March 2019: Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection Opens, Last Chance to View Dior: From Paris to the World, Spring Break Fun, Month of Photography Lecture Series and Other Highlights

On March 2, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is honored to present Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection. The exhibition will showcase about 60 paintings gifted to the museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) in 2018—the largest gift of European old masters to the DAM since the museum received the Kress Collection in the 1950s. Treasures of British Art will present 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time.

Thomas Hudson, The Radcliffe Family, c. 1742. Oil on canvas; 114-1/2 x 171.375 in. Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.7

The exhibition will feature devotional images, portraits, landscapes and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School—including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and John Constable—as well as non-British artists who spent significant time in Britain—such as the Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck, and American artists Benjamin West and John Singer Sargent. A 45-minute public tour of British Treasures will be offered daily at 1:30 p.m. starting on March 3.

The exhibition, which opens on Free First Saturday, March 2, will be on view until Jan. 5, 2020. This exhibition is included with general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. #TreasuresatDAM

Gallery view of Dior: From Paris to the World. Photo by James Florio.

Time is running out to see Dior: From Paris to the World! The spectacular exhibition, surveying more than 70 years of the house of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence, was extended through March 17 and is in its final weeks. More than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos and other archival material, trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

The chronological presentation showcases pivotal themes in the house of Dior’s history, focuses on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and highlights how his successors—Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri—incorporated their own design aesthetic. Dior: From Paris to the World is on view through March 17. A special dated and timed ticket, which includes an audio tour as well as general museum admission, is required for Dior: From Paris to the World. #DiorinDenver

OPENING SOON

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch

March 10, 2019–Nov. 17, 2019

Mexican-American artist Erika Harrsch first exhibited her project Under the Same Sky… We Dream in El Paso (2017) just as regulations became more stringent for those seeking asylum and a better life in the United States. Children of refugees and undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, entered the U.S. with hope for full citizenship but now face an uncertain future. This multi-media installation is comprised of imagery, music, text and furnishings that reference the circumstances faced by immigrants and refugees subject to the DREAM Act. Included with general admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.

ALSO ON VIEW

Jordan Casteel, Twins, 2017. Oil on canvas; 72 x 56 in. Rennie Collection, Vancouver. Image courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York © Jordan Casteel

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to present Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze through Aug. 18. The exhibition showcases 29 paintings by Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel, now based in Harlem, New York. This presentation represents Casteel’s first major museum exhibition, and provides audiences with a first look at new work by one of the most acclaimed emerging artists working today. Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze brings together a body of work made from 2014 to 2018, with new paintings that reveal the artist’s evolving practice and a shift in subject matter ranging from cityscapes and subway scenes to women and local business owners.

Casteel’s approach to selecting subjects involves walking around her neighborhood and taking photographs. By transforming these photographs into larger-than-life portraits with subtle shifts in light, bold colors, and gestural brushwork, Casteel reveals individuals and atmospheres that often go unnoticed. Join a 45-minute public tour of Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze available daily at 2 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included with general admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger. Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze will be on view through Aug. 18. #JordanCasteelatDAM

Gallery view of Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead.
Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead

Extended through April 21, 2019

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead features new work by the Minnesota-based artist, who is a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. Buffalohead 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.

While she works in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, drawing, illustration, bookmaking and sculpture, this exhibition features a new series of works on canvas that explore her own life experiences, as well as ancestral knowledge. Included with general museum admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.

Image by Instagram user @1day won

Stampede: Animals in Art

Through May 19

See how animals have captivated artists throughout history. Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from across the DAM’s collection to explore animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. Visitors can discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas, and how artists use animals in imaginative ways. The exhibition includes visitor favorites such as Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculptures, a four-faced Hamat'sa Mask, artworks by Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as rarely seen works.

Stampede features an interactive space where visitors can learn about the creative process behind the Never Alone video game created by Native North Alaskan storytellers. Visitors also can explore drawing in the gallery, spend time closely looking at smaller objects in a “cabinet of curiosities” and stop by A Walk in the Woods on level three for animal-inspired activities. Included with general museum admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.

FAMILY FUN

Spring Break at the DAM

March 1631, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Step into spring with the whole family! The Print Studio, Create-n-Takes and gallery games and activities are available every day during Spring Break at the DAM. Art Emergency: Sculpture Edition, an original family-friendly play, will be presented March 2529 at 11 a.m. General admission is free for kids 18 and younger.

Free First Saturday

March 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities without spending a dime. 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 at 1 p.m. Stop by the Print Studio for an artist demonstration with Virginia Diaz Saiki from noon to 3 p.m. Free general admission tickets available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for Dior: From Paris to the World; advance purchase 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 #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

March 10, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Help Foxy and Shmoxy, the DAM's art detectives! Find the mailbox in the first level lobby and pick up a letter from the foxes directing you to the mystery in the galleries. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

March 13, 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 storytime, artmaking and more! Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. Meet near A Walk in the Woods on level 3 for program location.

Create-n-Takes

Through March 31 — Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., daily during Spring Break March 16-31

Take a walk on the wild side and sew together your own animal-inspired story at our Create-n-Take, Sew Wild. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Print Studio

Through May 5, 2019

Design your own printing plate, experiment with color and layering and learn about the magic of reverse image and making the most of multiples. On weekends, watch artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in March

  • March 2–3: Virginia Diaz Saiki, Neighborhoods Carved
  • March 9–10 & 16–17: Taiko Chandler, Monoprints with Stencils
  • March 23–24 & 30–31: Emily Moyer, Lithography

ADULT PROGRAMS AND LECTURES

Tom Finke, Tsuruhashi Station, Osaka, 2010. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist ©Tom Finke.

Month of Photography Lectures

March 7: Tom Finke

Denver photographer and photography educator Tom Finke creates social documentary photography focusing on the urban and natural environments of locations primarily in Japan and the United States.

March 12: Susan Goldstein

Inspired by collecting and interest in social commentary, much of Denver photographer Susan Goldstein’s work explores ideas of absence and presence as well as the collision of past and present.

Susan Goldstein, Bending Time: Two by Two, 2014. Photocollage; 3.5 x 3.5 inches. Courtesy the artist ©Susan Goldstein

March 19: Evan Anderman

Using the Colorado landscape as his primary subject, Denver photographer Evan Anderman’s experience as a geologist and pilot has greatly informed his photography.

Lectures are 7-8:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for each are $5 for students, DAM members and CPAC members, $12 for others. This Month of Photography Lecture series, spotlighting Colorado photographers from our local creative community, is sponsored by the DAM Photography Department. Series funding is generously provided by the Cooke-Daniels Fund.

Simphiwe Ndzube, Waiting for Mulungu 3, 2017. Acrylic, spray paint, duct tape, and found objects on canvas; 240h x 400w cm, 94.49h x 157.48w in. Courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery.

Logan Lecture: Simphiwe Ndzube

March 13, 6-7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Simphiwe Ndzube lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and Cape Town, South Africa. His work is characterized by a fundamental interplay between objects, media and two-dimensional surfaces. Reception will follow the talk at the ART, a hotel, 1201 Broadway. Free for Contemporary Alliance members and students with valid ID, $10 DAM volunteers, $15 DAM members, $20 nonmembers. For additional details, contact info@contemporaryalliance.org or 720-913-0119.

The Logan Lecture series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with Contemporary Alliance, a DAM support group.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Indians in the Wilderness with Artist Gregg Deal

March 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:50 p.m.)

In much of his work, provocative contemporary artist Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) challenges Western perceptions of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history and stereotype. “Contemporary art is the means by which we assert authority over our image, and the importance of our stories,” he says. “The ‘wilderness’ of the art world is a world not meant for us, and yet we assert ourselves in these spaces as equals to other artists with stories the world has not heard.” Reception outside the auditorium at 6 p.m.

$5 Friends of Native Arts members, $10 DAM members, $12 nonmembers, free for students. For further details, contact info@friendsofnativearts.org or 720-913-0162.

Suchitra Mattai; photo by Rachel Grammes.

Untitled Final Friday, featuring Suchitra Mattai

March 29, 6-10 p.m.

March's Untitled Final Friday highlights the practice of featured artist Suchitra Mattai. Join us to explore building cross-cultural narratives around ideas of home. The DAM’s monthly late-night program, Untitled Final Fridays features unconventional experiences developed in collaboration with local creatives and community members.

Included in general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. Students with valid ID receive two-for-one tickets during Untitled. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores. #untitledDAM

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