May 2014: The American West in Bronze, CelebrARTE Free for Youth This Month, Summer in 3-D and Other May Highlights

Opening May 11, The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, is the first full-scale exhibition of western bronzes. Showcasing sculptures by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, Paul Manship and more than 20 other artists, it includes pieces depicting American Indians, cowboys, cavalry, pioneers, horses, buffaloes and other symbols of the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The American West in Bronze offers a fresh and compelling look at the complex role that artists played in creating three-dimensional interpretations of the Old West—whether based on fact, fiction or something in-between.

Hermon Atkins MacNeil, The Moqui Prayer for Rain (detail), 1895-96 (cast about 1897). Bronze. Daniel and Mathew Wolf in memory of Diane R. Wolf.

The American West in Bronze is co-curated by Thomas Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), and Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator, American paintings and sculpture, the American wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. An exhibition catalog will be available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. The American West in Bronze will be on view through August 31. Included in museum admission.

Summer in 3-D Kickoff

May 31 & June 1

Usher in a summer-long celebration of all things sculpture and three-dimensional. View The American West in Bronze, try new activities and games in the Just for Fun Center and Create-n-Takes in the galleries, get creative in the new Sculpture Studio and watch a live bronze pour on Martin Plaza from noon to 3 p.m. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger are always free.

Free Youth Admission to CelebrARTE for AAMD Art Museum Day

May 18

In celebration of AAMD Art Museum Day 2014 on May 18, the DAM will offer free general admission to youth (up to age 18) to the museum, including CelebrARTE: De Colores. On the third Sunday of the month at CelebrARTE, the museum partners with artists, musicians and other creatives to provide bilingual, multi-generational activities for the entire family. Each CelebrARTE focuses on a theme and includes interactive in-gallery activities based on the DAM’s art and the taller, a workshop where visitors can create art or learn techniques from master artists.

Courtesy of Barrio E'.

Rejoice in the arrival of spring with Barrio E’, a traditional Puerto Rican music and dance group. As the colors of la primavera blossom, visitors are invited to celebrate the abundance of nature and how it has inspired Latino arts and culture throughout history. This is the fifth year for AAMD Art Museum Day, an annual event organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

On view through June 8

Vincent van Gogh. La Maison de la Crau (The Old Mill), 1888. Oil on canvas; 25 1/2 x 21 ¼ inches. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966.

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 brings 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.

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 through June 15, 2014. Tickets are available online at, at the museum or by calling 720-913-0130.


Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman

Closing May 25

Chuck Forsman, Near Denver, Colorado, 2003. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.

Colorado artist and photographer Chuck Forsman brings three paintings and more than 50 black and white photographs from two bodies of work, Western Rider and Walking Magpie, to this exhibition. Western Rider looks at Western landscapes from the most familiar vantage point of the present age—the driver’s seat of a car—Forsman surveys places that range from Indian reservations to urban oil refineries, from a cemetery in the famous copper smelting town of Anaconda, Montana, to a gleaming reservoir in Hells Canyon, Idaho. Walking Magpie takes a coast-to-coast inventory of American landscapes as Forsman saw the country while walking his dog Magpie. Included in museum admission.


Jason Rogenes: V3H1CL3

Opening May 25

Jason Rogenes uses primarily reclaimed packing materials such as cardboard and Styrofoam to create fantastic sculptural environments that ignite the viewer’s imagination. This summer, Rogenes will transform Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a magical immersive environment where families can construct their own universes with custom cast “asteroid” building blocks created for this project. Part of a rich summer program focusing on sculpture, the installation will encourage visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities. Included in museum admission.


Untitled #67 (Chain Reaction)

May 30, 610 p.m.

Start a creative chain reaction at Untitled #67 as you experiment with the scientific side of sculpture, investigate the chemistry of conservation and dive into history’s domino effect. Untitled is free with general admission; special ticket required for Modern Masters. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

An Evening with Shelby Lee Adams—Salt & Truth

May 1, 7 p.m.

Shelby Lee Adams will discuss his latest book, Salt & Truth, as well as his career as a portrait photographer. A book signing follows the talk in the North Building lower level lecture room. Tickets available at

Conversation with Curator: The DAM’s European and American Painting Collection

May 2, 4 p.m.

Explore the DAM’s European and American painting collection with curator Timothy Standring. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Free with museum admission; reservations not required.

Drop-In Drawing: Animals

May 13, 1–3 p.m.

Draw your choice of animal inspired by the Asian art collection, focusing on its features, textures and tonal values. Bring your own materials or borrow ours. Facilitated and free with museum admission; reservations not required.

Drop-In Writing: Portraits

May 27, 1–3 p.m.

Write to define the character of self and mine the depths of others using portraits in the European and American art collections as inspiration. Facilitated and free with museum admission; reservations not required.

A Creative Impulse—Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate Poet, Musician and Painter from India

May 29, 7–9 p.m.

Noted scholar and musician Sharmila Roy Pommot has studied classical Indian music and songs by Rabindranath Tagore (1861‒1941), who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In her lecture, she will describe Tagore’s creativity in literature, music, and painting. Free, but reservations are requested: call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment for Curator’s Circle.


DAM Offers Free General Admission to Military Families This Summer

May 27–August 31, 2014

The DAM is participating again this year in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free general admission to active duty military personnel with ID and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Modern Masters requires a special exhibition ticket. Visit after May 21 for a list of participating museums.

Free First Saturday

May 3, 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

May 11, 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: Bloom

May 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3–5, to search for art in the collection that blooms to celebrate spring. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries.

Totspot Sundays 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 email

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