Dec. 2017: Linking Asia and Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie Open, Her Paris on View through the Holidays, Winter Break Fun and Other Highlights

Explore how trade routes inspired and influenced art over time and across the Asian continent in Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion, on view Dec. 17, 2017–April 1, 2018 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Linking Asia will feature approximately 150 sculptures, ceramics, textiles, scrolls and other multi-dimensional works from 20 countries that span 2,000 years.

Linking Asia will dive deeper into the exchange of ideas, beliefs and techniques along the Silk Road trade routes, which profoundly affected the development of Asian art. The presentation explores themes such as artistic inspiration and cross-cultural hybridization of styles, trade by land and sea, ink art trends in East Asia and religious links before the 20th century.

Shiva, King of Dancers (Shiva Nataraja), Tamil Nadu Province India, 1100s. Bronze; 36-7/8 x 32-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Dora Porter Mason Collection. 1947.2

Works on view from the DAM’s Asian art collection will include visitor favorite Shiva, King of Dancers (Shiva Nataraja) and many on view for the first time, such as objects from three shipwrecks. Linking Asia is included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

With Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, opening Dec. 3, the DAM initiates a series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists. Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China.

Xiaoze Xie, Tribhuvan University Library Rare Book Room, 2016. Oil on linen, 36 x 72 in. Courtesy Chambers Fine Art. © Xiaoze Xie.

Born in a small town in Guangdong Province, China, at the beginning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966, Xie now splits his time between studios in Beijing and Palo Alto, California, where he is the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University. New Eyes On rotations will be featured every six months in the Logan Gallery and Fuse Box on level 4 of the Hamilton Building. On view through July 8, 2018, Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie is included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

The Eyes On series is organized by the DAM and presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism features more than 80 remarkable paintings by 37 women artists, created in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural and artistic change. These women from across Europe and America migrated to this epicenter of art to further their careers. They range from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Rosa Bonheur, to painters who are lesser-known in the United States, including Anna Ancher and Paula Modersohn-Becker.

While Paris was known as a cosmopolitan city, Parisian society was still very restrictive for women. They were not allowed to attend the École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts)—the country’s most important art academy—until 1897, and it was not socially acceptable to frequent public spaces, such as cafes, to work on their art and mingle with their peers without a male companion. The exhibition traces how women embraced their artistic aspirations, despite societal challenges, and helped create an alternative system that included attending private academies, exhibiting independently and forming their own organizations. A fully illustrated exhibition catalog is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online. On view through Jan. 14, 2018, Her Paris is a special ticketed exhibition; advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets for youth five and under free, 6-18 $5. #HerParisatDAM


Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Through Oct. 28, 2018

Ganesha, 600s-700s, Cambodia. Sandstone; 29.1 x 24.8 in. Lent by the National Museum of Cambodia.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector was developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Widely worshiped since the 400s, Ganesha originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Imagery of Ganesha has crossed both geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent over time—all of which are surveyed in the exhibition to showcase the iconographic changes of this popular Hindu deity. Sculptures, paintings and textiles provide a spectrum of ancient to modern representations of Ganesha. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Past the Tangled Present

Through Oct. 28, 2018

Inspired by imagination and the joy of discovery, Denver artist Jaime Molina’s interactive and immersive installation gives kids and adults alike the opportunity to sit on boxes painted with faces, play in a garden of fabricated cacti and experience an imaginary place where paintings on the walls flow into 3-D objects. During the year the installation will be on view, Molina plans to work with groups to paint different sections of the mural and installation. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Stampede: Animals in Art

Through May 19, 2019

Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from the DAM’s collection, demonstrating 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.

Now open on level 3 of the Hamilton Building, Stampede will expand to level 4 on Dec. 2. The expansive display features an interactive space where visitors can learn about the creative process behind the Never Alone video game created by Native North Alaskan storytellers. Guided tours are offered daily at 1 p.m. A Spanish tour of Stampede is offered on Free First Saturday. Both the exhibition and tours are included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Conversation with Curator: The Virgin of Valvanera, a Colonial Mexican Masterpiece

Dec. 1, 4 p.m.

Cristóbal de Villalpando, The Virgin of Valvanera, about 1710 Cristóbal de Villalpando, The Virgin of Valvanera, about 1710, Mexico. Oil paint on canvas. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2008.832.

Come explore the art of painting in Colonial Mexico and the legend of The Virgin of Valvanera with Jorge Rivas, curator of Spanish Colonial Art. Gifted to the museum in 2008, The Virgin of Valvanera, a masterwork of Mexico's so-called Golden Age of painting, is back on view after 1,500 hours of conservation work. This painting is attributed to Cristóbal de Villalpando who was counted among the best Mexican baroque painters of the 17th century. His handling of paint and color is regarded as an imaginative reinterpretation of Flemish, Spanish or Venetian works. Meet in the elevator lobby of level 2 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Meditation in the Museum – new program!

Dec. 8, 6–7 p.m. (additional dates to come in 2018)

Unwind from your week with a mindfulness meditation session in the galleries, led by our partners from the Kadampa Meditation Center. Whether you are a first-timer to meditation or enjoy a regular practice, all are welcome to join in on this hour of relaxation, reflection and quiet calm. Included in general admission. Meet in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector, on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.

Drop-In Drawing

Dec. 12, 1–3 p.m.

(Re)kindle your creative passions and join artist Anna Kaye in a fun and informal creative art session. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. All ranges of drawing experience welcome! Included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Technology and Culture Change Along the Proto Silk Roads

Dec. 15, 6:30 pm

Dr. Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Harvard University, shares the findings of his work in Gansu, China, on the Tao River Archaeological Project (TRAP), 2012-2017. Admission to the lecture and reception following is free, but reservations are requested. Museum admission required for gallery access. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group, and Curator’s Circle. Supported by the W.S. Jackson Fund.

Mindful Looking

Dec. 19, 1–1:40 p.m.

Nakabayashi Chikuto (Japanese, 1776-1853), Landscape in the Manner of Mi Fu, about 1850, Edo Period (1615-1868). Ink on paper. Asian Art Association Funds in Honor of Ronald Otsuka, 2014.171

Contemplate a peaceful Japanese ink painting, Landscape in the Manner of Mi Fu by Nakabayashi Chikuto, with senior interpretive specialist Stefania Van Dyke in Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion. Join us on the third Tuesday of each month for Mindful Looking as we slow down and savor a single work of art. Included in general admission, free for members.

Drop-In Writing

Dec. 26, 13 p.m.

Explore your creativity through the written word at an informal writing session with staff from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new. Open to everyone from published authors to occasional journalers. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, free for members.

Beyond America’s Heartland: Regionalism and the Art of the American West

Jan. 4, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

This symposium focuses on regionalism, a specifically American art form. Guest speakers will expand upon the well-known artist triumvirate of Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood to explore regionalism’s impact on artists working in the West. Tickets are $25 student, $55 DAM members, $65 others. For additional information, visit, or email Sponsored by the Petrie Institute of Western American Art.


Hamilton Building Now Open Seven Days a Week!

To expand access during the renovations, the Hamilton Building is now open Mondays. Enjoy DAM exhibitions, programming and hands-on creativity every day of the week. Note: The museum will be closed on Dec. 25, but open Dec. 24 and Jan. 1.

For ongoing information about the North Building renovation, visit


Free First Saturday

Dec. 2, 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! Check out some of the DAM’s many family-friendly activities and enjoy bilingual fun with a free Spanish language tour of Stampede: Animals in Art at 1 p.m., Create-n-Takes and the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free general admission tickets are available onsite starting at 10 a.m. (Special exhibition ticket required for Her Paris.) 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 #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

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

Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart 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. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Winter Break and Art Emergency: Stampede Edition

Dec. 22–Jan 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Dec. 25)

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! The 3-D Studio, Create-n-Takes and much more will be available daily (except Dec. 25). See special performances of the family-friendly play, Art Emergency: Stampede Edition, at 11 a.m. weekdays (except Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and 4). Winter Break activities are included in general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. Special exhibition ticket required for Her Paris; tickets for youth five and younger are free, $5 for youth 6-18.


3-D Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through May 19, 2019

Explore the expansive and varied realm of 3-D art in the 3-D Studio. Build an abstract sculpture at our Purely Paper activity, draw inspiration from Stampede to create your own animal at Wound in Wire or become part of the art as you work together with family and friends to contribute to a collaborative sculpture designed by artist Pam Fortner.

Every Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m., see an artist at work on 3-D art, from sculpture, to 3-D printing, to drawings that turn 3-D right before your eyes!

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in December– Saturdays & Sundays, noon-3 p.m.

  • December 2–3 & 9–10: Melanie Yazzie, 3-D Animal Sculpting
  • December 16–17: Drew Austin, Sculptural Space
  • December 23–24: Claudia Ibarra, Wire Sculpture
  • December 30–31: Emily Nell Yellow Bird, Paper that Pops

Note: This is an overview of December 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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