July 2017: Last Chance to See Shade, Capture the Flag at Untitled: Summer Camp, The Western and Mi Tierra on View and Other Highlights

The Denver Art Museum will be open Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

(Denver) – June 20, 2017 On view through Sept. 10, The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is about more than cowboys and American Indians, pursuits and duels, or bandits and barroom brawls.

Albert Bierstadt, Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1867. Oil on canvas; 60 x 96 in. National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum.

Synonymous with the romantic, large-scale paintings of Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt, the West continues to materialize in the works of contemporary artists like Kent Monkman and Ed Ruscha and the films of John Ford and Sergio Leone. By featuring these and other artists, authors, filmmakers and historic figures together, The Western observes how the mythology of the West spread throughout the world and endures today.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 320-page illustrated book, available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. A special ticketed exhibition, The Western is free for kids 18 and younger. #SummerintheWest

The Western-related programming

The Costume Studio & Weekend Demonstrations

Through Sept. 10, 2017

Explore the epic mythology of the West in The Western: An Epic in Art and Film, then bring it to life through character and costume design in the Costume Studio. Invent your own larger-than-life characters or get inspired by historic Western figures like Annie Oakley to sketch one-of-a-kind designs. Draw inspiration from the desert landscape to create a costume out of unexpected materials like foam, bubble wrap and coffee filters. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

In addition to daily hands-on activities, the Costume Studio will have demonstrations by local artists every weekend from noon−3 p.m.

July Costume Studio Weekend Demonstration Calendar

  • July 1–2: Sandra Garcia—Costume Design: Mexican Heritage through Dance
  • July 8–9 & 15–16: Colleen Audrey—Cosmic Character Design
  • July 22–23 & 29–30: Jeff Rodriquez—Costume Prop Fabrication


Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford

Through July 16

Contemporary works and abstract expressionist masterpieces converge in Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, a two-venue presentation at the DAM and Clyfford Still Museum (CSM). Paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford—representing the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennale—are on view at the DAM, alongside related canvases by Clyfford Still. An exhibition of Still's work, selected in collaboration with Bradford, is on view at CSM.

Shade underscores the legacy of abstract expressionism and Bradford's exploration of abstraction's power to address social and political concerns. Bradford long has been fascinated by Still's extensive use of black as a signature component of his work. Shade explores both artists' unique relationships to black in their paintings, whether it's used to force viewers out of their comfort zones, evoke emotions or confront conventional notions of race. An illustrated exhibition catalog is available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. #MarkBradfordShade

Present your ticket receipt from the DAM or CSM at the other venue and receive free admission to see the rest of the collaborative exhibition during its run.

Mark Bradford, Realness, 2016. Mixed media on canvas; 108-1/4 x 168-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum Collection: Purchased with funds from anonymous donors; funds from Vicki and Kent Logan by exchange; Baryn, Daniel and Jonathan Futa; Craig Ponzio; Ralph L. and Florence R. Burgess Trust; DAM Contemporaries; Volunteer Endowment Fund; Suzanne Farver and Clint Van Zee; Andrea and William Hankinson; Amy Harmon; Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld; Lu and Chris Law; Sharon and J. Landis Martin; Tina Patterson and Bill Cottingham; Amanda J. Precourt; Judy and Ken Robins; Annalee and Wagner Schorr; Ellen and Morris Susman; Tina Walls; and Margaret and Glen Wood. © Mark Bradford.

SHADE-related programming

Conversation with Curator: Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford

July 7, 4 p.m.

Explore Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford with Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. 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 in the elevator lobby of level 1 of the Hamilton Building.

DAM + CSM Public Tours of Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford

Through July 16

DAM tours: Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays, 2 p.m. — CSM tours: Wednesdays & Sundays, 3 p.m.

Back-to-back public tours of the two-venue exhibition Shade are available. A 45-minute tour of Shade is offered at the DAM on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. On Wednesdays and Sundays, continue your tour of Shade at CSM at 3 p.m.; meet in the Anschutz Foundation Atrium. Free for CSM and DAM members; others can buy a ticket at either venue to be admitted to both.

Vivian Gegewo, Papua New Guinea, Tapa Painting, 2004. Bark and paint. Purchased with funds donated in memory of George G. Anderman, 2004.134.

Printed and Painted: The Art of Bark Cloth

Closing July 23, 2017

This exhibition offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through the unique medium of bark cloth (or tapa) used across the Pacific. Painted, printed and beaten patterns decorate supple and sometimes expansive bark cloths. Elaborate masks made with tapa stretch over rigid stick or cane frames. In addition to cloth, in New Guinea, coils of solid bark were used to create belts embellished with intricate carvings of figurative and abstract forms. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. An illustrated guide to the DAM’s Oceanic collection is available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online.


Rendering of La Musidora by Esrawe + Cadena

La Musidora

June 30–October 29, 2017

On June 30 at Untitled: Action!, the Denver Art Museum will unveil a new, interactive plaza installation, La Musidora, by Mexico City-based artists Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. A combination of the Spanish words music (música) and rocking chair (mecedora) make up the title of the installation, which blends traditional and contemporary art. The usable 90-foot artwork, seating a total of 20 individuals at a time, will generate musical notes and seeks to connect its users with art, community and the museum’s Martin Plaza. La Musidora is generously funded by the PB and K Family Foundation. Promotional support is provided by the Mexican Cultural Center.


Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

Through Oct. 22

Mi Tierra features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Dynamic artworks were created by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe) and Xochi Solis (Austin).

These artists examine diverse narratives of migration and the complex layering of cultures throughout the Western United States through ideas related to labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility and displacement. Their installations incorporate mixed-media, performance-based video art, digital animation, fiber constructions, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Guided tours of Mi Tierra offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 21. An exhibition catalog is available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. #MiTierraDAM


Creative-in-Residence Laura Ann Samuelson

July 1–Aug. 20, 2017 — onsite Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Explore dance and art with Laura Ann Samuelson—choreographer, dancer, teacher of performance and the DAM’s current creative-in-residence. Watch for her live in the galleries and working with the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during her residency as she creates unexpected opportunities for visitors to discover new ways of perceiving. Samuelson makes dances that investigate how human states of being and their external environments bump up against, converge and transform one another. She produces original work under the name Hoarded Stuff Performance and has collaborated with groups such as Buntport Theater Company, Joanna and the Agitators, square product theatre and Screw Tooth Theater Company. Creative-in-Residence programs are funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Native Arts Artists-in-Residence: Action X Community X Togetherness

Gregg Deal, Walt Pourier, Melanie Yazzie

Through Sept. 10

Former Native Arts Artists-in-Residence Melanie Yazzie, Gregg Deal and Walt Pourier have returned to the museum for a one-of-a-kind collaborative project called Action X Community X Togetherness. The alumni residency offered a unique opportunity for co-creating and the three artists were quick to find a central theme for this residency: art as a call to action and a catalyst for change. Their exploration of this theme will drive a variety of joint projects including talks, tours and workshops at Untitled Final Fridays (July 28, Aug. 25) and hands-on artmaking at the Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration (Sept. 9). The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by the Virginia W. Hill Foundation.

San Hipólito y las secuelas de la conquista. © James Cordova.

Cuatro[4]: A Series of Artist Interactions — James Córdova

On view through fall 2017

Our final Cuatro artist, James Córdova, has created a triptych in the santero tradition, featuring a sculpture of San Hipólito in the center panel and paintings of crowned-nuns on the wings. The triptych also includes early colonial indigenous motifs found in mural paintings in Mexico. Córdova’s work explores images of conquest and paintings that came out of the Spanish Colonial period, a period that brought about new ideas and artistic creations that initially appear European, but upon in-depth exploration reveal the many influences of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. Cuatro[4]: A Series of Artist Interactions is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Untitled: Summer Camp

July 28, 6–10 p.m.

Catch the sun and capture the flag to toast the season and cheer reasons to play. Produced with local creatives, Untitled Final Fridays is the museum'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. #UntitledDAM

Looking for even more art adventures? The Golden Triangle Creative District has launched a Final Friday Art Walk from 5-9 p.m., June through September, including July 28. See their website for details.

Drop-In Drawing

July 11, 1–3 p.m.

(Re)kindle your creative passions at informal sketching sessions on the second Tuesday of every month. Take inspiration from the galleries with the help of a DAM art instructor and tackle a new drawing topic every month. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Roberto Juarez, Sweet Potatoes at the Table, 1987. Acrylic, pastel, and sand on linen. Marion G. Hendrie Fund

Mindful Looking: Sweet Potatoes at the Table

July 18, 1 p.m.

Plunge into the colorful abstract world of Roberto Juarez’s Sweet Potatoes at the Table with interpretive specialist Lauren Thompson. Meet in the galleries on level 2 of the Hamilton Building. Every month at Mindful Looking, slow down and spend time with a work of art in the DAM galleries. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.

Drop-In Writing

July 25, 1–3 p.m.

Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. With the help of a DAM instructor, try your hand at a new writing topic on the fourth Tuesday of every month, while visiting various museum galleries. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.

Talk at 12

Wednesdays and Fridays, noon

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 this month include Time Travel: Claudio Dicochea (July 5 & 7), Motherwell: An AbEx Master (July 12 & 14), Philip Guston: Comic Relief? (July 19 & 21) and Feather Dusters & Elk Teeth (July 26 & 28). Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.


Blue Star Museum Program

Through Labor Day 2017

The DAM is participating in the summer 2017 Blue Star Museum program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The DAM will offer free general admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. For additional details and to find participating museums, visit the Blue Star Museums map. #NEA

Art & About Tours

July 13, 1:152:30 p.m.: Go West

Art & About Tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. This month we will screen clips from such iconic Western films as Rio Bravo, High Noon and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and engage in a lively discussion about the mythology of the West. Reservations accepted starting July 1.


Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

July 1, 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. 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

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, which is free for Free First Saturday. No reservation required. #GraciasSCFD

Create Playdate

July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (extended summer hours!)

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

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