Dec. 2016: Holiday Hours for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, Glory of Venice Continues, and Other Highlights

Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume closely examines the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

In addition to the costumes, original drawings and paintings from some of the films are on view. Through these artworks and artifacts, visitors can explore the process of creation—from concept artists envisioning a world on paper in the art studio, to dozens of specialized artisans making the costumes a material reality in the costume shop and finally the actors bringing the costumes to life. The DAM’s unique realization of this exhibition incorporates several hundred archival objects and drawings that were not on view at earlier venues.

In addition to regular hours, Star Wars and the Power of Costume and the Hamilton Building will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 15, 22 and 29; until 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 9 and 30, and Sunday, Jan. 1 (final entry at 8:30 p.m.); and on two Mondays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. To accommodate heavy weekend demand, the exhibition also is opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Useful tips for planning a visit are available on the museum website, including photography policies, guidelines on wearing your own costume in the exhibition and more. A dated and timed ticket is required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended, especially for weekends as many time slots are selling out. Tickets are available through the museum website, on-site and by calling 720-913-0130. #StarWarsCostumes

The Costume Studio & Weekend Demonstrations

Through April 23, 2017

Visitors to the DAM can explore the vital role that costumes play in developing characters and telling stories on stage and film—just like in Star Warsand the Power of Costume. Sketch your own costume design or design a character and appropriate garb for their environment with hands-on activities that are fun for all ages. Admission to the Costume Studio is free with general admission. From noon to 3 p.m. on weekends, local creatives will be on hand for demonstrations relating to costuming.

December Weekend Demonstration Calendar

  • Dec. 34: Adolfo Romero Costumevolution: Masks in Motion
  • Dec. 1011: Katharine Mathis – Fortuitous Design: Costume in Watercolor
  • Dec. 1718 & 31, Jan. 1: Matthew Mott – Set, Prop and Make-up Design

Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance

Through Feb. 12

Giovanni Bellini, Madonna and Child Blessing (Madonna col Bambino benedicente), about 1475-1480. Oil on panel; 31x24 in. Venezia, Gallerie dell’Accademia.

Explore the extraordinary artistic creativity of Venice at Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance. From the mid-1400s to early 1500s, artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. Featuring about 50 significant works, Glory of Venice provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience 19 artworks from Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. Additional masterworks on view include paintings on loan from the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice and the Fondazione Magnani Rocca in Parma, Italy, as well as signature paintings from the DAM’s collection.

A fully illustrated publication, produced by the DAM, is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and on the museum website. Daily guided tours of Glory of Venice, offered at 1 p.m., are included in museum admission and no reservations are required. Glory of Venice is included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free. #GloryofVenice #ThanksSCFD #CultureForAll

Not Square: Settling into a Museum Like No Other

A limited-edition, 272-page commemorative publication, Not Square: Settling into a Museum Like No Other, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, will be available at the Shop at the Denver Art Museum in December. The iconic Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in October 2016, was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects. The Hamilton Building’s bold, unique architecture—which nearly doubled the size of the museum complex—has provided expanded opportunities for displaying the museum’s permanent collections and world-class special exhibitions, extended the DAM’s worldwide presence and helped identify Denver and Colorado as a burgeoning center for arts and culture.

Unseated: Contemporary Chairs Reimagined

Temporary closure: December 6-12, 2016

Following a brief deinstallation, Unseated will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 13.


On Desert Time: Landscape Photographs by O’Sullivan and Bell, 1871–1874

Through January 8

On Desert Time presents photographs by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and William H. Bell made in the American Southwest, 1871–1874, while working on the Wheeler Survey—a series of expeditions in the American Southwest led by Lieutenant George Wheeler Meridian. The Wheeler Survey was charged with the task of mapping lands for the development of military posts, transportation corridors and mineral resources in territories ceded to the United States at the end of the Mexican-American War. Within these constraints, O’Sullivan and Bell created striking views of the desert region that reflect both the bones of the landscape and the photographers’ own experiences in the area. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

John Sorbie, The Madwoman of Chaillot, 1972. Offset lithograph. ©John Sorbie. Gift of Phil and Marie Risbeck.

Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie

Through January 29

Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie features the graphic works of internationally acclaimed Colorado designers Phil Risbeck and the late John Sorbie. Thirty posters, spanning a 30-year period from the 1960s to the 1990s, were used to announce a constant stream of performances, including dance, theatre, opera and film at Colorado State University. The exhibition highlights Risbeck and Sorbie’s expressive techniques, such as high-contrast photography, collage and photomontage, hand-drawn illustrations and their innovative use of the split fountain technique. These eye-catching works capture the essence of an event through energetic imagery and restrained typography. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.


Native Arts Artist-in-Residence: Wendy Red Star

Nov. 28, 2016–March 30, 2017

Wendy Red Star

Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, artist Wendy Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts and performance.

This month, Red Star will have open studio hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 21, 22 and 23. Visitors also can tour the museum with Red Star and her 9-year-old daughter, Beatrice, at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 28, 29 and 30. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

Mi Tierra: Insider Moment

Dec. 2, 6 p.m.: Justin Favela

Join Justin Favela at this Insider Moment. Chat with the Las Vegas-based artist about his process and his installation for the DAM’s upcoming exhibition, Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place. We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us! Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.


Sir Claude Francis Barry, Victory Celebrations, 1919. Oil on canvas; 62 x 66-1/2 in. (157.48 x 168.91 cm). The Berger Collection. Reproduced by kind permission of Amyl Holdings SA, owners of the worldwide copyright to the works of Sir Claude Francis Barry, Bart. 1883–1970.

Conversation with a Curator: Treasures of British Art

Dec. 2, 4 p.m.

Join curator Kate Stuart for a tour through Treasures of British Art, drawn from the Berger Collection. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Meet in the elevator lobby of level 6 of the North Building. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations needed.

Museum Collections Planning

Dec. 6, 6 p.m.

How are collections at a museum developed and refined? What do curators look for, and how does that differ from developing a private collection? Native Arts Curator Nancy Blomberg explores the tough choices curators make when reviewing collections and identifying which works are no longer appropriate due to redundancy, condition or mission. Tickets are $5–$12; free for students with ID. Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society.

Tactile Tables: Art of the American West

Dec. 9 and 10, 10 a.m.1 p.m.

In December, visitors are invited to explore one of Albert Bierstadt's Colorado landscapes, examine bronze casting examples and investigate through touch other well-loved paintings from the DAM's western art collection. Tactile Tables are open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision. Tactile Tables are offered bimonthly on the second Friday and Saturday of the month (February, April, June, August, October, December). Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

Drop-In Drawing: Color

Dec. 13, 13 p.m.

Transform iconic paintings in the modern and contemporary art galleries into coloring book pages. Participants will explore color while meditating on the artwork’s dynamic designs. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads (only sketchpads/notebooks 14 x 17 in. or smaller, graphite pencils and kneaded erasers are permitted in the galleries). Those supplies also are available for use. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

Takatori ware water jar (mizusashi), stoneware, 18th century. Collection of A. Maske.

Two Great Traditions: Japanese Ceramics and the Art of Tea

Dec. 14, noon

Since at least the 1500s Japanese ceramics have been heavily influenced by the custom of formalized tea drinking often referred to as “the tea ceremony.” While not in fact a ceremony, the discipline of chanoyu does use choreographed movement and planning. As utensils for the making and drinking of tea, ceramics play an important role in chanoyu. This lecture will explore the influence of tea on Japanese ceramics over the past 400 years. Free for Asian Art Association members; others $5–$10 (ticket for lecture only; general admission required for gallery access.) Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.

Mindful Looking: School Days by Robert Colescott

Dec. 20, 1 p.m.

Join Teaching Specialist Molly Medakovich for an in-depth exploration of Robert Colescott's School Days. Slow down and spend time with a single work of art. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Meet inside Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out on level 2 of the Hamilton Building. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

Drop-in Writing: Symbolism & Perspective

Dec. 27, 1–3 p.m.

This month, we’ll spend time in the Glory of Venice exhibition, exploring what’s outside in order to calculate the things that are inside—which is just another way of describing symbolism, both in painting and writing. Identify some common symbols in these paintings, then create some of your own in sentence form. Try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film (symposium)

Jan. 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

A precursor to the upcoming exhibition, The Western: An Epic in Art and Film, this symposium will feature talks by scholars who consider how artists and filmmakers have shaped the Western. Featuring media as diverse as painting, Wild West performances, posters and film, and covering artists ranging from Frederic Remington to Sergio Leone, this event will present new ways of looking at a truly American genre. $25 students, $55 DAM members, $65 others; available online or by calling 720-913-0130. For details, email


Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Dec. 11, 1–4 p.m.

The DAM’s celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 11 will include several lively and colorful dance and musical performances and free general admission all day. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume). There also will be tours offered in Spanish on Dec. 18 and Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. Sponsored by DAM’s Latino Audience Alliance and supported by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #GraciasSCFD

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum

Dec. 20, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Winter Break means fun for the whole family! The Costume Studio, Create-n-Takes and Family Activity Cart are open every day. In addition, the family-friendly play, Art Emergency 2: Code Redder will be presented at 11 a.m. most days during Winter Break (excluding Dec. 2426 and Jan. 14). Museum “staff members” Chuck and Joanne can’t agree on their upcoming exhibition yet again, and they desperately need your help. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Dec. 3, 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 general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume; advance purchase strongly recommended.) Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #ThanksSCFD

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. DAM Highlights tour en español, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required. #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Dec. 11, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Two smart, witty and hilarious foxes—are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles into the galleries. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

Dec. 14, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for story time, artmaking and more! Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Free for Kids mural by artists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios in progress outside 1515 Restaurant in downtown Denver.

Bellco Joins DAM as Free for Kids Presenting Sponsor

On Nov. 22, Bellco and the DAM announced a new, two-year collaboration in support of the museum’s Free for Kids program. The Free for Kids program was launched in March 2015 with a generous five-year gift from longtime museum trustee, Scott Reiman. Bellco’s presenting sponsorship brings additional support to the program, including enhanced learning and engagement opportunities and materials for youth visitors, as well as funding for outreach to underserved communities.

Free for Kids offers free general admission to all museum youth visitors ages 18 and under through spring 2020, free general admission for school tours and other youth group visits, such as summer camps and day cares, and a transportation fund, providing bus assistance for Title I schools. Free for Kids also enables the museum to cap youth pricing for all special ticketed exhibitions, including Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, at $5. For more information about Free for Kids, visit

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