On view through Aug. 12, Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer chronicles a pivotal moment in the artist’s career when Gibson’s contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 57 objects created from 2011 to the present are on view in the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work, including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, painted works on rawhide and canvas, video and a significant selection of beaded punching bags.
The exhibition shows how Gibson draws upon his heritage and remixes his older works to create a visual vocabulary that explores his multi-faceted identity and the history of modernism. Gibson’s abstract works take inspiration from his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, pan-Native American visual culture, alternative subcultures, the artist’s experiences living abroad and popular culture. Striking patterned and textured works also incorporate text from poems and song lyrics.
Gibson frequently explores colonialism and the post-colonial mindset, reflecting on how American Indian experiences parallel other civil rights movements. His work also revolves around universal themes of love, community, strength, vulnerability and survival. Visitors will gain an enhanced understanding of Gibson’s distinctive and complex creative practice, as well as how it has evolved from series to series. An exhibition catalog is available in The Shop and online. A daily 45-minute guided tour is offered at 2 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. #GibsonLikeaHammer
Through Aug. 5
This exhibition presents award-winning editorial work by artist Jim Howard. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s and continuing through the ’70s and ’80s when the fashion illustration industry was at its height. The exhibition offers a nostalgic look at fashion trends set by top ready-to-wear designers, high-end fashion retailers and cosmetic companies. In addition to Howard’s illustrations, Drawn to Glamour features eight looks from the DAM’s fashion collection and four men’s silhouettes on loan from private lenders that capture the essence of some of the most iconic trends of the late ’50s to the early ’80s. The exhibition is included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. #GlamouratDAM
On July 25 and Aug. 1, visit the exhibition between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet and chat with artist Jim Howard.
ALSO ON VIEW
Through Sept. 3
La Musidora is a combination of the Spanish words "la música" (music) and "la mecedora" (rocking chair). This visitor favorite is back for another summer. Take part in this interactive outdoor art installation located on Martin Plaza near the Hamilton Building entrance and make musical sounds by gently rocking colorfully woven chairs in tandem. The 90-foot artwork seats up to 20 visitors at a time.
Through Sept. 16
Showcasing more than 100 contemporary landscape photographs from around the world, New Territory: Landscape Photography Today explores how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions and values of our time. The works on view revive historic photographic processes as well as use innovative techniques and unconventional equipment and chemistry to depict landscapes in surprising ways. New Territory challenges us to see photography differently and contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape. A daily 45-minute guided tour is offered at 1:30 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. #NewTerritoryatDAM
Through May 19, 2019
A special cross-departmental exhibition, Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from the DAM’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures, showing how animals have captivated artists throughout history. Stampede creates an opportunity for visitors to 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. Visitor favorites including a four-faced Hamat'sa Mask, Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculptures and artworks by Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe are on view.
Visitors can draw in the gallery, spend time examining smaller objects in a “cabinet of curiosities” and learn about the creative process behind the Never Alone video game created by Native North Alaskan storytellers. A daily 45-minute guided tour is offered at 1 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.
Aug. 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enjoy our art collections, family-friendly activities and some special events without spending a dime. See New Territory: Landscape Photography Today, Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer, Past the Tangled Present and the final weekend of Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard. 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: Animals in Art at 1 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). #ArtofSummer2018 #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD
Aug. 8, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (extended summer hours)
Drop in with your little ones, ages 3 to 5, on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet up with other tots and their grownups for storytime, artmaking and more! Create Playdate is a bilingual program (available in English and Spanish). Included in general admission; free for members and kids 18 and younger. No reservations required.
Aug. 18, 8:30–10 a.m.
At the DAM, we appreciate that visitors need to explore the museum in different ways. For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment, we offer Low Sensory Morning events. At each event, loud gallery sounds are turned down and attendance is limited. Tours, hands-on activities and artmaking projects are offered for individuals and families to enjoy. Reservations are free, but general museum admission rates apply (free for members; free for kids age 18 and younger). Space is limited; reserve your spot in advance starting one month ahead, then purchase general admission at the door on day of event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-913-0074 with any questions or for ticketing assistance.
Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
· Hold Your Horses: How do sculptures move and stand still at the same time? Explore this idea by looking at bronze horse sculptures and make your own horse.
· Carry Me Close (until Aug. 19): Learn about the extraordinary work and creative process of artist Jeffrey Gibson, and create a project inspired by his art.
· Photo Finish (until Aug. 19; on Martin Plaza 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon.–Fri.): Experiment with surprising techniques and unexpected materials to create your own customized photographs. #ArtofSummer2018
ADULT PROGRAMS AND LECTURES
Aug. 3, 4–5 p.m.
In August, join curator Eric Paddock on a walk through New Territory: Landscape Photography Today as he discusses the history and practice of landscape photography. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators each month. Meet in the elevator lobby on level 2 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.
Aug. 10, 4–5 p.m.
Unwind from your week with a mindfulness meditation session led by our partners from the Kadampa Meditation Center. From first-timers to regular practitioners, all are welcome to join in on this hour of relaxation, reflection and quiet calm. Chairs, yoga mats and meditation cushions provided. No registration necessary, but space is limited. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.
Aug. 14, 1–3 p.m.
Join in our fun and informal creative art sessions. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. All ranges of drawing experience are welcome! Materials provided or bring your own supplies (only graphite pencils, kneaded erasers and sketchpads 14x17 inches or smaller permitted in the galleries). Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.
Aug. 21, 1–1:45 p.m.
Mindful Looking invites you to spend quality time with a single work of art on the third Tuesday of each month. This month, meander through the lush, action-packed, animal-filled world of a 17th-century tapestry picturing a forested game park with teaching specialist Molly Medakovich. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.
Aug. 28, 1–3 p.m.
Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions with staff from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new. Open to all levels, from published authors to the occasional journaler! Materials available. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.
Aug. 31, 6–10 p.m.
In August, join former Creatives-in-Residences the Flobots for a creative takeover of Untitled Final Fridays exploring music, dance and community. Untitled Final Fridays is the museum's monthly late-night program featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist. Experience the museum in an entirely different way—every time. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. College students with ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.
SPECIAL ACCESS PROGRAM
Through Sept. 3, 2018
The DAM is participating in the summer 2018 Blue Star Museum program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The DAM is offering free general admission to active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, through Labor Day. For details and to locate participating museums, visit the Blue Star Museums map. #NEA
ARTISTS ON SITE
Through Sept. 27 – onsite Tues. & Thurs. 1–3:30 p.m., and Free First Saturdays Aug. 4 & Sept. 1
A socially engaged, interdisciplinary artist and educator living in Denver, Sarah Rockett’s work focuses on social commentary by investigating value and equality in American society. As the museum’s Creative-in-Residence, Rockett will be using art as a method for engaging social interaction, creating meaningful human connection and prompting dialogue around the urban housing crisis in Denver. Through exploring ideas of “home” and “place,” museum visitors are invited to join Rockett in the making process and participate in dialogue about the subject. During her residency, Rockett will be onsite at the museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m., and on Free First Saturdays on Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.
Through Sept. 9, 2018
Explore the varied realm of 3-D art in the 3-D Studio. Build an abstract sculpture, create your own animal or work with family and friends to contribute to a collaborative sculpture. Weekend artist demonstrations Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. through Sept. 2. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.
Weekend Artist Demonstrations
Aug. 4-5: David Ocelotl Garcia, Clay Sculpture
Aug. 11-12 & 18-19: Stephanie Kantor, Mixed Media Sculpture
Aug. 25-26: Jennifer Ghormley, Wood Print Paper Sculpture
Sept. 1-2: Adolfo Romero, Mixed Media Sculpture
Note: This is an overview of August 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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