July 2018 at the DAM: New Eyes On Rotations Join La Musidora, New Territory: Landscape Photography Today, Stampede and Like a Hammer for The Art of Summer, Untitled: Gregg Deal and other highlights

The Denver Art Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead and Eyes On: Shimabuku will open July 29 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead will showcase new work by the Minnesota-based American Indian artist, who is a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She uses metaphors, iconography and storytelling narratives in her artwork to describe emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experiences, and often analyzes the commercialization of American Indian cultures. Buffalohead frequently includes animals as subjects, and her eclectic palette and whimsical subjects evoke a childlike innocence.

Julie Buffalohead (Ponca), A Little Medicine and Magic, 2018. Oil paint on canvas; 52 x 72 in. Courtesy of Julie Buffalohead and Bockley Gallery.

Eyes On: Shimabuku will present a video by Japan-based artist Shimabuku titled Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains? Three years in the making, the video illustrates the adaptation of a group of Japanese snow monkeys who have lived in a Texas desert sanctuary since they were brought to the U.S. in 1972. While analyzing the monkeys’ displacement from their natural habitat in the snow-capped mountains of Japan, the film also symbolically explores human migration and reconnection with environment through genetic memory and ancestral history.

Shimabuku, Snow Monkey Stance, 2016. Digital inkjet print; 53 x 35½ in. Courtesy of the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles©Shimabuku Shimabuku, Snow Monkey Stance, 2016. Digital inkjet print; 53 x 35½ in. Courtesy of the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles©Shimabuku

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead and Eyes On: Shimabuku are thematically related to each other as well as to Stampede: Animals in Art. Although the visuals and artistic media are vastly different, both Buffalohead and Shimabuku use the depiction of animals as a vehicle to explore both familiar and unfamiliar narratives related to their personal heritage and the world around them. Both Eyes On installations are included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.


New Territory: Landscape Photography Today

June 24–Sept. 16

Penelope Umbrico, Adams with Grunge IntensePeach Pop SplitScreen and LightLeak (IMG_6468), from Range: of Masters of Photography, 2014. Chromogenic print; 32 x 40 in. Courtesy David Smith Gallery, CO, Bruce Silverstein, NY and the Artist. ©Penelope Umbrico

Showcasing more than 100 contemporary landscape photographs from around the world, New Territory: Landscape Photography Today explores how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions and values of our time. The works on view revive historic photographic processes as well as use innovative techniques and unconventional equipment and chemistry to depict landscapes in surprising ways. The exhibition challenges us both to see photography differently and contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape. A daily 45-minute guided tour is offered at 1:30 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour is included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. #NewTerritoryatDAM

La Musidora

Through Sept. 3

La Musidora is a combination of the Spanish words "la música" (music) and "la mecedora" (rocking chair). This visitor favorite is back for another summer. Take part in this interactive outdoor art installation located on Martin Plaza near the museum's Hamilton Building entrance and make musical sounds by gently rocking colorfully woven chairs in tandem. The 90-foot artwork seats up to 20 visitors at a time.


Jim Howard, Drawing, about 1980. Charcoal pencil on paper. From the collection of Jim Howard. © Jim Howard.

Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard

Through Aug. 5

This exhibition presents the award-winning editorial work by artist Jim Howard. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s and continuing through the ’70s and ’80s when the fashion illustration industry was at its height. The exhibition offers a nostalgic look at fashion trends set by top ready-to-wear designers, high-end fashion retailers and cosmetic companies.

In addition to Howard’s illustrations, Drawn to Glamour features eight looks from the DAM's fashion collection and four men’s silhouettes on loan from private lenders that capture the essence of some of the most iconic trends of the late ’50s to the early ’80s. The exhibition is included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. #GlamouratDAM

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

Through Aug. 12

The first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work, Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer chronicles a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 57 objects created from 2011 to the present are on view, including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, painted works on rawhide and canvas, video and a significant selection of beaded punching bags.

Artist Jeffrey Gibson in the galleries of Like a Hammer: Jeffrey Gibson.

The exhibition shows how Gibson draws upon his heritage and remixes his older works to create a visual vocabulary that explores his multi-faceted identity and the history of modernism. Gibson’s abstract works take inspiration from his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, pan-Native American visual culture, alternative subcultures and the artist’s experiences living abroad as well as popular culture. Striking patterned and textured works also incorporate text from poems and song lyrics.

Gibson frequently explores colonialism and the post-colonial mindset, reflecting on how American Indian experiences parallel other civil rights movements. His work also revolves around universal themes of love, community, strength, vulnerability and survival. Visitors will gain an enhanced understanding of Gibson’s distinctive and complex creative practice, as well as how it has evolved from series to series. A daily 45-minute guided tour is offered at 2 p.m. An exhibition catalog is available in The Shop and online. The exhibition is included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. #GibsonLikeaHammer

Celebrating Our 125th Birthday

July 20, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

In honor of our 125th anniversary, on July 20 general admission for adults is only $1.25! (Youth 18 and younger always receive free general admission.) Throughout 2018, join us as we celebrate the museum's heritage, programming and vision for the future. Look for special giveaways, birthday-themed beverages in the Callahan Café and more.


Free First Saturday

July 7, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy our art collections, family-friendly activities and some special events without spending a dime. See New Territory: Landscape Photography Today, Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer, Past the Tangled Present and more. 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: Animals in Art at 1 p.m. Free general admission tickets 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). #ArtofSummer2018 #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD

Create Playdate

July 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (extended summer hours)

Drop in with your little ones, ages 3 to 5, on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet up with other tots and their grownups for storytime, artmaking and more! Create Playdate is a bilingual program (available in English and Spanish). Included in general admission; free for members and kids 18 and younger. No reservations required.


Through Aug. 19: MondayFriday 10:30 a.m.3 p.m. and Free First Saturdays 10 a.m.4 p.m.

· Mapping Myths and Monsters (until July 20): Imagine what it would be like to be an explorer and chart encounters with monsters in your own travel journal.

· Hold Your Horses (starting July 23): How do sculptures move and stand still at the same time? Explore this idea by looking at bronze horse sculptures and make your own horse.

· Carry Me Close (until Aug. 19): Learn about the extraordinary work and creative process of artist Jeffrey Gibson, and create a project inspired by his art.

· Photo Finish (until Aug. 19; on Martin Plaza 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon.–Fri.): Experiment with surprising techniques and unexpected materials to create your own customized photographs. #ArtofSummer2018

A Walk in the Woods

Open during daily hours

Step into the forest and experience new animal-inspired activities created to celebrate the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art in our newest family space. Build animals out of branch-like blocks, pick up a pair of binoculars for a bird-watching challenge, mix and match to create unique creatures or put together a shadowbox to display all your favorite animals in a mini-menagerie. Included with general admission; free for members and kids 18 and younger.


Conversations with Curators: Ganesha: The Playful Protector

July 6, 4 p.m.

In July, explore Ganesha: The Playful Protector with curator Tianlong Jiao. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators each month. Meet in the elevator lobby on level 2 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Drop-In Drawing

July 10, 1–3 p.m.

Join artist Anna Kaye in our fun and informal creative art sessions. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. All ranges of drawing experience are welcome! Materials provided or bring your own supplies (only graphite pencils, kneaded erasers and sketchpads 14 x 17 inches or smaller permitted in the galleries). Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Meditation in the Museum

July 13, 6–7 p.m.

Unwind from your week with a mindfulness meditation session led by our partners from the Kadampa Meditation Center. From first-timers to regular practitioners, all are welcome to join in on this hour of relaxation, reflection and quiet calm. Chairs, yoga mats and meditation cushions provided. No registration necessary, but space is limited. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Mindful Looking: Richard Mosse’s Commodius Vicus

July 17, 1 p.m.

Mindful Looking invites you to spend quality time with a single work of art on the third Tuesday of each month. In July, explore Richard Mosse’s infrared photograph, Commodius Vicus, with a museum educator. 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.

Richard Mosse, Commodius Vicus, 2015. Digital C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. ©Richard Mosse

Drop-In Writing

July 24, 1–3 p.m.

Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions with staff from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new. Open to all levels, from published authors to the occasional journaler! Materials available. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Untitled: Gregg Deal

July 27, 610 p.m.

This month, join former Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Gregg Deal for a creative takeover of Untitled Final Fridays exploring the art of activism. 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. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. College students with ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.


Blue Star Museum Program

Through Labor Day 2018

The DAM is participating in the summer 2018 Blue Star Museum program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The DAM is offering free general admission to active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, through Labor Day. For details and to locate participating museums, visit the Blue Star Museums map. #NEA


3-D Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through Sept. 9, 2018

Explore the varied realm of 3-D art in the 3-D Studio. Build an abstract sculpture, create your own animal or work with family and friends to contribute to a collaborative sculpture. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in June – Saturdays & Sundays, noon-3 p.m.

June 30-July 1: Libby Barbee, Cut Paper Topographies

July 7-8 & 14-15: Grace Noel, Nichos: Sacred Spaces

July 21-22 & 28-29: Nicole Banowetz, Inflatable Sculptures

Note: This is an overview of July happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month.

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