March 2017: Mi TierraStar Wars™ and the Power of Costume, Spring Break Fun, Weekend Demonstrations in Costume Studio, and Other Highlights

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, on view through Oct. 22, 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).

Justin Favela, Fridalandia, 2017. Paper and glue. Courtesy of the artist and the Denver Art Museum. © Justin Favela

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, fiber constructions, digital animation, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place was organized by the DAM and curated by Rebecca Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art. A bilingual exhibition catalog is being produced; it will be available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m., 45-minute public tours of Mi Tierra are available. The exhibition and tours are included with general admission; reservations are not required. #MiTierraDAM

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus no. 36, 2016. Gütermann thread, painted wood, and hooks. © Gabriel Dawe

Mi Tierra-related programming

Mindful Looking: Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

March 21, 1 p.m.

Join interpretive specialist Danielle St. Peter for an exploration of contemporary life in the American West as experienced by 13 Latino artists. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Meet on level 4 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Untitled: Roots

March 31, 6–10 p.m.

Make yourself at home and celebrate the love of the land with the makers of Mi Tierra. 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. Special exhibition ticket required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume; advance purchase recommended.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume brings a galaxy of creativity to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 costumes ranging from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor. Additionally, original drawings and paintings from some of the films bring to life the creative process of costume design—from concept artists envisioning a world on paper in the art studio, to dozens of specialized artisans making the costumes a material reality in the costume shop, and finally the actors bringing the costumes to life.

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume and the Hamilton Building will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday through April 2. A dated and timed ticket is required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, especially for weekends as many time slots are selling out. Tickets are available through the museum website, onsite and by calling 720-913-0130. #StarWarsCostumes

Star Wars and the Power of Costume-related programming

The Costume Studio & Weekend Demonstrations

Through April 23, 2017

Explore the vital role that costumes play in developing characters and telling stories on stage and film—just like in Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Sketch your own costume design or design a character and appropriate garb for their environment with hands-on activities that are fun for all ages. Admission to the Costume Studio is included with general admission. From noon to 3 p.m. on weekends, local creatives will be on hand for demonstrations relating to costuming.

March Weekend Demonstration Calendar

March 45: Adolfo Romero Costumevolution: Masks in Motion

March 1112: Colleen Audrey – Cosmic Character Design

March 1819 & 2526: Todd Debreceni – Special Make-up Effects and Character Design

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s

Through May 28, 2017

Focused on Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris, Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe. Works on view illustrate concepts such as the intersection of tradition and modernity; the influence of pop-culture motifs; molding the body versus hiding the body with oversized shapes; reinventing the traditional Western representation of femininity; collaborations between contemporary artists and fashion designers; and other diverse ways of challenging the fashion system. Shock Wave demonstrates how Japanese designers confronted the work of European designers (such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Anne-Marie Beretta, Azzedine Alaïa and Thierry Mugler) during the 1980s, while they inspired younger European designers (such as Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano and Dries Van Noten) in the 1990s. A catalog is available in The Shop and online that features many looks from the exhibition as well as the work of fashion photographers.

Exterior view of the North Building, 1971. Photograph © Wayne Thom.

Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon

Through Aug. 30

Punctuating the DAM's upcoming North Building revitalization project, Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon examines the history and future of the renowned modernist building. Tracing the building's past through historical photos, original architectural sketches and building models, Then, Now, Next showcases architect Gio Ponti’s original vision for the building, and explores how the North Building has served an expanding and diversifying community since opening its doors in 1971. It also features the museum’s future plans and outlines the guiding principles for the revitalization project: Responsibly managing and caring for buildings and collections, offering a superior visitor experience, unifying the campus and inviting the whole community to enjoy the museum and its programs. Then, Now, Next is included with general admission.


Native Arts Artist-in-Residence: Wendy Red Star

Through March 30, 2017

Open studio hours – March 18 and March 22–23: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, artist Wendy Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression. During her residency, Red Star will be working on Adaptation of the Four Seasons series 2006. In this four-part photographic work, Star pokes fun at romantic idealizations of American Indians as “one with nature” and depicts herself, dressed in traditional Crow regalia, in four majestic landscapes, one for each season. Inflatable animals, plastic flowers, Astroturf and other artificial materials reference the dioramas of Native peoples often seen in natural history museums, and panoramic images of the Western landscape, commercially produced in the 1970s, are reflected in these prints. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free. The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by the Virginia W. Hill Foundation.


Registration for Spring 2017 Classes/Courses

Seats are still available in the studio class Drawing For People Who Now Know They Can with Chuck Ceraso (prerequisite course required) and the two-part course, Move Closer: Ways of Looking at Art, with teaching specialist Molly Medakovich. See the museum website or call 720-913-0130 for details or to register.

Gary J. Emrich, Rodeo Clown, 2011. Inkjet print. Gift of Jennifer Doran and Jim Robischon of the Robischon Gallery and an anonymous patron, 2015.307. © Gary Emrich

Month of Photography Lectures

  • March 3—Carol Golemboski
  • March 17—Andrew Beckham
  • March 23—Gary Emrich
  • March 30—Benjamin Rasmussen

7–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

In March, the DAM’s department of photography presents a special series of lectures to mark Month of Photography Denver, a biennial celebration of fine art photography featuring collaborative public events throughout Denver and the region during March and April 2017. For information about other events, visit Each DAM lecture is $5 for students, DAM members and CPAC members, $10 others. Sponsored by Denver Art Museum, Department of Photography.

Conversation with a Curator: European Masters in the New World

March 3, 4 p.m.

Using two masterworks from the DAM's collection, curator Jorge Rivas Pérez will explore the origins of painting in Spanish America in the late 1500s and early 1600s. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Meet on level 4 of the North Building. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Statue of Ganesha in the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore.

The Learned Ganesha of Cambodia

March 7, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Peter Sharrock of London University explores the history of Ganesha, the great, cultivated, elephant-headed Hindu god capable of solving all problems. Long loved by merchants, scholars, and writers, Ganesha was worshipped before all major undertakings as the lord who removes snags and encumbrances. Free, but reserve a seat to attend the reception afterwards on the museum website or by calling 720-913-0130. For program details, email or call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group, and Curator’s Circle. Supported by the William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment.

Spanish Colonial Shipwrecks of Florida

March 9, 1:30 p.m.

Spain’s American colonies formed the center of a trade network that spanned the globe. Fleets of wooden sailing ships were responsible for carrying New World bullion and fine European and Asian goods, safeguarding them from pirates, volatile weather conditions and invisible natural obstacles beneath the waves. Along Florida’s Atlantic coast, entire fleets of ships sank, giving it the nickname of “the Treasure Coast.” Speaker Mel King is founder of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, Inc. Tickets available at the door; free for Alianza members and students with current ID, $5 DAM members, $10 others. Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.

Drop-In Drawing: Spring

March 14, 13 p.m.

To honor the spring migration, instructor Anna Kaye will create a series of common Colorado migratory bird ink drawings. Each participant will select their favorite bird and, in their drawing, “migrate” it into artworks on display in the contemporary and modern galleries. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads (only sketchpads/notebooks 14 x 17 in. or smaller, graphite pencils and kneaded erasers permitted in the galleries). Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Brush Holder with Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, China, 1700s. Bamboo. Denver Art Museum, Lutz Bamboo Collection, gift of Adelle Lutz and David Byrne. Photo by Erik Kvalsvik.

Drop-In Writing: Depth and Detail: Freezing the Moment

March 28, 1–3 p.m.

Often the best poems and scenes are distinct and vivid flashes of moments, frozen in time—much like a great deal of art, including the work from Depth and Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan, and Korea. This session we’ll describe the moments in the artwork in front of us, and then we’ll ask the question: what happens next? By doing so, we’ll learn a bit about scenes and cause-effect relationships in all writing, from plays to stories to poems. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Degas and New Orleans Revisited

March 29, 67 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

When French artist Edgar Degas visited New Orleans during the winter and spring of 1872-73, he found himself positioned between French and American cultures; between the sequestered spaces of Creole domesticity on Esplanade Avenue on the one hand, and the privatized public space of his uncle’s cotton business on Carondelet Street in the American sector on the other; and, more than in his previous experience, between white and black races. His work from that time reflects and records that juxtaposition. Speaker Marilyn R. Brown is in the Department of Art & Art History at CU-Boulder and is the author of Degas and the Business of Art: A Cotton Office in New Orleans. Admission is free; first-come seating. Sponsored by FOPAS, a DAM support group.

Follower of Hieronymous Bosch, The Vision of Tundale, late 1400s. Oil on panel. Funds from Helen Dill bequest, 1948.37

Talk at 12

Wednesday & Friday, noon

Every Wednesday and Friday, 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. In March, topics include The Vision of Tundale (March 1 & 3), Justin Favela: Fridalandia (March 8 & 10), Moose Hair Embroidery (March 15 & 17), Villains in Art (March 22 & 24), and Heroes in Art (March 29 & 31). General admission is free for kids 18 and younger; a special ticket is required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.


Spring Break

March 18April 2, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Spring Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! The Costume Studio, Create-n-Takes and Family Activity Cart are open every day. Watch for special performances of the family-friendly play, Art Emergency 2: Code Redder. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Visitors enjoy interacting with Hadley Hooper’s theater stage set-inspired installation Tableau, now on view

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

March 4, 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. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume; advance purchase strongly recommended.) 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; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required. #GraciasSCFD

Create Playdate

March 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

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

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

March 12, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Two smart and hilarious foxes are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles into the galleries. Included with general admission; youth 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Colorado Scholastic Art Awards Showcase

Through March 24

The Colorado Scholastic Art Awards exhibitions highlights a juried selection of art created by 7th–12th grade Colorado students. By exhibiting student artwork, the Denver Art Museum recognizes the value of these creative young artists and the dedication and impact of their teachers. The DAM showcase will highlight the senior portfolio and ceramic winners. Colorado Scholastic Art Awards winners will also be displayed at History Colorado Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Entry to the showcase is free; museum admission required to visit other galleries.

Note: This is an overview of March happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month. Please visit the museum website for complete information.

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