January 2015: A Brilliant New Year, the Return of Untitled Final Fridays, a Celebration of the West and Other Highlights

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century continues its world-exclusive presentation at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) throughout January. 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

Tiger lorgnette owned by the Duchess of Windsor. Cartier Paris, special order, 1954. Gold, enamel, emeralds, glass; 8.5 x 2 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Make it a Brilliant new year—expanded exhibition hours are available Jan. 1, 2 and 3, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Advance ticket purchase recommended. On Jan. 2 and 3, Palettes Contemporary Cuisine at the Denver Art Museum will be open 11 a.m.–8 p.m., and will feature a special menu inspired by Brilliant. For reservations, call 303-534-1455.

An array of programming inspired by Brilliant is offered this month.

Untitled Final Fridays Return

Jan. 30, 6-10 p.m.

Untitled Final Fridays return with Untitled: On the Rocks. Break the ice of the 2015 season with precious gems, designer jewels and specially crafted cocktails. At every Untitled, enjoy offbeat art encounters, exhibition-related activities, community collaborations, unique detours, local music, cash bar, munchies and more. Included in general admission; students receive 2-for-1 tickets during the event.

Necklace worn by Elizabeth Taylor. Cartier Paris, 1951, altered in 1953. Platinum, diamonds, rubies; Length 37.5 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Marian Gérard, Cartier Collection. © Cartier.
CultureHaus Presents Art of Brilliance

Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.

The DAM’s young philanthropist group, CultureHaus, presents Art of Brilliance, featuring an exclusive showing of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. At Art of Brilliance, attendees can view stunning works of Cartier art in Brilliant, and also delight in Veuve Clicquot champagne, cocktails, dessert, live jazz and a silent auction. It's fun for a great cause as all funds raised support future DAM programming. $75 for CultureHaus members, $90 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase tickets, e-mail CultureHaus@denverartmuseum.org or visit www.culturehaus.com.

Brilliant Conversation Lounges

Jan. 22–Feb. 12, 6:15–7:30 p.m.

Join us for a series of informal expert-led talks exploring a variety of jewelry-related themes. Topics include the art of jewelry making (Jan. 22), the science of gemology (Jan. 29), Cartier-inspired perfumes and the social history of scent (Feb. 5) and a pairing of jewels and sparkling wines (Feb. 12). Attendees must be 21 or older for the final Conversation. Series tickets ($55 members, $65 nonmembers) go on sale Dec. 16 for members and Dec. 23 for nonmembers. Single session tickets (if available) will go on sale Jan. 6. Advance ticket purchase recommended; these programs often sell out quickly. Admission to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century is not included with Conversation Lounge tickets.

Nooner Tours

Jan. 7 & 9: Jeweled Treasures of Bali & Nepal

Jan. 21 & 23: Glitterati: Cloistered Treasures, Nun’s Badges

Jan. 28 & 30: Glitterati: Tiaras, Pendants, and Tupu Pins

No reservations are required for these half-hour tours, and all Nooner Tours are included in general admission.

Necklace with Double-sided Pendant. Mexico, 1700s. Glass beads, silver, paint on parchment. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Jeter.

Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America

Through Nov. 27, 2016

During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry and then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico and pearls from Venezuela. To display their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry. Drawn from the DAM’s world-renowned Spanish Colonial collection, the portraits, furniture, and jewelry on view in Glitterati tell the fascinating story of people and luxury possessions in the New World. Included in general admission.


Western Character: Expressions of Identity and Place in Portraiture (symposium)

Jan. 7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Far more than a likeness of a particular person, a portrait can reveal a sitter’s values, principles or aspirations as well as the outlook of its creator. It can also convey much about the political and social climate of the time in which the subject and artist lived. This one-day symposium will examine the subjects, settings and symbolism of significant western American art. Speakers include William Truettner (Smithsonian American Art Museum); Frank H. Goodyear III (Bowdoin College Museum of Art); Shirley Reese-Hughes (Amon Carter Museum of American Art); and Joseph Traugott, retired curator (Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico). Tickets range from $25 to $65. Registration is required; visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130.

William Matthews. Photo by Chad Herschberger.

William Matthews: Drawn to Paint (documentary film screening)

Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a special screening of the documentary, William Matthews: Drawn to Paint, exploring the life and artistic career of Denver artist William Matthews and his preparations leading up to a solo exhibition at the DAM. Produced by Amie Knox, the film was co-directed by Amie Knox and Chad Herschberger. An exhibition of his work, William Matthews: Trespassing, is currently on view at the DAM. Tickets can be purchased on the museum website, by calling 720-913-0130 and at the museum that night on a space-available basis.

William Matthews: Trespassing

Through May 17, 2015

William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify the Colorado resident’s expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture and the landscape. William Matthews: Trespassing is included in general admission; no reservations are required.


Use MY Denver Card During Winter Break: All That Glitters

Dec. 20–Jan. 4, 2015

All youth 18 and younger receive free general admission to the DAM during Winter Break: All That Glitters. Create in the Jewelry Studio, dive into artmaking in the galleries, and check out Family Backpacks and Art Tubes at the Family Activity Cart. Watch for special performances by Buntport Theater Company and storytelling in the galleries. Bilingual family activities will be available. Included in general admission (special exhibition ticket required for Brilliant). Also, the MY Denver Card allows all school-age youth living in the City and County of Denver to have free access to all Denver Recreation Centers. The card also can be used as a Denver Public Library card and provides great benefits at many Denver cultural venues, including the DAM.

Free First Saturday

Jan. 3, 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 museum’s many family and kid-friendly activities, available daily and weekends. Starting this month, CelebrARTE moves to Free First Saturdays. Bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. Collection Highlights tour in Spanish, Create’n’Takes and the new storytelling program, Cuentos del Arte. Free general admission tickets are 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).

Fox Tale Sunday

Jan. 11, 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 Company 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 always free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Play with Patterns

Jan. 14, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to explore lines, shapes and colors and play with patterns. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included with general admission; kids 5 and younger are always free. No reservations required.

Jewelry Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations Through March 15, 2015

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.

January Demonstration Schedule

Jan. 3 & 4, 10 & 11: Candace Kuehl – Kiln-fired Glass Jewelry

Jan. 17 & 18: Darlene Armstrong – Woven Metal

Jan 24 & 25: Jesse Mathes – Large Scale Metal Adornments

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: Danette Montoya – Upcycled Jewelry


Chuck Close, Lucas/Rug, 1993. Silk and linen; 80 x 66-3/4 in. Denver Art Museum; Funds from 1994 Alliance for Contemporary Art Auction, © the artist.

Material World

Through Jan. 4, 2015

From recycled plastics and bound clothing to woven silks and charred tree limbs, Material World illustrates the wide range of materials and techniques used by contemporary artists. Largely drawn from the museum’s collection, with key loans from local collections, this exhibition illustrates the inventiveness of artists from many cultures and geographies. This group of emerging and internationally recognized artists pushes traditional notions of textile art, sculpture, painting, photography and installation art to new limits. Included in general admission.

Oliver Herring: Recent Acquisitions

Through Jan. 4, 2015

German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than 10 years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures such as Castle and Doublerocker—both currently on display in Material World—but he could use a camera. Herring has continued making videos since then, focusing increasingly on the people who participate in them. Included in general admission.

Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives

Through Jan. 18, 2015

The environment, literacy, peace, and equality are just a few of the subjects that designers tackle in Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives. With a touch of humor or with straightforward solemnity, the posters in this exhibition demonstrate the inventive techniques designers use to provoke action and invite viewers to discover how design can be an extraordinary tool for change. Included in general admission.

Neil Winokur, Zorba (Self Portrait), 1990. Silver-dye bleach print. Denver Art Museum: Funds from the 1992 Alliance for Contemporary Art Auction, 1992.104. © Neil Winokur

Photography & Vision: The Influence of Joyce and Ted Strauss

Through Jan. 25, 2015

Joyce and Ted Strauss transformed the DAM’s photography collection through their involvement as patrons, collectors, curators, and passionate advocates for the medium. As collectors, Joyce and Ted cast a wide net that encompassed early masterworks as well as experimental photographs by emerging artists. Even as they focused on contemporary art, they continued to acquire important 20th century photographs with a strong historic or conceptual relationship to more recent work. The exhibition features a small portion of the hundreds of photographs the Strausses have donated or directed to the museum since 1978. Included in general admission.

Photography & Vision-related programming:

Conversation with Curator: Photography & Vision

Jan. 2, 4 p.m.

Join curator Eric Paddock for a conversation on Photography & Vision: The Influence of Joyce and Ted Strauss. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed. Meet at 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby on level 7 of the North Building.


Strange Realism: The Art of Andrew Wyeth and His Contemporaries

Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Andrew Wyeth said, "Mine is strange realism." Sarah Kelly Oehler, associate curator of American art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will explore the representational art of Andrew Wyeth in conjunction with that of his contemporaries, most notably Edward Hopper, whom Wyeth admired tremendously. Included in general admission. Doors open at 5 p.m.; seating on a first-come basis.

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.

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

Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m.

Select your favorite painting from the Matisse and Friends exhibition and explore color contrasts, gesture and expression through this month’s theme, “Drawing in the Spirit of the Fauves.” All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. Included in general admission; no reservations are needed.

Embracing Ryoan-ji

Jan. 21, noon

Andrew Svedlow, professor of art history at the University of Northern Colorado, explores the history of the revered rock garden at the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and the aesthetics which underlie this iconic stone garden. Tickets range from $5 to $10.

Young Woman with a Harpsichord (detail), Mexico, 1735-1750. Oil on canvas. Denver Art Museum, Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer; 3.2007.

New England/New Spain: Portraiture in the Colonial Americas, 1492–1850 (symposium)

Jan. 23 & 24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Portraiture was an important art form in the Spanish colony of New Spain (Mexico) and in the British colonies of North America. Today, details in portraits—such as clothing, jewelry, and decorative arts—often reveal clues to the lives of both artists and sitters. Scholars from both fields of study will present tandem talks addressing the evolution of portraiture as well as the similarities and differences in the colonial experience of the two regions. Speakers include Michael A. Brown (San Diego Museum of Art), Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Kaylin Haverstock Weber (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), and Paula Mues Orts (National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography, Mexico City), among others. For symposium details, call 720-913-0156 or e-mail mayercenter@denverartmuseum.org. Tickets range from $20 to $85. Available on the museum website or by calling 720-913-0130.

The 14th Annual Mayer Center Symposium is organized by Dr. Donna Pierce, Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, Denver Art Museum, and Dr. Emily Ballew Neff, Saxon Director & Chief Curator, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma.

ASL Collection Highlights Tour (offered monthly) – new program

Jan. 17, 11 a.m.

On the third Saturday of the month, expert docents introduce visitors to a selection of the museum’s most noteworthy objects in both the North and Hamilton buildings. The 45-minute tour is interpreted in American Sign Language. For details, e-mail lmiller@denverartmuseum.org.

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