Feb. 2020-Untitled: Creative Fusion Kicks Off, Registration Opens for Summer 2020 Kids Camps, Anderman Photography Lecture and Other Highlights

On Jan. 31, the 2020 season of Untitled: Creative Fusions kicks off. Creatives Eileen Roscina Richardson and Joshua Ware join forces to investigate the wild and the constructed with the theme of “Entanglements,” inspired by Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature and The Light Show.

Creatives Eileen Roscina Richardson & Joshua Ware. Image courtesy of Denver Art Museum.

Sample nitrogen popcorn and Mexican-style drinking chocolate, dance to vinyl tunes by Laura Conway, check out films in Sharp Auditorium, wheat paste your own water lily in the Paint Studio, see live ice sculpting on Martin Plaza and much more. Untitled runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and is included with general museum admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger. Students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 museum admission during Untitled. #untitledDAM

2020 Season of Untitled: Creative Fusions

April 24: Libby Barbee & Becky Wareing-Steele will dig into the theme “Unearthing Place,” taking inspiration from Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington and The Light Show.

July 31: The first Untitled: Creative Fusion in our expanded campus with new Learning & Engagement spaces! Ramon Bonilla and Brenton Weyi come together to take inspiration from Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom and ReVisión: Art in the Americas.

October 30: Local artists Tya Alisa Anthony and Lares Feliciano will draw inspiration from Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism and ReVisión: Art in the Americas.

2020 Summer Camps

With the first reopening phase of the Martin Building scheduled for June 6, the DAM’s Learning & Engagement Department is bringing back a summer of day camps to help ignite children’s inner artist. Camps will be available for ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11. Registration for DAM members will begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4, and for nonmembers on Feb. 11.

The week-long camps will take place between June 15 and August 14, and include such offerings as The ABC’s of Art, Sculpt This, Sculpt That, Activate Your Inner Architect, Play With Patterns, Selfies through the Ages, Calling All Filmmakers, Through Time and Space and From Painting to Performance. For information on specific dates and camps this summer, visit denverartmuseum.org/kids-summer-classes.

REOPENING IN FEBRUARY

Phantom Canyon: A Digital Circuit

Feb. 9–April 26, 2020

Stacey Steers, still from Phantom Canyon, 2006. Single-channel video, with sound (edition 2 of 10); 9 min 30 sec. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the artist, 2011.236.1-4. © Stacey Steers

Journey along the circuit of balconies, landings, and stairs within the atrium of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building to discover the 15 digital artworks that make up Phantom Canyon: A Digital Circuit, which returns to view this month.

A moving image is comprised of a series of still images, shown in rapid succession, to produce the illusion of fluid motion. The afterimage—or ghost—of one picture stays in our eye for a fleeting moment allowing our brain to merge it with the next. When we see action on a screen, it’s created through a succession of blended phantom images. Each of the artworks on view depends on the afterimage to create the appearance of movement.

As you discover each of the 15 digital artworks in Phantom Canyon, perhaps this space will feel more like a canyon filled with scenic stops that offer a glimpse into each artist’s imagination. #PhantomCanyonatDAM

ON VIEW THIS MONTH

Eyes On: Anthony McCall

Through May 31, 2020

Eyes On: Anthony McCall features Landscape for Fire, an installation by the London-born, New York-based artist. The second in a larger suite of seven fire performances staged between 1972 and 1974, Landscape for Fire is McCall’s primary record of the series.

In the video, five members of a local art collective called Exit walk a precisely choreographed pattern across an airfield in North Weald, England, setting fire to pots of gasoline laid in a vast grid. The grid of flames grows incrementally throughout the film. The sharp scratching of matches, the erupting blazes and the brisk wind—punctuated by the sound of a foghorn and the hiss of a flare—create the aural tempo and soundtrack of the non-linear visual narrative. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #AnthonyMcCallatDAM

Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, Portrait of a Lady, ca. early 1790s. Oil on paper mounted on canvas; 30 x 25 in. (76 x 63.5 cm). The Berger Collection.

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Through July 12, 2020

Treasures of British Art presents 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time. The exhibition features devotional images, portraits, landscapes and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School—including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and John Constable—as well as non-British artists who spent significant time in Britain, such as Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck and American artists Benjamin West and John Singer Sargent. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #TreasuresatDAM

The Light Show

Through Nov. 29, 2020

Featuring about 250 objects, The Light Show explores physical and symbolic representations of light in art through a thought-provoking narrative. The exhibition focuses on the quest by humanity and artists to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual and divine representations of light. The exhibition helps visitors reflect on a variety of light-related themes through a broad range of materials and artworks, including ancient sculptures, paintings, photography, textiles and contemporary installations. Artworks on view include such visitor favorites as El Anatsui’s Rain Has No Father? and Lucas Samaras’s immersive Corridor #2. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #LightatDAM

Installation view of The Light Show.

The Light Show-related programming

Mindful Looking

Feb. 18, 11:45 p.m. (meet in level 1 elevator lobby)

Pop artist Keith Haring created Altarpiece, his last work, shortly before his death from AIDS. Join DAM teaching specialist Molly Medakovich at this month’s Mindful Looking in a visual exploration of this expressive contemporary adaptation of the traditional religious altarpiece. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included with museum admission; no reservations required.

Installation view of Shantell Martin: Words and Lines. Shantell Martin © 2019.

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines

Through Jan. 31, 2021

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines is an interactive multimedia installation by London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin. Featuring Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play, it includes an interactive wall with triangular boxes that rotate, an animated video projection and a third section focused on her renowned drawings. In addition, Martin has created surprises throughout the atrium—even an elevator). An international sensation, Martin has collaborated with such iconic brands and artists as Puma, Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co. and Kendrick Lamar. Items designed by the artist—including mugs, pins and stickers—are available for purchase at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum during the exhibition’s run. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #ShantellxDAM

ARTISTS ONSITE

Paint Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Open during museum hours on level 1

Explore how painters use color and light to capture the world around them, experiment with watercolors, paint a portrait or create your own abstract masterpiece. Weekend demonstrations by local artists from noon to 3 p.m. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

February Artist Demonstrations

  • Feb. 1-2: Beatriz Gomez, Colorado Forest: Oil Painting
  • Feb. 8-9 & 15-16: Lisa Garrison, Painting Light with Watercolor
  • Feb. 22-23 & Feb. 29-March 1: Emeka Dragonfly, Energistic Light & Color Painting

Photo by Stephanie Amos @offgridoilymama

FAMILY FUN AT THE DAM

Free Day at the DAM

Feb. 1, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities for free. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Stop by the Paint Studio for artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. or visit the First Light Family Space. Free general admission tickets will be available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Free Days at the DAM are 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

Feb. 9, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and solve art mysteries in the museum. There are two chances to catch these super-sleuths in action: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, visit level 1, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles into the galleries. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

Feb. 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 story time, artmaking and more! Meet on level 3 near the First Light Family Space to find out this month’s program location. Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. No reservations required.

First Light Family Space

Through May 31, 2020 - open during museum hours on level 3

Step into the shining world of the First Light Family Space for light-themed artmaking activities inspired by The Light Show. Capture nature’s shadows with moveable silhouettes, experiment with transparency and color on overhead projectors, mix patterns to cast bold shadows and design a wearable mirror. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Firt Light Family Space. Photo by Val Padilla.

ADULT PROGRAMS AND LECTURES

Drop-In Drawing

Feb. 11, 13 p.m. (meet in level 1 elevator lobby)

Join artist Anna Kaye and explore the human form with a costumed live model in Treasures of British Art. Participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of drawing tools to enhance hand-eye coordination while exploring dynamic human gestures and movements. All ranges of drawing experience welcome! Drawing materials provided, or bring your own supplies (only sketchpads 14 x 17 inches or smaller, graphite pencils and kneaded erasers permitted in the galleries). Included with museum admission; no reservations required.

Linda Connor, Entwined Buddha, Ayutthaya Thailand, 1988. Gelatin silver printed out paper print. Gift of the A. E. Manley Photography Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 2010.542 ©Linda Connor

Anderman Photography Lecture: Linda Connor

Feb. 19, 7–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 pm.)

Inspired by places with rich cultural history, Linda Connor creates photographs that explore human connection to the spiritual world through monuments, sites, objects and ritual. Connor has received both National Endowment of the Arts Grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is widely collected and exhibited. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute since 1969 and is the founder of PhotoAlliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting contemporary photography. Free for Museum Friends, $15 for DAM members, $20 for nonmembers, $5 for students. Sponsored by the DAM Photography Department; series funding generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Diego Rivera, Anahuacalli Museum in construction, 1949. Photo credit: Antonio Rodríguez.

Diego Rivera in El Pedregal: Constructing a Pyramid, Founding a Museum

Feb. 20, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Dr. Cristóbal Jacóme-Moreno, a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will focus on Diego Rivera’s appropriation of pre-Columbian spaces and figures in one of his most renowned works: the Anahuacalli museum of archaeology (1940-1957). In this architectural space, Jacóme-Moreno argues, Rivera understood Mexico’s pre-Columbian past not only as a series of successive events in time, but especially as an active, integrative force in an ever-changing present. Free for Museum Friends, $15 for DAM members, $20 for nonmembers, $5 for students.

Drop-In Writing

Feb. 25, 13 p.m. (meet in level 1 elevator lobby)

Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions led by staff from Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new. Open to all levels, from published authors to the occasional journaler! Materials provided. Included with museum admission; no reservations required.

Note: This overview does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available this month. See the museum website for complete information.

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