July 2013: Nick Cave: Sojourn and HEARD•DAM, Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s, Spun: Adventures in Textiles, Untitled #59 (Undercover) and Other Highlights

Please note: The Denver Art Museum will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

(Denver, Colo.) June 25, 2013 —Taking visitors on a journey through the artist’s imagination, Nick Cave: Sojourn features approximately 40 new artworks including 24 new Soundsuits. Cave’s multi-sensory, immersive installation will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound and movement.

Visitors will see a passageway constructed of thousands of buttons; large-scale, sculptural objects made out of found objects; and new short films.

In conjunction with Nick Cave: Sojourn, the DAM invited the artist to transform its Precourt Family Discovery Hall into an immersive, interactive environment called Second Skin. Visitors can decorate felt silhouettes and 3-D mannequins inspired by Cave’s artwork while a video projection in the space brings Cave’s Soundsuit performances to life. Nick Cave: Sojourn is on view through September 22. A special exhibition ticket is required.


July 19, 8 p.m.

Civic Center Park

Contemporary artist Nick Cave will stampede into Civic Center Park with a specially choreographed performance on July 19 at 8 p.m. Presented as part of the City of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas celebration and in connection with Cave’s exhibition at the DAM, HEARD•DAM will feature local performers, life-sized horse Soundsuits, music and movement in an electrifying and inspiring performance. Admission to the performance is free.

Mark Rothko, Sea Fantasy, 1946. Oil paint on canvas. Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., National Gallery of Art, ©1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s now on view

Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s traces the development of Rothko’s work during the most critical decade of his career. In the early ’40s, Rothko rejected realism and began a series of abstract works meant to evoke classical myth; in the late ’40s he created his first color field paintings, the works on which his stature as one of the most famous American painters of the post-war period rests. The exhibition also includes works by other celebrated abstract expressionists such as Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock, who shared Rothko’s search toward total abstraction. The exhibition, on view through September 29, is included in museum admission.

Spun Programming in July

Spun: Adventures in Textiles is on view through September 22. A look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings and Navajo blankets to contemporary artists working with fabric, the exhibition celebrates the museum’s new textile art galleries as well as showcasing numerous exhibitions drawn from or inspired by the DAM’s permanent collections. An array of programming encourages visitors to explore this vibrant medium through a drop-in Quilt Studio, curator talks, demonstrations, the Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef Project and a pop-up dye garden.

PreVIEW Open Window

Thursdays through September 26, 12:302:30 p.m.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. For two hours on a weekly basis, visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle and treat objects from the textile art collection.

Artist-in-Residence Marie Watt: Blanket Drop-off & Sewing Circle

Blanket Drop-off on Acoma Plaza: July 19 & July 27, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Sewing Circles: July 16–28, 11 a.m.3 p.m.

The DAM and artist-in-residence Marie Watt invite you to donate a clean wool or natural fiber blanket and share the story it holds for you. Watt’s work is centered around community, so she is seeking blankets that hold special meanings and memories. They will be used to create a blanket sculpture that will be installed in the American Indian art galleries. Blankets will not be returned. In exchange for your contribution, you will receive a small silk screen print from the artist.

Join Watt on-site in her studio as she leads sewing circles for all interested visitors—no experience required. Work together, learn a new stitch and share your blanket stories.

Art of Natural Dyeing and Shibori

Thursday, July 11, 24 p.m.

Explore natural dyeing and shibori (shaped-resist dyeing) with local experts Donna Brown and Shelly DeChantal. Experience the magical process of creating blue color with natural indigo. Free with admission; space is limited. Registration begins June 26.

Untitled #59 (Undercover)

July 26, 610 p.m.

Get the scoop on objects under wraps from a DAM staff member in the exhibition Cover Story. At this month’s MakeARTtalk, Jason Corder shares the secret sounds of the DAM, made from covert field recordings around the museum and artist-in-residence Marie Watt teaches the blanket stitch in a massive sewing circle. Untitled is included with general admission, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible through citizen support of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Conversations with Curators

July 12, 4 p.m. — Five Senses on a 1610 Tapestry (postponed from July 5)

July 26, 4 p.m. — Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Additional Conversations with Curators are scheduled this summer as part of Spun. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.

Quilt Studio and Weekend Demonstrations

Every day in the Quilt Studio, visitors can explore the innovative world of contemporary quilting and immerse themselves in the creative process. Weekend demonstrations by local artists will provide a behind-the-scenes look at quilting practices and encourage visitors to try their hand at assorted techniques.

July schedule: Saturday & Sunday, noon–3 p.m.

  • July 6 and 7: Tamara Leberer — silk and wool fusion fiber art
  • July 13 and 14: Josephine Lobato — colcha embroidery techniques
  • July 20 and 21: Rita Flores de Wallace — Mexican fabric art
  • July 27 and 28: Kate Cox and Miriam Basart — contemporary textile art

Cosmic Energy = Heart: Beauty in Japanese Bamboo Art

July 19, 78 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)

Designated as a Living National Treasure in 2012, Japanese bamboo artist Fujinuma Noboru describes how he incorporates his ideas and energy into his artworks, several of which are on view in Texture and Tradition: Japanese Woven Bamboo (closing July 21). Free with general admission, but reservations are required. Call 720-913-0040. This Curator's Circle Lecture is sponsored by the William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment.

Family Fun in July

Create Playdate: Twist

July 10, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your 3- to 5-year-olds on the second Wednesday of July for artmaking based on Spun. Create Playdates are included with general admission; children 5 and younger are free. No reservations are required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org.

Totspot Sunday

July 14, 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 free. No reservations are required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org.

CelebrARTE: Recuerdos

July 21, 1–4 pm

¡Bienvenidos a CelebrARTE! Bring toda la familia and drop in to the DAM’s monthly, bilingual program. Do you have something that reminds you of happy memories? Share your Recuerdos (memories) while you work with visiting artists Oscar Becerra Mora and Marie Watt in papier-mâché and cloth. All CelebrARTE activities are included with general admission. For more information, contact Madalena Salazar at 720-913-0054.

Free First Saturday

July 6, 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. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).