April 2019: Uncorked Reserve and AFTERGLO, Día del Niño Celebration, Last Chance to See Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead, Slow Art Day, Untitled Features Esther Hernandez and Other Highlights

On Friday, April 12, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will present Uncorked, an annual spring fundraising event celebrating wine and creativity. The two-tiered evening begins at 6 p.m. with Uncorked Reserve featuring a four-course seated dinner, special drink pairings and an auction including high-end wines, extraordinary experiences and luxury items.

Later that night, Uncorked AFTERGLO, the event’s annual after party, will be brimming with creative energy, interactive projects with local artists, live music and artistic treats and cocktails. This year we will be featuring the new exhibition Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze at the event!

Uncorked AFTERGLO 2018. Photo by Sam Nguyen.

Admission to Uncorked AFTERGLO is included for Uncorked Reserve guests; a limited number of individual tickets are available: $70 DAM members, $80 nonmembers. For more information about Uncorked, please contact Lizzie Terry Dolan at edolan@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0069. #damAFTERGLO

Dancers from Danza Matachina at the DAM's 2018 Día del Niño celebration.

Enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, live music and dances honoring children from around the world on Sunday, April 28, at the DAM’s Día del Niño celebration. A schedule of performances and other activities will be available on the museum website closer to the event. Admission to the celebration and museum is free for everyone on April 28 and no reservations are required. The Día del Niño celebration at the DAM is made possible thanks to the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #DDN2019


Installation view of Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead.

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead

Through April 21

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead features new work by the Minnesota-based artist, who is a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. Buffalohead uses metaphors, iconography and storytelling narratives in her artwork to describe emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experiences, and often analyzes the commercialization of American Indian cultures.

Buffalohead frequently includes animals as subjects, and her eclectic palette and whimsical subjects evoke a childlike innocence. While she works in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, drawing, illustration, bookmaking and sculpture, this exhibition features a new series of works on canvas that explore her own life experiences, as well as ancestral knowledge. Included with general museum admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.


Stampede: Animals in Art

Through May 19

See how animals have captivated artists throughout history. Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from across the DAM’s collection to explore animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. Visitors can 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.

The exhibition includes visitor favorites such as Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculptures, a four-faced Hamat'sa Mask, artworks by Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as rarely seen works.

George Walkus, Kwakwaka'wakw, Fourfaced Hamat’sa Mask, about 1938. Denver Art Museum; Native Arts acquisition fund.

Stampede features an interactive space where visitors can learn about the creative process behind the Never Alone video game created by Native North Alaskan storytellers. Visitors also can explore drawing in the gallery, spend time closely looking at smaller objects in a “cabinet of curiosities” and stop by A Walk in the Woods on level three for animal-inspired activities.

A 45-minute public tour of the exhibition is offered daily at 1 p.m. Included with general museum admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

Through Aug. 18

The exhibition showcases 29 paintings by Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel, now based in Harlem, New York. This presentation represents Casteel’s first major museum exhibition, and provides audiences with a first look at new work by one of the most acclaimed emerging artists working today.

Installation view of Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. Photo by Christina Jackson.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze brings together a body of work made from 2014 to 2018, with new paintings that reveal the artist’s evolving practice and a shift in subject matter ranging from cityscapes and subway scenes to women and local business owners.

Casteel’s approach to selecting subjects involves walking around her neighborhood and taking photographs. By transforming these photographs into larger-than-life portraits with subtle shifts in light, bold colors and gestural brushwork, Casteel reveals individuals and atmospheres that often go unnoticed.

A 45-minute public tour of the exhibition is offered daily at 2 p.m. Included with general admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger. #JordanCasteelatDAM

Jordan Casteel, Benyam, 2018. Oil on canvas: 90 x 78 in. Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. ©Jordan Casteel

Related Programming

Exchange: Jordan Casteel

April 13, 3–4:30 p.m.

Our gallery program Exchange invites participants to explore the DAM’s collections and exhibitions through the lens of contemporary issues and questions. Explore Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze with Denver PlatteForum's ArtLab interns and community partners. This lively and interactive conversation, modeled on “Coffee with Gen Z,” will tap into the exhibition’s provocative themes and powerful visual imagery.

Lend your own voice (or maybe even find it), and leave with a whole new perspective on how the artist, exhibition and our community connect. Included with general admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.

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The Incubation Effect

Through Sept. 9

Inspired by the natural world, Denver artist Nicole Anona Banowetz has created a larger-than-life, immersive "insect nursery" made from sewn inflatable sculptures and assembled forms. She says, “Forget that the work is art for a moment and have the sort of pure interaction you would have in nature.”

Walk amongst the cocoons and larva as you would in nature. Immerse yourself, be curious and contribute to the life cycle of the nursery by designing your own creature. Come back to see the installation evolve over the course of the year. Included with general admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.

Composite view of Erika Harrsch’s multi-media installation, Under the Same Sky… We Dream, 2017-2019.

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch

Through Nov. 17

Mexican-American artist Erika Harrsch first exhibited her project Under the Same Sky… We Dream in El Paso (2017) just as regulations became more stringent for those seeking asylum in the United States. This multi-media installation comprises imagery, music, text and furnishings that reference the circumstances faced by immigrants and refugees subject to the DREAM Act. Included with general admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger. #ErikaHarrschatDAM

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Through Jan. 5, 2020

This exhibition showcases about 60 paintings gifted to the museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) in 2018—the largest gift of European old masters to the DAM since the museum received the Kress Collection in the 1950s. Treasures of British Art presents 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time.

The exhibition features devotional images, portraits, landscapes and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School—including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and John Constable—as well as non-British artists who spent significant time in Britain, such as Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck and American artists Benjamin West and John Singer Sargent.

A 45-minute public tour is available daily at 1:30 p.m. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #TreasuresatDAM

Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, Portrait of a Lady, ca. early 1790s. Oil on paper mounted on canvas; 30 x 25 in. (76 x 63.5 cm). The Berger Collection.

Related Programming

Tactile Tables: Treasures of British Art

April 12 & 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Through verbal description and tactile graphics, immerse yourself in the places, personalities and events that tell the story of Britain’s rich cultural history. Open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

William Marlow (British, 1740-1813), Vesuvius Erupting at Night, 1768. Oil paint on canvas, 35-1/2 x 49 in. Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.17.

Unplugged: Mindful Looking

April 19, 4 p.m.

Slow down and spend time with one work of art as we explore the powerful forces of nature in William Marlow's dramatic painting, Vesuvius Erupting at Night. Each month, our Unplugged program explores different ways to turn down the tempo and step into a state of relaxation, reflection and calm. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.


Free First Saturday

April 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities without spending a dime. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a Spanish-language tour of Stampede at 1 p.m. Stop by the Print Studio for artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. Free general admission tickets available on-site starting at 10 a.m.

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

Create Playdate

April 10, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, ages 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for storytime, artmaking and more! Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. Meet near A Walk in the Woods on level 3 for program location.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

April 14, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Help Foxy and Shmoxy, the DAM's art detectives! Find the mailbox in the first level lobby and pick up a letter from the foxes directing you to the mystery in the galleries. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Print Studio

Through May 5, 2019

Design your own printing plate, experiment with color and layering and learn about the magic of reverse image and making the most of multiples. On weekends, watch artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in April

  • April 6–7: Tony Ortega, Hand-colored Solar Etchings
  • April 13–14: Johanna Mueller, Relief Engraving Methods
  • April 20–21: Jade Hoyer, Silkscreen Printmaking
  • April 27–28: Tony Ortega, Hand-colored Solar Etchings


Slow Art Day

April 7, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. On April 7, channel your inner turtle and discover many ways of experiencing art (and the museum) at a slower pace with a guided meditation led by our partners from Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado and guided art tours that encourage you to get to know artists and artworks in more depth.

Explore artworks through multiple senses at our tactile tables, get your creative juices flowing with a Create-n-Take and take a “Slow Art Challenge” along the way. Included in general admission; no registration necessary.

Anthony Hernandez, Discarded #50, 2014. Inkjet print; 40 x 50 in. ©Anthony Hernandez

Anderman Photography Lecture: Anthony Hernandez

April 16, 7–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

During a photography career spanning five decades, Anthony Hernandez has used his camera and careful observation to explore the world in an effort to better understand it. He began making street photography, inspired by photographers such as Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Robert Frank. The city of Los Angeles—its landscape, character and people—has been one of his greatest inspirations.

$5 for students, DAM members, and CPAC members; $12 for others. Sponsored by the DAM Photography Department. Series funding is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Five Seasons poster. Argot Pictures/Adam Woodruff.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (film screening) with producer/director Thomas Piper

April 18, 6–8 p.m.

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works—like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park—that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves.

This 75-minute documentary by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper takes us inside Oudulf’s creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas. $10. Presented by Design Council, a DAM support group, and Denver Botanic Gardens.

Untitled Final Friday

April 26, 6–10 p.m.

April's Untitled Final Friday highlights the work of featured artist Esther Hernandez as chance happenings question the significance of everyday encounters.

The DAM’s monthly late-night program features unconventional experiences developed in collaboration with local creatives and community members. Each month at Untitled Final Friday, you can explore new perspectives inspired by artwork on view with performances, tours, artmaking activities, a cash bar and yummy eats available from a different food truck each month.

Free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger; students with valid ID receive two-for-one tickets during Untitled. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores. #untitledDAM

Fred Wilson, The Way the Moon’s in Love with the Dark, 2017. Murano glass, clear blown glass, brass, steel, light bulbs. Purchased with funds from Vicki and Kent Logan; Suzanne Farver and Clint Van Zee; Sharon and Lanny Martin; Craig Ponzio; Ellen and Morris Susman; Devon Dikeou and Fernando Troya; Baryn, Daniel and Jonathan Futa; Andrea and William Hankinson; Amy Harmon; Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld; Lu and Chris Law; Amanda J. Precourt; Judy and Ken Robins; Annalee and Wagner Schorr; Judith Zee Steinberg and Paul Hoenmans; Tina Walls; and Margaret and Glen Wood, 2017.207. Image courtesy of Pace Gallery. ©Fred Wilson

Logan Lecture: Fred Wilson

April 30, 6–7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

At the final Spring 2019 Logan Lecture, artist Fred Wilson will reveal more about his sculpture, The Way the Moon’s in Love with the Dark, recently acquired by the DAM. Wilson encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives by reframing objects and cultural symbols. His altered traditional interpretation will be on view in June when Wilson’s 2017 sculpture is seen in The Light Show.

A reception will follow at the ART, a hotel. Free for Contemporary Alliance members and students with valid ID, $10 DAM volunteers, $15 DAM members, $20 others. The Logan Lecture Series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with Contemporary Alliance, a DAM support group.

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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