April 2015: Kids Are Now Free at the DAM, Uncorked Wine Tasting, Linda Returns, Día del Niño Celebration, Explore Miró and Other Highlights

The DAM announced on March 25 that it will offer free general admission to all youth ages 18 and under for the next five years, thanks to a five-year gift from Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation. A one-year grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado also will support the Free for Kids program. Free for Kids, which will continue through spring 2020, will fund general admission to all children, including school tours and other youth group visits.

This incredible access opportunity also will seed a new transportation fund, underwriting bus trips for Title I schools. Free for Kids funded admission gifts will also enable the museum to cap youth pricing for all special ticketed exhibitions at $5 for the next five years.

Don't miss Denver's premier event for wine lovers, the 15th annual Uncorked Wine Tasting on April 10, 2015. The Uncorked Wine Tasting is a unique opportunity for you to taste wines from all over the world while supporting the Denver Art Museum (DAM). The Wine Tasting will feature over 300 wines that will be accompanied by delicious fare from Kevin Taylor Catering. There also will be fantastic items included in this year’s silent auction. Funds raised through the annual Uncorked weekend will support the museum’s exhibitions and programming. Business casual attire. Tickets are $90 for DAM members, $125 nonmembers, $45 for designated drivers. First Taste tickets (an additional $35 per person) provide early access starting at 5 pm. Ticket prices increase $10 at the door. Wine Tasting tickets are nonrefundable and include general admission to the museum on April 10, during regular museum hours. Visit denverartmuseum.org/uncorked or call 720-913-0130.

Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures

April 19–June 21, 2015

John DeAndrea, Linda (detail), 1983. Oil on polyvinyl. Denver Art Museum

A visitor favorite since her first appearance in 1984, Linda, is returning to the DAM after a long hiatus. Last on display in 2009, Linda has been kept in darkened, climate-controlled storage to ensure her preservation. Colorado artist John DeAndrea—“a master of illusion” according to Gwen Chanzit, curator of modern art at the DAM—is internationally celebrated for his hyperrealist nude or partially dressed human figure sculptures that are typically posed in true-to-life positions, pushing the boundaries of realism to the extreme. The exhibition also features two other sculptures by John DeAndrea—Clothed Artist and Model and a newly completed work, Nude with Black Drape. Don’t miss the chance to see these amazing artworks. Included in museum admission.

Untitled: Fake Out

April 24, 6–10 p.m.

Do a double take with lifelike artworks such as Linda, stage makeup and other optical illusions at Untitled: Fake Out. At every Untitled, enjoy offbeat art encounters, community collaborations, unique detours and local music. Top it off with a cash bar, munchies and a dose of the unexpected for a great night out. Included in general admission; college students with ID receive 2-for-1 tickets during the event. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s and CultureHaus, the DAM’s young professionals support group, and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering by Kevin Taylor.

Día del Niño Celebration

April 26, noon–4 p.m.

Enjoy free admission and family-friendly programming that celebrates children from around the world at the DAM complex, Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center and the Byers-Evans House Museum. In addition, enjoy a special presentation with live music and dance at the DAM. For more information, e-mail cricciardi@denverartmuseum.org with DDN 2015 in the subject line, or call 720-913-0072. Sponsored by DAM’s Latino Outreach Committee, Mexican Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center.

Doors Open Denver 2015—Denver Classics: Old & New

April 25 and 26, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

On Saturday, free access to the first level of the North Building and the Hamilton Building atrium will be available. On Sunday, free admission to the entire museum complex and family-friendly, bilingual programming will be available as part of the museum’s Día del Niño Celebration. For more information on this year’s celebration of architecture, visit http://doorsopendenver.com/.

NOW ON VIEW

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination

March 22–June 28, 2015

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination focuses on artworks the Spanish artist created during the last two decades of his career (1963-1981). Joan Miró's (pronounced Jwan mr-OH) imagination and creativity extended well into his old age. Later in life, he continued the inventive forms for which he is known and began exploring new materials, including bronze. This exhibition features bronze sculptures rarely seen outside of Europe.

The Studio: Spark Your Imagination will be open daily March 29–June 28. Visitors can build free-form sculptures, get creative with words, experiment with painting and drawing techniques and explore a variety of activities designed to jumpstart creativity. Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination and The Studio are included in museum admission.

Woman, Bird, and Star (Homage to Pablo Picasso) (Femme, oiseau, étoile [Homenatge a Pablo Picasso]). Feb, 15, 1966/April 3-8, 1973. Oil paint on canvas. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2014.

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination-related programming

Family Play: Miró, Magic & the Night

April 25, 10: 30 a.m.

Explore Joan Miró’s artistic journey through an engaging, family-friendly play performed by Buntport Theater Co. Miró, Magic & the Night tells the story of Miró’s evolution as an artist—where he started, where he ended up and where he went in between. Included in museum admission but space is limited. Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination and The Studio will open at 10 a.m. Miró, Magic & the Night will be presented again on May 30.

Drop-in Drawing (on the second Tuesday of each month)

April 14, 1–3 p.m.

Joan Miró merged surrealist automatism and abstraction with recognizable forms and a limited, expressive color palette. Explore these techniques in Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination to make your own Miró-inspired drawing. All experience levels welcome. Included in museum admission; no reservations required.

Miró-Focused Nooner Tours

April 8 and 10, 15 and 17, noon–12:30 p.m.

On April 8 and 10, Miró: Homage to Picasso examines the long friendship between the two Spanish artists and its impact on their art. On April 15 and 17, Women and Birds in Miró’s Paintings explores his visual vocabulary and bold colors. Included in museum admission.

Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder

March 13–Sept. 20, 2015

Barbara Bosworth’s photography explores nature and memory through calm reflection upon places that hold deep personal and social meaning. Using a large format 8x10 camera, Bosworth makes exquisite prints that immerse the viewer in the scene and imbue details—fleeting effects of light and subtle traces of human or natural activity—with arresting presence. Through her photographs of places she has known all her life and others of fishing, bird banding and hunting, Bosworth reminds us that the natural world is tightly woven with the complexities of human existence. Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder is included in museum admission.

Barbara Bosworth, Common yellowthroat, 2003. Inkjet print. © Barbara Bosworth

Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder-related programming

Conversation with Curator: Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder

April 3, 4 p.m.

Join curator Eric Paddock for a conversation on the new exhibition, Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Included in museum admission; no reservations required. Meet at 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby on level 4 of the North Building.

Drop-in Writing (on the fourth Tuesday of each month)

April 28, 1–3 p.m.

Using the evocative photography of Barbara Bosworth as a jumping-off point, try several writing exercises that embrace the contemplative mode inspired by the natural world. In the manner of writers like Thoreau, learn to not only describe what you see, but explore ideas and thoughts as they occur. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. Included in museum admission; no reservations required.

CLOSING SOON

V3H1CL3: Jason Rogenes

Through April 12

Jason Rogenes has transformed the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes. V3H1CL3—made out of cardboard and reclaimed Styrofoam—encourages visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities. V3H1CL3 is organized by the DAM in collaboration with the artist. Sound elements created in collaboration with musical engineer Don Fierro.

Myrtle M. Fortner (American, 1880-1966), The Matterhorn Quilt, 1934, cotton, Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Melvin Dorsett.

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

Through April 19

First Glance/Second Look features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine groupings that invite viewers to look closely at different themes and variations, discovering common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time; others, including The Matterhorn Quilt, are well-known treasures of the collection. Complementing the exhibition is Contemporary Takes on Traditional Patterns by 10 artists from Studio Art Quilts Associates whose quilts illustrate how traditions continue, evolve, and inspire.

An exhibition companion catalog, available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum, contains close ups and details of the quilts on view, additional information, comparative examples and a brief history of the museum’s quilt collection.

ADULT PROGRAMS & LECTURES

Logan Lecture Series: Robert Irwin

April 29, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Associated with the Southern California-centered Light and Space movement, Robert Irwin pioneered the use of light as a primary medium. His “site-conditional” works—from the scrim installations he made in the 1970s, to more recent architecture and landscape projects, such as Dia: Beacon’s building and grounds—call attention to light and perception. Irwin was the first artist to receive the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “Genius” award in 1984. Tickets are $8-$18; advance purchase recommended. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Anderman Photography Lecture Series: Kenneth Josephson

April 30, 7 p.m.

Kenneth Josephson’s oeuvre spans the distance between the humorous and the contemplative. Throughout, he makes incisive commentary on the act of photographing and our belief in the image that places his work at the vanguard of conceptual photography. Tickets range from $5–$15. The Anderman Photography Lecture Series presents quarterly talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today. Sponsored by the DAM Photography Department. Series funding provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

FAMILY FUN

Free First Saturday

April 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy the museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Be sure to check out some of the DAM’s many family and kid-friendly activities. Free museum admission tickets available onsite for everyone 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).

CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

April 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. Collection Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a new storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Fox Tale Sunday

April 12, 10 a.m.–noon

Families are invited to stop by the museum on the second Sunday of the month, September through May, for in-gallery performances by Buntport Theater Co. starring Foxy and Shmoxy (inspired by the DAM’s artwork Fox Games) at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Check in at the Family Activity Cart to get a special letter from the Fox Box and follow the clues to find the foxes! Afterwards, check out all of the other activities available for families, including the Fox Games Art Tube. Included with museum admission; kids 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Shape Up

April 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to shape up and size down to make art of all scales. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included with museum admission; kids 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

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