TAG: pre-Columbian art

Welcome to the Ancient future pyramid installation by Carlos Fresquez

Cuatro artistas locales participaran en el programa Cuatro

Gracias a una beca del Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), el Denver Art Museum trabajará con cuatro artistas locales para presentar el programa Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions durante el próximo año. More

Welcome to the Ancient future pyramid installation by Carlos Fresquez

Latino Artists Participate in Cuatro at the DAM

Meet Carlos Frésquez July 7-August 7

Four local creatives and artists will present Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions. More

Photograph of artist Carlos Frésquez with his artwork in the background.

Insider Moment with Carlos Frésquez

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 5:30pm6:00pm.

Join artist Carlos Frésquez for an off-the-cuff chat about his installation for Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions. We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us! More

Vase with bird-headed dancers, Maya, about A.D. 600–900, Guatemala, northern Petén.

Conversation with Curator: Grand Gestures

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 4:00pm4:45pm.

Jesse Ortega and Julie Wilson Frick will discuss the importance of dance in the pre-Columbian world using objects from the exhibition, Grand Gestures: Dance, Drama, Masquerade. More

Pre-Columbian ceramic figure

DAM Pre-Columbian Curator Assists MSU Denver Student

What Did Ancient Costa Ricans Look Like? 

When scientists in Costa Rica wanted to put a "face" to a 2,500-year-old skull, they needed a forensic artist. The forensic artist needed representations of what women of the time looked like. She came to the DAM. More

Vessel with Bird-headed Dancers, Maya

Mayer Center Symposium: The Ancient Maya: Dance, Writing, Art

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 1:00pm4:30pm.

Lectures will address dance in the ancient Maya world and the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project. An informal gallery discussion will consider Maya objects in the DAM collection. More

Water, Politics and Power on Peru's North Coast

With Michele Koons
Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 2:30pm4:30pm.

This presentation will explore the politics and power of the Moche archaeological culture of the North Coast of Peru through an examination of the organization of their irrigation systems. In the dry desert of Northern Peru, good water management was a matter of life or death. More

Dancing Maize God Tripod Plate
Exhibition

Grand Gestures

Dance, Drama, Masquerade
On View through December 11, 2016

Pre-Columbian art is full of human and supernatural figures in dramatic poses. This installation of 29 objects presents a cross-cultural selection of works from the DAM's extensive collection. More

Natural Wonders: Olmec Culture and the Aesthetics of Rock Art

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 2:30pm.

Lecture by Jill Mollenhauer - Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver. More

All that Glitters: Style and Status at Chichen Itza

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:30pm3:45pm.

Dr. Annabeth Headrick will discuss Chichen Itza, with special focus on the Temple of the Warriors. Through the art of the temple, she will show how international trade exploded and elevated the status of the warriors who went in search of ever more exotic goods.

Doors open at 2 pm.

Free for Alianza members free; $5 DAM members; $10 others. Students with ID free.

Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group. More

Conversation with Curator: Sacred Geography–The Gateway Tunic
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Conversation with Curator: Sacred Geography–The Gateway Tunic

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:00pm4:45pm.

The Tiwanaku civilization of ancient Bolivia is famous for massive architecture and monumental stone sculpture. This installation features a magnificent tapestry tunic patterned with a Tiwanaku cosmogram. Curator Margaret Young-Sánchez provides insight into its context, creation, and meaning.

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.

Meet at 4 pm in the elevator lobby of level 4 of the North Building. More

The Original Performance Piece: Tomb Figures of Western Mexico

with Christopher Beekman
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 2:30pm4:30pm.

Anthropomorphic ceramic figures have been looted from shaft and chamber tombs in western Mexico for well over a century, and literally thousands of them exist today in museum collections, not to mention those in the hands of private collectors. The very small number of examples excavated by archeologists remains a problem for any serious understanding of their significance. More

A Grand Adventure along the 73rd Meridian

with Mary Lanius
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:30pm4:00pm.

A leather-bound journal from 1911 was found in an old trunk in a Denver basement. Written by a college undergraduate, the youngest member of the 1911 Yale Peruvian Expedition, this journal describes the challenges of exploration and the vagaries that led this young man to be the first American to survey and map the site now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Center—Machu Picchu.

Speaker Mary Lanius, Professor Emeritus of Art History at University of Denver, will discuss the adventures of that young man, who also was her father. More

Behind the Scenes: Creating Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya

with photographer Barry Brukoff
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 2:30pm4:00pm.

A feast for the eye and mind, photographer Barry Brukoff’s award-winning Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya (written with co-author Michael Coe) presents a visual and archaeological overview of Maya civilization. Brukoff will detail the behind-the-scenes creation of his magnificent photographs which recall the spirit of Frederick Catherwood, who first drew the ruins in the 1840s.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

Purchase tickets at the door. Free for Alianza members, $5 DAM members, $3 students, $10 others. More

A Middle Place: Casas Grandes and the Pueblo World

A Middle Place: Casas Grandes and the Pueblo World

Speaker Tim Maxwell, PhD - Director Emeritus, Museum of New Mexico, Office of Archaeological Studies
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 2:30pm4:00pm.

After over a half-century of study, Casas Grandes or Paquimé, in northern Chihuahua, Mexico, remains an enigmatic center of art and architecture. It shows influence from advanced Mesoamerican societies to the south yet it could be part of the Pueblo world of the U.S. Southwest. Was it a link between the two regions? It shows evidence of Mesoamerican influence in art and architecture and has adobe apartments similar to Southwest Pueblos. More

Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World

Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World

In almost every month of the year, staff members at the Denver Art Museum prepare artworks in our collection to be loaned to other museums around the world. It’s part of our mission, and we realize that without loans, exhibitions like Becoming Van Gogh could not happen. More

Stone of Heaven and Earth: The Symbolism of Jade in Ancient Maya Thought

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 2:30pm4:00pm.

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

Conversation with Curator: Flash of Red, Glint of Gold

Conversation with Curator: Flash of Red, Glint of Gold

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 4:00pm5:00pm.

Curator Margaret Young-Sánchez is an expert on ancient Andean textiles. Her talk compares two Andean textile treasures: a spectacular scarlet tunic from the Chimu civilization of northern Peru and a stunning gilded wall hanging by Colombian artist Olga de Amaral.

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month.

All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.

Meet at 4 pm on level 4 of the North Building.

For more information, call 720-913-0173. More

The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya - NEW TIME!

Presented by Dr. Mary Miller, renowned expert in Maya studies and Dean of Yale College
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 4:00pm5:00pm.

Maya art was a courtly art, designed for both the pleasure and ritual life of the royal family and their retinue, and more often used within the rich architectural spaces that survive at the hearts of ancient Maya cities today. Using works from the first millennium AD, this talk will bring together ceramics and other hand-held objects, alongside monumental sculpture, to articulate life and death at the court of a Maya city.

Dr. Mary Miller is a renowned expert in Maya studies and dean of Yale College.

Doors open at 3:30 pm. More

Fabled Kingdoms: Luxury Arts of Peru's Northern Desert

Fabled Kingdoms: Luxury Arts of Peru's Northern Desert

Mayer Center Symposium
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 1:30pm5:00pm.

A group of internationally recognized scholars will speak about ancient Peru's Chimu and Lambayeque states, which hosted numerous metal, ceramic and textile workshops. Their most luxurious products included gold and silver vessels and intricate tapestry garments, which were buried in lavish noble tombs.

Doors open at 1 pm.

$20 student, $45 Alianza members, $50 DAM members, $55 other. Online registration is now closed, but at-the-door registration will be available. More

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