With grids of small gelatin silver prints hand-titled in graphite and arranged by type, Mark Ruwedel’s work straddles the line between documentation and conceptual art.
His photographs of the U.S. and Canadian West present landscapes marked by their human presence. These pictures reveal the histories of places that have been traversed, exploited, and built upon. Sometimes these marks are evident, other times they’re merely a trace, yet all show the West as a peopled landscape—even in its perceived desolation—and give evidence that human and natural histories are intertwined. More
Defying categorization, Castiglione’s innovative pen and brush technique blurs the lines between drawing and painting. Laura Giles, Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Princeton University Art Museum, will explore Castiglione’s extraordinary graphic genius in the context of other master Baroque draftsmen, including Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, and Guercino. Her lecture also will consider his sources of inspiration and his impact on subsequent artists.
Doors open at 5 pm.
Free with general admission; first-come seating.
Judy King has twenty-five years of experience photographing, studying, and collecting textiles in the Qian Dong Nan region of Guizhou. Over the years she has cultivated close relationships with people of the Miao, Hmong, Yao, Dong and Gejia nationalities. Although Guizhou is one of the most economically challenged provinces in China, the minority people have a rich history in the vibrant expression of their cultural identities. More
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
Street photography can define the mood and culture of a city. In Harvey Stein’s long and varied career as an engaged photographer working in the documentary tradition, he has utilized the medium to craft pictures that capture the spirit and vitality of the people and places he depicts. His time working in communities from Harlem to Coney Island has resulted in seven books and over 80 one-person exhibitions that reveal his personal style and commitment to building human connections with photography. More
Plains Indian floral beadwork features exuberantly varied shapes, colors, and motifs, but can you identify what tribe particular designs come from? Artist Tom Haukaas will explore examples of Plains beadwork and the characteristics that historically distinguished classic styles of one tribe from another. He’ll also discuss the identity of some of the flowers depicted and how commercial patterns appear in Native designs. In addition, Haukaas will show contemporary examples by today’s master artists from the Plains. More
In conjunction with TypeCon2015, Design Council is pleased to host a special presentation by the information designer Nicholas Felton. Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. The author of many Personal Annual Reports that condense the events of a year into a tapestry of maps, graphs, and statistics, Felton was also one of the lead designers of Facebook’s timeline and the co-founder of Daytum. More
This lecture by Stephanie Schrader, Curator of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines the colorful and dynamic still-life paintings made by the 17th-century German artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Featuring botanicals and insect metamorphosis from Northern Europe and South America, the talk introduces the artwork of an important precursor to the Impressionists. More
Join Dr. Kathy Keeler, Professor Emerita University of Nebraska, School of Biological Sciences, aka The Wandering Botanist, in an exploration of the plants and flowers found in Asian art.
This lecture will touch on identification and meaning to be found in the lotus, chrysanthemum, peony, and other important plants in Asian art. (The tour portion of the program is filled.) 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
Courtney Murray, Samuel H. Kress Post-graduate Fellow in Objects Conservation at the DAM, will discuss the conservation treatment and technical study of a set of six 18th-century painted and gilded wooden sculptures from Ecuador. The small devotional sculptures depict the three Magi and their respective horses.
Purchase tickets at the door. Free for Alianza members, $5 for DAM members, $10 for nonmembers, $3 for students with ID. More
If you can’t make the Hanuman Festival in Boulder, or if you want to explore another aspect of yoga—yoga as portrayed in art—join the Asian Art Association in an hour of interpretation of Indian art forms by Sarah Magnatta, University of Denver, docent-led tours of the Indian Folk and Classical Indian Galleries of the DAM, and a yoga class led by Kristin Bonk Fong. An afternoon of yoga in art without the Boulder turnpike traffic jam.
This is a reprise of a popular program from spring 2014.
Doors open at 11am; full program runs 11:30am-3 pm. More
Karl Debreczeny, senior curator at the Rubin Museum of Art, will lead the audience through a visual analysis of a set of 54 paintings obtained in 1923 in “Eastern Mongolia” by a Belgian missionary. Unknown to the missionary they illustrate visualization, a creative meditative process that otherwise occurs only in the mind’s eye. This beautifully illustrated step-by-step guide to this practice thus provides a unique view of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and ritual, normally instruction restricted to oral transmission and not meant to be depicted. More
The paintings of British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner profoundly influenced his American counterparts. Turner scholar Andrew Wilton, co-author of American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820–1880, looks at how the British landscape tradition shaped our vision of our own land.
Doors open at 5 pm
Free to DAM members and members of FOPAS, $10 non-members, $5 students. Purchase tickets at the door. Space is limited; first-come seating.
Sponsored by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.
Photographer Alec Soth studies the habits and rituals of ordinary Americans, finding moments of self-absorption and vulnerability that are specific to the people he photographs, yet somehow common to human experience. Taking cues from the ambitious Depression-era documentary projects of the 1930s, Soth set out to create a state-by-state record of American life in the early 21st century. Photographed over the course of a 2013 road trip, Colorado Dispatch presents the core of Soth’s work from the Centennial State. More
Sabena Kull is a research assistant in the DAM’s New World Department. She will speak on the Virgin Spinning, a topic on which she also wrote an article for the fall 2014 issue of Novedades
Free for Alianza members, $5 DAM members, $10 public; $3 for students with valid ID.
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group. More
Angela Swedberg will speak on the history of artifact manipulation and the creation of beadwork by non-Indians, both for Indian consumption and for sale to the general public, and the effect this material may have on future scholarship. This talk will raise awareness about the issue of artifact manipulation by the for-profit antiquities trade, specifically the enhancement of antique material to suit collectors’ aesthetics rather than what the Native maker intended. More
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
Little more than two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, fear and racist propaganda culminated in Executive Order 9066, which enabled the forced removal of 110,000 people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Little more than two months later they were gone. More
Since the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in 1990, exciting new possibilities have arisen for Native artists to collaborate with museums. This talk by Dr. Emily Moore looks at a series of collaborations between five U.S. museums and the Tlingit artists Nathan and Stephen Jackson, who created new totem poles for museums that replace 19th-century poles repatriated under NAGPRA. More