On the final Friday of the month, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Denver Art Museum (DAM) offers a unique museum experience with unconventional art encounters, new insight into the DAM collection, art making activities, cash bar and more. At each mixed-media Untitled event, the museum highlights a specific theme with exhibition-related activities and community collaborations.
“Visitors at Untitled events get a different museum experience, where the galleries are activated with hands on activities, music, special tours and more,” says Jaime Kopke, coordinator of adult and college programs. “Each Untitled is produced with local creatives who share their skills, inspiration and working process with Untitled visitors, creating a fun, collaborative atmosphere.”
That means visitors get special access to their favorite curators, educators and community experts. Visitors can curate their own night by choosing from a full menu of activities ranging from crafty projects and tours with a twist to theater performances. Untitled events are included in general museum admission (free for DAM members). Students presenting valid IDs receive 2-for-1 admission when tickets are purchased onsite.
Here is a preview of the 2013 line up. Visit www.denverartmuseum.org for full event details.
Untitled #53 (Aftermath)
January 25, 6–10 p.m.
The 2013 season of Untitled kicks off with a look at artistic ending points and cultural consequences. The program will celebrate the photography exhibition Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997–2012 and turn the focus on food and its impact on the New World in the Spanish Colonial collections.
Untitled #54 (Turf)
February 22, 6–10 p.m.
In February, Untitled celebrates the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land with a look at the significance of place in artists’ lives. Artist Nick Cave will give local dancers a chance to strut their stuff in open auditions to be part of summer programming related to his exhibition Nick Cave: Sojourn.
Untitled #55 (Bound)
March 29, 6–10 p.m.
Untitled #55 (Bound) looks at artistic constraints and will be produced in collaboration with Opera Colorado. Opera Colorado’s Young Artists will perform and give detours of the DAM collections. Artist-in-residence Will Wilson enters into a creative contract with visitors in his temporary photography studio.
Untitled #56 (Current)
April 26, 6–10 p.m.
Keep your finger on the pulse at Untitled #56 (Current) with a look at sacred energies, current events and electrical outputs. Local chamber orchestra Musica Sacra brings energy to a special performance in Ponti Hall. Connect with your prana in a meditation session in the Asian art galleries.
Untitled #57 (Darn)
May 31, 6–10 p.m.
Untitled #57 (Darn) is about misprints, mistakes, mending and moving on. A DAM staff member gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the new textile conservation lab and chats about techniques used to repair specific artworks. Pick up some mending skills in a community-led textile repair workshop.
Untitled #58 (Getup)
June 28, 6–10 p.m.
Outfit your night at Untitled #58 (Getup). Take a look at how the west was worn as DAM staff pair paintings with period artifacts. Nick Cave’s Soundsuits will invade the museum throughout the night, with musical and dance performances in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Nick Cave: Sojourn.
Untitled #59 (Undercover)
July 26, 6–10 p.m.
See what lies beneath at Untitled #59 (Undercover). Get the scoop on objects under wraps from a DAM staff member in the debut exhibition in our textile art galleries, Cover Story. Crawl inside Ernesto Neto’s Walking in Venus Blue Caveand become enveloped by the experience. Artist-in-residence Marie Watt teaches the blanket stitch and more in a massive sewing circle.
Untitled #60 (Signature)
August 30, 6–10 p.m.
Untitled #60 (Signature) takes a look at how artists make their mark. Separate the facts from the fakes as a DAM staff member looks at authenticating artworks. Local crocheters, Ladies Fancywork Society, show off their signature style. Hear about their installation in an informal artist chat.
Untitled #61 (Harvest)
September 27, 6–10 p.m.
Fall is here and it’s time to reap the bounty. Take part in the de-installation of our summer-long coral reef and take a tiny piece home. We’ll also be hauling in the last plants from our summer dye garden. Get the inside scoop on turning dandelions into dyes.
Untitled #62 (Shady)
October 25, 6–10 p.m.
The final Untitled of 2013 celebrates the art of drawing, and ventures into the dark side with a look at artworks that are slightly suspicious throughout the DAM collections. Take part in a sketching workshop and go on a detour calling out the corrupt characters depicted in the western American art galleries.
Untitled Vocabulary: A quick look at events that occur at Untitled events.
Detour: Non-art experts lead tours through the DAM’s collections from their point of expertise. Past examples include geologists, comedians, historians and fashion designers.
Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme: At each Untitled event visitors can watch Buntport Theater perform their sitcom Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme based on a painting found in the modern and contemporary art collection.
MakeARTtalk: An ongoing series where local creatives produce a new work inspired by the museum collections, exhibitions or the space itself. During Untitled, the MakeARTtalk participant(s) shares their ideas with the audience while discussing their inspiration, process, successes and failures, as well as the final work(s).
Mini-Talking To: DAM staff and community members share their take on specific topics related to the evening’s theme.