January 2017: Expanded Hours for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, Weekend Demonstrations in the Costume Studio, Glory of Venice and Other Highlights

At Star Wars and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), visitors can immerse themselves in a universe of creativity not so far away. Iconic characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars series—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

Gallery view of Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.

In addition to the costumes, original drawings and paintings from some of the films are on view. Through these artworks and artifacts, visitors can examine the creative process of costume design—from concept artists envisioning a world on paper in the art studio, to dozens of specialized artisans making the costumes a material reality in the costume shop, and finally the actors bringing the costumes to life.

To create this unique presentation, DAM staff visited the Skywalker Ranch archives to select 300 drawings, models, photos and costumes to feature in the exhibition. Among objects not on view elsewhere are the size-17 custom shoes inside the “feet” for Chewbacca’s costume, the first drawings for Darth Maul’s nightmarish look and Padme Amidala’s fabulous peacock-and-brown gown.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume and the Hamilton Building are now open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through April 2, 2017. In addition, the exhibition and Hamilton Building will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two Mondays, Dec. 26 (SOLD OUT) and Jan. 2, and until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Useful tips for visitors planning their visit are available on the museum website, including photography policies, guidelines on wearing your own costume in the exhibition and more.

A dated and timed ticket is required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, especially for weekends as many time slots are selling out. Tickets are available through the museum website, onsite and by calling 720-913-0130. #StarWarsCostumes

Visitors can explore their own creativity in the Costume Studio.

Star Warsand the Power of Costume-related programming

The Costume Studio & Weekend Demonstrations

Through April 23, 2017

Explore the vital role that costumes play in developing characters and telling stories on stage and film—just like in Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Sketch your own costume design or design a character and appropriate garb for their environment with hands-on activities that are fun for all ages. Admission to the Costume Studio is free with general admission. From noon to 3 p.m. on weekends, local creatives will be on hand for demonstrations relating to costuming.

January Weekend Demonstration Calendar

Jan. 1: Matthew Mott – Set, Prop and Make-up Design

Jan. 7–8: Matt Jaramillo – Original Costume and Mask Creation

Jan. 14–15 & 21–22: Annabel Reader – Fantastical Costume Design

Jan. 28–29: Jessica Rowell – Free-form Costume Design

Untitled: Empire

Jan. 27, 6–10 p.m.

Roll up your sleeves and dress to impress at a costume-themed party that’s suited for stars as the 2017 season kicks off with Untitled: Empire. Produced with local creatives, Untitled Final Fridays is the DAM’s monthly late night program featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist. Experience the museum in an entirely different way—every time. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays. Special exhibition ticket required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume; advance purchase recommended.


On Dec. 8, the DAM announced the largest standalone financial gift in the museum’s history. Board Chairman J. Landis Martin and his wife, Sharon Martin, have pledged $25 million to the DAM as the lead gift and catalyst to launch the revitalization of the museum’s iconic North Building by its 50th anniversary in 2021. In recognition of this gift, upon project completion the North Building will be renamed the J. Landis and Sharon Martin Building.

The North Building—designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates—opened in 1971. The North Building Project, estimated at $150 million, will unify the museum’s campus and upgrade the North Building in alignment with the Hamilton Building’s 21st-century systems and art experiences, including expanded resources for youth and school groups, additional gallery space and improved visitor circulation.

Key project elements include bringing the museum’s renowned educational programs to the center of the campus, expanding gallery spaces for growing collections, including Design and Western American art, completing Ponti’s original vision for visitor access to stunning 7th-floor views, exterior site improvements, a new welcome center and updating environmental and other key systems to current-generation technology. The project is in the initial design phase, and the goal is to begin construction by the end of 2017 completing the project by 2021. More details on the design will be released in 2017.


On Desert Time: Landscape Photographs by O’Sullivan & Bell, 1871–1874

Through Jan. 8, 2017

This exhibition presents photographs by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and William H. Bell made in the American Southwest, 1871-1874, during expeditions on the Wheeler Survey. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie

Through Jan. 29, 2017

Thirty posters by internationally acclaimed Colorado designers Phil Risbeck and the late John Sorbie announced performances at Colorado State University, and showcased expressive techniques, energetic imagery and restrained typography. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance

Through Feb. 12, 2017

Explore the extraordinary artistic creativity of Venice at Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance. From the mid-1400s to early 1500s, artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. Featuring about 50 significant works, Glory of Venice provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience 19 artworks from Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art. Additional masterworks on view include paintings on loan from Venice’s Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Fondazione Magnani Rocca in Parma, Italy, as well as paintings from the DAM’s collection.

Vittore Carpaccio, The Flight into Egypt, about 1515. Oil on panel; 28-3/8 × 43-11/16 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.: Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.28. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington.

A fully illustrated publication, produced by the DAM, is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and on the museum website. Daily guided tours of Glory of Venice, offered at 1 p.m., are included with general admission and no reservations are required. Glory of Venice is included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required. #GloryofVenice #ThanksSCFD #CultureForAll

Glory of Venice-related programming

Conversation with a Curator: Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance

Jan. 6, 4 p.m.

Hear curator Angelica Daneo talk about Glory of Venice, then stroll through the exhibition. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Meet at 4 p.m. in Sharp Auditorium on the lower level of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.


Mi Tierra Insider Moments

Jan. 10, 2 p.m.: Mi Tierra artist Ramiro Gomez; facilitated by Chrissy Deal

Jan. 13, 6 p.m.: Mi Tierra artist Daisy Quezada; facilitated by Rudi Monterroso

Stop by level 4 of the Hamilton Building to see Mi Tierra installations in progress and hear from the artists. We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required. #MiTierraDAM


Talk at 12new in 2017; replacing Nooner Tours

Starting Jan. 4, Talk at 12 will replace the Nooner Tours. Every Wednesday and Friday, join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Topics in January include Modern Visions in Watermedia (Jan. 4 & 6), Titian: Evolution of an Artist (Jan. 11 & 13), Shock Wave: Inspired Décor (Jan. 18 & 20) and Morisot & Manet: French Twist (Jan. 25 & 27). Included with general admission. No reservations required.

Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film (symposium)

Jan. 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

A precursor to the upcoming exhibition, The Western: An Epic in Art and Film, this symposium will feature talks by scholars who consider how artists and filmmakers have shaped the Western genre. Featuring media as diverse as painting, Wild West performances, posters and film, and covering artists ranging from Frederic Remington to Sergio Leone, this event will present new ways of looking at a truly American genre. $25 students, $55 DAM members, $65 others; available online or by calling 720-913-0130. For details, email symposium@denverartmuseum.org.

2017 Winter/Spring Logan Lecture Series: Activated Frontiers

Jan. 11: John Jota Leaños

John Jota Leaños utilizes new media to engage in diverse cultural arenas through what he calls "strategic revealing, tactical disruption and symbolic wagon burning." His practice includes media arts, animation, film, public art, installation and performance focusing on the convergence of the politics of history, memory, social space and decolonization.

Melanie Smith, Cats, 2016. Video still.

Jan. 25: Melanie Smith

Mexico City plays an important role in the work of Melanie Smith, whose installations, videos, photographs and paintings consider the density of population and structures, its production of detritus and its endless entropy and reconstruction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; lecture 6–7 p.m. Individual lecture tickets are free for DAMC members and students with valid ID (must be presented the night of the lecture), $8 DAM volunteers, $12 artists, $15 DAM members and $18 nonmembers. Series tickets (six lectures) are $48 artists, $60 DAM members and $72 nonmembers. Tickets available after Dec. 25 online or by calling 720-913-0000.

Meet the Artist: DAM Contemporaries invites you to an après-lecture reception at the ART, a hotel. Enjoy conversations with some of the hottest artists working today, complimentary snacks and a cash bar. Sponsored by DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.

Drop-In Drawing: Shock Wave Fashion Sketches

Jan. 10, 13 p.m.

To generate new clothing, fashion designers often begin with hand-drawn sketches. Taking inspiration from the theatrical Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s, we’ll create fashion sketches in the exhibit. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads (only sketchpads/notebooks 14 x 17 in. or smaller, graphite pencils and kneaded erasers permitted in the galleries). Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission. No reservations required.

Going into Markets: Ceramic Pillows of the Cizhou Ware in 10th–13th Century China

Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

During the Song and Jin dynasties of China, a decorative day-to-day household item—ceramic pillows of Cizhou ware—stand as symbols of the cultural commodities market. Dr. Chen Shen will give an overview of the collection of Cizhou ware pillows at the Royal Ontario Museum, and explore features of the product that reflect commercial markets of the time—how technology and design changes in craftsmanship were in accord with marketing growth (reducing production costs, employing skilled workers in a central location, maximizing molding production, etc.) Evidence also points to active publicizing of brands/workshops by competitive quality control (advertising). Reception follows. Free admission, but reservations are requested online or by calling 720-913-0130. Sponsored by Curator’s Circle and the Asian Art Department at the DAM. Supported by the William S. Jackson Fund.

Gustave Doré, La Famille du Saltimbanque: L'Enfant Blessé (The Family of Street Acrobats: the injured child), about 1873. Oil on canvas; 76-3/4 x 51-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum, Painting and Sculpture Deaccession Funds, 2012.4

Mindful Looking: Gustave Doré’s The Family of Street Acrobats: the Injured Child

Jan. 17, 1 p.m.

Join Teaching Specialist Molly Medakovich as she leads an in-depth exploration of Gustave Doré’s dramatic 1873 painting, The Family of Street Acrobats: the Injured Child (La Famille du Saltimbanque: L'Enfant Blessé). Slow down and spend time with a single work of art. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Meet on level 6 of the North Building. Included with general admission. No reservations required.

Drop-In Writing: You Are What You Wear

Jan. 24, 1–3 p.m.

What is clothing but a system of signs and self-identification? How do clothes “make the man” or woman? By spending time in Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s, we’ll develop characters from the outside in, using the clothes they wear to tell us about the secret desires they keep. Try your hand at a new writing topic every month. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission. No reservations required.

Rewiring Bharata Natyam for the 21st Century: Lecture & Demonstration by Parijat Desai

Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Choreographer Parijat Desai will describe the classic rhythmic composition (jathi), the sculptural positions of steps, and the abhinaya or gesture and facial storytelling forms of bharata natyam classical Indian dance, and how she rewires them using contemporary dance technique. Accompanied by musicians Aaron Paige and Priya Hariharan, the New York-based choreographer and dancer will share a few Krishna stories and present a new dance to a familiar song, followed by the Asian Art Association’s Holiday Party. Free for Asian Art Association members, $15 others. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.


Enjoy performances of Art Emergency 2: Code Redder during Winter Break at the DAM.

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum

Through Jan. 8, 2017, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! The Costume Studio, Create-n-Takes and Family Activity Cart are available daily. In addition, experience family-friendly theater at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 and Jan. 5–8 with performances of Art Emergency 2: Code Redder. Once again, museum “staff members” Chuck and Joanne can’t agree on their upcoming exhibition, and they need your help! Meet them in Sharp Auditorium and they’ll let you in on the surprising stories behind works of art at the DAM. (After the show, find the featured pieces of art in the galleries.) Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Fine Arts Showcase

On view Jan. 620, 2017

At a time when many public schools are removing arts from their curriculum, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver remain committed to providing young people with opportunities for artistic self-expression and cultural awareness. The Boys & Girls Clubs Fine Arts Showcase is part of a year-round fine arts program including classes, special events and local contests. This showcase features artworks from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver before they advance to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s regional competition. Entry to the showcase on the lower level of the North Building is free; admission to the rest of the museum requires a ticket.

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Jan. 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-friendly activities. Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume; advance purchase strongly recommended.) Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #ThanksSCFD #CultureForAll

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. DAM Highlights tour en español, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required. #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Jan. 8, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Two smart, witty and hilarious foxes are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles into the galleries. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

Jan. 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, ages 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for story time, artmaking and more! Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Please 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 the museum website for complete information.

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