April 2014: DAM Uncorked, Día del Niño Celebration, Modern Masters Programming, Anderman Photography Lecture Series Debuts and Other Highlights

Don't miss Denver's premier event for wine lovers—the fourteenth annual DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting on April 11. Presented by Applejack Wine & Spirits, DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting is a festive evening for anyone who 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. Business casual attire requested.

Tickets are $90 for DAM members, $125 for nonmembers and $45 for designated drivers. First Taste begins at 5 p.m., providing early access to all the wines. First Taste tickets are available for an additional $35 per person.

DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting tickets may be purchased at www.denverartmuseum.org/uncorked until 5 p.m. on April 10. Tasting tickets include general admission to the museum on April 11, during regular museum hours. Admission to Modern Masters requires a special exhibition ticket. Tickets are an additional $10 if purchased at the door. Wine Tasting tickets are nonrefundable.

The DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction on April 12 features a seated dinner and live and silent auctions. Reservations are required. For ticket information about either DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting or the DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction, call 720-913-0034 or e-mail uncorked@denverartmuseum.org.

Día del Niño Celebration

April 27, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the DAM, noon–4 p.m. at other venues

Enjoy free museum admission and family-friendly programming that celebrates children from around the world at the DAM, Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, Byers-Evans House Museum, Molly Brown House Museum and the McNichols Civic Center Building. Take part in a variety of activities for toda la familia including hands-on crafts, live performances and more. No reservations required. Special ticket required for Modern Masters. For more information, e-mail Clara Ricciardi at cricciardi@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0072. Sponsored by DAM’s Latino Outreach Committee, the Mexican Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center.

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

On view through June 8

The DAM and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) present Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition at the DAM brings together about 70 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings.

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Monkey, 1938. Oil on Masonite. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966. © 2014 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Curated by Dean Sobel, director of CSM, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. A special ticket is required, which in addition to Modern Masters also gives visitors admission to 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition on view at CSM through June 15, 2014. Tickets are available at the museum, online at www.denverartmuseum.org or by calling 720-913-0130.


Radical Movements: Modern Art in the 20th Century

Four Sundays, April 13–May 4, 1–3:30 p.m.

Start with the basics and then delve deep in this course on the history of modern art. First, DAM curator Gwen Chanzit examines the development of abstraction. Next, DU professor M.E. Warlick looks at how the surrealists experimented with ways to unlock the unconscious mind. In the third session, CSM director Dean Sobel will discuss the abstract expressionists. Finally, DU professor Marisa Lerer explores pop and post-pop art movements. Register now for the full course; registration for individual sessions opens April 8. Visit www.denverartmuseum.org/adultprograms or call 720-913-0130.

Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel)

April 25, 610 p.m.

Salvador Dalí, The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image, 1938. Oil on canvas. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY 2014. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Eat, drink and get creative at Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel). Fuel your rebellion with works from avant-garde artists such as Picasso and Dalí in Modern Masters. Untitled is free with general admission; a special ticket required for Modern Masters. Cash bar. Untitled final Friday is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Cover Story

Through April 27

Over 50 objects on view in Cover Story mirror the diverse geographical areas and range of textiles found in the DAM’s textile art collection and explore the myriad ways that textiles envelop, embellish and enrich human lives. Free with museum admission.

Nick Cave: Second Skin

Through April 27

Contemporary artist Nick Cave transformed Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a whimsical, interactive environment. Watch Cave’s Soundsuits spring to life through movement and dance, then decorate figures in the installation with colorful felt shapes to complete the artist’s imaginative creations. Free with museum admission.


Logan Lecture: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

April 9, 7 p.m.

For 25 years, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook has created work that examines the rituals and communication inherent in the human condition. Her solo exhibition, currently on view in Fuse Box, is free with museum admission. Tickets are $8–18; advance purchase recommended. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Contemporary Clay: An Evening with Artist Rose Simpson

April 16, 5:30 p.m.

Known for her ceramics and mixed media sculptures, artist Rose Simpson often explores themes of reflection and self-actualization through figurative sculpture. Simpson is the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence through April 27. Three of her major works can be seen in the DAM’s current exhibition, Sovereign: Independent Voices. Tickets are $5–12, free for students with valid ID.

Anderman Photography Lecture Series: Chuck Forsman

April 24, 7 p.m.

Chuck Forsman’s eye for form, detail and the occasional quiet joke challenge ordinary perceptions of landscape and community and awaken a new sense of how and where we live. Forsman will discuss his career as a painter and his use of photography as both source material and as artwork in its own right, giving context to his current exhibition at the DAM, Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman. Tickets are $5–15. This is the first in the Anderman Photography Lecture Series. Series funding generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.


Conversations with Curators: Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western

April 4, 4 p.m.

Explore Rebranded with curator Darrin Alfred. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Free with museum admission; reservations not required.

Drop-In Drawing: Realism & Abstraction (second Tuesday of each month)

April 8, 1–3 p.m.

Experience the difference between rendering in realistic versus abstract manners by creating two different versions of one drawing. Free with museum admission; reservations not required.

Drop-In Writing: Synthaesthesia (fourth Tuesday of each month)

April 22, 1–3 p.m.

Experiment with mixing the senses in writing—exploring the taste of color, for example—in the modern and contemporary art galleries. Free with museum admission; reservations not required.


Free First Saturday

April 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy the museum’s art collections and regular exhibitions today without spending a dime! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Additional ticket required for Modern Masters. Sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Create Playdate: Flash (second Wednesday of each month)

April 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to search for art in the collection that makes a Flash of light to make your art come to life. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries.

Totspot Sunday (second Sunday of each month)

April 13, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to watch Buntport Theater perform in the galleries, then check out all of the other museum activities available for families.

Create Playdates and Totspot Sunday are free with museum admission; children 5 and younger always free. Reservations not required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org.

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