The Aztecs of Central Mexico were an abstemious lot, proscribing the excessive consumption of alcohol and issuing stern edicts about the circumstances in which ritual celebrants might partake. This talk will explore the revelry that takes place around an enormous vat of the alcoholic drink known as pulque during an annual Aztec festival, known as Quecholli, illustrated in a sixteenth-century manuscript known as the Codex Borbonicus. More
Have you ever wondered how collections at a museum are developed and refined? What do curators look for, and how does that differ from developing a private collection? Join us for a two-part series with Native Arts curators who will pull back the curtain on this fascinating process. More
Have you ever wondered how collections at a museum are developed and refined? What do curators look for and how does that differ from developing a private collection? Join us for a two-part series with Native Arts curators who will pull back the curtain on this fascinating process that has resulted in one of the finest American Indian art collections in any museum.
Part 1: Nov. 9, 6 pm – John Lukavic
Part 2: Dec. 6, 6 pm – Nancy Blomberg More
Since at least the 1500s Japanese ceramics have been heavily influenced by the custom of formalized tea drinking often referred to as “the tea ceremony.” While not in fact a ceremony, the discipline of chanoyu does use choreographed movement and planning, enabling participants to focus on the aesthetics and feelings particular to an event. More
This fall’s exhibition Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance will set the stage for a talk by internationally renowned map collector Wesley Brown on a group of spectacular maps made around the year 1500. More
As the founding partner of Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig, Jim Olson has explored the interplay of landscape, art, and craft in architecture for over fifty years. In addition to his residences—particularly for art collectors—Olson has also designed museums, religious spaces and commercial buildings. He recently completed his first resort project, the JW Marriott in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. More
Design Council of the Denver Art Museum is pleased to host the Denver premiere of Frei Otto: Spanning the Future, a documentary about the life and work of 2015 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Frei Otto. More
What are the connections between ancient and contemporary Japanese ceramics? Robert Yellin will present the sources of inspirations for many contemporary Japanese ceramic artists. More
Dr. Hiroko Johnson will explore the early origins of geisha, the difference between geisha and courtesans, and the profession’s rise and decline reflecting the growth and fall of the samurai warrior class. More
The Douglas Society annual meeting and dinner will be held January 28 in the North Building's Ponti Hall. Douglas Society members and others interested in American Indian, African, and Oceanic arts are invited to attend. The event will include dinner, the society’s annual business meeting, and board elections.
For ticket information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0162.
Jeffrey Schrader, Associate Prof of Art History at CU-Denver, will speak on "Holguín's Cristo de Gracia and Reflections of Spain in the New World."
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.
Call 720-913-0130 for tickets. More
In this special presentation, Michael Kimmelman asks the questions: how will we make new cities and remake old ones to be more resilient, equitable, healthy, and enduring places to live? More
Why did French artists of the 19th century paint flowers? Was it a way for them to respond directly to nature, a connection to artistic tradition, or simply the ideal modernist subject matter, void of narrative?
In this lecture, Dr. Heather MacDonald, co-curator of the exhibition In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism, will discuss the history of flower painting in France and how it became such a vital and innovative practice in the hands of the impressionists and their contemporaries. More
Ben Griswold of Spatial Poetics, in collaboration with the staff of the Denver Art Museum, has designed many beautiful exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum such as Becoming Van Gogh and Passport to Paris. Ben will speak about all aspects of designing a successful exhibition. His design work is seen at many local institutions.
Free with general admission. Doors open at 1:30 pm; seating is on a first-come basis.
Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group. More
Preston Singletary's work with glass challenges the notion that indigenous artists are only best when traditional materials are used. He has helped advocate on the behalf of all indigenous peoples through his art, connecting ancient Native styles to current modern art movements. His artistic style continues to evolve and develop, keeping the work fresh and relevant while pushing the boundaries of the material. Hear him speak about his process, inspiration, and the new direction his work is taking.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. More
Join DAM Contemporaries for an intimate tour of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century with Margaret Young-Sánchez, the DAM curator who organized the dazzling exhibition. Don't miss this chance to learn the history of the House of Cartier and the stories behind some of the stunning pieces in the show—with a glass of bubbly in hand!
$50 DAMC members, $75 nonmembers. Space is extremely limited.
Sponsored by DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.
The Douglas Society annual meeting and dinner will be held January 30 at the Glenmoor Country Club, 110 Glenmoor Dr. in Englewood. Douglas Society members and others interested in American Indian, African, and Oceanic arts are invited to attend. The event will include dinner, the society’s annual business meeting and board elections, and a program by Mokomba Ensemble. More
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
Traditional explanations for New Mexico's colonial artistic style are re-examined in light of recent research from across the Americas by Robin Farwell Gavin, Chief Curator at the Museum of Colonial Art in Santa Fe. Her lecture will illustrate the connections between stylistic developments in New Mexican colonial art and those in other Spanish colonies through examples from Peru, Mexico, and New Mexico.
Doors open at 2 pm.
Free for Alianza members; $5 DAM members; $10 nonmembers; $3 students with ID. More
Andrew Wyeth said, "Mine is strange realism." Sarah Kelly Oehler, Associate Curator of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will explore the representational art of Andrew Wyeth in conjunction with that of his contemporaries, most notably Edward Hopper, whom Wyeth admired tremendously. It will also consider his work alongside other mid-century artists who developed unique variants of realism.
Doors open at 5 pm. Seating on a first-come basis. More