January 2019: Dior: From Paris to the World On View, Last Call to See Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker and Ganesha: The Playful Protector, Untitled Final Fridays Returns and Other Highlights

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to present Dior: From Paris to the World, surveying 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos and other archival material, trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Gianfranco Ferré, Robe Hellébore, Dior Collection Haute Couture, Spring 1995 (detail). Photo ©Paolo Roversi/Art + Commerce

Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He conceived sophisticated designs featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The chronological presentation showcases pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s history, focuses on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and highlights how his successors—Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri—incorporated their own design aesthetic.

Dior: From Paris to the World is on view through March 3. A special dated and timed ticket, which includes an audio tour as well as general museum admission, is required for Dior: From Paris to the World. #DiorinDenver


Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint, state 2; 8.07 x 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Prints and Photography

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker offers fresh insight into the life and career of the masterful printmaker. About 100 prints from Rembrandt van Rijn’s career spanning from 1625 to 1665 are showcased exclusively at the DAM, including biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape and genre artworks that demonstrate the mastery that cemented Rembrandt as one of the greatest artists in history.

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker takes a close look at Rembrandt’s innovative approach to printmaking that combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. The exhibition focuses on Rembrandt's printmaking, but 17 drawings and several paintings also are on view to provide additional context about his creative process in all media.

An exhibition catalog is available online and in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. Daily guided tours are offered at 2 p.m. through Jan. 6. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. #RembrandtatDAM

Installation view of Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings.

Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings

Through Jan. 6, 2019

This survey of 40 collaborative works by two noted contemporary artists presents drawings and one sculpture spanning the artists’ careers from 1961 through 2001. Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings offers an intriguing and insightful look at works on paper by two extraordinarily innovative modern artists well known for their monumental and imaginative sculptures, which are located in major cities throughout the world.

This chronological survey—which highlights the ingenious ways in which Oldenburg and van Bruggen appropriated and re-invented form—also features eight drawings of their monumental and beloved sculpture, Big Sweep, located outside the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger. #DrawingsatDAM

Ganesha, 600s–700s, Cambodia. Sandstone; 29 x 25 in. Lent by the National Museum of Cambodia. Photo by Jeff Wells.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Through Jan. 13, 2019

Ganesha: The Playful Protector was developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which loaned a statue of Ganesha created in the 600s to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition. The 29-inch tall cross-legged figure, featuring human arms and an elephant head, is known as one of the earliest Ganesha icons in mainland Southeast Asia. This significant pre-Angkor artwork is on view along with sculptures, paintings and textiles representing the Hindu deity from the DAM’s own collection.

Widely worshiped since the 400s, Ganesha originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Ganesha has crossed geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.


Free First Saturday

Jan. 5, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities without spending a dime. This also is the final weekend to see Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker and Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and a Spanish-language tour of Stampede at 1 p.m. Stop by the Print Studio for an artist demonstration from noon–3 p.m. Free general admission tickets available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for Dior: From Paris to the World.) 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 #GraciasSCFD

Photo by Instagram user @lichenbark

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum

Dec. 22–Jan. 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Christmas Day)

Looking for fun things to do during Winter Break? Visit the DAM for Create-n-Takes (artmaking in the galleries), exploration in the galleries, artmaking in the Print Studio and hands-on fun in our animal-inspired family space, A Walk in the Woods. See Art Emergency: Sculpture Edition, a play all about DAM artworks and their amazing stories, at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 and Jan. 2, 3 and 4.

All Winter Break activities are included in general admission, free for kids 18 and younger. (Dior: From Paris to the World requires a separate ticket; advance purchase is highly recommended.)

Create Playdate

Jan. 9, 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 storytime, artmaking and more! Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. Meet near A Walk In The Woods on level 3 for program location.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Jan. 13, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Help Foxy and Shmoxy, the DAM's art detectives! Find the mailbox in the first level lobby and pick up a letter from the foxes directing you to the mystery in the galleries. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free with general admission for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.


Through March 31 — Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Take a walk on the wild side and sew together your own animal-inspired story at our Create-n-Take, Sew Wild. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.

A Walk in the Woods

Available whenever the museum is open

Step into the forest for animal-inspired activities. Build with branches, take our birdwatching challenge or put together a shadowbox to display your own mini-menagerie! Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.

Print Studio

Through May 5, 2019

Design your own printing plate, experiment with color and layering, learn about the magic of reverse image and making the most of multiples. On weekends, watch artist demonstrations from noon–3 p.m. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in January

  • January 5–6: Angel Estrada, Landscape in Relief
  • January 12–13 & 19–20: Jennifer Ghormley, Woodblock Printing
  • January 26–27: Sarah Fukami, From Japanese Woodcut to Contemporary Linocut


George Catlin, Wi-Jun-Jon, the Pigeon's Egg Head, Going to Washington, Returning to His Home, 1844. Denver Art Museum: Gift of George Shriever, 1976.87

Familiar Images: Icons of International Frontiers: 2019 Western American Art Symposium

Jan. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This year’s symposium focuses on the art of countries who share frontier histories with the American West, including Australia, South America and Canada. Four international scholars will explore representations of people, landscapes and conflict from countries with similar visual traditions and colonial histories. $25 students, $55 DAM members, $65 others. For details, email symposium@denverartmuseum.org. Presented by The Petrie Institute of Western American Art.

Experiencing Embodied Sonic Meditation through Body, Voice and Multimedia Arts

Jan. 16, 6:309 p.m.

This talk by Dr. Jiayue Cecilia Wu situates its analysis on body-mind connections through music, mediation technology and Tibetan contemplative arts. Three multimedia pieces will be introduced as proof-of-concept case studies. A reception/holiday party will follow the presentation. The lecture and program are free, but reservations are requested online or by calling 720-913-0130. Jointly sponsored by the Asian art department’s Curator’s Circle and Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.

Gifts of Women: Uncovering the Shocking Truths of the Spanish-Aztec Encounter

Jan. 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

It is time to upend the traditional tale of the so-called Conquest. In dramatically different perspectives and contexts, Dr. Matthew Restall places Cortés, Montezuma and Malinche at the heart of a brutal and violent conflict—the traffic in enslaved and indigenous women and children. Doors open at 1 p.m.; coffee, cookies, and conversation will follow the lecture. Purchase tickets at the door. Presented by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.

Julie Buffalohead (Ponca), Straight Legs, 2018. Oil paint on canvas; 53 x 128 in. Courtesy of Julie Buffalohead and Bockley Gallery.

Unplugged: Mindful Looking

Jan. 18, 4 p.m.

Slow down and spend time with one work of art in the inaugural edition of Unplugged. With teaching specialist Molly Medakovich, explore Julie Buffalohead's enigmatic and introspective approach to painting with Straight Legs. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Daniel Libeskind: Edge of Order – talk and book signing

Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Daniel Libeskind is an international figure in architecture and urban design. World renowned for his provocative proposals, he has emerged as the creative force behind innovative landmarks including the DAM’s Hamilton Building.

In this talk, Libeskind opens the door to his unique creative process and his methods for discovering new directions in his work. He will share the stories behind his most important projects and how his unlikely rise—from a child born to Holocaust survivors in a Polish homeless shelter, to a teenager in the Bronx, to an avant-garde academic—still shapes his boundary-pushing work at Studio Libeskind.

There will be a book signing after the talk in the El Pomar atrium on level 1. Tickets are $5 DAM members, $10 others.

Untitled: Secret Love Collective

Jan. 25, 6-10 p.m.

Untitled Final Fridays is back for the 2019 season! Join us Jan. 25 for featured artists Secret Love Collective, who explore coded bodily expression through performance, interactive works and installation art.

Untitled Final Fridays is the DAM’s monthly late-night program featuring unconventional experiences developed in collaboration with local creatives and community members. The new season will feature performances, tours, artmaking activities and more to spark your creativity. The theme changes each month, exploring new perspectives inspired by artwork on view in exhibitions and by the DAM’s collection.

Each event includes adult beverages and yummy eats from a different food truck. Untitled is free for members and includes general admission to the museum. Students with valid ID receive two-for-one tickets during Untitled. (Note: Dior: From Paris to the World requires a separate ticket.) Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.

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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