August 2012: Becoming Van Gogh Tickets Go On Sale, Untitled #50 (Jet Set) Takes Off, Daily Family Fun Continues and Other Highlights

Tickets for the highly anticipated Becoming Van Gogh will go on sale to the public on August 15. Museum members will be able to purchase timed and dated tickets starting August 1. An in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, Becoming Van Gogh examines critical steps in the largely self-taught artist’s evolution through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works by artists to whom he responded. Organized by the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Becoming Van Gogh includes loans from more than 60 public and private collections throughout Europe and North America. The DAM is the only venue for this exhibition. Tickets can be purchased onsite, through the museum website at or by calling 720-913-0000 (service fee applies to phone orders). Group packages (minimum of 10 tickets) are available now; contact or 720-913-0111.

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887, Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 13 inches (41 x 33 cm); Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation); F: 469, JH: 1310

Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge opens August 4

For this exhibition, the DAM invited the community to participate in an inspired design challenge. The museum asked any Coloradoan—no matter their age or skill level—to get creative and transform an object or material into something that makes their neighborhood a better place. Now these designs can be seen in Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge, on view in the Anschutz Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building. Submissions could be an object, a model, a sketch or even a photograph. Whatever the form of the submission, flat or 3-D, it had to fit into a 2-by-2-by-2-foot space and adhere to a set of guidelines. Come see what Colorado’s creative community came up with! Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge will be on view through September 2, 2012.

Untitled #50 (Jet Set)

August 31, 6–10 p.m.

Take a closer look at architecture and travel while celebrating the work of local architecture firm Fentress Architects with Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight. Take part in a detour, watch the latest installment of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, listen to local music and more. Untitled is included with general admission to the museum, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event. Cash bar. Made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). For details, visit

Create Playdate: Soar

August 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Now Boarding for fun inspired by our new exhibition on airports of the past, present and future. Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for storytime, artmaking and more! Create Playdates are included with general admission and no reservations are required. For more information, e-mail or call 720-913-0130.

Weekend Demonstrations in the Fashion Studio

Through September 2, Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday noon–3 p.m.

Yves Saint Laurent has closed, but the Fashion Studio is still open for daily exploration and hands-on fun. Every weekend through September 2, stop in to watch as a fashion designer takes you through the secrets of fashion design.

August 4 & 5: Fallene Wells — Illustration & Draping

August 11 & 12, August 18 & 19: Sew Heidi — Fashion Design with Adobe Illustrator

August 25 & 26, September 1 & 2: Jim Howard — Fashion Illustration

Conversation with Curator: Darrin Alfred

August 3, 4 p.m.

Tour Design Lab: Three Studios with Darrin Alfred, associate curator of architecture, design, and graphics. The exhibition showcases the work of the work of local design innovators DoubleButter, MATTER and tres birds workshop. Alfred will discuss how each studio brings their own inventive approach to the exhibition’s installations. All Conversations with Curators, which feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month, are free with general admission and no reservations are needed. Meet on level two of the Hamilton Building. For information, call 720-913-0130.

Free First Saturday

August 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy our 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).

Summer Fun Through August 26

The DAM’s newly remodeled Family Activity Cart will be out daily through the summer. Stop by to check out a Family Backpack or Art Tube to explore the galleries. Don’t forget to visit the new Just For Fun Center, or try some of the many hands-on games and activities throughout the museum. Admission for kids five and younger is always free.