August 2014: Last Chance to See The American West in Bronze, Untitled #70 Comes Home to Roost, Beyond Pop Art and Other Highlights

Time is running out to see The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925. The first full-scale exhibition of western bronzes, showcasing sculptures by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, Paul Manship and more than 20 other artists, will close after Aug. 31. Including pieces depicting American Indians, cowboys, cavalry, pioneers, horses, buffaloes and other symbols of the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s, The American West in Bronze offers a fresh and compelling look at the complex role that artists played in creating three-dimensional interpretations of the Old West—whether based on fact, fiction or something in-between. Included in museum admission.

Paul Manship, Indian Hunter and His Dog, 1926. Bronze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas Cochran, 1929 (29.162).

The American West in Bronze-related programming:

Cowboys on Fifth Avenue, Bison in the Bronx: Western Sculpture in New York

Aug. 13, 6 p.m.

Thayer Tolles will discuss how New York City’s vibrant art scene at the turn of the 20th century inspired and supported sculptors of western American subjects. Tolles is Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and co-curator of The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925. Tickets are $5–$15; visit or call 720-913-0130. Funding generously provided by the DAM Westerners.

Tours of The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925

Daily through Aug. 31, 1 p.m.

A 45-minute tour of The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, is offered daily. Included in museum admission; reservations are not required.

Nooner Tour: The American West in Bronze: Fearless Men & Strong Women

Aug. 20 and 22, noon

Nooner Tours are 30 minutes and are included in museum admission; reservations are not required.

Sculpture Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through Oct. 12

Every day the museum is open, visitors can explore the creative process behind assorted techniques and mediums in the Sculpture Studio. On weekends, local artists demonstrate a variety of sculpting techniques from noon to 3 p.m. Included in museum admission.

August Demonstration Schedule (artists subject to change)

  • Aug. 2 & 3: Laura Phelps Roger — Mold making and mixed media sculpture
  • Aug. 9 & 10: Becca Waugh & Sidney Connell — Sculptural installation
  • Aug. 16 & 17: Leo Franco — Non-objective sculpture
  • Aug. 23 & 24, 30 & 31: Ann Cunningham — Stone carving (outside on Martin Plaza)

Tom Wesselmann (American, b.1931, d.2004), Seascape #22, 1967. Oil on shaped canvas; 90 3/4 x 59 1/4 in. Lent by Claire Wesselmann. © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Photo Credit: Jeffrey Sturges.

Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective

On view through Sept. 14

Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective features the work of painter Tom Wesselmann, who is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of American pop art. Organized chronologically, this exhibition follows the development of Wesselmann’s work, series by series, from his earliest abstract collages to his well-known series, Great American Nudes, and still lifes of his pop period to the cut-steel drawings and Sunset Nudes of his late work. Beyond Pop Art features approximately 100 works, including the larger-than-life Still Life #60 and Screen Star. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Wesselmann’s personal and creative journey through preliminary drawings, maquettes, archival documents, billboards, photographs and letters.

Daily 45-minute tours of Beyond Pop Art are offered at 2 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in museum admission and reservations are not required.

Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works

On view through Nov. 2

Daniel Sprick, Window with Mirror, 2012. Oil on canvas. © 2014 Daniel Sprick. Courtesy of John and Marjorie Madden, Madden Museum of Art.

Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works includes more than 30 examples of the Colorado artist’s portraiture and still life paintings that blur the line between realism and abstraction. Curator Timothy Standring said, “Upon first glance, viewers might think Daniel’s works are photographs because of their stunningly realistic elements. However, the longer we look at one of his paintings, the more we become aware that they are anything but a part of our world.” His meticulous representation of everyday objects and stirring interpretation of the human form provide viewers a new way to look at the world. An accompanying catalog is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works is included in museum admission.

Daniel Sprick’s Fictions-related programming:

Drop-In Drawing: 2-D & 3-D Elements

Aug. 12, 13 p.m.

Gain practice with contour and organizational line drawing in Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works. Use these techniques to derive “ambiguous space”—a composition that contains a combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements. Facilitated and included in museum admission; reservations not required.

Drop-in Writing: Character & Action

Aug. 26, 13 p.m.

Even though the images in the exhibition Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works are frozen in time, the focus of this session is character and action—two of the integral building blocks to all good storytelling, no matter the genre. All experience levels welcome. Facilitated and included in museum admission; reservations not required.

At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

July 6–Sept. 21, 2014

Hasui Kawase (1883-1957), Snowfall at Mukojima, 1931. Color woodblock print. Denver Art Museum; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer H. Staatz.

These woodblock prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by Japanese printmakers during a 100-year period. The variety of styles reflects the changing appearance of Japan as it embraced modern technology while continuing to respect its cultural past. Though woodblock printing has been around for centuries, in the 20th century, artists played with new subjects and topics that were relevant to a contemporary audience. Focusing on woodblock prints ranging in date from 1901 to 2001, all prints in this exhibition were acquired by the DAM since 1970 to provide the collection with artworks that demonstrate the continuation of a traditional Japanese art form into the 20th century. Included in museum admission.

At the Mirror-related programming:

Conversation with Curator: At the Mirror

Aug. 1, 4 p.m.

Join curator Ronald Otsuka for a talk on At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints. Meet in the Hamilton Building on level one. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Included in museum admission; reservations are not required.


Printed and Painted: The Art of Bark Cloth

Opening Aug. 31

Sepik River Region artist, Papua New Guinea, Loincloth (detail), early 1900s. Bark and paint. Native Arts acquisition fund.

For hundreds of years Pacific islanders have transformed the inner bark of trees into decorative, ceremonial and functional items. Today bark cloth is often associated in the Pacific with Native identity and contemporary artists there continue to use the material to make works of art. This reinstallation of the Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through this unique medium. Painted, printed and beaten patterns decorate supple and sometimes expansive bark cloths. Elaborate masks were made with the material stretched over rigid stick frames. In addition to cloth, coils of solid bark were used to create belts embellished with intricate carvings of figurative and abstract forms. Included in museum admission. The reinstallation coincides with the publication of a collection guide, Companion to Oceanic Art at the Denver Art Museum, which will be available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum.

Adult Programs & Lectures

Untitled #70 (Roost)

Aug. 29, 610 p.m.

At Untitled #70 (Roost), settle in after the summer-series road trip with a look at traveling home, in-gallery bird watching and art of the interior. Also, enjoy food trucks on the plaza! Included in museum admission. Cash bar. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Textile Talks: Collection Investigation—Tapestries & Samplers, Part 2

Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m. (program will repeat Aug. 20, 1:30 p.m.)

DAM conservators continue work getting objects from storage exhibit-ready. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation. $5; pre-registration required. Visit or call 720-913-0130 for tickets.


Free First Saturday

Aug. 2, 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! Free museum admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. A Collection Highlights tours in Spanish is offered at 2 p.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Totspot Sunday

Aug. 10, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to watch Buntport Theater perform in the galleries and then check out all of the other activities available for families. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger are free.

Create Playdate: Swim

Aug. 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3–5, to take a plunge in the galleries. Swim in the art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger are free.

CelebrARTE: Aventuras

Aug. 17, 1–4 p.m.

Bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura. Pack up and get ready to set off for an adventure along the Camino Real—the Royal Road that connected Mexico City to its northern frontiers. Work with visiting artista-maestro Sergio Yony Reyes, based in Mexico City, through our partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger are free.

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