March 2012: Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective Opens, Untitled #45 (Haute), Best Spring Break Ever: Design Days and Other Highlights

(Denver, Colo.) February 24, 2012 —On March 25, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective opens to the public at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). The stunning exhibition, which explores the full arc of Saint Laurent’s 40 years of creativity and impact on the fashion world, previously appeared in Paris and Madrid. The DAM is its only U.S. venue. Combining photographs, drawings, films and other multimedia elements with a selection of 200 dazzling haute couture outfits, the exhibition creates an immersive environment for visitors to see firsthand the development of Saint Laurent’s style and the historical foundations of his work.

Dated and timed tickets for Yves Saint Laurent, which include an audio guide and general museum admission, are available at the museum, online at or by phone at 720-913-0130. Service fees apply to online and phone orders.

Visitors also can 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.

Weekend schedule

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

  • March 24 & 25, March 31 & April 1, April 7 & 8 — Gabriel Conroy, Fashion Illustration
  • April 14 & 15, April 21 & 22 — James Silvrants, Styling, Design and Construction
  • April 28 & 29 — Kotomi Yoshida, Upcycling Outdated Clothing

Untitled #45 (Haute)

March 30, 6–10 p.m.

In March, fashion takes center stage at Untitled #45 (Haute). Visitors can receive an art-inspired haircut, get on-site interior design consultations or check out a hands-on, haute couture skills workshop. The Forever Darling V fashion show being held that evening is sold out, but there is still plenty of fun throughout the museum. Watch the latest installment of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, take an unusual detour and experience offbeat art encounters. Add in local music, munchies and a cash bar and you have 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 Untitled #45 (Haute) is sponsored by LUNA Bar.

Best Spring Break Ever: Design Days

March 24–April 1, 2012

Throughout spring break, fashionistas and families can enjoy a variety of in-style activities. The Fashion Studio will be open every day; visitors also can create their own art-inspired looks at a pop-up design studio in the galleries, play with patterns and create Pacific island-inspired fabrics at our Hotspots. For kids and the young at heart who like dressing up in costumes, there will be fun things to wear throughout the museum. On Friday, stop by the Fashion Studio to take part in Paper on Parade 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; craft life-size paper doll fashions and strut your creations on the runway. All activities are included in general admission; kids 18 and under receive free admission during Spring Break. No reservations needed. For more information, email or call 720-913-0130.

Free First Saturday: Amazonian Art Adventure with Opera Colorado, Sponsored by Target

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (special programming 11 a.m.–4 p.m.)

In March go on an Amazonian art adventure as the DAM teams up with Opera Colorado to celebrate the opening of their latest production, Florencia en el Amazonas. Listen as singers from Opera Colorado's Young Artists program perform in the galleries, or take a detour to South America and let your little ones loose in the jungle with animal mask making. All programs and admission are free throughout the day. 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).

Scholastic Art Awards Showcase of Selected Gold & Silver Key Winners

March 13–April 5, 2012

Come see the creativity of students in a showcase of the best middle and high school artists across the state. Art teachers submitted their students’ work in this juried statewide competition and many awards come with scholarships to Colorado colleges. On view on the lower level of the North Building. Free (admission to galleries not included) and no reservations are needed. For details, call 720-913-0076.

Create Playdate: Hop

March 14, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones (ages 3–5) for artmaking, storytime in the galleries and more. Upcoming themes include Fancy (April 11) and Grow (May 9). Activities are free with general admission; kids 5 and younger are free. No reservations are required. For more information, email or call 720-913-0130.

Logan Lectures Spring 2012: Richard Tuttle

Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.)

Artist Richard Tuttle creates intimate works that defy categorization and blur boundaries between drawing, sculpture, painting and installation. His intrepid spirit and his use of often humble materials like string, wire, twigs, cardboard, bubble wrap and Styrofoam have influenced a generation of contemporary artists. Tickets are $8 for students with ID, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 general public. Advance registration recommended; call 720-913-0130. The Logan Lecture Series Spring 2012: Artists on Art—Materials and Materiality is made possible with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.

Image credit line:

Yves Saint Laurent, Black velvet sheath dress, “Paris Rose” satin bow,Paris” haute couture collection, Fall–Winter 1983. © Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo by Gilles Tapie.