April 2013: DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting, Georgia O’Keeffe Closing, Untitled #56 (Current), Día del Niño Celebration and Other Highlights

Don't miss Denver's premier event for wine lovers—the 13th annual DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting on April 12. The DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting, presented by Applejack Wine & Spirits, is a festive evening for anyone who savors and appreciates wine. Enjoy more than 300 wines from vintners around the world, helpful tasting guides and delicious hors d’oeuvres at this annual fundraising event.

Tickets are $90 for museum members, $125 for nonmembers and $45 for designated drivers. First Taste tickets are available for an additional $35 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase online until noon on April 12; prices increase $10 at the door (subject to availability). DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting tickets include general admission to the museum on April 12 and are nonrefundable. For more information, e-mail uncorked@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-2763.

Time is running out to see Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land. The exhibition brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. The exhibition features 53 O’Keeffe works including 15 rarely seen pictures of different Hopi katsina tithu. These Hopi spiritual carvings are commonly referred to as kachina or katsina dolls.

Beginning in 1929, Georgia O'Keeffe spent part of the year living and working in New Mexico. In addition to her beautiful landscapes, O’Keeffe was also inspired to paint some of the area’s churches, crosses and folk art as well as Native American subjects. Between 1931 and 1945, O'Keeffe created numerous drawings, watercolors and paintings of katsina tithu. Because she retained and seldom exhibited most of these paintings, they remain generally unknown to the public. The DAM’s exhibition also showcases a selection of American Indian artworks including the Hopi figures, providing viewers with an up-close look at the various cultural artifacts the artist was exposed to during her time in New Mexico. On view through April 28, Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico is included in general admission.

Conversation with Curator: Georgia in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land

April 5, 4 p.m.

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. In April, join curators Thomas Smith and John Lukavic for a tour and discussion of Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land. Free with general admission; no reservations are required. Meet on level one of the Hamilton Building. For more information, call 720-913-0130.

Paint Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through April 14

In the Paint Studio, visitors can dive into the creative process and explore assorted techniques and media, see tools used by artists and photographs of their workspaces, play with paint or contribute to a larger-than-life masterpiece. Each weekend local artists demonstrate different painting techniques in a variety of mediums. Free with general admission; no reservations are required.

Weekend Demonstrations in April, noon–3 p.m.

Cheryl St. John: Painting with Oil and Watercolors — April 6 & 7, April 13 & 14

Untitled #56 (Current)

April 26, 6–10 p.m.

On the final Friday in April, keep your finger on the pulse at Untitled #56 (Current). We’ll look at sacred energies, current events and electrical outputs. Connect with your prana in a meditation session in the Asian art galleries or listen and watch as local chamber orchestra Musica Sacra brings energy into a special performance in Ponti Hall. Untitled is included with general admission, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event. Cash bar. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering provided by Kevin Taylor.

Logan Lecture: Patricia Piccinini

April 10, 7–8:30 p.m.

The balance between nature and man and natural and artificial is at the root of the multimedia work of Melbourne-based artist Patricia Piccinini. Since the mid-1990s and coinciding with her continued interest in genome research, Piccinini’s hyper-realistic sculptures, fantastical videos, drawings and photographs have continued to question man’s relentless pursuit to change our natural environment through technological and scientific research. Logan Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Sharp Auditorium at the Hamilton Building; doors open at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $8 students, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 museum members, $18 others. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

5th Annual Afternoon of Indian Music and Dance, featuring Master Musician Rajeev Taranath

April 28, 2–4:30 p.m.

Rajeev Taranath. Photo by Anthony Peres.
Acclaimed instrumentalist Rajeev Taranath is one of India's leading masters of the sarod, the lyrical and richly textured relative of the lute. Accompanied by tabla (small drum) artist Abhiman Kaushal, master musician Taranath enchants his audience for an afternoon of Indian classical music. Sarah Morelli, professor of world music at DU, supplies explanations, color and the exquisite movement of classical Indian dance as a counterpoint. Tickets are $5 for students and youth 6-18, $8 for teachers, $12 museum members, $15 others. For more information, 720-913-0040.

Family Fun in April

The Great Opera Mix-up

April 21, 1–3 p.m.

The Central City Opera will partner with the Denver Art Museum (DAM) to present a mix up of visual art and opera. Visitors can act, sing, dance and explore storytelling with the opera and museum—great for children 5 to 12 (all children must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets are $10 and include museum admission. Reservations required through Central City Opera; visit http://www.centralcityopera.org/art or call 303-292-6700. Tickets will also be available at the DAM on the day of the event; arrive by 12:45 pm to register.

Día del Niño Celebration

April 28, noon–4 p.m.

Enjoy free admission and family-friendly programming that celebrates children from around the world, with live music and dance throughout the DAM campus and at the Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, Denver Public Library and Byers-Evans House Museum.

At the DAM, enjoy a special presentation of the “Circles of the World” multimedia experience with choreography by Janelle Ayon, artistic director of Dancing Across Cultures, projection mapping and animation by Taketo Kobayashi, music by Jose Guadalupe Zarate and artwork by students from Hope Online Learning Academy. The DAM will also host internationally known artist and designer Cristina Pineda from Mexico City as she introduces her latest creation—Xico, the mythical dog born of dreams—as part of the day’s celebrations. Free admission; no reservations required. For information, call 720-913-0169.

Create Playdate: Roam

April 10, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in on the second Wednesday of the month with your little ones ages 3-5. On April 10, Roam the landscapes of New Mexico by Georgia O’Keeffe. Hear a story in the gallery and make your own landscape with other tots and their grownups. Free with general admission; children 5 and younger are free. No reservations required. For more information, e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130.

Totspot Sunday

April 14, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to join us for Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month to participate in special programming. In collaboration with Buntport Theater, experience in-gallery performances at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m., then check out all of the other activities available to families in the museum. Free with general admission; children 5 and younger are free. No reservations required. For more information, e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130.

Free First Saturday

April 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).