February 2015: Matisse Closing, Brilliant, Untitled and Other Highlights

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century continues its world-exclusive presentation at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) through March 15. Featuring stunning jewelry, timepieces and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975, this exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or design house's, evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and accessories. An audio tour (available in English and Spanish) is included. Special timed and dated exhibition tickets are available at the museum, at BrilliantInDenver.com or by calling 720-913-0130. #DAMBrilliant

Flamingo brooch worn by the Duchess of Windsor. Cartier Paris, special order, 1940. Platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, citrine; 9.65 x 9.59 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.


Design After Dark | CUT

Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

At Bindery, 2901 Blake St., Denver

Join Design Council of the Denver Art Museum for Design After Dark | CUT, a dynamic and diverse celebration of design with cocktails, food, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $80, $65 for DAM and Design Council members; $45 young professionals (ages 21–30 w-ID). A limited number of $100 Vernissage tickets are available, offering a preview from 6–7 p.m. and the opportunity to pre-purchase silent auction items. Advance ticket purchase required. For more information, call 720-913-0044 or visit http://DesignAfterDark.DenverArtMuseum.org. #DesignAfterDarkCut Presented by Design Council and sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, Xssentials, Benjamin Moore Co. and Thurston Kitchen & Bath.

The Art and Business of Jewelry Design with John Atencio

Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Denver jewelry designer John Atencio will speak about the art of jewelry design, his 40-year career and the inside story of the jewelry industry. The lecture is included with museum admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. Sponsored by Friends of Painting & Sculpture.

Brilliant Conversation Lounges

Jan. 22–Feb. 12, 6:15–7:30 p.m.

The Conversation Lounges offer a series of informal expert-led talks exploring a variety of jewelry-related themes. Topics include the science of gemology (Jan. 29), Brilliant-inspired perfumes (Feb. 5) and a pairing of jewels and sparkling wines (Feb. 12). Attendees must be 21 or older for the final Conversation. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Admission to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century is not included with Conversation Lounge tickets.

Untitled: Statement Piece

Feb. 27, 6-10 p.m.

At Untitled: Statement Piece, explore making a lasting impression in media ranging from fashion to film. At all Untitled Final Fridays, enjoy unique behind-the-scenes tours, performances by local artists, opportunities to make and create, cash bar, munchies and more. Included in museum admission; students with ID receive 2-for-1 tickets during the event.

Jewelry Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations through March 15

Visitors can explore their creativity in the hands-on studio space on level 1 of the Hamilton Building offering an up-close look at jewelry. Every weekend local artists will demonstrate their techniques from noon to 3 p.m.

February Artist Demonstration Schedule

  • January 31 & February 1, 7 & 8: Danette Montoya — Upcycled Jewelry
  • February 14 & 15, 21 & 22: Travis Ogden — Stone Carving and Formed Metal
  • February 28 & March 1: Andrea Li — Original Gemstone Creations

Final Weeks—Matisse and Friends closes Feb. 8

Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Raoul Dufy, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque and Kees van Dongen. These artists shocked the art world with their raw approach and triggered a succession of innovative movements in modern art. Working in and around Paris at the turn of the 20th century, they were part of a creative community that sought to redefine painting, favoring an expressive style that emphasized loose brushwork and bold colors. Drawing inspiration from Matisse’s studio, the galleries feature vibrant walls, colorful rugs and plush couches that encourage visitors to sit back and savor the details. Matisse and Friends is included in museum admission.

André Derain (French, 1880 – 1954), Mountains at Collioure,1905. Oil on canvas; overall: 81.3 x 100.3 cm (32 x 39 1/2 in.), framed: 108 x 127 x 8.6 cm (42 1/2 x 50 x 3 3/8 in.). John Hay Whitney Collection, 1982.76.4. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.


Drawings: Carroll Dunham

Through Feb. 15, 2015

Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades.


Conversation with Curator: William Matthews: Trespassing

Feb. 6, 4 p.m.

Join curator Thomas Brent Smith for a look at William Matthews: Trespassing. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with museum admission; no reservations required. Meet at 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.

Drop-in Drawing (on the second Tuesday of each month)

Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

In February, make a drawing that highlights Negative Space, taking inspiration from the European and American collections. Create a figure-ground reversal drawing by focusing on the background (rather than subject) of your composition. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. Included in museum admission; no reservations required.

Tibetan Contemporary Art

Feb. 25, noon

Born in Nepal, Tsherin Sherpa studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting from age 12. After studying Mandarin and computer science in Taiwan, he moved to the United States in 1998. Tsherin continued working and teaching as a thangka artist, but in recent years his art has explored the detachment experience caused by the Tibetan Diaspora. His classical images of Tibetan deities morph into a swirling abstract form that illustrates this sense of groundlessness. Tickets are $5–$10 (free for Asian Art Association members). Museum admission not included in lecture ticket. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.

Month of Photography Lecture: David Maisel

Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

David Maisel is notable for photographing the unseen and the unseeable. Both in his landscapes and in his recent work with objects, he entices the viewer through the use of abstraction and unreal color. His photographs reveal a fascination with society’s mark on the terrain. While Maisel’s work is rooted in photography’s tradition of recording, the monumental scale and presentation of his prints also draw upon the language of abstract painting. Tickets are $5–$14. Sponsored by the DAM photography department with support from the Cooke Daniels Fund.

David Maisel, The Lake Project 1, 2001. 2015.543; Denver Art Museum: A. E. Manley Photography Collection. © David Maisel.


Free First Saturday

Feb. 7, 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 and kid-friendly activities. Free museum admission tickets available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Brilliant.) Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Feb. 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. Collection Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a new storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Fox Tale Sunday

Feb. 8, 10 a.m.–noon

Families are invited to stop by the museum on the second Sunday of the month, October through May, for in-gallery performances by Buntport Theater Co. starring Foxy and Shmoxy (inspired by the DAM’s artwork Fox Games) at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Check in at the Family Activity Cart to get a special letter from the Fox Box and follow the clues to find the foxes! Afterwards, check out all of the other activities available for families, including the Fox Games Art Tube. Included with museum admission; kids 5 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Swirl

Feb. 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to jump into art that spins and Swirls. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included with museum admission; kids 5 and younger are free. No reservations required.

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