August 2015: Castiglione: Lost Genius Opens, Farewell to Fox Games, Summer Celebration of Flowers Continues and Other Highlights

Opening Aug. 9, Castiglione: Lost GeniusMasterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection features 90 of the finest examples of drawings, etchings and monotypes of the master Genoese draftsman, painter and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. A forgotten master from the Italian baroque, Castiglione was a self-proclaimed genius, whose artworks entered the Royal Collection in 1762. The exhibition explores Castiglione’s mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite a turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known. This exhibition is co-curated by Timothy Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the DAM and one of the world's foremost authorities on Castiglione. Castiglione: Lost Genius will be on view through Nov. 8 and is included in general admission.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, A presumed self-portrait, 1640s. Etching, platemark; overall: 188 x 138 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Castiglione: Lost Genius-related programming

Guided Tours, Aug. 9–Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

A 45-minute tour examining the work of the master Genoese draftsman, painter and printmaker, will be offered at 2 p.m. daily throughout the exhibition. Included in general admission; reservations are not required.

CELEBRATE FLOWERS ALL SUMMER AT THE DAM

Simon Saint-Jean (French, 1808–1860), The Gardener (La Jardinière), 1837. Oil on canvas; 63 × 46-1/2 in. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, deposit of Centre nationale des arts plastiques (France) (FNAC PFH-8116) © MBA Lyon, photo Basset

In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism explores the development of 19th-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 beautiful paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and others. The colorful exhibition demonstrates how a traditional genre was reinvented by 19th-century artists, as the art world's focus was shifting to modernism. In Bloom, which requires a special exhibition ticket, will be on view through Oct. 11.

Complementing In Bloom is The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read, a video installation by acclaimed filmmaker and contemporary artist Kutluğ Ataman. The film centers on the remarkable life of Veronica Read, an Englishwoman with a special passion for Hippeastrum, commonly known as amaryllis. With over 900 Hippeastrum bulbs in her two-bedroom house, Read's obsession with these flowers is all consuming. Masquerading as a documentary about amaryllis, the work is actually a portrait of a woman wholly devoted to the care of these bulbs, which contain the hope of flowering only once a year. Included in general admission.

In addition to these two spotlight exhibitions, additional Arrangements of flower-themed artwork will be on view throughout the museum as part of the campus-wide celebration of flowers. These installations highlight the DAM's vast and varied collections with groupings of artworks from all over the world and across time that embrace the flower as subject matter. Some of the Arrangements currently on view in the North Building are Delight of a Single Bloom on level 7; Check Out These Stems! on level 6 and Love in Bloom on level 4.

IN BLOOM –RELATED PROGRAMMING

Untitled: Cross-Pollinate

Aug. 28, 6–10 p.m.

Take in the scientific side of flowers with a look at botany, bees, and blooms at Untitled: Cross-Pollinate. At every Untitled Final Friday event, enjoy offbeat art encounters, community collaborations, unique detours, local music, cash bar, munchies and more. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free. College students with ID receive 2-for-1 tickets during the event. No reservations required.

Flower Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Every day, visitors can find creative inspiration, try out art materials, explore design styles and experiment with techniques in our hands-on artmaking space. Every weekend during In Bloom, watch demonstrations of flower-inspired artmaking. The Flower Studio is sponsored by R&J Newman Family Foundation.

Weekend Demonstrations in August, noon–3 p.m.

  • August 1 & 2: Carina Aguilar – Floral Design
  • August 8 & 9: Chinn Wang – Screen Printing
  • August 15 & 16: Cheryl St. John – Oil Painting
  • August 22 & 23: Susan Rubin – Botanical Illustration
  • August 29 & 30: Rita Flores de Wallace – Paper Floral Design

Conversation with Curator: Check Out These Stems!

Aug. 7, 4 p.m.

You can tell a lot about a piece of furniture just by looking at its legs. Curatorial assistant Kati Woock highlights six chairs made between 1675 and 1904 and on view as one of the In Bloom-related Arrangements. Find out what the legs of these chairs can tell us about the periods in which they were made. Meet in the elevator lobby of level 6 of the North Building. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

Photograph © 2011 David Perry.

Creative-in-Residence: Arthur Williams

Office Hours and Creative-in-Residence Tag Alongs: Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 27

Local floral artist Arthur Williams will bring museum spaces to life with his unique floral designs. From noon to 4 p.m., Williams will be working on his gallery installations and engaging with visitors in a pop-up floral shop on level 2 of the North Building. From 2 to 2:30 p.m., visitors can Tag Along as he works in the galleries, doing everything from refreshing arrangements to installation of new work. Tag Alongs meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission; no reservation required.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Tom Haukaas

In residence through Sept. 27; public hours July 31-Aug. 2 (11 a.m.–2 p.m.); July 31 (6:30–8:30 p.m.); Sept. 12 (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)

The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence for the summer is Tom Haukaas, nationally acclaimed bead artist, painter and dollmaker of the Rosebud Lakota tribe. Haukaas is known for his pictographic beadwork. He will be in the studio on level 3 of the North Building July 26–Aug. 2 and Sept. 12 (during the DAM’s Friendship Powwow). Stop by to see the abstract floral designed dress Tom is beading. The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Create Playdate: Follow the Flowers

Aug. 12, 10 a.m.1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5 to take in all the beauty as we Follow the Flowers in art. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Create Playdates are included with general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Flower Fun for Families

Pick up a Flower Adventure for Summer guide at a welcome center and discover all sorts of flowers and plants in artwork, or try some hands-on artmaking at three new Create-n-Take stations. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

BLOOM PLAZA INSTALLATION ACTIVITIES

Flowers & Dance in Ancient Mexico

Aug. 1 & 2, 13 p.m.

Choreographer and dance historian Jairo Heli from Guadalajara, Jalisco, breaks down the movements (and the history) of dance practiced in Mexico’s ancient societies. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Plant Your Wildflower

Aug. 11 & 12, 1–4 p.m.

Decorate a flower pot and plant a wildflower seed in this family-friendly, drop-in workshop with local art educator Ryan Mathews of the Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Blooming Chefs: Cooking with Flowers (August sessions)

August 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29

11 a.m.–noon (except for Aug. 28, 7–8 p.m.)

Learn innovative ways to use flowers in cooking at demonstrations by local chefs. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Bloom plaza installation is generously funded by the PB and K Family Foundation.

CLOSING SOON

Sandy Skoglund, Fox Games, 1989. Denver Art Museum, 1991.36 © Sandy Skoglund

Fox Games

Through Aug. 16

Sandy Skoglund's popular Fox Games, comprised of over 700 pieces that form a whimsical restaurant scene, is going off-view. The last day to see the playful installation is August 16. Fox Games combines various elements and imagery to create a fantastic world in which a pack of gray foxes, sculpted in clay and cast in polyester resin, invade a restaurant setting. The foxes prowl on and around red tables in an entirely red room. Except for the foxes, every element of the installation—forks, knives, plates, dinner rolls, and even a squirrel in the mouth of one of the foxes—is painted red. Fox Games went on view in 2008 as part of Focus: The Figure. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free.

Sovereign: Independent Voices

Through Aug. 16

Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of Kent Monkman and Rose Simpson, leading American Indian contemporary artists whose art has received international acclaim. These artists challenge viewers to think more broadly about the place of native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The works reflect meditations on the self and native histories in media including painting, sculptural ceramics and multimedia. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free.

Nicole Eisenman, Apple Orchard, 1998. Ink on gessoed paper. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the collection of the Denver Art Museum. Copyright Nicole Eisenman.

Collectibles (works-on-paper gallery)

Through Aug. 16

Collectibles, a showcase of works on paper from the DAM’s collection, demonstrates that drawings are indeed collectible—worth acquiring and looking at, from up close and far away, in various arrangements, again and again. As disparate as Kiki Smith's delicate composition of a rose bush and a bird on precious Nepalese lokta paper (Roses and Birds #5, 2003) and H.C. Westermann's sketch of a sinking battleship (Untitled (Death Ship), 1976), together these works show the aesthetic versatility of paper, the depth that can be found in a two-dimensional plane and that drawing can be a conceptual practice, too. Smith and Westermann's drawings along with others by John Altoon, Kevin Appel, Alice Aycock, James Blake, Richard Carter, Agnes Denes, Nicole Eisenman, Jackie Ferrara, Susan Rothenberg, Keith Tyson, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Kara Walker and Abraham Walkowitz constitute a cross-section of the diverse collection of drawings the DAM has amassed and represent the myriad ways in which artists work on paper. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free.

ADULT PROGRAMS & LECTURES

Textile Conservation Fellow Talk

Aug. 9, 2–2:45pm

Learn about current textile conservation projects from the Mellon Foundation Fellow in the PreVIEW space on level 6 of the North Building. This month, the textile conservators are working on conserving and rehousing the DAM’s extensive sampler embroidery collection. Included in general admission, but space is limited. PreVIEW is funded with generous support from the William H. Donner Foundation.

Nicholas Felton. Photo: Noah Kalina

Special Presentation by Nicholas Felton

Aug.12, 7–9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

One of the lead designers of Facebook’s timeline and the co-founder of Daytum.com, information designer Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. Felton is the author of many Personal Annual Reports that condense the events of a year into a tapestry of maps, graphs and statistics. His most recent product is Reporter, an iPhone app designed to record and visualize subtle aspects of our lives. Free and open to the public. Presented by Type Directors Club, Design Council, a Denver Art Museum support group, and Society of Typographic Aficionados.

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

Aug. 11, 1–3 p.m.

Explore the exhibition Collectibles: Works on Paper, featuring a selection of drawings from the DAM’s collection that utilize various drawing techniques, styles and imagery. Participants will strengthen their drawing skills and create their own concepts. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use one of the museum’s communal sketch pads. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

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

Aug. 25, 1–3 p.m.

This month we’ll look at masks and totems. What is a totem? How does writing create masks, and how does writing help us to remove those masks? We’ll do some writing about writing, and then some writing about how characters sometimes hide themselves from the world, and how—or when—they choose to reveal themselves. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

FAMILY FUN

Free First Saturday

Aug. 1, 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 general admission tickets available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for In Bloom.) Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Aug. 1, 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.

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