January 2016: Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio and A Place in the Sun on View, Case Work Opens, Last Chance to See Super Indian, Symposiums and Other Highlights

Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio is on view through Feb. 7. This groundbreaking exhibition, organized by the Denver Art Museum (DAM), features more than 100 works created by Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie Wyeth in a variety of media including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil and mixed media. Never before has an exhibition displayed Andrew Wyeth's and Jamie Wyeth’s work on this scale and in the shared context of their autobiographies, studio practices and imaginations. Whether you are new to the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth or are familiar with it, this exhibition will allow you to see their art converge and diverge over the years as it explores the connection between two American artists who shared artistic habits of mind while maintaining their own unique artistic voices.

An exhibition catalog, published by the DAM in association with Yale University Press, is available in The Shops. After closing Feb. 7 at the DAM, a selection of works from the exhibition will travel to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. A special exhibition ticket is required for Wyeth.

Wyeth-related programming

Wyeth’s Places

Through Jan. 24

Several Andrew Wyeth works on loan from the Bank of America Art Collection provide a complement to the special exhibition. On level 6 of the North Building, in a gallery dedicated to artists’ depiction of places both real and imagined, visitors can explore the personal settings that fascinated Andrew Wyeth, one of the greatest 20th century American masters. Included in museum admission.

Life with the Wyeths

Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)

Peter Ralston has been a very close friend of the Wyeth family and their photographer of choice for numerous books and special projects over 30 years. Through Ralston's presentation, richly illustrated with many iconic photographs, you will gain an intimate look at what life was like with the Wyeths in both Pennsylvania and Maine. Free with museum admission. First-come seating; doors open at 5 p.m.Sponsored by Friends of Painting & Sculpture, a DAM support group.

A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings

Through April 24

Looking for an escape from the wintry weather? Visitors to the DAM will enjoy A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings. This exhibition presents vibrant paintings by two artists who found their niche in Taos, New Mexico, and explores how these works were instrumental in defining American art in the 20th century. Organized chronologically, A Place in the Sun highlights the parallels and differences between the artists' lives and their artistic development. Both artists gravitated toward subjects drawn from the region’s serene landscape, light and rich American Indian and Hispanic cultures. They painted similar subjects, but their techniques were very different. Ufer painted alla prima, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint, while Hennings adopted the German style of art nouveau called Jugendstil, inspired by curved lines and natural forms. A Place in the Sun is the first exhibition to present the major award-winning paintings by Ufer and Hennings. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

E. Martin Hennings, Beneath Clouded Skies, about 1922. Oil on canvas, 43 × 45 in. The TIA Collection.

A Place in the Sun-related programming

Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings—An In-Depth Look (symposium)

Jan. 6, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

This symposium will examine the art and lives of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings and uncover new thinking about the artists’ work by leading scholars. Speakers include Susanne Boeller, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany; Peter Hassrick, Buffalo Bill Center of the West; and Thomas Brent Smith, director of the DAM’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art, among others. Registration is required; $55 DAM members, $65 others, $25 students. Register online any time at denverartmuseum.org/westernsymposium or by phone at 720-913-0130 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

Conversation with Curator: A Place in the Sun

Jan. 8, 4 p.m.

Explore the colorful paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings in A Place in the Sun with curator Thomas Brent Smith. Meet in the elevator lobby on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Conversations with Curators, featuring lively discussion with different curators each month, are free with museum admission. No reservations required.

Examining Art of the Southwest (course)

Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31; 1–2:30 p.m. except for Jan. 17, which will be 12:30-2 p.m.

In this four-session course, DAM curators and interpretative specialists will survey the many artistic takes on the Southwest as a place of work and inspiration, using the DAM’s art collections and exhibitions as jumping off points. Full course $75 DAM members, $85 others; single session tickets $20 DAM members, $23 others. Register online any time at denverartmuseum.org or by phone at 720-913-0130 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.


Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980

Through Jan. 17

Showcasing more than 40 rarely seen paintings and lithographs, Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980, is the first exhibition to explore how the renowned 20th-century artist blended figurative and pop art influences to create colorful, compelling and revolutionary images. Scholder once vowed never to paint Indians. He claimed he was not an American Indian artist, but he was. He said his art was not political, but it polarized the art world. For every position he took, he also explored the opposite perspective. Drawing its title from the iconic painting Super Indian No. 2, the exhibition begins with Scholder’s controversial Indian series, started in 1967, and ends with his 1980 Indian Land paintings. Though he was influenced by abstract expressionists including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, as well as painters Francis Bacon, Francisco de Goya and Paul Gauguin, Scholder’s work was purely his own. An exhibition catalog is available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum Super Indian is included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Fritz Scholder, Insane Indian No. 26, 1972. Acrylic paint on canvas; 68 × 54 in. Promised Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Estate of Fritz Scholder.

Super Indian-related programming

In Dialogue: Fritz Scholder and the Art World (symposium)

Jan. 7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

As Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980, comes to a close, join us for a daylong symposium featuring noted scholars and artists who will explore influences on Fritz Scholder's Indian series and the continuing legacy of his work. The presentations will address varied topics including the development of Scholder's Indian series, his love of color, how his travels influenced his work, how his use of printmaking extended his artistic practice, how his work fits within broader world art movements and the legacy he left for future generations of Native artists. Lunch and an opportunity to visit the exhibition included with symposium tickets: $12 DAM members and students, $20 others.


Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture

January 24, 2016–April 17, 2016

Established by Brad Cloepfil in 1994, Allied Works Architecture has been widely recognized for crafting powerful spaces for art and interaction, and for developing architectural designs that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. Presented at the DAM in collaboration with the Clyfford Still Museum, Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore artworks created during the firm's investigative process.

This is the first time that the public will be able to view the artistic explorations of material, form and spatial experience that have guided the firm's architectural designs, including both realized buildings and projects that have yet to take shape. Bold and tactile architectural sculptures, alongside material and structural studies, as well as drawings ranging from gestural sketches to large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings, will be on view. Case Work is curated by Clyfford Still Museum director Dean Sobel. Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture is organized by the Clyfford Still Museum and the Portland Art Museum in association with Allied Works Architecture. The exhibition is supported by The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Case Work-related programming

Brad Cloepfil lecture: Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction

Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Clyfford Still Museum architect Brad Cloepfil returns to Denver in conjunction with the opening of Case Work. This exhibition brings together a rich selection of the investigative objects Allied Works Architecture generates as creative steps toward a building’s final design. Steeped in the fundamentals of basic activity and process (like boring, stacking, cutting, casting, etc.), these sometimes-quirky objects reveal a stark alternative to the impersonal presentation models clients normally see. Cloepfil will discuss how these practices—closely aligned with sculpture—are instilled within the firm’s basic architectural principles. The lecture in the DAM’s Sharp Auditorium is free; however, seating is limited. Advance registration is required through the Clyfford Still Museum website at www.clyffordstillmuseum.org or by calling 720-354-4878.


Insider Moment with Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Gregg Deal

Jan. 13, 1–1:30 p.m.

Join performance artist Gregg Deal for an off-the-cuff chat about his ongoing work in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence studio and gear up for his performance at Untitled: Family Matters on Jan. 29! We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us! In addition, Deal will have public hours in the level 3 studio of the North Building Jan. 13–17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. He is in residence until Jan. 31. The Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Untitled: Family Matters

Jan. 29, 6–10 p.m.

The 2016 Untitled season kickoff is a family affair with a look at traditions, skills and stories passed down through the generations. At our Untitled Final Fridays, you can get an offbeat art fix, pick up a creative skill and convene with local movers and makers. Top it off with a cash bar, munchies, and a dose of the unexpected and you’ve got a great night out. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays, and youth 18 and younger are free. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores. Additional support is provided by CultureHaus.

Drop-In Drawing: Transparency

Jan. 12, 1–3 p.m. (monthly program on the second Tuesday of the month)

Explore the transparent surface of Mylar to create compelling layers of blurred and crisp marks, using the Asian art collection as inspiration. All experience levels welcome. Use one of our communal sketch pads or bring your own supplies. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Karatsu ware ewer or freshwater jar, Japan, Momoyama period, early 17th century. Stoneware with iron and rice-straw ash glazes, lacquered wooden lid. Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Charles Lang Freer. F1898.457

Charles Lang Freer and Japanese Ceramics: A Visiting Curator's Perspective

Jan. 14, 5:30–8 p.m.

American industrialist Charles Lang Freer formed his collection of Asian art at a time when few resources were available to guide him. Louise A. Cort, curator of ceramics at the Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler Galleries, will consider Freer's collecting of Japanese ceramics—both successes and pitfalls—and ask how his choices stand up to a century of hindsight. Tickets are $10 and include the lecture and reception following; museum gallery access not included. All tickets must be purchased through the Japan America Society of Colorado; call 303-592-5364 or visit www.jascolorado.org. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group, and Japan America Society of Colorado.

Water, Politics and Power on Peru's North Coast

Jan. 17, 2:30 p.m.

In the dry desert of Northern Peru, good water management was a matter of life or death. Michele Koons, Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of archaeology, explores the politics and power of the Moche culture of the North Coast of Peru through an examination of the organization of their irrigation systems. Koons will discuss how the distribution of different ceramic styles across the landscape and information from Colonial-era documents may help to understand the construction sequence, management and maintenance of Moche canals. For more information, call 303-755-2571. Purchase tickets at the door: free for Alianza members, $5 DAM members, $10 others; students with ID free. Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.

Drop-In Writing: Color as Character

Jan. 26, 1–3 p.m. (monthly program on the fourth Tuesday of the month)

How can one move from abstraction—color on a flat surface—to character? Inspired by works on view in Herbert Bayer: 1938-1974 New York and Aspen Paintings, we'll look at characters—protagonists and antagonists. Be prepared to create some very interesting (and flawed) people, and then toss them into some complex situations. All experience levels welcome; use one of our notebooks or bring your own. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

The Paint Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Visitors can find creative inspiration every day in our hands-on artmaking space. Try out art materials and experiment with techniques. On weekends, watch demonstrations by local artists from noon to 3 p.m. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Demonstration schedule for January:

  • January 2–3: Carlos Frésquez – Acrylic Painting
  • January 9–10: Melanie Yazzie – Acrylic Painting on Wood Panel
  • January 16–17: April Tsosie – Acrylic Painting
  • January 23–24 & 30–31: Libby Barbee – Multi Media Installation

The Paint Studio is sponsored by The R&J Newman Family Foundation.


Winter Break: A Place of My Own

Through Jan. 3 (closed Mondays and Christmas Day)

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! The Paint Studio, Create-n-Takes, and Backpack Cart will be open every day. Look out for special performances and storytelling in the galleries, including the Best of Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives, with special weekday performances on Dec. 29 and 31, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. All Winter Break activities are included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE at Free First Saturdays

Jan. 2, 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-friendly activities. Free museum admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for special ticketed exhibitions such as Wyeth.) Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

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

Boys and Girls Club Student Art Showcase

Jan. 6–Feb. 3

This Student Art Showcase highlights work from students participating in programming at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. The DAM believes that art can make a difference in people's lives by celebrating and stimulating creativity and inspiring a greater understanding and connection with our world. By showcasing the artwork of students, the DAM places value not only on these creative young artists but also the hard work and impact of their dedicated teachers. On view on the lower level of the North Building. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Jan. 10, 10 a.m.–noon

Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart, witty and hilarious foxes—are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. On the second Sunday of each month, bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box, and then follow the riddles into the galleries. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Nest

Jan. 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. This month, settle in and get creative as we nest for the winter. Create Playdates are included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required. Create Playdate is sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado.

Note: This is an overview of January happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month. Please visit our website for complete information.

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