Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature Continues Through Feb. 2, Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington symposium, Winter Break Fun and Other January Highlights

Note: The museum will be open on Jan. 1.

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to present the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature features more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focuses on the celebrated French Impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

A special dated and timed exhibition ticket is required for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, which is on view through Feb. 2, 2020. Advance purchase is strongly recommended as many time slots are selling out.

Monet traveled more extensively than any other Impressionist artist in search of new motifs. His journeys to varied places—including the rugged Normandy coast, the sunny Mediterranean, London, the Netherlands and Norway—inspired artworks included in the presentation. This exhibition uncovers Monet’s continuous dialogue with nature and its places through a thematic and chronological arrangement, from the first examples of artworks still indebted to the landscape tradition to the revolutionary compositions and series of his late years.

Claude Monet, The Strada Romana at Bordighera, 1884. Oil on canvas; 26 x 32- 1/8 in (66 x 81.5 cm). Private collection.

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature explores Monet’s lasting interest in capturing the quickly changing atmospheres, the reflective qualities of water and the effects of light, aspects that increasingly led him to work on multiple canvases at once. The exhibition also examines the critical shift in Monet’s painting when he began to focus on series of the same subject, including artworks from his series of Haystacks, Poplars, Waterloo Bridge and Waterlilies.

Co-organized by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, Denver is the only U.S. venue for this presentation. After debuting in Denver, the exhibition will travel to Potsdam for its final showing. A catalog accompanying the exhibition, including essays by renowned scholars, is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and through the online shop.

A special dated and timed ticket is required for Monet. Monet tickets also include an audio tour (with adult and family-friendly versions, in both English and Spanish) and general museum admission for the same day. #MonetatDAM

ALSO ON VIEW

Eyes On: Anthony McCall

Through May 31, 2020

Eyes On: Anthony McCall features Landscape for Fire, an installation by the London-born, New York-based artist. The second in a larger suite of seven fire performances staged between 1972 and 1974, Landscape for Fire is McCall’s primary record of the series. In the video, five members of a local art collective called Exit walk a precisely choreographed pattern across an airfield in North Weald, England, setting fire to pots of gasoline laid in a vast grid. The grid of flames grows incrementally throughout the film. The sharp scratching of matches, the erupting blazes and the brisk wind—punctuated by the sound of a foghorn and the hiss of a flare—create the aural tempo and soundtrack of the non-linear visual narrative. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #AnthonyMcCallatDAM

John Singer Sargent, Rosina Ferrara, Head of a Capri Girl, 1878. Oil paint on cardboard; 12-7/8 x 9-7/8 in. Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.21

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Through July 12, 2020

Treasures of British Art presents 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time. The exhibition features 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 Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck and American artists Benjamin West and John Singer Sargent. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #TreasuresatDAM

Gallery view of The Light Show, level 3.

The Light Show

Through Nov. 29, 2020

Featuring about 250 objects, The Light Show explores physical and symbolic representations of light in art through a thought-provoking narrative. The exhibition focuses on the quest by humanity and artists to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual and divine representations of light. The exhibition helps visitors reflect on a variety of light-related themes through a broad range of materials and artworks, including ancient sculptures, paintings, photography, textiles and contemporary installations. Artworks on view include such visitor favorites as El Anatsui’s Rain Has No Father? and Lucas Samaras’s immersive Corridor #2. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #LightatDAM

Installation view of Shantell Martin: Words and Lines. Shantell Martin ©2019.

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines

Through Jan. 31, 2021

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines is an interactive multimedia installation by London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin. Featuring Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play, it includes an interactive wall with triangular boxes that rotate, an animated video projection and a third section focused on her renowned drawings. In addition, Martin has created surprises throughout the atrium—even an elevator). An international sensation, Martin has collaborated with such iconic brands and artists as Puma, Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co. and Kendrick Lamar. Items designed by the artist—including mugs, pins and stickers—are available for purchase at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum during the exhibition’s run. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #ShantellxDAM

ARTISTS ONSITE

Paint Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Open during museum hours on level 1

Explore how painters use color and light to capture the world around them, experiment with watercolors, paint a portrait or create your own abstract masterpiece. Weekend demonstrations by local artists from noon to 3 p.m. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

January Artist Demonstrations

  • Jan. 4-5: Sierra Montoya Barela, Still Lifes and Self-Portraits
  • Jan. 11-12 & 18-19: Andrew Huffman, Modulated: Hard-line Abstraction
  • Jan. 25-26: Holly Hagan, Fractured Landscape: Through color, light, shape

FAMILY FUN AT THE DAM

Free Day at the DAM

Jan. 4, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities for free. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Stop by the Paint Studio for artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. or visit the First Light Family Space. Free general admission tickets will be available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.) Free Days at the DAM are made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD

Visitors can explore their creativity in the Paint Studio, which is open daily.

Winter Break at the DAM

Dec. 21–Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 25)

During Winter Break, Create-n-Takes are available daily and the Paint Studio and First Light Family Space are open during museum hours for more hands-on fun. A special family-friendly play, Art Emergency: Monet Edition, is presented weekdays at 11 a.m. during Winter Break except for Dec. 25 and 31 and Jan. 1. This fast-paced installment of Art Emergency takes a funny and insightful look into some of Monet’s most famous artworks. All break week activities are included in general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger.

Create Playdate

Jan. 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! Meet on level 3 near the First Light Family Space to find out this month’s program location. Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

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

Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and solve art mysteries in the museum. There are two chances to catch these super-sleuths in action: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, visit level 1, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles into the galleries. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

First Light Family Space. Photo by Val Padilla

First Light Family Space

Through May 31, 2020 - open during museum hours on level 3

Step into the shining world of the First Light Family Space for light-themed artmaking activities inspired by The Light Show. Capture nature’s shadows with moveable silhouettes, experiment with transparency and color on overhead projectors, mix patterns to cast bold shadows and design a wearable mirror. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

ADULT PROGRAMS AND LECTURES

Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington (symposium)

Jan. 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.)

In anticipation of Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington (opening March 15, 2020), the Petrie Institute of Western American Art's annual symposium will consider the unlikely pairing of Winslow Homer, known for his depictions of rocky Eastern coastlines, and Frederic Remington, famous for his vision of the American West. Join moderator Patty Limerick (University of Colorado), the DAM’s Thomas Smith and Jennifer Henneman, Diana Greenwold (Portland Museum of Art), Maggie Adler (Amon Carter Museum of American Art), and Mark Thistlethwaite (Texas Christian University) for this exploration. $45 for Museum Friends, $20 students, $55 DAM members, $65 nonmembers. For details, call 720-913-0123 or email symposium@denverartmuseum.org.

Winslow Homer, Undertow, 1886. Oil on canvas; 29-13/16 × 47-5/8 in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1924, 1955.4. Image courtesy clarkart.edu

Drop-In Drawing

Jan. 14, 13 p.m. (meet in level 1 elevator lobby)

Join artist Anna Kaye in our fun and informal creative art sessions. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. All ranges of drawing experience welcome! Drawing materials provided, or bring your own supplies. Please note that only sketchpads/notebooks 14 x 17 inches or smaller, graphite pencils and kneaded erasers are permitted in the galleries. Included with museum admission; no reservations required.

Ballgames and Masquerades: Identity and Performance at Los Horcones, Chiapas

with Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers

Jan. 16, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Los Horcones, on the Pacific coast of Chiapas, was an important Early Classic (AD 200-700) gateway community, positioned along an important trade corridor which drew the attention of merchants from Teotihuacan, the great Central Mexican metropolis. Teotihuacan and Los Horcones were connected economically and ideologically, and this strategic location left a mark in the form of a diverse archaeological record. Free for Museum Friends, $15 DAM members, $20 nonmembers, $5 students.

Marc Quinn (British, born 1964), Centripetal Morphology. Rise, 1996. Glass and silver. Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, fractional and promised gift to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Mindful Looking

Jan. 21, 11:45 p.m. (meet in level 1 elevator lobby)

Join us for Mindful Looking, a program that invites you to slow down and spend time with a single work of art each month. In January, we’ll examine Marc Quinn’s Centripetal Morphology. Rise. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included with museum admission; no reservations required.

Drop-In Writing

Jan. 28, 13 p.m. (meet in level 1 elevator lobby)

Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions led by staff from Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new. Open to all levels, from published authors to the occasional journaler! Materials provided. Included with museum admission; no reservations required.

George Stubbs, A Saddled Bay Hunter, 1786. Oil on panel; 22-3/4 x 19 in. (57.79 x 48.26 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.10

Talk at 12 Tours

Wednesdays & Fridays, 12–12:30 p.m. (meet in level 1 elevator lobby)

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. Topics this month: Jan. 1 & 3: Henry VIII: New Discoveries; Jan. 8 & 10: Eyes On: Anthony McCall; Jan. 15 & 17: Stubbs and the Ideal Horse; Jan. 22 & 24: Adrien Voisin: A New Medium; and Jan. 29 & 31: Following Bosch’s Vision. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

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