Celebrate Bees, Botanicals & Creativity at Untitled

Celebrate Bees, Botanicals & Creativity at Untitled

Celebrate bees, botanicals, and creative inspiration itself at Untitled: Cross-Pollinate on August 28, 2015. We have a slew of exciting talks, tours, workshops, and demonstrations lined up. (Download a PDF of the program.)

Experience Arthur Williams' Grand Finale

The wildly creative, creative-in-residence, Arthur Williams stuns and awes with his grand finale: Burn (pictured above is Evefrom one of his recent DAM performance installations). Journey to Kemper Courtyard (lower level of the North Building) to find a large-scale nest crafted out of yucca posts and tumbleweeds. This whimsical structure will serve as the backdrop to a collaborative project with MOVAX, the conceptual alter-ego of Denver-based artist Kris Collins, that includes fog machines, tumbleweeds, and projection magic.

If fog machines aren’t your thing, then be sure to check out local artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy’s latest piece: a snail trail silhouette inspired by DAM artwork ENGI. The snails were caught fresh from her garden, but don’t worry. None of the snails were harmed in the artmaking process. In fact, you could think of them as Lauri’s terrestrial mollusk co-collaborators.

Hear about Plaza Artworks & Sample Tasty Treats

You might have noticed that collaboration is the buzz word of the day. Well, we can’t get enough of it here at the DAM. This summer we were thrilled to work with Meredith Feniak and Alex and Audrey Worden on their installation projects on Martin Plaza. Swing by to catch Meredith’s talk on the botanical inspiration behind her installation Pasture Raised, then stroll over to Lilypads and Petals to hear Alex and Audrey reveal the process behind crafting and installing the gravity-defying petals. Grab a rose-flavored bite (and recipe!) at Chef Aran Essig’s cooking demonstration in between talks.

A speed chat with community artists Jay Jaramillo, Libby Barbeen, April Tsosie, Dylan Scholinski, and Rudi Monterroso offers another behind-the-scenes glimpse into large-scale projects. These artists dish on their experience working with their local neighborhoods and with each other to create a one-of-a-kind piece for the Biennial of the Americas.

Learn about Botanical Drawings (Including the Corpse Flower)

The DAM has joined the corpse flower frenzy! Delve into the scientific side of flowers with the Denver Botanic Gardens with flora and fauna focused demos, tours, and workshops. Pick up tips and tricks from botanical illustrators Renee Jorgensen, Marjorie Leggitt, and Constance Sayas, then chat with Ikumi Kayama, DBG’s artist-in-residence, about her latest work. (Ask to see her drawings of the corpse flower!) Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski unravels the connection between flowers and tapestries in our textile collection while Randy Raak leads workshop on graphite drawing for beginners, or “new enthusiasts” as we like to say.

Buzz through the Galleries

Make sure you stretch before the baton tour. DAM curatorial assistant Kati Woock and Molly Medakovich remind us that art is a serious sport. Join them as they chat about three of our flower-inspired Arrangements. Sweatbands will be provided.

Speaking of bees, Warm Cookies of the Revolution asks us to take a cue from our favorite insect and work collectively to improve our community. Of course, working collectively takes a lot of….er, work! You will have to balance multiple perspectives, complex issues, and ping pong balls.

Find out what Joan and Charlie have been up to in this month's installment of Buntport Theater Company's "Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight's Theme."

Jenette Preciado is a special project assistant in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. Jenette has been at the DAM since 2013 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Rain Has No Father? by El Anatsui.

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