March 2014: Modern Masters Opens, Untitled #65 (Say Anything) and Other Highlights

Opening March 2, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) present Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition at the DAM will bring together about 70 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings.

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Head—Red and Yellow, 1962. Oil on canvas; 48 x 48 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1962. © 2014 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photograph by Tom Loonan.
Curated by Dean Sobel, director of CSM, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, one of the most respected collections of 20th-century art in the country. A special ticket is required, which will give visitors admission to the exhibition at the DAM as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at CSM February 14–June 15, 2014. Tickets are available online at, at the museum or by calling 720-913-0130.


CelebrARTE: Moderno

March 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura. Picasso, Kahlo, Dalí, Pollock: these artists were rebeldes, breaking boundaries in art. Like the artistas modernos throughout the Americas, come make art that breaks from tradition. Free with general admission and children 5 and younger are always free; reservations are not required. For information, call 720-913-0054.

Spring Break: Marvelously Modern

March 29–April 6 (closed Mondays)

Explore what is modern through artist demonstrations, gallery performances with Buntport Theater and Central City Opera and artmaking in the galleries. Studios, Create-n-Takes and the Family Activity Cart open daily. Free with general admission; reservations not required. During spring break, kids 18 and under receive free general admission.


Nature as Muse

Extended through March 23

Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum features the impressionist masterworks that Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton bequeathed in January from his private collection to the museum—the largest gift ever given to the museum. The exhibition displays the stunning work of 19th-century impressionist artists including Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Free with general admission.

Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home?

Through March 30

Rupprecht Matthies’ ¿Being Home? is a community-inspired, interactive artwork that grows with each installation. In 2009 and 2011, Matthies collaborated with immigrants at Denver-area community organizations, including the African Community Center, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School and Centro San Juan Diego, to gather words evocative of notions of home. The resulting words—transformed into mobiles, pillows and wall pieces—are in 13 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Kareni. Free with general admission.


Native Arts Artist-in-Residence: Rose Simpson

February 25–March 2, March 25–30 and April 16–27

See artist Rose Simpson at work on her signature ceramic figures in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Studio. On Saturdays and Sundays, drop in from 1–4 p.m. to meet the artist and explore her artmaking process. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.

Powwow Arts as Contemporary Inspiration: Talk by artist Jeffrey Gibson

March 20, 5:306:30 p.m.

Gallery view of Jeffrey Gibson's artwork Freedom.

Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson will discuss the inspirations for his upcoming summer 2014 residency in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program at the Denver Art Museum (specific dates to be announced). Recent works by the artist are currently on display in the DAM’s American Indian art galleries. For ticket information, visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130.

Logan Lecture: Oliver Herring

March 26, 78:30 p.m.

In the 1990s Oliver Herring became known for his exhibitions and performances in which he created woven Mylar sculptures of figures, clothing and furniture. The transparency of the Mylar tape made it “genderless” for Herring, and he recognized that the act of knitting was slightly charged for a man in the ’90s. Two of Herring’s important early works from his Mylar series are on view in Material World through November 2014. For ticket information, visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Curator's Circle Lecture: Contemporary Lacquer Art of Korea, with speaker Kim Inseob

March 27, 6:30–8 p.m.

Kim Inseob is director of the Korea Academic Institute of Lacquerware, chairman of the Korea Federation of Industrial Arts and advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister. Kim will discuss the expanding boundaries of contemporary Korean lacquer art that challenge 2,000 years of Korean lacquer-making traditions. A reception will follow the lecture. Free, but reservations are required. Call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by the William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment.


Conversations with Curators: Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives

March 7, 4 p.m.

Donna Kerwin, curatorial assistant in the department of architecture, design and graphics, presents a gallery talk on Drawn to Action. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.

Drop-In Drawing: Color

March 11, 1–3 p.m.

Taking inspiration from artworks in the western American art galleries, discover properties of light, subtractive mixing and layering techniques while drawing in different color schemes. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.

Freedom on the Fence documentary film screening

March 12, 6:308 p.m.

Freedom on the Fence looks at the history of Polish posters and their significance to the social, political and cultural life of Poland. The film, presented in conjunction with Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western, examines the period from WWII through the fall of Communism, and captures the paradox of how this unique art form flourished within a Communist regime. Co-director Andrea Marks will be joined by film critic Jack Hanley for a post-screening Q&A. Free admission; seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine and Design Council of the Denver Art Museum.

Drop-In Writing: Synaesthesia

March 25, 1–3 p.m.

Experiment with mixing the senses in writing—exploring the taste of color, for example—in the modern and contemporary art galleries. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.

Untitled #65 (Say Anything)

March 28, 610 p.m.

Check out the provocative posters in Drawn to Action, sound off on art through poetry-on-demand and engage in insightful pillow talk. Free with general admission; no reservations are required. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Free First Saturday

March 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! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for Modern Masters.) Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Totspot Sunday

March 9, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to 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.

Create Playdate: Ka-boom!

March 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3–5, and meet up with other tots and their grown-ups to search for art in the collection that explodes with color.

Both Totspot Sunday and Create Playdates are free with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information on either program, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail

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