April 2018: Uncorked Reserve and AFTERGLO Returns, Día del Niño Celebrates Children, Degas: A Passion for Perfection Continues, Drawn to Glamour and Other Highlights

Uncorked, the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) annual spring fundraising event celebrating wine and creativity, is a two-tiered party on Friday, April 13, that includes Uncorked Reserve and Uncorked AFTERGLO for a memorable night for food, wine and art lovers. In partnership with UMB Bank and Molly’s Spirits, the evening will raise funds to support the museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions and creative programming.

Additionally, in conjunction with Uncorked, the Salah Foundation will generously match contributions to the DAM’s school and family educational programs up to $100,000.

Uncorked Reserve includes a silent auction cocktail reception, a four-course seated dinner featuring exquisite drink pairings with each course, lively entertainment and a live auction offering unique travel packages and special access to private art collections and exhibitions.

Uncorked AFTERGLO picks up as Uncorked Reserve is winding down. The museum’s annual party celebrating creativity, AFTERGLO attracts the next generation of stylish philanthropists for a night of art activations by local creatives, live music and artistic treats and cocktails. Vivid cocktail attire requested; open bar and late-night fare.

$70 for members, $80 for nonmembers (limited number of tickets available; AFTERGLO access included for Uncorked Reserve guests). Tickets available on the museum website or by calling 720-913-0130 until noon, April 13. Note: the museum will close at 3 p.m. on April 13 in preparation for Uncorked. For more information about Uncorked, please contact Nora Miller at nmiller@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0030. #damAFTERGLO

Día del Niño Celebration

April 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, and live music and dances that celebrate children from around the world at the DAM. The annual event at the museum is part of a weekend-long celebration hosted by multiple organizations in Denver and Boulder, including the Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, Byers-Evans House Museum and History Colorado Center.

Children performing dances from Peru at the DAM's annual celebration of Día del Niño.

For more information on the DAM celebration, call 720-913-0072 or email cricciardi@denverartmuseum.org with DDN 2018 in the subject line. Día del Niño at the DAM is sponsored in part by the DAM’s Latino Audience Alliance, the Consulate General of Mexico, the Mexican Cultural Center, One Book for Colorado, the Golden Triangle Creative District, KBNO Radio and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #DDN2018

Appearing at the DAM in its sole American presentation, Degas: A Passion for Perfection showcases more than 100 works, dating from 1855 to 1906, by prolific French artist Edgar Degas. The paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes and sculptures—including well-known masterpieces—focus on the most prominent and recurring themes throughout Degas’ career. These include his interest in learning from both the art of the past and that of his contemporaries, a lifelong fascination with the nude, a passion for horses and a strong interest in opera and dance.

Visitors can follow Degas’ transformation from a portraitist and painter of historical subjects to one interested in the contemporary life of late 19th-century Paris. By experimenting constantly throughout his career, Degas developed techniques that allowed him to capture modern subject matter such as café concerts, street scenes with new electric lamps, sporting events and theatrical settings through sharp and precise lighting. Additional works on view by J.A.D. Ingres, Eugène Delacroix and Paul Cézanne add depth to the exhibition’s narrative.

The exhibition’s family-friendly audio guide invites listeners to figure out clues to art mysteries with Degas’s niece, Giulia. Kids and adults alike can find fun details in the paintings and sculptures, explore Degas’s art studio and try their hand at a grid drawing. An adult audio guide also is included; both versions are available in English and Spanish. An accompanying book may be purchased in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum or online. A dated and timed special exhibition ticket—which includes the audio guide and general admission to the DAM—is required for Degas: A Passion for Perfection. #DegasatDAM


Degas: An Artistic Journey

April 14, 21 & May 12, 19, 2:30–4 p.m. (registration now open)

Delve into the world of Edgar Degas in this four-part spring course that will explore the influences, evolution and independence of the iconic artist. Participants will learn about his complex approach to contemporary themes, his masterful experimentation across mediums and techniques and the strong dualities of his personality and style of working. $75 members/$85 nonmembers for full four-session course. Single session tickets on sale April 2, pending availability. Sessions will take place in Sharp Auditorium; tickets to exhibition sold separately.

Edgar Degas, Woman Scratching Her Back, 1881. Pastel on paper; 15 7/8 x 16 ¼ in. Denver Art Museum: The Edward & Tullah Hanley Memorial Gift for the People of Denver and the area, 1973.161.

Degas and the Nude

April 20, 6-7 p.m.

From his earliest years as a student artist in the 1850s until his last working days in the early 1900s, Degas was captivated by the nude body as a subject. In drawings, paintings, pastels, prints, sculpture—even photographs—he explored the representation of the human body with both passion and detachment. George Shackelford’s first exhibition on Degas’s dancers was held in 1984; the author and deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum will share more than 30 years of his own obsession with the artist. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. First-come seating.


Stampede: Animals in Art

Through May 19, 2019

Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from the DAM collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and cultures. The exhibition creates an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas and how artists use animals in imaginative ways. Stampede includes visitor favorites—a Nick Cave Soundsuit, Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculptures and paintings by Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe—as well as rarely seen works.

Visitors can try their hand at drawing in the gallery, spend time closely looking at smaller objects in a “cabinet of curiosities” or check out an interactive space to learn about the creative process behind the Never Alone video game created by Native North Alaskan storytellers. After viewing Stampede, stop by our new family space A Walk in the Woods on level 3 or the 3-D Studio on level 1 for hands-on artmaking activities related to animals. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Conversation with Curator: Stampede: Animals in Art

April 6, 4–5 p.m.

Explore Stampede: Animals in Art, with three DAM curators who worked on the cross-departmental exhibition: John Lukavic, Eric Paddock and Kate Stuart. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Meet at 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby of level 3 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

View of level 4 Stampede gallery.

Tactile Tables: Stampede

April 13 & 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

This month, Tactile Tables will feature some of the creatures from Stampede: Animals in Art. Pet a pint-sized pooch based on a sculpture from the Colima region of western Mexico or handle some animal-inspired silverware. Regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, Tactile Tables are designed for visitors with low vision but open to all who enjoy a multi-sensory museum experience. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard

Through July 22, 2018

Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard presents award-winning editorial work by artist Jim Howard, a well-respected member of Denver’s fashion community. More than 100 works on paper highlight Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, and through the ’70s and ’80s when the fashion illustration industry was at its height.

Image courtesy of the artist, circa 1965. ©Jim Howard

The exhibition offers a nostalgic look at fashion trends set by top ready-to-wear designers, high-end fashion retailers and cosmetic companies. Drawn to Glamour also features eight looks from the DAM’s fashion collection and four men’s silhouettes on loan from private lenders that capture the essence of some of the most iconic trends of the late ’50s to the early ’80s. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie

Through July 8, 2018

The first in a multi-year contemporary art series, Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie features still-life paintings of books, videos and installations that the artist based on banned and forbidden books in China. Born in a small town in Guangdong Province, China, at the beginning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966, Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict and political strife. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Logan Lecture: Devon Dikeou

April 4, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Responding to John Baldessari’s quote, “Instead of looking at things, look between things,” Devon Dikeou will share a glimpse into the things in between that circulate her practice as an artist. For Dikeou, this includes creating, editing and publishing zingmagazine, and co-creating Denver’s Dikeou Collection with her brother Pany Dikeou. Free for DAM Contemporaries members and students with valid ID, $10 DAM volunteers, $15 DAM members, $20 nonmembers. The Logan Lecture series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.

A tiny brown Chinese style teapot with lid is balanced on the tip of a human finger. Courtesy of Tianming Wang.

Two Masters of Intangible Cultural Heritage

April 6, 12–1:30 p.m.

Intangible Cultural Heritage is defined as traditions or living expression inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants. Tao Wang and Tianming Wang are recognized as Masters of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Shandong, China: Tao Wang in the “family business” of papercutting, and Tianming Wang in the carving of extraordinary tiny versions of everyday things. In this program, the two Masters will share their knowledge and works.

Tickets are free for Asian Art Association members, $5 for teachers, students & docents, $7 for DAM members, and $10 for the public. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.

Drop-In Drawing

April 10, 1–3 p.m.

(Re)kindle your creative passions and join artist Anna Kaye for an informal creative art session. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. If you bring your own supplies, please note that only sketchpads/notebooks 14 x 17 inches or smaller, graphite pencils and kneaded erasers are permitted in the galleries. We will also provide these supplies if you do not have your own. All ranges of drawing experience welcome! Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Slow Art Day

April 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join us for the DAM’s inaugural Slow Art Day, an annual global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Slow down, spend time with and look closely at works of art during this informal gallery program. At 11 a.m., pick up a handout with slow looking tips and itinerary suggestions. After a self-guided and slow-looking experience (five artworks for 10 minutes each), participants are invited to meet and share thoughts, observations and discoveries in a facilitated discussion.

We hope to slow down with you on April 14! Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Top to bottom: Rebecca Norris Webb, Havana, Cuba, 2008. ©Rebecca Norris Webb; Alex Webb, Havana, Cuba, 1993. ©Alex Webb

Anderman Photography Lecture: Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

April 17, 7–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Alex Webb, acclaimed street photographer and longtime member of Magnum Photos, travels the world capturing the spirit of people and places he visits. Rebecca Norris Webb, poet and photographer, interweaves text and image to explore the potential of poetic metaphor in visual form. Each has a unique photographic vision that drives their work, but they also recognize how their photographs often echo each other, an unconscious harmony rooted in their decades-old relationship that has inspired several collaborative projects.

Tickets are $5 for students, DAM members and CPAC members, $12 for others. For additional details, email photography@denverartmuseum.org. Sponsored by the DAM Photography Department. Series funding is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Drop-In Writing

April 24, 1–3 p.m.

Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions with staff from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new! Open to all levels, from published authors to occasional journalers. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Suzi Q Smith performing at Untitled Final Fridays at the Denver Art Museum.

Untitled: Suzi Q. Smith

April 27, 6–10 p.m.

This month at Untitled, listen up and be heard as slam poet and author Suzi Q. Smith hosts a night of “Word” based art and activism. Join us for an evening of spoken word performances and workshops exploring the many languages of art. Produced with local creatives, Untitled Final Fridays is the museum's monthly late night program featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist. Experience the museum in an entirely different way—every time!

Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. College students with ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.


Free First Saturday

April 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of the month, enjoy the museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Try some of the DAM’s family-friendly activities and enjoy bilingual fun with a Spanish language tour of Stampede: Animals in Art at 1 p.m., Create-n-Takes and the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free general admission tickets are available onsite starting at 10 a.m. (Special exhibition ticket required for Degas.)

Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

April 8, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Two smart and hilarious foxes are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. To find the foxes, pick up a letter from the Fox Box on level 1 and follow the riddles into the galleries. Included in general admission; kids 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

April 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet up with other tots and their grownups for story time, artmaking and more! Included in general admission; kids 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Visitors creating in the 3-D Studio.


3-D Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through May 19, 2019

Explore the expansive and varied realm of 3-D art in the 3-D Studio. Build an abstract sculpture at our Purely Paper activity, create your own animal at Wound in Wire or work with family and friends to contribute to a collaborative sculpture. Every weekend watch artist demonstrations. Included in general admission; kids 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in April – Saturdays & Sundays, noon-3 p.m.

April 7-8: Arturo García, Relief Technique: Painting in 3-D

April 14-15 & 21-22: Jodi Stuart, Drawing in Three Dimensions

April 28-29: Cal Duran, Clay Spirits

Note: This is an overview of April happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month. Please visit the museum website for complete information.

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