Time is running out to see Passport to Paris, a special trio of shows that offers visitors the opportunity to view French art from the late 1600s to early 1900s. This special suite of exhibitions on view at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) through February 9 brings together works from such acclaimed artists as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in three exhibitions:
Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum showcases 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., as well as select decorative arts of the period.
Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection offers the chance for visitors to get close to 39 works-on-paper.
Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum features more than 30 stunning artworks drawn from the collection of Frederic C. Hamilton and the DAM’s own holdings. In January, the DAM announced the largest gift ever given to the museum. Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, the museum’s Chairman Emeritus, bequeathed 22 Impressionist masterworks from his private collection to the museum.
Passport to Paris will be on view through February 9, 2014. A special exhibition ticket includes access to all three exhibitions, the rest of the museum and an audio tour (in English and Spanish) for Court to Café. Timed entry is required for Court to Café. Large print, Braille, audio transcript and Spanish materials are available for all three exhibitions. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. Tickets are on sale at the museum, at www.denverartmuseum.org or by calling 720-913-0130. Because of heavy call volume, purchasing online is advised. For information on hotel packages, which include VIP tickets for Passport to Paris, visit www.ParisinDenver.com.
Drawing Studio open through April 13
Every day the museum is open, the Drawing Studio offers visitors the opportunity to browse a selection of contemporary and historic drawings, experiment with unconventional drawing techniques and contribute to a collaborative mural. On weekends, local artists demonstrate a variety of drawing techniques using different mediums.
Weekend Demonstrations in February
February 1 & 2, 8 & 9: Tom Mazzullo — Silverpoint drawings
February 15 & 16, 22 & 23: Tonia Bonnell — Contemporary drawings
Untitled #64 (Framed)
February 28, 6–10 p.m.
At Untitled #64 (Framed), visitors are invited to pause to appreciate what many often look past. Take a behind-the-scenes look at Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman, get the scoop on the Polish movie posters on view in Rebranded and put the pieces together on how art is framed. Free with general admission; no reservations are required.
Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western
Opening February 16
Shane, The Misfits, Tom Horn and Oklahoma! Visitors will see how these movies and other iconic westerns were reinterpreted by Polish artists in Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western. Drawn from the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles, Rebranded presents movie posters created during Poland’s communist era. Westerns exported an epic vision of America, making John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas legends around the world. Yet Polish artists did not promote these films through overtly glamorous, Hollywood-style imagery. Instead, they used universally recognized symbols of the American West—horse, six-shooter, the cowboy, Stetson, saddle—to express their opinions on violence as a negative force. Because these posters were not deemed threats to the social order, graphic artists had greater opportunity for self-expression, created more personal images and pioneered individual styles and techniques. The impressive, original and uncompromising posters in Rebranded not only catch the eye, but also offer an ingenious perspective on some of the most well-known American westerns while providing a glimpse into the poster art form.
Adult Programs & Lectures
Conversations with Curators: Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman
February 7, 4 p.m.
Curator Eric Paddock leads a tour of Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman. Meet on level seven of the North Building. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.
Curator's Circle Lecture: The Iron Powder: The Metamorphosis of Steel in Video Installations & Other Artworks
February 13, 7–8 p.m.
In his artwork, Kim Jongku crosses various media and does not center on a particular material. He uses black, steel powder—the result of an industrial grinding process—and “writes” calligraphic inscriptions on the floor of a pristine white environment as if the iron powder were Chinese ink. Then, using closed-circuit cameras positioned on the floor, Kim projects his constructed vista onto a screen to evoke traditional Korean ink-and-brush painting. A reception will follow the lecture. Free, but reservations are required: call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by the William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment.
The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya
February 16, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Maya art was a courtly art, designed for both the pleasure and ritual life of the royal family and their followers, and more often used within the rich architectural spaces that survive at the hearts of ancient Maya cities today. Using works from the first millennium AD, Dr. Mary Miller will bring together ceramics, hand-held objects and monumental sculpture to articulate life and death at the court of a Maya city. Free for Alianza members, $3 students, $5 DAM members, $10 others. Reservations not required; purchase tickets at the door. For information, call 303-361-9445. Sponsored by the Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.
Drop-In Writing – new program begins in February
February 25, 1–3 p.m.
Pick up a pencil and spark your creativity at these informal monthly writing sessions. With the help of a DAM instructor, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. Meet on level one of the Hamilton Building. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.
Free First Saturday
February 1, 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! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Passport to Paris is sold out for Feb. 1.) Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
February 9, 10 a.m.–noon
Families with little ones are invited to Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month. Watch Buntport Theater perform in the galleries, then check out all of the other museum activities available for families. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0130.
Create Playdate: Shake
February 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Parents and toddlers, aged 3 to 5, are invited to meet up with other tots and their grown-ups to shake and shout and get inspired by art that moves. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 720-913-0130.
February 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura. As we celebrate amor y amistad, spread the love with the story of chocolate, beloved beverage of the Maya and tasty treat of today. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 720-913-0054.