December 2018: Dior: From Paris to the World, Winter Break Fun, Final Weeks to See Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, Print Studio, DAM’s 125th Birthday and Other Highlights

Note: The Denver Art Museum will be closed on Dec. 25, but open regular hours on Dec. 24 and 31 and Jan. 1.

Spring-Summer 1995 Haute Couture collection, Hellebore dress, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior. Photo ©Paolo Roversi / Art + Commerce.
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to present Dior: From Paris to the World, surveying 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos and other archival material, trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He conceived sophisticated designs featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s history, focuses on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and highlights how his successors—Yves-Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri—incorporated their own design aesthetic.

Organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, the exhibition was designed by internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, principal of OMA New York. Dior: From Paris to the World will be on view through March 3, 2019. A special dated and timed ticket, which includes an audio tour as well as general museum admission, is required for Dior: From Paris to the World. #DiorinDenver

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait in a Cap, Wide-Eyed and Open-Mouthed, about 1630. Etching and drypoint; 2.09 x 1.81 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Prints and Photography.

Time Is Running Out to See Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

The DAM is the sole venue for Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, on view through Jan. 6, 2019. Coinciding with the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death (1606–1669), the exhibition offers fresh insight into the life and career of the masterful printmaker. About 100 prints from Rembrandt van Rijn’s career spanning from 1625 to 1665 are showcased, including biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape and genre artworks that demonstrate the mastery that cemented Rembrandt as one of the greatest artists in history.

The exhibition shows how Rembrandt used his view of the world around him to fuel his artistic journey and gives a deeper understanding of his working habits as an artist and—more specifically—as a printmaker.

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker takes a close look at Rembrandt’s innovative approach to printmaking that combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. While the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt's exploration of printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings also are on view to provide additional context about his creative process in all media.

An exhibition catalog is available online and in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. Daily guided tours are offered at 2 p.m. through Jan. 6. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. #RembrandtatDAM

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint; 8.07 x 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Prints and Photography.

Rembrandt-related programming

Why Him? Rembrandt's Enduring Fame & Lasting Legacy

Dec. 15, 2:30–4 p.m.

Teaching specialist Molly Medakovich will explore how and why Rembrandt van Rijn made an indelible mark on art, history and the popular imagination. This lecture is the fourth of a four-part series. Tickets are $20 DAM members, $23 others. Held in Sharp Auditorium; a general admission ticket (which includes the exhibition) is available separately.

Talk at 12: Rembrandt as Business Man

Dec. 19 & 21, noon

Rembrandt was a brilliant etcher and a prodigious spender. Learn how he used his unique talents to sell and resell an etching always giving the buyer a one-of-a-kind purchase and, in the process, reducing some of his mounting debts. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Print Studio

Through May 5, 2019

Channel Rembrandt’s eye for detail to design your own printing plate, experiment with color and layering, learn about the magic of reverse image and making the most of multiples. On weekends, watch artist demonstrations from noon–3 p.m. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in December

  • Dec. 1–2: Virginia Diaz Saiki, Neighborhoods Etched
  • Dec. 8–9 & 15–16: Gregory Santos, Stone Lithography
  • December 22–23 & 29–30: Ashley Quick, Relief Printmaking: Alternative Methods


Claes Oldenburg, Clothespin-4 Foot Version A.P lV, 1974. Bronze and stainless steel on acrylic base; 48 x 16-1/4 x 7 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Alliance For Contemporary Art, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Madden, Kenneth M. Good, 1981.11. ©2018 Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings

Oct. 7, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

This survey of 40 collaborative works by two noted contemporary artists presents drawings and one sculpture spanning the artists’ careers from 1961 through 2001. Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings offers an intriguing and insightful look at works on paper by two extraordinarily innovative modern artists well known for their monumental and imaginative sculptures, which are located in major cities throughout the world. This chronological survey—which highlights the ingenious ways in which Oldenburg and van Bruggen appropriated and re-invented form—also features eight drawings of their monumental and beloved Big Sweep sculpture, located outside the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.

The Incubation Effect: Nicole Banowetz

Nov. 4, 2018–Sept. 9, 2019

Inspired by the natural world, Nicole Banowetz has created a playful, larger-than-life insect nursery made from sewn inflatable sculptures and assembled forms. The Denver artist says, “I want the audience to forget that the work is art for a moment and have the sort of pure interaction they would have in nature.” Visitors of all ages can walk among the “cocoons and larvae,” immerse themselves, contribute to the life cycle of the nursery by designing their own creature and then come back to see the installation evolve over the course of the year. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.

Stampede: Animals in Art

Through May 19, 2019

See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in a cross-departmental exhibition that brings together more than 300 objects from the DAM’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. Stampede: Animals in Art 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. The exhibition includes visitor favorites such as a four-faced Hamat'sa mask, Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculptures, artworks by Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as rarely seen works. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.

Dog. Colima, Comala style. About 300 B.C.–A.D. 200. Mexico, Colima. Earthenware with colored slips. Gift of Laurence DiRosario, 1970.292

Stampede-related programming

Tactile Tables—Stampede: Animals in Art

Dec. 14 & 15, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Get hands on with art! This December we’ll feature some of the creatures from Stampede: Animals in Art. Discover a horse made of bronze and a dining set shaped like a fish or pet a pint-sized pooch from the Colima region of Western Mexico. Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated by specially trained docents, and open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

A Walk in the Woods

Available whenever the museum is open

Step into the forest and experience new animal-inspired activities created to celebrate the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art. Build with branches, take our birdwatching challenge or put together a shadowbox to display your own mini-menagerie! Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.


Dec. 1–March 31 — Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Take a walk on the wild side and sew together your own animal-inspired story at our Create-n-Take, Sew Wild, available starting Dec. 1. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Through Jan. 13, 2019

Ganesha: The Playful Protector was developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which loaned a statue of Ganesha created in the 600s to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition. The 29-inch tall cross-legged figure, featuring human arms and an elephant head, is known as one of the earliest Ganesha icons in mainland Southeast Asia. This significant pre-Angkor artwork is on view along with sculptures, paintings and textiles representing the Hindu deity from the DAM’s own collection.

Widely worshiped since the 400s, Ganesha originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Ganesha has crossed geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.


Free First Saturday

Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities without spending a dime. See Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, Ganesha: The Playful Protector, The Incubation Effect: Nicole Banowetz and more. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte and a Spanish-language tour of Stampede at 1 p.m. Stop by the Print Studio for an artist demonstration from noon–3 p.m. Free general admission tickets available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for Dior: From Paris to the World.) 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. 9, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Help Foxy and Shmoxy, the DAM's art detectives! Find the mailbox in the first level lobby and pick up a letter from the foxes directing you to the mystery in the galleries. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free with general admission for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

Dec. 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, ages 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for storytime, artmaking and more! Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. Meet near A Walk In The Woods on level 3 for program location.

Winter Break

Dec. 22–Jan. 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Christmas Day)

Looking for fun things to do during Winter Break? Visit the DAM for Create-n-Takes (artmaking in the galleries), exploration in the galleries, artmaking in the Print Studio and hands-on fun in our animal-inspired family space, A Walk in the Woods. See Art Emergency: Sculpture Edition, a play all about DAM artworks and their amazing stories, at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 and Jan. 2, 3 and 4. All Winter Break activities are included in general admission, free for kids 18 and younger. (Dior: From Paris to the World requires a separate ticket; advance purchase is highly recommended.)


Assembling the Japanese Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.

The Japanese holdings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, include more than 100,000 objects—the greatest in quantity and quality outside of Japan—and serve as a cultural bridge between Japan and the United States. Anne Nishimura Morse, William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will speak on the collection. Reception will follow the lecture. Free admission, but reservations are requested online or by calling 720-913-0130.

Nicole Banowetz, The Incubation Effect (detail), 2018.

Drop-In Drawing

Dec. 11, 1–3 p.m.

Join our fun and informal art sessions for drop-in drawing with the help of artist Anna Kaye. This month, take inspiration from The Incubation Effect: Nicole Banowetz. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. Materials provided or bring your own supplies (only graphite pencils, kneaded erasers and sketchpads 14 x 17 inches or smaller permitted in the galleries). Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Meditation in the Museum

Dec. 14, 4 p.m.

Unwind from your week with a mindfulness meditation session led by our partners from the Kadampa Meditation Center in the Ganesha: The Playful Protector exhibition galleries. From first-timers to regular practitioners, all are welcome to join in on this hour of relaxation, reflection and quiet calm. Chairs, yoga mats and meditation cushions provided. No registration necessary, but space is limited. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Kenneth Miller Adams (American, 1897-1966), Reapers (Harvest), 1946. Oil paint on canvas. Gift from Dr. George C. Peck and Catherine M. Peck, 2013.466.

Mindful Looking

Dec. 18, 1 p.m.

Slow down and spend time with one work of art each month at Mindful Looking. This month, join teaching specialist Molly Medakovich in exploring the vibrant light, rich colors and bold figures of Kenneth Miller Adams’s painting Reapers (Harvest). Join us on the third Tuesday of each month for Mindful Looking, a program that invites you to slow down and discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

The Art of Holiday Giving

Through Dec. 31

Give the gift of world-class exhibitions! Purchase a gift membership today and your recipient will receive free general admission for 13 months (that’s one month FREE), invitations to Member Previews, significantly discounted admission to ticketed exhibitions—including Dior: From Paris to the World and next fall’s Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature—discounts in The Shop and much more! Offer valid on any membership level through December 31, 2018. Use code GIFT18.

Happy 125th Birthday to the DAM!

Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the Denver Art Museum’s 125th birthday on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The first 125 visitors to the DAM on that day will receive a free commemorative 125th birthday tote bag, one of which will be filled with DAM Shop goodies. From 1 to 1:25 p.m., The Westsiders will be filling the Hamilton Building atrium with birthday melodies and holiday cheer. Try your creative hand in the Print Studio where special birthday-themed stencils will be available for you to write a birthday card to the DAM, a friend or a loved one. All celebration activities are included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

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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