TAG: Spanish Colonial art

Mateo Pérez de Alesio, Virgen de la Leche, Lima, Peru, circa 1600.
Event: Members

Member Lecture

 Evolving Canon: The Madonna in the Viceroyalty of Peru with Jorge Rivas
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 1:00pm2:30pm.

Jorge Rivas, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, will share his curatorial insights on the New World department’s extensive collection of paintings depicting the Virgin Mary, either alone or with the Christ child, from the Viceroyalty of Peru that date from the late 1500s to the early 1800s.

DAM holdings include two recently acquired paintings by Mateo Perez de Alesio and Pedro Diaz, among others.

Tickets for this member lecture are $15. Tickets go on sale January 17. More

Conversation with Curator: European Masters in the New World
Event: Lectures & Programs

Conversation with Curator: European Masters in the New World

Mateo Pérez de Alesio and Diego de Borgraf
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 4:00pm5:00pm.

Using two masterworks from the DAM's collection, curator Jorge Rivas Pérez will explore the origins of painting in Spanish America in the late 1500s and early 1600s. More

Coding and Exploding Race and Other Social Constructs
Event: Lectures & Programs

Coding and Exploding Race and Other Social Constructs

18th-Century Spanish Colonial Casta Painting and the Work of Contemporary Artist Consuelo Castañeda
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

Independent curator and essayist Yasmeen Siddiqui will examine ways in which the cross pollination of an art historical period can enrich our understanding of a contemporary artist's work, and expand our knowledge of the legacy of a genre of art. More

Las Almas de los muertos installation
Blog: en español


Celebra tu creatividad y cultura cada primer sábado del mes con actividades bilingües para toda la familia. Visítanos el 5 de noviembre y participa en las siguientes actividades. 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

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

Event: Lectures & Programs

When the Incas Met St. Francis of Assisi: Birdmen, Angels & Flying Saints in Colonial Art

with Jaime Lara
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:30pm7:45pm.

Centuries before the arrival of the Europeans, Andeans had known flying men and aerodynamic human beings, as we can see in extant pre-Columbian textiles, ceramics, and monumental sculpture. In a sense, these native beliefs prepared them for Christian angelic beings and a historical moment that turned the world upside down. More

Students learning about the art of Mexico during a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip


Ancient Maya, Spanish Colonial & Southwest Colorado
Grades 4–8

Students experience the art and culture of Mexico through powerful objects from Pre-Columbian times to the present on this discovery-oriented, multi-sensory tour.

Circulación: Movement of Ideas, Art and People in Spanish America
Event: Special Events

Circulación: Movement of Ideas, Art and People in Spanish America

16th Annual Mayer Center Symposium
Friday, October 21, 2016Saturday, October 22, 2016.

The movement of artwork and artists, as well as the circulation of ideas and ideologies, shaped culture in Spanish America. A group of international scholars will assemble in Denver to explore topics related to artistic exchange, ranging from local interactions to global networks, and their influence on the art and architecture of the region. Organized by Jorge Rivas Perez, Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, Denver Art Museum.

The symposium will take place Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm and Saturday 9:30 am-1 pm. More

Young Dancers at the Denver Art Museum for Dia del Nino
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Join the Denver Art Museum for Día del Niño

Sunday, April 24, 10 am–5 pm

Includes a variety of performances and free general admission to non-ticketed exhibitions at the DAM, History Colorado, Byers-Evans House Museum, and the Clyfford Still Museum. More

Mindful Looking
Event: Lectures & Programs

Mindful Looking

 Garden Party screen
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 1:00pm1:45pm.

Join teaching specialist Molly Medakovich as she leads an in-depth exploration of a piece in our Spanish Colonial collection. More

Virgin Mary Spinning, Peru, circa 1700
Event: Lectures & Programs

Drop-In Writing: The Eyes Have It

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 1:00pm3:00pm.

We'll look into the eyes of various portraits from the Spanish Colonial art collection and use them as inspiration to develop characters and emotions in our sketches. More

Art & About Tour
Event: Access

Art & About Tour

Spanish Colonial
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. In June, we'll unfold the story behind the folded screen in our Spanish Colonial art collection. More

Event: Lectures & Programs

Art and Politics in Late 18th-Century New Spain

The Question of Sources, Subject, and Form in the Curious Equestrian Portrait of Viceroy Bernardo de Galvez
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:30pm4:30pm.

Ray Hernández-Durán, Associate Professor at University of New Mexico, will discuss the Galvez portrait's dissonant attributes in relation to its context of production, and the political environment of late colonial New Spain. More

Event: Lectures & Programs

Continuity and Creativity: Andean Tapestries in the Catholic Church

With Maya Stanfield-Mazzi
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 2:30pm4:30pm.

In 16th and 17th century Peru, Inca weavers began to create tapestries to adorn newly built Christian churches. Their works came out of the Inca tradition but responded to a variety of imported textile types. Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, associate professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida, will discuss surviving examples and documentary traces of these tapestries. More