Summer of Dance! Highlighted at Untitled: Center Stage, Last Chance to Explore Why We Dance and Creative Crossroads and Other August Highlights

Untitled: Center Stage on August 26 is inspired by a summer of Dance! at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Visitors are invited to soak up the spotlight and strut their stuff at Untitled with dance-offs, divas and artistic showstoppers. In addition, watch for a performance on the plaza by Colorado Ballet, a musical performance by Landlines and gallery detours with Denver Drag Queens.

Produced with local creatives, each Untitled Final Friday event features workshops, an episode of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Explain Tonight’s Theme and other special programming with a twist. Untitled: Center Stage, Aug. 26 from 6–10 p.m., is included in regular museum admission, which is free for museum members and youth 18 and younger; college students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.

Arthur F. Mathews (American, 1860-1945), Youth, about 1917. Oil on canvas; 59 ½ x 67 ¾ in. (151.1 x 172.1 cm.) Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Gift of Concours d’ Antiques, the Art Guild, A66.196.24

Throughout the museum, explore movement in art through several exhibitions. Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art looks at the influences, evolution and distinct traditions of dance in America, portraying dances ranging from American Indian dances to ballet, the Charleston to Spanish flamencos. About 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures and costumes relating to American dance from 1830 to 1960 are on view.

In #dancelab, become part of the action as you follow dance steps choreographed by Wonderbound, then watch as your movements are combined with other visitors' movements for a collective dance experience projected in a large format. Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie showcases 30 posters from the 1960s to the 1990s, which announced performances at Colorado State University and feature expressive techniques, energetic imagery and restrained typography. Grand Gestures: Dance, Drama, Masquerade and Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion also are on view.

All summer of Dance! exhibitions are included in museum admission. #DanceatDAM #DenverBaila #dancelab #ThanksSCFD

Phil Risbeck, Rosiland Newman and Dancers, 1981. Offset lithograph. © Phil Risbeck. Gift of Philip E. and Marie Vescial Risbeck.

Summer of Dance!-related programming

Free First Dance on the Plaza

Aug. 6, 1–3 p.m.

Join us for a dance spectacular featuring 20 different dance groups on four stages outside the museum. Enjoy performances by Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Fractal Tribe, Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca and Apsara Belly Dance, among others. Full performance schedule available at The Plaza program is generously funded by the PB and K Family Foundation.


Women of Abstract Expressionism

Through Sept. 25, 2016

The groundbreaking Women of Abstract Expressionism exhibitionc celebrates the often unknown female artists of this mid-20th century art movement. More than 50 major paintings are on view, created by artists working on the East and West Coasts during the 1940s and ’50s: Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Jay DeFeo, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Mary Abbott, Perle Fine, Grace Hartigan, Deborah Remington and Ethel Schwabacher. The first presentation of works by these female artists together at one time, Women of Abstract Expressionism focuses on the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of abstract expressionism. An illustrated catalog is available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. #WomenofAbEx

Mary Abbott, All Green, about 1954. Oil paint on linen, 49 x 45 1/8 in. Gift of Janis and Tom McCormick, 2013.250. © Mary Abbott

Women of Abstract Expressionism-related programming

Drop-in Writing: Expressions in Shape & Color

Aug. 23, 1-3 p.m.

Using the Women of Abstract Expressionism exhibition as your muse, explore how color and shape—abstract expressions of emotion—can inform concrete expressions in written form. All experience levels welcome; bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.


Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion

Through Aug. 14

This multisensory exhibition presents the motives behind Native American dance and highlights the museum’s 27th annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration, which will take place Sept. 10, 2016. It features about 86 works, including 78 drawn from the DAM’s American Indian art collection. Visitors also are invited into a dancing circle through Mohawk artist Alan Michelson's Round Dance video art installation, allowing them to join in on a form of dance used as social protest over tribal sovereignty issues. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.

Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994), Apache Crown Dance, 1952. Casein paint on paper. Gift of Margaret Davis and Cornelia and Josephine Evans, 1953.420. © Estate of Allan Houser.

Robert Therrien: The Power of the Image

Through Aug. 7

Robert Therrien takes familiar or mundane symbols and disconnects them from their expected contexts. Drawing, in part, from his childhood fascination with cartoons, Therrien reduces images such as bows, feet, duckbills, smoke signals and snowmen to their simplest form. In doing so, these images become abstract forms floating in space, forcing viewers to reorient their preconceived notions of symbols and their meanings. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.

Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry

Through Aug. 7

More than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, garments and sculptural forms from around the world and across centuries are on view. The selection includes historic European tapestries made by large ateliers, 20th century collaborations between artist and weaver and works by solo artist-weavers who use tapestry as their creative medium. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.


Carlos Frésquez installation, part of Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions.

Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions - Carlos Frésquez

Meet the Artist: Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Installation on view through Aug. 7

Over the next year, Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions will feature four local artists and creatives who will bring the DAM’s pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections to life. The first, Carlos Frésquez, has created an immersive installation on level 4 of the North Building. Stop by to see his work, talk with him and participate in his project. Cuatro[4]: A Series of Artist Installations is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence: Powwow Regalia Studio

Through Sept. 18

Coinciding with Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion and the DAM’s 2016 Friendship Powwow, five artists from the Denver community will be in residence for two weeks each, focusing on regalia for different Powwow dances. Each artist will have open studio hours 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Thursdays–Sundays, on level 3 of the North Building during their residency.

Artists-in-Residence schedule

  • August 4–14: Kiva Trujillo, Women’s Fancy Dance (unable to attend her residency)
  • Sept. 1–4 and 15–18: Andy Cozad, Gourd Dance

The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by the Virginia W. Hill Foundation.

Movement Studio and Weekend Creative Demonstrations

Daily through Oct. 9

Explore how artists express and are inspired by movement through different mediums and techniques. The studio includes three hands-on activity areas to explore and experiment with motion in unique ways and features demonstrations by local creatives each weekend during a summer celebrating movement and Dance!

Weekend Demonstration Schedule

  • August 6–7: Rudi Monterroso – Tracing Rhythm, Painting through Dance
  • August 13–14: Stacey Steers – Handmade Collage Animation
  • August 20–21 & 27–28: Kendra Fleischman – Multimedia Art

The Movement Studio is generously supported by The Robert & Judi Newman Family Foundation.


Conversation with a Curator: On Desert Time

Aug. 5, 4 p.m.

Join curator Eric Paddock on a tour through On Desert Time: Landscape Photographs by O'Sullivan & Bell, 1871–1874. Meet in the elevator lobby of level 7 of the North Building. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

William H. Bell, Cañon of Kanab Wash, Colorado River, Looking South, 1872. Albumen silver print. Denver Art Museum Collection: The Daniel Wolf Landscape Photography Collection, 1991.483.17

Mindful Looking: Scott Fraser’s Three Fishermen

Aug. 16, 1-1:45 p.m. (offered on the third Tuesday of every month)

Join teaching specialist Molly Medakovich for an in-depth exploration of Scott Fraser’s Three Fishermen. Every month at Mindful Looking, visitors are invited to slow down and spend time with a work of art, discovering overlooked details, exploring ideas and making connections. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Jingdezhen and Hizen: A Comparison of Sino-Japanese Porcelain from the Early 17th to Mid-19th Centuries

Aug. 17, noon

Frequent interaction and exchanges between Jingdezhen, China, and Hizen, Japan—both renowned centers of porcelain production since the early 17th century—resulted in a sharing of styles and methods that can confuse modern observers. Dr. Huan Xiong, associate professor at Sun Yat-sen University, will discuss the four stages of Sino-Japanese porcelain relationships to better recognize the similarities and differences to be found in their beauty. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lecture tickets are $5 for teachers and students, $7 for DAM members, $10 others. Museum admission is required for gallery access. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association and Curator’s Circle Lecture Series; partially funded by the William S. Jackson Fund.


Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Aug. 6, 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-friendly activities. Free museum admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. #ThanksSCFD Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. DAM Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There's always a hands-on art activity available in the Kids Corner on level 1 of the North Building. Photo by Chris Schneider.

Create Playdate: Glide

Aug. 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, and make dance-inspired art as we glide and groove. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity

Aug. 26–Oct. 2

Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity showcases artwork by Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative (BRAI) artists and celebrates the creativity of children with autism spectrum disorder. This student art showcase will be on display in the lower level of the North Building (enter on 13th between Broadway and Bannock St.) Entry to the showcase is free for everyone; admission to the rest of the museum requires a ticket. Museum admission free for youth 18 and younger.

Summer Schedule for Family Fun

Through Aug. 19

Create-n-Takes are available in the galleries for summer fun Tuesday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., and on Free First Saturday in August. The Family Activity Cart is out every day the museum is open. Check out a Family Backpack and explore the galleries! Outside on Martin Plaza Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., make your own ribbon ring inspired by In Motion: An Outdoor Installation. All activities are included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

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