February 2016: Last chance to see Wyeth, Audacious Opens, Samurai Tickets Go On Sale, Hearts for Art and Other Highlights

Time is running out to see the groundbreaking exhibition, Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio. Organized by the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Wyeth features more than 100 works created by Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie Wyeth in a variety of media including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil and mixed media. Never before has an exhibition displayed Andrew and Jamie Wyeth’s work on this scale and in the shared context of their autobiographies, studio practices and imaginations. The last day for Wyeth is Feb. 7.

Andrew Wyeth, Faraway, 1952. Drybrush. © Andrew Wyeth. Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection.

After leaving the DAM, a selection of works from the exhibition will travel to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. A special exhibition ticket is required for Wyeth. A fully-illustrated exhibition catalog is available in The Shops.

Wyeth-related programming:

Realisms: A lecture by Dean Sobel

Feb. 19, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

As Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio demonstrates, various forms of innovative representational art thrived during this same period and, since the 1960s, have risen to make “realism” a dominant force in recent art. This slide-illustrated discussion presented by Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, will consider European movements like “New Objectivity” and Surrealism and their responses to abstraction, as well as single figures who stand at the forefront of this parallel development in 20th century art and beyond. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. First-come seating. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out

Opening Feb. 21

The more than 40 artworks included in Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out have the potential to invite or even incite conversation about the world around us. The outlandish presentation of ideas using simplified or crude depictions, everyday materials, or riffs on cultural conventions helps infuse contemporary art with provocative, sometimes challenging, content.

Martin Maloney, Over Exposed, 1999. Oil paint on canvas. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.785 © Martin Maloney

This installation will feature artworks from the DAM’s collection of contemporary art and signature loans from local collectors. Audacious highlights, among others, works by Franz Ackermann, Brian Alfred, Christo, Tracey Emin, John Fudge, Philip Guston, Damien Hirst, Martin Maloney, Ana Mendieta and Shirin Neshat. Audacious will be on view through Feb. 26, 2017. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Audacious-related programming:

Logan Lecture: Leonardo Drew

Feb. 1, 6 p.m.

Leonardo Drew’s large-scale sculptural installations utilize new materials, which are weathered, burned, oxidized and decayed to create the look of found objects. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $8–$18.

Upcoming Logan Lectures include Mickalene Thomas (March 9), Jovan Karlo Villalba (April 13) and Carroll Dunham (May 17). Presented by the DAM Contemporaries. This series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with DAM Contemporaries. The Leonardo Drew lecture is co-sponsored by Voices in Contemporary Art (VOCA).

Robert Therrien: The Power of the Image

Opens Feb. 21

Robert Therrien takes familiar or mundane symbols and disconnects them from their expected contexts. Drawing, in part, from his childhood fascination with cartoons, Therrien reduces images such as bows, feet, duckbills, smoke signals and snowmen to their simplest form. In doing so, these images become abstract forms floating in space, forcing viewers to re-orient their preconceived notions of symbols and their meanings. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture

Jan. 24, 2016–April 17, 2016

Established by Brad Cloepfil in 1994, Allied Works Architecture has been widely recognized for crafting powerful spaces for art and interaction, and for developing architectural designs that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. Presented at the DAM in collaboration with the Clyfford Still Museum, Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore works created during the firm's investigative process. For the first time, the public will be able to view the artistic explorations of material, form and spatial experience that have guided the firm's architectural designs, including both realized buildings and projects yet to take shape. Bold and tactile architectural sculptures, alongside material and structural studies, as well as drawings ranging from gestural sketches to large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings, will be on view. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Case Work-related programming:

Drop-In Drawing: Drawing Inspired by Architecture

Feb. 9, 1–3 p.m. (monthly program on the second Tuesday of the month)

Use the bold, tactile architectural designs seen in the exhibition Case Work to create geometric drawings. 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.

E. Martin Hennings, Through the Greasewood, about 1922. Oil on canvas, 45 × 43 in. Collection of Richard and Nedra Matteucci.

A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings

Through April 24

Presenting vibrant paintings by two artists who found their niche in Taos, New Mexico, A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings explores how these works were instrumental in defining American art in the 20th century. A Place in the Sun highlights the parallels and differences between the artists' lives and their artistic development. Both artists gravitated toward subjects drawn from the region’s serene landscape, light and rich American Indian and Hispanic cultures. They painted similar subjects, but their techniques were very different. Ufer painted alla prima, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint, while Hennings adopted the German style of art nouveau called jugendstil, inspired by curved lines and natural forms. 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.

Bamen (horse mask), late Edo period, 19th century. Leather, metal, lacquer. Photograph by Brad Flowers. ©The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas.

Tickets for Samurai go on sale Jan. 27

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection will tell the iconic story of the Japanese samurai through 140 objects from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor and accoutrement in the world. The exhibition opens March 6. Individual tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Jan 27 at the museum, at denverartmuseum.org and by phone at 720-913-0130. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 720-913-0088.

An exhibition catalog, Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, will be available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and through the museum website.


Conversation with Curator: Kenneth Josephson: Encounters with the Universe

Feb. 5, 4 p.m.

Explore the photographs of Kenneth Josephson, an early and influential conceptual photographer, with curator Eric Paddock. Meet in the elevator lobby on level 7 of the North Building. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Hearts for Art 2016

Feb. 9–14

This year for Valentine’s Day, join the DAM and other museums across the country and spread the love with Hearts for Art. Visitors are invited to show their love for a favorite work of art by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of an artwork crush. Pick up a heart at the welcome center and start looking for love! Hearts and photography for personal use (without flash or tripod/monopod) are permitted in all DAM galleries with the exception of works marked with a “no photography” sign. Share online with #HeartsforArt #DenverArtMuseum

Mindful Looking

Feb. 16, 1 p.m.

Slow down and spend time with a single work of art, discovering overlooked details, exploring ideas and making connections at Mindful Looking. This month, encounter the surreal with interpretive specialist Molly Medakovich as she delves into the elements and features of Christian Rex van Minnen’s 2014 painting, VOC Jellyfish Fry. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

The Ancient Maya: Dance, Writing, Art – 2016 Mayer Center Symposium

Feb. 19, 1–4:30 p.m.

The ancient Maya created one of the New World’s most advanced civilizations. Lectures will address dance in the ancient Maya world and the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project, headquartered at the University of California, Davis. An informal gallery discussion will consider Maya objects in the DAM collection. Symposium will be followed by a cocktail reception. Tickets are $20–$50. Sponsored by the Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art.

Danny Singer, Saco, MT, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary © Danny Singer

Anderman Photography Lecture Series: A Conversation with Danny Singer

Feb. 24, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Canadian photographer Danny Singer roams the North American prairie from Alberta and Saskatchewan south to the plains of Texas, making pictures in the small towns most travelers overlook in their rush to get from one place to the next. The result is a series of what Singer calls “paper movies” that evoke the feeling of driving slowly down Main Street, taking things in a little at a time. Tickets are $5–$15. Funding for The Anderman Photography Lecture Series is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Untitled: Homegrown

Feb. 26, 6–10 p.m.

This month, find out why there’s no place like home as you dig into Denver and traverse the local landscape. At our Untitled Final Fridays, you can get an offbeat art fix, pick up a creative skill and convene with local movers and makers. Top it off with a cash bar, munchies, and a dose of the unexpected and you’ve got a great night out. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays, and youth 18 and younger are free. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.

Tactile Tables (the second Friday and Saturday, every other month)

Feb. 11 & 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Get hands on with art! In February, explore art of the American West through tactile paintings depicting buffalo hunts, a Sioux winter camp, a drumming circle and more. Tactile Tables provide visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art—including visitors who are blind or have low vision—the opportunity to experience art in a hands-on way. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

The Paint Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Find creative inspiration, try out art materials and experiment with techniques daily in the Paint Studio. On weekends, watch demonstrations by local artists. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Demonstration schedule for February, Saturdays and Sundays, noon–3 p.m.:

  • Feb. 6–7: Carlos Frésquez – Acrylic Painting
  • Feb. 13–14 & 20–21: Derek Cadena – Acrylic Gel Transfer
  • Feb. 27–28: Nathan Abels – Acrylic Painting

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


Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE at Free First Saturdays

Feb. 6, 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 museum admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for special ticketed exhibitions such as Wyeth.) 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. DAM Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 1 and 3 p.m.

Art Emergency: Code Red…

Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m.

Two museum staff members who cannot agree which art should go where desperately need your help. They’ll let you in on surprising stories and details behind key works of art at the DAM, and then ask your opinion on what should fill the museum’s walls. After the show, go find the featured pieces of art in the galleries! Performances by Real Live Theater at the DAM. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. (Additional member-only presentation at 9:30 a.m.)

Note: This is an overview of February happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month. Please visit our website for complete information.

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