Join internationally renowned map collector Wesley Brown for a talk on a group of spectacular maps made around the year 1500.
Beautiful to behold and works of art in their own right, these maps represent all corners of the globe and tell us not only about a geographic location but also what the mapmaker and his culture believe about where they live.
Free with museum admission. Doors open at 5 pm.
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
Elliot Bostwick Davis, chair of the Art of the Americas Department of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston and curator of their 2014 Jamie Wyeth retrospective, discusses Wyeth’s evolution as an artist over the course of six decades.
Included in general admission. 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
John Atencio, Denver's premier jewelry designer, will speak about the art of jewelry design, his 40-year career, and the inside story of the jewelry industry.
Free with museum admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
Sponsored by Friends of Painting & Sculpture, a DAM support group. More
Opening gala and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Spanish Colonial exhibition, Glitterati: Portraits and Jewelry from Colonial Latin America. Enjoy appetizers, music, cash bar, and a sneak peek at the exhibit with an introduction by curator Donna Pierce.
This event is free with museum admission but space is limited; reservations are required. Festive attire.
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group, and The New World Department.
The Denver Art Museum's (DAM) young philanthropist group, CultureHaus, presents Art of Brilliance, a fabulous and exclusive showing of the museum's Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century exhibition.
At Art of Brilliance, you'll view works of Cartier art, featuring stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects, and also delight in Veuve Clicquot champagne, cocktails, dessert, live jazz, and a silent auction. The best part? It's fun for a great cause as all funds raised support future DAM programming. More