May 2012: Yves Saint Laurent, Theodore Waddell’s Abstract Angus, Untitled #48 (LOL) and Other Highlights

Theodore Waddell, Alder Angus #2, 1991. Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist.
Theodore Waddell arrived in New York in the early 1960s, only a short decade after abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Clyfford Still dominated the art world. Gleaning elements from this art movement, Waddell returned home to his native Montana and created works of nearly abstract backgrounds that suggest the landscape. By painting figures that symbolized cattle in snow-filled backgrounds, the painter walks the line of abstraction and realism. This exhibition of 26 works explores Waddell’s abstract paintings, sketches and drawings that challenge the common perception that all western American art is created in a realistic style. Theodore Waddell's Abstract Angus opens May 20 and will be on view through December 2, 2012, in the Gates Family Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

On view through July 8, 2012

Don’t miss Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, making its only U.S. 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 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 or by phone at 720-913-0130 (service fee added to 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.

Upcoming Fashion Studio Schedule

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

May 5 &6 — Kotomi Yoshida, Upcycling Outdated Clothing

May 12 & 13, 19 & 20 Stephanie Ohnmacht — From Design to Dress

May 26 & 27, June 2 & 3 — Mona LuceroInspiration behind Design

AAMD Museum Day Tactile Event for Yves Saint Laurent

May 18, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

In celebration of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Museum Day, the DAM is offering a program including special tactile opportunities within Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective for visitors who are blind, visually impaired or have other special needs. During this event, patrons can visit stations throughout the exhibition space where trained docents will offer the chance to feel design details, embellishments and the drape of fabrics similar to the luxurious fabrics used by Yves Saint Laurent in his signature garments. The exhibition and tactile stations are free for participants plus one companion (additional companions may purchase tickets and enter at the same time as the rest of their party). Space is limited. Reservations are required, and will be accepted starting May 1, 2012 at 720-913-0130.

The DAM hosts regular access programming throughout the year for patrons with disabilities. Please view our website at or call 720-913-0130 for details.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Through June 17

Blue Bird, circa 1880. Anton Lachmann, Austria. 14kt yellow gold, silver, enamel, rubies, diamonds. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor.
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.

After viewing Secretary Albright’s eclectic and beautiful collection, get inspired by her pin messaging. Visitors can create their own statements at the pin-making station located inside the exhibition and wear them home.

A 45-minute public tour highlighting Albright’s pin collection and the stories behind the pins is available daily—weekdays at 2 p.m. and weekends at 3 p.m. through June 17. The tours are free with general admission, and reservations are not required. On view through June 17, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection is included in general admission.

Untitled #48 (LOL)

May 25, 6–10 p.m.

In May, visitors can search for connections between art and humor with scientific chats, funny stories and comedian led-tours. Watch the latest installment of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, take an unusual detour and experience offbeat art encounters. We add local music, munchies and a cash bar 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

Opera & Art: Western Style

Sunday, May 6, 1–3 p.m.

The DAM is partnering with Central City Opera to present a wild west-themed, interactive opera performance and an artmaking activity in our western collection. Visitors can act, sing, dance and explore art with the opera and museum. This is an ideal program for kids 5 to 12 years old; all children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 (includes general museum admission). Tickets are required; call Central City Opera at 303-292-6700. Tickets will also be available at the museum on the day of the event. Interested families should arrive by 12:45 pm to register.

Logan Lecture: Nick Cave

May 16, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.)

Cave creates textile-based sculpture, installation, performance and collage. The artist trained with Alvin Ailey and modern dance inspires his exploration about community, ritual and identity. Some of his best known works are his Soundsuits, sensuous wearable art that hides one’s identity made from a variety of materials including day-glow-dyed human hair, vintage toys, twigs, beads and feathers. Tickets are $8 students, $12 DAM Contemporaries members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 720-913-0130.

Beyond the Basket: the Energy and Space of the Bamboo Arch with Kenichi Nagakura

May 17, 7 p.m.

Kenichi Nagakura, whose bamboo will be featured in Fluid Duality at the Denver Botanic Gardens May 12 through August 5, will speak on his work. Free with museum admission, but reservations are required. For more information and reservations, call 720-913-0043. Sponsored by Curator's Circle and the Asian Art Department.

Opening Reception for Laleh Mehran: Men of God, Men of Nature

May 30, 6–8 pm.

Join us for the opening reception for the new exhibition in the Fuse Box. Laleh Mehran: Men of God, Men of Nature is a site-specific work designed by the artist especially for the Fuse Box. The daughter of Iranian scientists, Mehran has lived most of her life in the United States and has been a professor at the University of Denver since 2007. Her complex relationship with political, scientific and theological concepts drives her work that often has an interactive component. Her works are intended to be meditative and seductive, inviting viewers to consider their own relationship to the issues she presents. Free, but reservations are required: call 720-913-0130. Sponsored by DAM Contemporaries

Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper

Ends May 27

Robert Motherwell, Open No. 82 (The Blue Easel), 1969. Denver Art Museum; Acquired through the generosity of the Dedalus Foundation and the following donors: Florence R. & Ralph L. Burgess Trust, Laurencin Deaccessions Fund, Vance Kirkland Acquisitions Fund, and the Marion G. Hendrie Fund.
Coinciding with the opening of the much-anticipated Clyfford Still Museum, the department of modern and contemporary art presented a selection of paintings and drawings from its collection of some 20 works by abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell. This extraordinary collection spans the artist’s career from 1944 to 1990 and includes masterpieces such as the artist’s last Elegy to the Spanish Republic. Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper will close May 27, 2012; the paintings will remain on view.

Free First Saturday, sponsored by Target

May 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy the museum’s collections and regular exhibition for free. A ticket is still required for special ticketed exhibitions such as Yves Saint Laurent. 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).

Create Playdate: Grow

May 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones (ages 3–5) and meet up with other tots and their grownups as we plant seeds to watch them grow! Upcoming themes include Shrink (June 13) and Pop (July 11). Free with general admission; kids 5 and younger are free. No reservations required. For more information, e-mail or call 720-913-0130.