Note: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s work is on display in Fuse Box until May 18. She also is the Logan Lecture speaker on Wednesday, April 9.
1. Art appreciation More
Please join the DAM Contemporaries at the third Logan Lecture of the spring. Southwest native Brad Kahlhamer, who now lives and works in New York, will talk about his work, which incorporates his ambiguous Native-American heritage, upbringing in the German-American family that adopted him at infancy, and a post-punk aesthetic informed by his years living and working in New York.
One of Kahlhamer’s paintings, Eagle Claws (2001), is on display on the third floor of the Hamilton Building through December. More
Thailand-based artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook is widely regarded as one of the leading video artists in Southeast Asia. For twenty-five years she has created work that examines the rituals and communication inherent in the human condition. Her lecture coincides with her solo exhibition in Fuse Box. More
In the 1990s, Oliver Herring became known for his exhibitions and performances in which he created woven Mylar sculptures of figures, clothing, and furniture. The transparency of the Mylar tape made it “genderless” for Herring, and he recognized that the act of knitting was slightly charged for a man in the ’90s. These works are Herring’s homage to the gender-bending drag performance artist, Ethyl Eichelberger, who suffered from AIDS and committed suicide in 1990. More
The modern and contemporary art department and DAM Contemporaries presents the final fall Logan Lecture featuring Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto. Neto is internationally known for blurring the boundaries between artwork and viewer. Often using unconventional materials on a grand scale, Neto invites visitors into immersive and fantastical multi-sensory environments. Neto’s works encourages visitors to slow down and recognize their body within a work of art, and in effect the visitor completes the artwork. More
Known for her soft sculptures that use a pop art sensibility to address the histories and contemporary politics of migrant labor between the Mexican and US borders, Margarita Cabrera has developed a unique style that explores the interplay between craft, contemporary art, and her personal journey of growing up as a “border girl.” More
Iraqi-born artist Halim Al Karim is internationally known for his unique combination of portrait photography and painting that he employs in his quest to express his universal concerns for humanity. Choosing love in the face of war and family over politics, Al Karim’s journey of self-discovery has informed his distinctive bodies of work. More
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
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree Indian ancestry who works in diverse media, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Monkman challenges the colonial portrayal of Native people by Western painters. Issues of authenticity lead him to make a place for two-spirit identity within Native art. His work addresses cultural oppression, representation, gender, and sexuality. Monkman has exhibited his work and performed in major institutions throughout Canada, as well as in Europe and the United States. More
As a victim of the diaspora after the Vietnam War, Dinh Q. Lê has for the last two decades been largely influenced by identity politics and the challenge of assimilating into his native region after being raised and educated in the United States. Lê’s work includes installation, video, sculpture, and urban interventions. He is perhaps best known for his haunting but beautifully crafted photographic montages that illustrate the dichotomy of his past. More
“What is the definition of ‘natural’ and the definition of ‘artificial,’ and how do those definitions change over time? …And maybe I will say we live somewhere in the middle, and the distinction between the two is really not that important any more.” The balance between nature and man, natural and artificial, is at the root of the multimedia work of Melbourne-based artist Patricia Piccinini. More
As an artist, architect, and filmmaker, Alfredo Jaar is one of the foremost artistic visionaries of our time. Born in Santiago de Chile, Jaar now lives and works in New York. Over the last four decades, seminal projects concerned with the working conditions of Brazilian gold miners, the detainment of Vietnamese boat people by the Hong Kong government, and the slaughter of Tutsi by Hutu death squads in Rwanda have simultaneously asserted and questioned art’s ability to raise awareness, change social norms, and advance social justice. More
Known for creating large scale sculptures and multi-media works on paper that explore his interest in the cyclical nature of creation, decay and regeneration, Leonardo Drew has created a unique style and technique that defies definition among his generation of artists working today. What might appear to be recycled or found objects are in fact fabricated materials. Drew employs a process that is physically and conceptually steeped in memory, history, and the passage of time. More
Dana Schutz is considered one of the most influential young artists right now. On top of that, she can be funny, unfiltered but respectful, and self-deprecating in person. Chuckles and an occasional guffaw could be heard as she spoke about her process and observations as a 2012 Denver Art Museum Logan Lecture series speaker November 7. More
El Anatsui, world-renowned contemporary artist, discusses his artistic process. More
With meticulous draftsmanship, Bill Amundson infuses social commentary and satire in portraits and in images of Middle America. He captures the absurdities and eccentricities of life in witty and humorous visual critiques. In works such as Teen Excavation and Nervous Patriot — both in the Denver Art Museum collection — he addresses existential predicaments, from typical teenage angst to grown-up political anxieties. Amundson’s work has been widely exhibited and is in many public and private collections. More
Dana Schutz, one of the most prominent young artists of the past decade, is renowned for her quirky imagination, strong subject matter, and vibrant color palette. A 10-year survey of her career features 31 paintings and 8 drawings created since 2001 and will include work from her inventive series. Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels will be accompanied by a beautifully illustrated catalogue available at the Denver Art Museum Shop throughout the run of the show. More
Larry Bell divides his time between California and Taos, New Mexico. His explorations between art and technology in the late 1960s and early 1970s and his glass constructions launched him into national prominence. Interest in perception and the expressive possibilities of light and space also led him to experiment with works on paper coated with thin layers of lustrous vaporized metal. Bell’s shimmering works simultaneously block and transfer light while challenging viewers’ perceptions of depth, shape, and surface. More
Lucas Reiner has often used trees as a motif, including those in a series of etchings portraying the Stations of the Cross for St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He also paints images of the trees of Los Angeles. Some have been radically trimmed to accommodate urban living and now reflect the impact the city has on nature’s ability to adapt and survive. More
September 4 update: The Logan Lecture featuring El Anatsui is now sold out.
A master of materials, Ghanaian-born El Anatsui transforms the discarded and overlooked - from driftwood to bottle tops - into art that tells personal and universal stories. For over forty years, his poignant works have included sculptures, wood trays, ceramics, and the luminous metal wall sculptures that have brought him international acclaim. A favorite in our collection is Rain Has No Father?. More