of Jōmon culture is filled with powerful imagination and fantasy, no less imaginative than its contemporary counterparts in the west. More
Dr. J. Chris Anderson, former Curator and CEO of Australia's second largest museum, the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, will speak on the central Australian Aboriginal Acrylic Movement in the 1980s and its strong links to traditional symbolism and culture.
Doors open at 9:30 am.
Open to all DAM members.
Free. Space is limited; first-come seating.
Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group. More
Safa Samiezade-Yazd, Arts, Music and Culture Editor for Aslan Media, an online youth-driven media source providing alternative coverage of the Middle East and its global diaspora communities, holds a B.A. from the University of Denver and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Middle Eastern art and culture, relational and community-driven art, and performance and intercultural studies. More
An art collector with a rhinoceros ranch in Kenya? Impressionist masterworks right in our own backyard? Angelica Daneo, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the Denver Art Museum, will share these and other behind-the-scenes stories of Passport to Paris, on view at the DAM October 27–February 9.
Free admission; no reservations required.
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Lin Tianmiao is one of only a handful of Chinese women artists of her generation, born in the 1960s, to have emerged during the 1990s when the Chinese art world was gaining substantial international recognition. Her works over the past 20 years are as much about her personal journey as an artist as they are about a desire to articulate broader social issues. More
Note: On July 19, please plan for extra time to park and expect temporary street closures near the museum for the Biennial of the Americas' Denver Night event in the Civic Center Park area and multiple events at the museum. More
Internationally renowned photographer and DU alumni Duane Michals discusses his eight-decade life and career as a self-described "expressionist." Blurring the lines between photography and philosophy, Michal's imagery encompasses iconic text-and-image sequences, commercial portraiture, and most recently Japanese-inspired compositions coupled with Haiku poetry.
ASL translation will be provided.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 students with ID, $10 for DAM members and Colorado Photographic Arts Center members, $15 others. More
Over the course of his remarkably short painter’s career, Vincent van Gogh radically revised his means and manner, replacing the dark palette and crusty surfaces of early works with increasingly vivid hues, calligraphically applied. The seeds of Van Gogh’s signature style—gathered in Paris in 1886 and 1887—took root and saw full flower in Provence in 1888. Prof. Sund will discuss the process by which a transplanted Dutch provincial merged aspects of French Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and japoniste art to become Van Gogh. More
Laura Letinsky’s photography has evolved from studies in melancholy and absence to subtle, yet surprising, explorations of perception, color and space. Wavering between flatness and volume, her photographs contain mysteries that challenge viewers to keep looking and asking questions about how we see. More
Note: Karen Gilkey’s job at the Denver Art Museum is to ensure events run smoothly. Here, she shares her experience in working with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright when she was at the DAM on April 14 for a member event for the opening of Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. The exhibition is open through June 17.
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Eleanor Sims will present a Curator’s Circle lecture on “Collecting Islamic Art for the Denver Art Museum: The Gifts of Bj Averitt.” Free with museum admission, but reservations are required.
A reception at Mad Beans across Martin Plaza will follow, 8-9 pm. Both are free to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0040. More
Susan L. Huntington, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University and a specialist in Buddhist art and the art of South Asia, will look at representations of some of the Buddha’s animal incarnations, which he took prior to his human lives, in artworks, focusing primarily on the early Buddhist art of India (ca. 1st century BCE through 1st century CE). More