The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is offering a variety of special programs in conjunction with Passport to Paris, a special trio of shows that offers visitors the opportunity to view French art from the late 1600s to early 1900s through February 9.
Pots and Pans, Tables and Chairs: Decorative Arts in French Paintings from the Wadsworth Atheneum
January 31, 5:30 p.m.
Scholar Michael Hall presents a lecture that will examine depictions of the decorative arts in French paintings from the late 17th to the early 19th century. Are they accurate? What can they tell us about society, class and fashion in Paris and the French provinces, courtly or peasant life? Doors open at 5 p.m. The lecture is $5 for students; $8 for DAM members, $10 for others and free for members of Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group. Tickets are available via the museum website or by calling 720-913-0130.
Untitled #63 (Au Naturel)
January 31, 6–10 p.m.
Untitled returns for the 2014 season to delve into the natural and seductive side of art from the city of love. Highlighting the Passport to Paris exhibitions, visitors will sample specially-crafted scents made by a local perfumer and celebrate la bonne vie with French music. Untitled is included with museum admission, and two-for-one tickets with valid student ID may be purchased during the event. A special ticket is required for Passport to Paris.
Sounds of France
On Saturdays through February 8 at 1 p.m. (except January 4), Colorado Symphony musicians will offer performances for DAM visitors, with a series of afternoon concerts celebrating classical French music. Included with museum admission; a ticket to Passport to Paris is not required for the concerts.
Winter Break: Bienvenue
December 21 through January 5
The studios, Create-n-Takes artmaking activities and Family Activity Cart will be open every day during Winter Break: Bienvenue. Kids 18 and younger receive free general admission during Winter Break; no reservations needed. A special ticket is required for Passport to Paris.
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 January
January 4 & 5, 11 & 12: Mara Winetsvaig — Mixed Media Drawings
January 18 & 19, 25 & 26: Leticia & Leo Tanguma — Mural Drawing
Passport to Paris
A special suite of exhibitions on view at the DAM brings together works from such acclaimed artists as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
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.
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 private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton and the DAM’s own holdings.
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.
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 available for all three exhibitions. During the holidays, special expanded hours are available. Tickets are on sale at the museum, at www.denverartmuseum.org or by calling 720-913-0130. For information on hotel packages, which include VIP tickets, visit www.ParisinDenver.com.
Journeys West (symposium)
January 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Petrie Institute of Western American Art’s eighth annual symposium examines artistic pilgrimages of various eras that left a significant mark on American art history. Many artists ventured to the American West in search of an artistic muse and seeking unique subject matter made even rarer by its remoteness. This symposium will explore how the West indelibly shaped artists' work and how, for some, the western experience included an unforgettable journey. Speakers and topic list available on museum website. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $25 for students, $55 for DAM members and $65 for others. Registration is required; visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130. For more information or questions, e-mail email@example.com.
Last Chance to See
Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation
Closing January 19, 2014
Fifteen of Thomas Moran’s chromolithographs (multicolor prints) as well as watercolors, drawings and oil paintings are now on view in Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation. During the 19th century, Moran’s work stirred the public’s fascination with the American West and his chromolithographs brought some of the first images of the West to a large American audience. In 1876, Moran published a portfolio of work titled The Yellowstone National Park and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, and Utah. It was the first illustrated publication about the West to be printed in color, and the first time Moran’s images were made widely available.
New On View
Fracture: Cubism and After
Opening January 26
The most revolutionary and influential movement of the 20th century, cubism’s influence continues even today. Since the Renaissance, when artists had perfected the device of perspective, a painting had been thought of as a window into the world. But cubist painters understood these canvases to be painted objects themselves and rejected the idea that a pictured object rendered with traditional perspective was any more “real” than an abstraction of that object on the flat surface. Cubist paintings were always based on things in the visible world, but often showed objects fractured as if seen from more than one point of view at once, or built up of flattened forms, like a collage (an art form invented by cubists). This rotation includes 13 paintings, ranging from Nature Morte, a 1914 work by Pablo Picasso, to Roy Lichtenstein’s Violin from 1976. Fracture: Cubism and Afteris included in museum admission.
Conversations with Curators: Flash of Red, Glint of Gold
January 3, 4 p.m.
Curator Margaret Young-Sánchez, an expert on ancient Andean textiles, will compare two Andean textile treasures: a spectacular scarlet tunic from the Chimu civilization of northern Peru and a stunning gilded wall hanging by Colombian artist Olga de Amaral. Meet on level four 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.
Registration for Spring Art Classes and Courses
This spring, offerings include two four-part courses: Fixed Lens: A Look at the DAM’s Permanent Photography Collection and Radical Movements: Modern Art in the Twentieth Century. Studio classes include Drawing for People Who Now Know They Can; Freedom, Passion and Painting; and Exploring Watercolors. Registration for Fixed Lens begins January 7 for DAM members; January 14 for nonmembers. Studio class registration begins February 11 for DAM members; February 18 for nonmembers. Registration for Radical Movements begins March 11 for DAM members, March 18 for nonmembers. Register on the museum website or by calling 720-913-0130.
Textile Talks: First Viewing—New Acquisitions
January 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
DAM curators and conservators do a show-and-tell of recent gifts to the collection and end-of-year acquisitions. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff assess, handle and treat objects from the textile art collection. Learn about tools, processes and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation. $5; space is limited.
Drop-In Drawing: Texture, Pattern & Repetition
January 14, 1 p.m.
Find patterns and textures in the Spanish Colonial and pre-Columbian galleries to create a continuous field composition. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. Drop-In Drawing will occur every month on the second Tuesday, focusing on a different topic each time. Meet on level one of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission; reservations are not required.
Free First Saturday
January 4, 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. Additional special ticket required for Passport to Paris. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Create Playdate: Wag
January 8, 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 search for dogs in our collection and make tails Wag. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0130.
January 12, 10 a.m.–noon
Families with little ones are invited to join us for 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 email@example.com or call 720-913-0130.
January 19, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura. Toma un café, sit back, relax and enjoy. Whether you’re enjoying a café in France, Colombia or your home, take in the world with all your senses, and be inspired to create art like that in Passport to Paris.