December 2015: A Place in the Sun Opens, Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio and Super Indian On View, Winter Break and Other Highlights

Opening December 13, visitors to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) can explore the journey of two lifelong friends and fellow artists who were instrumental in defining American art in the 20th century. A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings presents bold, large-scale paintings by these two artists who found their niche in the Southwestern village of Taos, New Mexico.

E. Martin Hennings, A Friendly Encounter, about 1922. Oil on canvas; 45 x 50 in. Denver Art Museum; The Roath Collection by exchange; William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection by exchange; funds from Henry Roath, Lanny and Sharon Martin, 2013 Collectors’ Choice, and The Second Decade Fund, 2014.28

Organized chronologically, this exhibition highlights the parallels and differences between the artists' lives and artistic development. Both artists gravitated toward subjects drawn from the region’s rich American Indian and Hispanic cultures, the serene landscape and vibrant light of the Southwest. Even though the artists painted similar subjects, their artistic styles truly differentiate their work. Ufer painted alla prima, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. Hennings adopted the German style of art nouveau called jugendstil, which is inspired by curved lines and the natural forms in flowers, plants and trees. A Place in the Sun is the first exhibition to present the major award-winning paintings by Ufer and Hennings. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

ON VIEW

Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio

Through Feb. 7

Organized by the DAM, this groundbreaking exhibition focuses on the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie, and features more than 100 works created in a variety of media, including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil and mixed media. Wyeth explores the connection between two American artists who shared artistic habits of mind while maintaining their own unique artistic voices. Never before has an exhibition displayed Andrew Wyeth's and Jamie Wyeth’s work on this scale and in the shared context of their autobiographies, studio practices and imaginations. An exhibition catalog, published by the DAM in association with Yale University Press, is available in The Shops. Following its presentation at the DAM, Wyeth will travel to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. A special exhibition ticket is required for Wyeth.

Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980

Through Jan. 17, 2016

Showcasing more than 40 rarely seen paintings and lithographs, Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980, is the first exhibition to explore how the renowned 20th-century artist blended figurative and pop art influences to create colorful, compelling and revolutionary images. Scholder once vowed never to paint Indians. He claimed he was not an American Indian artist, but he was. He said his art was not political, but it polarized the art world. For every position he took, he also explored the opposite perspective. Drawing its title from the iconic painting Super Indian No. 2, the exhibition begins with Scholder’s controversial Indian series, started in 1967, and ends with his 1980 Indian Land paintings, which marked a seismic shift in his palette and subject matter. Though he was influenced by abstract expressionists including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, as well as painters Francis Bacon, Francisco de Goya and Paul Gauguin, Fritz Scholder’s work was purely his own. His art reveals the raw reality of being an American Indian. An exhibition catalog is available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online at http://shop.denverartmuseum.org. Super Indian is included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

ADULT PROGRAMS & LECTURES

The Paint Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Visitors can find creative inspiration every day in our hands-on artmaking space. Try out art materials and experiment with techniques. On weekends, watch demonstrations by local artists from noon to 3 p.m. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Demonstration schedule for December

  • Dec. 5–6 & 12–13: Rudi Monterroso – acrylic painting on metal and canvas
  • Dec. 19–20 & 26–27: Jaeson Simmon – oil painting

The Paint Studio is sponsored by The R&J Newman Family Foundation.

Creatives-in-Residence: Warm Cookies of the Revolution

Through Jan. 3, 2016

Office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturdays noon–4 p.m.

See what happens when local creatives take over a space in the DAM and design participatory activities for visitors. For their residency, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a civic health club, has designed an interactive place that encourages people to vote everyday with the decisions they make. Flex your civic muscles in artist-designed voting booths.

Dec. 5, 1 p.m.: Join members of Warm Cookies for a special Double Duty tag-along civic art tour.

Gregg Deal, American Genocide. (c)Gregg Deal

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Gregg Deal

Through Jan. 31, 2016

Gregg Deal, acclaimed muralist, performance artist and painter of the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe, is the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence for the fall. His work focuses on contemporary Native political issues. Deal will have public hours in the level 3 studio of the North Building when he will engage with visitors on the following dates:

  • Dec. 9–13 and Jan. 13–17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Deal will also have a performance at Untitled Final Friday on Jan. 29.

The Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation.

Conversation with Curator: Allegories Into Art

Dec. 4, 4 p.m.

The Berger Collection’s intriguing Portrait of a Man as Saint Sebastian is the focus of a talk by collection curator Kathleen Stuart. Explore what it might mean to have yourself portrayed as an allegorical figure—a saint, or a sinner, or a mythical hero. Meet at 4 p.m. near the elevators on level 6 of the North Building. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required. Sponsored by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

Drop-In Drawing: Composition & Concept

Dec. 8, 13 p.m. (monthly program on the second Tuesday of the month)

Take inspiration from the DAM’s collection of modern and contemporary masterworks through an artistic scavenger hunt. Each participant will find and draw the same subjects; interpretations and designs will vary based on individual creativity. All experience levels welcome. Use one of our communal sketch pads or bring your own supplies. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Tactile Tables: Spanish Colonial Art

Dec. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tactile Tables provide an opportunity to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated by specially trained docents. These tables are free with admission and are open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision. Offered on the second Friday and Saturday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October and December). Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. For details, call 720-913-0074 or email dschulz@denverartmuseum.org.

Textile Conservation Fellow Talk

Dec. 13, 2 p.m.

Learn about the process and decision making of textile conservation from the Mellon Foundation Fellow with examples from current projects, and see completed treatments in the textile art galleries. Included in museum admission; however, space is limited.

Walter Ufer, Going East, 1917. Oil on canvas; 51 x 51 in. The Eugene B. Adkins Collection at Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

Drop-In Writing: Memoir and Memory—and Light

Dec. 22, 13 p.m. (monthly program on the fourth Tuesday of the month)

Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. This month we’re going to focus exclusively on memoir writing—telling stories from your own life experience. Inspired by the paintings from A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings, we’ll tap into the bright recollections of our lives and combine memory and wisdom into sentences and stories. All experience levels welcome; use one of our notebooks or bring your own. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Conservation Uncovered

Saturdays, noon–3 p.m.

Uncover the world of conserving textiles with the help of a museum educator. Examine fabrics closely and try out tools that conservators use. Learn about the skills required to be a conservator and see textiles in a new way. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. Drop-in; no reservations required.

FAMILY FUN

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration and Free Tours 2015

Dec. 13, 2–4 p.m.

The DAM’s celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 13 will include several lively and colorful dance performances and children’s choirs. There also will be free tours in Spanish on Sundays, Dec. 20 and 27 and Jan. 3, all at 2 p.m. For details, call 720-913-0072 or email cricciardi@denverartmuseum.org.

Sponsored by DAM’s Latino Audience Alliance and supported by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Winter Break: A Place of My Own

Dec. 19, 2015–Jan. 3, 2016 (closed Mondays and Christmas Day)

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! The Paint Studio, Create-n-Takes, and Backpack Cart will be open every day. Look out for special performances and storytelling in the galleries, including the Best of Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives, with special weekday performances on Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 29 and 31, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. All Winter Break activities are included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Stack

Dec. 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, as we STACK and build to make art that towers. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Create Playdates are included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations are required. Create Playdate is sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Dec. 13, 10 a.m.–noon

Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart, witty and hilarious foxes—are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. On the second Sunday of each month, bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box, and then follow the riddles into the galleries. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Mañanitas Program Student Art Showcase

Through Jan. 3, 2016

The Mañanitas Program Student Art Showcase highlights work from students at Alsup Elementary, Academia Ana Maria Sandoval, Ashley Elementary, and Goldrick Elementary. The Denver Art Museum believes that art can make a difference in people’s lives by celebrating and stimulating creativity and inspiring a greater understanding and connection with our world. By showcasing the artwork of students, the DAM places value not only on these creative young artists but also the hard work and impact of their dedicated teachers. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE at Free First Saturdays

Dec. 5, 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- and kid-friendly activities. Free general admission tickets are 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).

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. Collection Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 1 and 3 p.m.

Note: This release provides an overview of December happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month.

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