February 2012: Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful Opens, Sleight of Hand Extended, Untitled Goes on a Road Trip and Other Highlights

(Denver, Colo.) January 27, 2012 Opening January 29 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful presents nearly 50 photographs from the museum’s collection culled from the hundreds that Garry Winogrand took of women on the street, a selection of which were published in the 1975 book of the same title. Winogrand photographed in crowds and on the street from his early days as a New York magazine freelancer in the 1950s to his last years in Los Angeles. When he sensed the composition of a picture falling into place, Winogrand would quickly raise his camera to his eye and take candid photos of anonymous people. Often he focused on women—in parks, at parties, getting into cars, exiting stores—creating photographs that highlighted the changing role of women and, at times, the uncertainty of their new place. Winogrand was the recipient of numerous grants, including several Guggenheim Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. The exhibition will be on view in the Delisa and Anthony Mayer Photography Gallery on level seven of the North Building through September 16, 2012.

Ed Ruscha: On the Road is a vibrant exhibition featuring works inspired by Jack Kerouac’s seminal work On the Road, the novel that came to define the Beat Generation. Both artists utilize language as a form of social commentary, documenting the continuing shifts in the American cultural landscape. By superimposing passages from Kerouac’s epic 1957 novel onto images of snow-capped mountains or abstract backgrounds, Ruscha injects new life into the feverishly written words. Much of the novel, typed on a continuous 120-foot-long scroll, is set against the backdrop of post-World War II lower downtown Denver. Ed Ruscha: On the Road is on view through April 22, 2012.

Untitled #44 (Road Trip)

February 24, 6–10 p.m.

In February, Untitled #44 (Road Trip) takes you on an unexpected journey through Ed Ruscha: On the Road and the museum’s collections. Take a highlight tour of DAM’s attractions and oddities, go on a geologic excursion of the Western art collection, learn about Jack Kerouac’s Denver ties or check-out your own personal poet for the night. On the final Friday of the month, from 6 to 10 pm, the DAM is less like a field trip and more like a night out at the mixed-media Untitled events with offbeat art encounters, unusual tours, local bands, munchies, cash bar and more. Untitled is included with general admission to the museum, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event.

DAM Announces Textile Art Initiative; Sleight of Hand Extended

In January, the DAM announced a $3 million gift from the Avenir Foundation that will transform the museum’s textile art program. In addition to expanding the current textile art gallery space to more than six times its current square footage, the gift will allow for the development of scientific and educational spaces, a staging area for exhibition preparation and conservation and storage of the more than 5,000 textile objects in the DAM’s collection. By reclaiming more than 7,000 square-feet of space on level six of the North Building, the museum will be able to show a larger portion of its collection, host more loaned exhibitions of textile art and give visitors a space to engage in a variety of additional activities.

Sleight of Hand, the exhibition currently on view in the Neusteter Textile Gallery on level six of the North Building, has been extended and will remain on view through November. Featuring contemporary textile art that surprises the eye while challenging and intriguing your powers of perception, the artworks on view include visitor favorites and new acquisitions as well as works loaned especially for this exhibition. Employing materials ranging from anticipated to astonishing, these artists push time-honored textile techniques—embroidery, quilting, weaving, netting, crochet, coiling and ikat—to unexpected extremes and invent new methods to achieve their creative vision.

An Evening with Artemisia Gentileschi

Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

In her documentary a woman like that, filmmaker Ellen Weissbrod merges her own coming of middle-age story with her pursuit of the truths behind the legends of 17th century female painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s dramatic art and life. The director will be present to answer questions at the end of the screening. Free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. For information, call 720-913-0130. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Herbert Bayer 1900–1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years Opens February 11

Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years is the first in a series of exhibitions tracing Bayer’s development from his earliest days in Austria through his years in the United States. Bayer was first a student and later a master (teacher) at the Bauhaus, generally regarded as the most important school of art and design of the 20th century. In Colorado, Bayer is best known as the designer of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, where he was able to apply the Bauhaus concept of “total design” across the Institute campus. The exhibit will be on view through July 14, 2013.

Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home? Closes February 19

A community inspired, site-specific, interactive artwork that changes with each presentation, ¿Being Home? is an immersive environment made up of colorful word sculptures and mobiles carved in Plexiglas, Styrofoam and foam. For this reinstallation, Matthies used his highly collaborative process to gather words in many languages through a series of community workshops, turning participants’ words into a new set of sculptural elements within the installation. ¿Being Home? is on view through February 19.

Logan Lectures Spring 2012: Tucker Nichols

Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.)

Found objects and phrases populate the work of San Francisco-based artist Tucker Nichols, recalling both a homey American childhood and the aesthetics of urban design. Tickets are $8 for students with ID, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 general public. Registration recommended; call 720-913-0130. The Logan Lecture Series Spring 2012: Artists on Art—Materials and Materiality is made possible with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.

Lecture with Lino Tagliapietra

Thursday, February 23, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Master Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra will share his inspirations, life influences and the creative process that shapes his creations. Free. No reservations required, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. For more information, call 720-913-0044 or email cgrzelak@denverartmuseum.org. Sponsored by Design Council, a DAM support group, and PISMO Fine Art Glass.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets to Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective are now available. The exhibition will open to the public on March 25, 2012. A dazzling overview of the designer’s 40 years of creativity, the exhibition will combine photographs, drawings, films and other multimedia elements with a selection of 200 haute couture outfits. The DAM is the only U.S. venue for the exhibition, which will be on view March 25–July 8, 2012. Dated and timed tickets can be purchased by calling 720-913-0130 or online at www.denverartmuseum.org. For details on special hotel packages—which include VIP untimed and undated Yves Saint Laurent tickets—visit www.YSLdenver.com.

DAM Launches Expanded Creativity Resource for Teachers

The DAM recently expanded its website developed by teachers for teachers that uses the museum’s world-class art collections to inspire creativity in students. The DAM’s Creativity Resource for Teachers features more than 100 adaptable lesson plans, career resources and a classroom showcase for fresh ideas. A variety of free resources will be available 24/7, including expert blogs written by educators, a showcase of classroom projects and online professional development in the form of webinars and videoconferencing, building on a rich history of teacher workshops hosted at the museum. Visit Creativity Resource at creativity.denverartmuseum.org or, for more information, email creativityresource@denverartmuseum.org.

Denver Public Schools Elementary, Middle and K-8 3-Dimensional Art Showcase

February 7–16, 2012

Come explore the creativity of students in Denver Public School’s annual showcase of elementary and middle school work. Free (admission to galleries not included). No reservations are needed. For information, call 720-913-0143.

Create Playdate: Plop

February 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones (ages 3–5) for artmaking, storytime in the galleries and more. Upcoming themes include Hop (March 14) and Fancy (April 11). Activities are free with general admission; kids 5 and younger are free. No reservations are required. For more information, email familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130.

Free First Saturday, sponsored by Target

Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy the DAM’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions for free. General admission tickets available onsite at the DAM starting at 10 a.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).