On the final Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Denver Art Museum (DAM) offers a unique after-hours museum experience with unconventional art encounters, new insight into the DAM collections, artmaking activities, a cash bar and more. At each mixed-media Untitled Final Friday event, the museum highlights a specific theme with exhibition and collection inspired activities and community collaborations.
“Untitled Final Fridays are created hand-in-hand with members of Denver’s creative community,” said Jaime Kopke, manager of adult programs. “The program serves as a platform for artists to share their work, be inspired by the museum and activate our collections. Untitled events are designed for individuals looking for an offbeat art experience. It’s a place where people interested in arts and culture can be part of Denver’s active creative ecosystem together.”
During Untitled, visitors are encouraged to curate their own night by choosing from the full menu of activities ranging from hands-on projects and tours with a twist to unexpected performances and expert chats.
Each year, the DAM hosts Meet Here for discussion and brainstorming with community creatives of all disciplines—including musicians, chefs, dancers and crafters. Their feedback and ideas help develop the upcoming season’s programs.
A preview of the 2016 Untitled Final Fridays season line up follows:
Untitled: Family Matters
Jan. 29, 6–10 p.m.
The Untitled season kicks off with a look at traditions, skills and stories passed down through the generations.
Feb. 26, 6–10 p.m.
Find out why there’s no place like home as you dig into Denver and traverse the local landscape.
Untitled: Risky Business
March 25, 6–10 p.m.
Throw caution to the wind and dive into dicey situations and downright dangerous occupations.
Untitled: Show Down
April 29, 6–10 p.m.
Suit up for a Samurai spectacular with a night of face-offs, heroic tales and victorious orchestrations.
Untitled: Rising Sun
May 27, 6–10 p.m.
Celebrate Japanese culture past and present in a creative extravaganza produced by Andrew Novick.
Untitled: Power House
June 24, 6–10 p.m.
Be part of the action with a focus on female artists and architectural interventions.
July 29, 6–10 p.m.
Gather your crew and band together for a night of synchronized moves and creative collaborations.
Untitled: Center Stage
Aug. 26, 6–10 p.m.
Soak up the spotlight and strut your stuff with dance-offs, divas and artistic showstoppers.
Untitled: Stop Motion
Sept. 30, 6–10 p.m.
Untitled winds down with a final look at dance, photography and artworks expressing time.
Untitled: Glory Days
Oct. 28, 6–10 p.m.
Roll back the clock to the glory of the Renaissance and be part of a creative-in-residence mega-reunion.
Untitled Final Fridays Vocabulary: A quick look at events that occur at Untitled.
Detour: Non-art experts lead tours through the DAM’s collections from their point of expertise. Past examples include geologists, comedians, historians and fashion designers.
Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme: At each Untitled Final Friday event, visitors can watch Buntport Theater perform their sitcom Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme based on a painting found in the modern and contemporary art collection.
MakeARTtalk: An ongoing series where local creatives produce a new work inspired by the museum collections, exhibitions or the space itself. MakeARTtalk participants share their ideas with the audience while discussing their inspiration, process, successes and failures, as well as the final work.
Off the Record: DAM staff dish on behind-the-scenes stories about the collections.
Untitled Final Friday events are included in general museum admission and are free for DAM members. Students presenting a valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission when tickets are purchased on-site. Youth 18 and under receive free general admission.
Untitled is presented by your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering is provided by Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Metro citizens support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org.