Choose Your Own Adventure at Untitled: Dream On

Choose Your Own Adventure at Untitled: Dream On

For the purposes of Untitled: Dream On, there are two kinds of people in this world: dreamers and doers. We’re trying something new this month—we’re dividing the night into two pathways: one “sleepy” and one “awake." It’s a choose-your-own-adventure kind of deal (See program PDF). Are you down for some R & R or are you pumped for a night out? Either way, start your night off sipping samples from Teakoe tea. Teakoe’s blend masters are hard at work creating an art-inspired tea to wake you up. Don’t worry, if you'd rather wind down, they’ve got something for you too. You pick!

Sleepy & Quiet

If your spirit animal is more of a sleepy sloth than a busy bee, get ready for some shut eye (so to speak). A lot goes on behind closed eyes. Maybe last night you found yourself following your cousin-slash-princess up a suspended staircase that collapsed when you were halfway to the top like one DAM staffer (who shall remain anonymous). Find out what it all means with in-gallery dream analysis sessions with psychotherapist Katie Mason. Inuit artists are big into dreams, too—learn how the spirit world is reflected in their work from psychiatrist and Inuit art collector Sam Wagonfeld. And DAM creative-in-residence, composer Nathan Hall, celebrates sleep in an Untitled-exclusive piano + dance performance.

Or maybe meditation, as opposed to sleep, is more your speed. In addition to treating you to a piano concert, the above-mentioned Dr. Hall also will invite you to sit back, lay down, and contemplate during a performance of his DAM residency project, “Calder Meditation Space,” which features Tibetan bowl singing and chanting (yoga mats included). DAM curator Eric Paddock also has introspection and reflection up his sleeve with the new photography exhibition Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder—tour the show and be lulled into a meditative state by scenes of peaceful ponds and babbling brooks (and Eric’s famous melodious voice).

Awake & Active

For all of you night owls out there, we’ve got you covered. Double your dose of caffeine with a chocolate tasting session by Dead Dog Chocolates. Savor traditional Mexican drinking chocolate and learn about the role chocolate played in Mayan and Spanish Colonial cultures from Alianza de las Artes Americanas. With a pep in your step, head off to hear some good old-fashioned cowboy campfire tunes performed in the western American art collection by Vic Anderson, take a flamenco dance lesson with María Vazquez and Flamenco Denver, then do some indoor stargazing with astrophysicist Naomi Pequette from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

The stars and Spanish guitar, and probably chocolate (we can’t confirm that fact, but who doesn’t like chocolate?), were both instrumental—pun intended—in Joan Miró’s career. Hear about the enormous impact stargazing had on Miró’s work on a tour of the new exhibition Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination with DAM experience and interpretation specialist Danielle St. Peter.

And More!

As usual, Untitled partner Warm Cookies of the Revolution can’t be categorized. They’re like dolphins who sleep with one eye open and half their brain completely awake—they’re both dreamers and doers. For Untitled: Dream On, they’re hosting a panel of people doing their “dream jobs”—a ballerina, a pro wrestler, and a cartoonist are in the mix. Hear from the panelists about what it really means to live the dream.

Catch the latest episode of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, chat with the newest Native Arts artist-in-residence, Post-Commodity, and more! Find more info on our Facebook page. See you Friday, March 27, at Untitled: Dream On!

Rose Eason is the coordinator of adult and college programs in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Rose has been at the DAM since 2012 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Mud Woman Rolls On.