June 2012: Fresh and New Family Day, Final Weeks for Read My Pins and Yves Saint Laurent, Untitled #48 (Anonymous) and Other Highlights

To celebrate summer for families at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), on June 2 the museum combines Free First Saturday with Fresh and New Family Day to kick off even more innovative programming. The museum will introduce a newly-designed Family Activity Cart featuring our popular Backpacks and Art Tubes thanks to its partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado. Upcoming Backpacks to launch later in the summer will focus on the museum’s Asian art collection and Mexican colonial art collection. From June 2 through August 26, the Family Activity Cart will be available daily. In addition, a brand-new Just for Fun Center will open in Duncan Pavilion. Visitors will find new animal costumes inspired by the pre-Columbian art collection such as crocodiles and jaguars, mask-making art projects and more.

Artist-in-Residence: Melanie Yazzie

During Fresh and New Family Day, watch artist-in-residence Melanie Yazzie carve and print as she creates a new body of work. Yazzie, a Boulder-based printmaker, painter and sculptor, is the DAM’s first artist-in-residence to utilize a new workshop space in the American Indian art galleries, made possible by a grant from the Americana Foundation. DAM visitors can collaborate with her in their own creative endeavors through three weekend workshops: June 2–8, June 26–July 1 and July 24–29. Free with museum admission.

Brian Knep: Exempla

New media artist Brian Knep also will debut his new interactive installation Exempla June 2 in the DAM’s Precourt Family Discovery Hall on level two of the Hamilton Building. Inspired by science and math, Knep’s work is lauded for its ability to breathe life into a space that encourages visitors to share experiences. His installation at the DAM will make guests want to move around.

Fresh and New Family Day is also a Free First Saturday, sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy the museum’s collections and regular exhibition for free. A ticket is required for special ticketed exhibitions such as Yves Saint Laurent. Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. For details, email familyprograms@denverartmuseum.orgor call 720-913-0130.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

On view through June 17

During her diplomatic tenure, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright became known for the brooches she wore to communicate a message or a mood. This exhibition of more than 200 pins from her personal collection examines both the historical stories attached to the pieces as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a language of its own.

Daily tours highlighting Albright’s pin collection and the stories behind the pins are available weekdays at 2 p.m. and weekends at 3 p.m. through June 17. Tours are free with general admission, and reservations are not required. The exhibition is included in general admission.

Don’t miss Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

On view through July 8

Time is running out to see Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, making its only United States appearance at the DAM. This stunning exhibition explores the full arc of Saint Laurent’s 40 years of creativity and impact on the fashion world through a combination of photographs, drawings, films and other multimedia elements, and a selection of 200 dazzling haute couture outfits.

Make a night of it with one of 12 hotel packages featuring VIP front-of-the line tickets and other special amenities! Visit www.YSLdenver.com for full details on Yves Saint Laurent hotel packages.

Dated and timed tickets for Yves Saint Laurent, which include an audio guide and general museum admission, are available at the museum, online at www.YSLdenver.com or by phone at 720-913-0130 (service fee added to phone orders).

Be sure to check out the Fashion Studio, open daily for hands-on exploration. On weekends, fashion designers will take you through the secrets of fashion design. Free with general admission; no reservations required.

Upcoming Fashion Studio Schedule

Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sundays noon–3 p.m.

June 2 & 3, 9 & 10 — Mona Lucero: Inspiration behind Design

June 16 & 17, June 23 & 24 — Rae Marie: Patterning, Draping & Designing

June 30 & July 1 — José Duran of NOx: Draping, Patternmaking & Construction

Conversation with Curators: Thomas Smith

June 1, 4 p.m.

Tour Theodore Waddell's Abstract Angus with curator Thomas Smith, who will discuss the art of Theodore Waddell and how his abstract paintings of Angus are a stark contrast to the common notion that all western American art is grounded in the straightforward depiction of day-to-day life in the western states and cowboy themes. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed. Meet on level two of the Hamilton Building. For information, call 720-913-0025.

4th Annual Afternoon of Indian Music and Dance

June 9, 2–4 p.m.

Noted master teacher and performer Joginder Singh Virdiji, tabla player extraordinaire Nabin Shrestha, graduate dance students Azelia Pradhan and Angela Abraham and their choreographer, Usha Muralidharan of the Abhinaya School of Dance, will perform. Our special guest this year is renowned sitar player and teacher Roshan Jamal Bhartiya of Bollywood, Amsterdam and Denver. An intermission reception will feature snacks and drink. Tickets are $5 Asian Art Association members, teachers and students, $10 museum members, $15 others. Reservations and prepayment required; visit www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.

Create Playdate: Shrink

June 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups. We are going to shrink down and journey outside to visit large-scale sculptures around the museum. Upcoming themes include Pop (July 11) and Soar (August 8). Free with general admission; kids 5 and younger are free. No reservations required. For information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org.

Untitled #48 (Anonymous)

June 29, 6–10 p.m.

For Untitled #48 (Anonymous), the DAM takes it to the streets with crowd-sourced activities, secret connections and a look at anonymous art. See the latest installment of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, go on a detour, experience offbeat art encounters and more. Stir in local music, munchies and a cash bar and you have all the ingredients for an exciting night out at the museum. Untitled events are included in general museum admission (free for DAM members). Students with a valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission when tickets are purchased onsite. For details, visit collective.denverartmuseum.org.

The Denver Art Museum will be open on July 4.