On the final Friday of the month, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Denver Art Museum (DAM) offers a unique museum experience with unconventional art encounters, new insight into the DAM collections, artmaking activities, a cash bar and more. At each mixed-media Untitled event, the museum highlights a specific theme with exhibition-related activities and community collaborations.
“Untitled serves as a platform for local creatives to share work, be inspired by the museum, and activate our collections,” said Jaime Kopke, manager of adult and college programs. “Untitled events are designed for individuals looking for an off-beat art experience. It serves as an opportunity for local creatives to share their creative processes and inspirations with Untitled visitors to create a fun, collaborative atmosphere.”
Visitors are encouraged to curate their own night by choosing from a full menu of activities ranging from crafty projects and tours with a twist to theater performances.
Untitled 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.
A preview of the 2015 Untitled season line up follows:
Untitled: On the Rocks
Jan. 30, 6–10 p.m.
Break the ice of the 2015 season with precious gems, designer jewels and specially crafted cocktails.
Untitled: Statement Piece
Feb. 27, 6–10 p.m.
Make a lasting impression in different media, from fashion to film.
Untitled: Dream On
March 27, 6–10 p.m.
Choose your own late-night adventure: Gear up for a museum-style all-nighter or kick back with some R&R in the galleries.
Untitled: Fake Out
April 24, 6–10 p.m.
Do a double take with life-like artworks, stage makeup and other optical illusions.
Untitled: Some Assembly Required
May 29, 6–10 p.m.
Put the parts and pieces together to see how artworks are made, collections amassed and installations assembled.
June 26, 6–10 p.m.
Traverse new terrain by exploring national parks, Colorado history and lounging in art-inspired environments.
Untitled: Fresh Cut
July 31, 6–10 p.m.
A summer celebrating flowers springs to life with a look at the art of arrangement and flower-focused food.
Aug. 28, 6–10 p.m.
Take in the scientific side of flowers with a look at botany, bees and blooms.
Sept. 25, 6–10 p.m.
Experience everything that flowers inspire, from perfumes to photography.
Untitled: Flip Side
Oct. 30, 6–10 p.m.
Hear the other side of the story as the backs of artworks are unveiled and alternative perspectives are revealed.
Untitled Vocabulary: A quick look at events that occur at Untitled events.
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 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. During Untitled, the MakeARTtalk participant(s) shares their ideas with the audience while discussing their inspiration, process, successes and failures, as well as the final work(s).
Off the Record: DAM staff and community members share their take on specific topics related to the evening’s theme.
The programming for Untitled is produced with local creatives from all disciplines, including chefs, crafters and musicians. On Nov. 14, the DAM hosted Meet Here, an evening of discussion and brainstorming for community creatives who brought the ideas and know-how for the 2015 Untitled season, museum residencies, and outdoor installations. More than 100 local creatives participated in the DAM’s annual brainstorming event.
Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and CultureHaus and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering is provided by Kevin Taylor. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
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