May 2015: Artful Aging: Through the Lens of Miró symposium, Celebrate Art Museum Day, the Flobots Come to Untitled, Showing Off and Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz Open, and Other Highlights

(Denver) – April 23, 2015 – The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) will host its sixth annual Art Museum Day on May 18. This yearly celebration emphasizes the lasting impact art museums have on their communities and highlights the value of the visual arts in society.

This is the first Art Museum Day since the Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced its Free for Kids program on March 25. Thanks to the generosity of Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente Colorado, general admission to the DAM will be FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day for the next five years, granting more kids access to art than ever before. Free for Kids will fund general admission for all children, including school field trips and other youth group visits. Reservations are required for group visits; call 720-913-0088. This program also will help support a new transportation fund for school bus trips and will enable the museum to offer youth pricing for all special ticketed exhibitions at $5.


Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions

Opening May 17

Gifts, promised gifts and works that the museum purchased over the last seven years are the focus of this installation. The collection is the principal artery of a museum. It’s here where the idea for the next big show might be sparked, where artists and amateurs alike find their inspiration and a museum shapes its identity. Especially in modern and contemporary art, a continuous and strategically growing collection becomes the showcase of our time. It reflects who and where we are now and tells future generations about us. Showing Off highlights works by Nick Cave, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Ben Jackel, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, John McEnroe, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Shinique Smith, Stacey Steers and Mark Wallinger, among others.

Virgil Ortiz, Velocity, 2011. Clay, slip, and wild spinach paint. Promised gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Virgil Ortiz.

Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz

Opening May 17

An internationally renowned ceramicist, fashion designer and graphic artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, Virgil Ortiz uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz’s graphic murals, this exhibition features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The first exhibition of his work to visually tell the whole story, Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz is a special feature of Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions. An exhibition catalog will be available in The Shops and online in May 2015.

Hear the Artist

Logan Lecture: Virgil Ortiz

May 13, 6 p.m.

The grandson and son of noted Pueblo potters, Virgil Ortiz grew up making ceramics in the Pueblo tradition, but his practice has expanded well beyond clay. Representations of Pueblo art and history dominate Ortiz’s work. A subject that has particular meaning for him is the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. He says, “I want to pay tribute to our great leader Po’pay and ancestors that lived and walked on our lands, and respect that their spirit will live on through me.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8–$18. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries and co-sponsored by the Douglas Society.

Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua

Opening May 17

This spring, New York-based artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez will transform the Precourt Discovery Hall into a whimsical environment for family audiences using recycled paper from thousands of grocery paper bags, painted and cut by hand. Created in collaboration with local community groups, the seaweed-like bags will camouflage paintings of insects—partially hidden by the protruding bags—creating another opportunity for discovery as visitors move through the space. The installation will also include two video projections, ambient sounds from nature and a worktable where visitors of all ages can create paper images to contribute to the piece.

Designed by Mark Adams (American, 1925–2006), Flight of Angels, woven by M. and Mme. Paul Avignon, 1962. Wool, cotton. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust. ©The E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust

Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry

Opening May 31

From around the world and across centuries, more than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, garments and sculptural forms illustrate the creative possibilities of this technique. The selection includes historic European tapestries made by large ateliers, 20th-century collaborations between artist and weaver and works by solo artist-weavers who use tapestry as their creative medium. While some designs are culturally specific, others borrow from, transform or transcend tradition. Contemporary tapestries join historic weavings from Europe, Turkey, China, Peru, Mexico and the American Southwest in the main gallery, complemented by a selection of smaller tapestries in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio.


William Matthews: Trespassing

Through May 17

William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape.

William Matthews. Photo by Chad Herschberger.

Exhibition-related programming:

William Matthews: Drawn to Paint documentary film screening

May 8, 6 p.m., and May 9, 1 p.m.

These two special screenings of William Matthews: Drawn to Paint, a documentary exploring the life and artistic career of the Denver artist, will include a question and answer session following the film with Matthews, producer Amie Knox and co-director Chad Herschberger. Tickets are $10–$13.

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination

Through June 28

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination focuses on artworks the Spanish artist created during the last two decades of his career (1963–1981). Joan Miró's (pronounced Jwan mr-OH) imagination and creativity extended well into his old age. Later in life, he continued the inventive forms for which he is known and began exploring new materials, including bronze. This exhibition features bronze sculptures which have rarely been seen outside of Europe. Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination is included in museum admission.

Woman, Bird, and Star (Homage to Pablo Picasso) (Femme, oiseau, étoile [Homenatge a Pablo Picasso]). Feb, 15, 1966/April 3-8, 1973. Oil paint on canvas. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2014.

Exhibition-related programming:

Artful Aging: Through the Lens Miró (symposium)

May 7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

To celebrate the work of Joan Miró, the DAM is presenting a one-day symposium focused on creativity and aging, featuring inspirational talks and immersive workshops. Morning refreshments, catered lunch, and general museum admission, including an exclusive early hours visit to Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination, are included in registration. Tickets are $78–$84. Advance registration required; visit or call 720-913-0130.

Miro, Magic & the Night

May 30, 10:30 a.m.

Explore Miró’s artistic journey through an engaging, family-friendly play. With performances by Buntport Theater Co., this brand-new play tells the story of Miró’s journey as an artist—where he started, where he ended up and where he went in between. Travel with us, as we follow Miró’s early realistic works to his later fantastical forms. The play, entry to the Miró exhibition and to The Studio: Spark Your Imagination are included in museum admission. Seating for play limited; advance purchase recommended.

Tour of Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination

Daily through June 28, 1 p.m.

This 45-minute guided tour highlights Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building. Free with admission; reservations are not required.


Conversation with Curator: Sacred Geography—The Gateway Tunic

May 1, 4 p.m.

The Tiwanaku civilization of ancient Bolivia is famous for massive architecture and monumental stone sculpture. This installation features a magnificent tapestry tunic patterned with a Tiwanaku cosmogram. Curator Margaret Young-Sánchez provides insight into its context, creation, and meaning. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with museum admission; no reservations required. Meet at 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby on level 4 of the North Building.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence: Postcommodity

May 2–6

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist and Nathan Young. They will be working in the Artist-in-Residence studio during museum hours creating and editing a multi-channel video piece. Postcommodity’s work for their residency at the DAM examines communication from online channels and urges the public to observe and assess the role of media in global conversations.

  • Drop in to meet the members of Postcommodity and watch them at work during public studio hours from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on May 2 and 3.
  • Join Postcommodity on May 5, at 1 p.m., for an Insider Moment. Learn about the members of the collective and find out more about their current project.
  • Check out a work-in-progress currently up on level 3 of the North Building, and come back to see an updated piece on or after May 6.

For more information about Postcommodity, visit

The Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Creatives-in-Residence: The Flobots—Call & Response Event

May 2, 2–4 p.m.

The Flobots are our second Creatives-in-Residence, in residence at the DAM May 2 through 29. Their current project, NO ENEMIES, invites the public to utilize music as a tool for social movements. At this Call & Response event, participants will learn songs and the stories behind songs. Then they will venture out into the museum and choose a gallery for which the song is best suited or has special potency. Part of the Flobots’ practice at Call & Response events is to coach people in how to be deliberate and thoughtful about how they are entering a space and how to be more intentional about how to interact with the space in a way that represents their cause and allows the message to resonate with people. No admission fee (Free First Saturday), and reservations are not required.

J.M.W. Turner and the American Landscape with Andrew Wilton

May 5, 5:30 p.m.

The paintings of British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner profoundly influenced his American counterparts. Turner scholar Andrew Wilton, co-author of American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820–1880, looks at how the British landscape tradition shaped our vision of our own land. Free to DAM members and members of FOPAS, $10 nonmembers, $5 students. Sponsored by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

Drop-in Drawing (on the second Tuesday of each month)

May 12, 1–3 p.m.

Take A Journey Through Nature and Memory and explore the new photography exhibition, Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder. Collect natural textures, forms and subjects to combine into your own unique composition. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use one of the museum’s communal sketch pads. Included in museum admission; no reservations required.

A Closer Look: Gallery Conversation

May 14, 1–2 p.m.

Slow down and spend time with a single work of art. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss Eric Fischl’s Pretty Ladies, a painting from the modern and contemporary collection. This gallery conversation will be led by Rose Eason, DAM coordinator of adult programs. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building. Included in museum admission; no reservations required.

Drop-in Writing (on the fourth Tuesday of each month)

May 26, 1–3 p.m.

The human form has inspired artists for ages, and writers are no exception. In this session, check out the new exhibition Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures, take a look at the rich literature of Writing the Body—in fiction, poetry and science, too—and practice close description. Included in museum admission; no reservations required.

John DeAndrea, Linda (detail), 1983. Oil on polyvinyl. Denver Art Museum

Don’t Miss Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures

Through June 21

Featuring Linda, a visitor favorite since her first appearance in 1984, Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures is on view only through June 21. Last on display at the DAM in 2009, Linda has since been kept in darkened, climate-controlled storage to preserve her. This exhibition also features two other sculptures by the Colorado artist—Clothed Artist and Model and the newly completed Nude with Black Drape. John DeAndrea—“a master of illusion” according to DAM curator Gwen Chanzit—is celebrated for his hyperrealist nude or partially dressed human figure sculptures that are typically posed in true-to-life positions, pushing the boundaries of realism to the extreme. Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures is included in museum admission.

Insider Moment with Annabeth Rosen

May 28, 11:30 p.m.

Join artist Annabeth Rosen for an off-the-cuff chat about her ceramic artwork, now on view at the DAM. Learn more about what drives Rosen’s work, which pushes beyond the traditional notions and conventions of clay. We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us!

Untitled: Some Assembly Required

May 29, 6–10 p.m.

Put the parts and pieces together this month at Untitled: Some Assembly Required to see how artworks are made, collections amassed and installations assembled. The Flobots, our second Creatives-in-Residence, will wrap up their May residency with a performance at this month’s Untitled. At every Untitled, enjoy offbeat art encounters, community collaborations, unique detours, local music, cash bar, munchies and more. Included in general admission; kids 18 and younger are free and college students with ID receive 2-for-1 tickets during the event. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s and CultureHaus, the DAM’s young professionals support group, and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering by Kevin Taylor.


Free First Saturday

May 2, 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 and kid-friendly activities. Free museum admission tickets 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).

CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

May 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. Collection Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a new storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Fox Tale Sunday

May 10, 10 a.m.–noon

Families are invited to stop by the museum for in-gallery performances by Buntport Theater Co. starring Foxy and Shmoxy (inspired by the DAM’s artwork Fox Games) at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Check in at the Family Activity Cart to get a special letter from the Fox Box and follow the clues to find the foxes! Afterwards, check out all of the other activities available for families, including the Fox Games Art Tube. Included with museum admission; kids 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Ahoy!

May 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5 to set sail with us across the museum to discover art that floats! Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included with museum admission; kids 18 and younger are free. No reservations required.

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