Nov. 2017: Night at the Museums, Her Paris on view, last chance to see Common Ground and other highlights

Denver Arts Week 2017 (Nov. 3–11) is a celebration of the arts and culture in Denver. The Denver Art Museum (DAM), along with 14 other local museums, will offer free late-night general admission on Nov. 4, 2017 from 5 to 10 p.m. for Night at the Museums.

Visitors are encouraged to see the museum’s collections on view in the North Building before it closes for renovation on Sunday, Nov. 19. Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America, Britain’s Golden Age, From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection and Unseated: Contemporary Chairs Reimagined are on view in the North Building, while Hamilton Building exhibition highlights will include Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989–2013, Ganesha: The Playful Protector, Stampede: Animals in Art and Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism. Her Paris is the only exhibition that requires a special exhibition ticket.

The DAM also has an exclusive membership offer available during Denver Arts Week. Sign up for any DAM membership level and get 13 months for the price of 12 with promo code DAW17 onsite or online Nov. 3–11.

Shuttle buses for Night at the Museums will stop at or near all participating museums beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism features more than 80 remarkable paintings by 37 women artists, created in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural and artistic change. These women from across Europe and America migrated to this epicenter of art to further their careers. They range from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Rosa Bonheur, to painters who are lesser-known in the United States, including Anna Ancher and Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Harriet Backer (Norwegian, 1845-1932), Evening, Interior, 1890. Oil on canvas; 32 x 34 in. National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Oslo, NG.M.02216; Photo: Børre Høstland ©The National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Even though Paris was known as a cosmopolitan city, Parisian society was still very restrictive for women. They were not allowed to attend the École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts)—the country’s most important art academy—until 1897, and it was not socially acceptable to frequent public spaces, such as cafes, to work on their art and mingle with their peers without a male companion.

The exhibition traces how women embraced their artistic aspirations, despite societal challenges, and helped create an alternative system that included attending private academies, exhibiting independently and forming their own organizations, such as the influential Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs. A fully illustrated exhibition catalog is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online. On view through Jan. 14, 2018, Her Paris is a special ticketed exhibition; advance purchase is recommended. Tickets for youth five and under free, 6-18 $5. #HerParisatDAM

Her Paris-related programming

Her Paris: Women Artists in the City, 1850-1900

Nov. 11 & 18, Dec. 2 & 9, 2:30–4 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.)

This four-session course will transport participants to 19th century Paris, offering an in-depth exploration of the city as a popular mecca for women artists from Europe and America. Discover the challenges, triumphs and remarkable creativity of those who lived, studied and exhibited in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a period of great social, cultural and artistic change. $75 members, $85 nonmembers. Tickets to the exhibition are available separately.

Ganesha, 600s-700s, Cambodia. Sandstone; 29.1 x 24.8 in. Lent by the National Museum of Cambodia.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Through Oct. 28, 2018

Ganesha: The Playful Protector was developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Widely worshiped since the 400s, Ganesha originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Imagery of Ganesha has crossed both geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent over time—all of which are surveyed in the exhibition to showcase the iconographic changes of this popular Hindu deity. Sculptures, paintings and textiles provide a spectrum of ancient to modern representations of Ganesha. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013

Through Nov. 12

Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, features more than 170 portrait and landscape photographs by critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh. Born and raised in New York City, the artist has focused his career on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his documentary-based photography practice.

Fazal Sheikh, Afghan girl born in exile, Pakistan, 1998, from the series The Victor Weeps. ©Fazal Sheikh

This exhibition chronicles individuals living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, many times as the result of war, exploitation and poverty. Common Ground surveys Sheikh’s work from 1989 to 2013, offering deeper insight into major world events, racial strife and mass global displacement. Guided tours available Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Stampede: Animals in Art

Through May 19, 2019

Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from the DAM’s collection, demonstrating how animals have captivated artists throughout history. Explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. Stampede creates an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas and how artists use animals in imaginative ways. It includes visitor favorites such as a Nick Cave Soundit, four-faced Hamat'sa mask and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cow Licking Grapes, as well as rarely seen works. Now open on level 3 of the Hamilton Building, Stampede will expand to level 4 on Dec. 2.

George Walkus (Kwakwaka'wakw, Canadian), Four-faced Hamat’sa Mask, about 1938. Wood, paint, cedar bark, and string; Native Arts acquisition fund.

Stop by the 3-D Studio to explore the varied realm of 3-D art, drawing inspiration from Stampede. Guided tours are offered Tuesday-Sunday at 1 p.m.; Monday tours available starting Nov. 20. A Spanish tour of Stampede is offered on Free First Saturday. The exhibition, tours and studio are included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Collectors’ Choice 37

Nov. 30, 6:30-10 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th St., Denver

The 37th annual Collectors' Choice will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a seated dinner. The elegant black-tie fundraising gala will honor Anna and John J. Sie for their outstanding leadership and many generous contributions to the DAM over the last 15 years. In February 2017, the DAM announced the Sies’ pledge of $12 million to support the construction of a new Welcome Center as part of the museum’s North Building project. The new space will be named the Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center. Funds raised at the 2017 gala will support the museum’s Vision 2021: Building Inspiration campaign to revitalize the North Building. Reserve your table or seats today: or 720-913-0030.


Logan Lectures Fall 2017: 10 Years of Artists on Art

This series of the Logan Lectures highlights artists who share global perspectives in their interdisciplinary practices.

Chido Johnson, "Square Grid Humility," 2000. Gessoed ceramic, lime, raised-floor installation, 16 x 16 x 2 feet. © Chido Johnson

Nov. 1: Chido Johnson — Chido Johnson's work persistently locates cultural spaces identified as other and different in an attempt to transform and negotiate a new sense of self, place and belonging. It is with this sense of otherness that Johnson's work extends from performance to video to installation.

Nov. 29: Xiaoze Xie — Born in Guangdong at the beginning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966, Xiaoze Xie's work has remained deeply affected by the loss of tradition, culture and learning since moving to the U.S. in 1992.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; lectures begin at 6 p.m. Free for DAMC members and students with ID; $15 for DAM members; $20 for others. (Tickets to the Nov. 29 Logan Lecture are free for Asian Art Association members.) Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.

Conversation with Curator: Britain’s Golden Age

Nov. 3, 4 p.m.

British art came into its own in the 18th century. For the first time artists born in Britain set the European standard in portraiture and landscape, for which the country’s art has come to be best known and most admired. Tour the current installation of paintings from the Berger Collection, including many by their followers, with curator Kathleen Stuart. Meet in the elevator lobby of level 6 of the North Building. Included in general admission.

Seeing the Proverb, Hearing the Image: The Arts of Ghana

Nov. 7, 7-8 p.m.

Drawing upon the arts of the Asante and his fieldwork in Ghana, Dr. Daniel Mato's talk will illustrate the importance of understanding the interconnections of the different art forms within traditional African societies to understand the object and the context within which it lives. Mato's discussion will illustrate how this verbal/visual intersection shows itself through sculptured figures, symbolically stamped cloths, gestures and the proverbs and sayings that shape them among the Asante people of Ghana. Free for students; $5 for Friends of Native Arts members; $10 for DAM members; $12 for others. Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.

Alison Rossiter, Lumière Lumitra, exact expiration date unknown ca. 1960, processed in 2014, from series Fours, quadriptych, unique gelatin silver prints. © Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Anderman Photography Lecture: Alison Rossiter

Nov. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Alison Rossiter’s unique handmade camera-less photographs emphasize the process and materiality of the photographic image in an increasingly digital age. She collects expired photo papers spanning every decade of the 20th century and explores the visual potential that remains in these often forgotten relics. Working with chemistry and the specific marks of time left on the paper itself, Rossiter creates minimalist compositions varying from atmospheric scenes that subtly evoke landscape, to images consisting of organic forms or geometric shapes. $5 for students, DAM and CPAC members; $12 for others. Sponsored by the DAM Photography Department. Funding for the Anderman Photography Lecture Series is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Exchangenew program!

Nov. 10, 6–7:30 p.m.

How can art play a role in helping us see contemporary issues in fresh ways? Find out at Exchange, with a fast-paced, informal tour led by museum staff and Denverites. In November, join Frank Anello (Project Worthmore), Dee Clarke (Close to Home), Chris Connor (Denver's Road Home), Rose Tanaka, a Japanese American internee from 1942-1944, Juan Gallegos (Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition/CIRC Action Fund) and Erica Meltzer (Denverite online magazine), followed by a discussion informed by multiple points of view, including yours. Come face-to-face with the pressing questions we have about current events, lend your voice (or maybe even find it) and leave with a new perspective on how the DAM’s collection and our community connects.

In November, we'll focus on the theme of “refuge,” using the exhibition Common Ground as a starting point. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission.


Exterior view of the North Building, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

See You Later, North Building

Sunday, Nov. 19, will be a special day to view the collections currently on display in the North Building and say goodbye for now. Free general admission all day (ticket required for Her Paris), unique tours, artmaking and other activities will fill the day. Enjoy special roof-top access (weather permitting), listen to a DJ spin tunes from the 1971 birth year of the North Building to today, hear the Denver Taiko Drummers, express your love for a favorite North Building artwork and contribute to the Obliteration Room—your chance to literally make your mark on the building! Reservations are not required.

Hamilton Building Will be Open Seven Days a Week

To expand access during the renovations, starting on Monday, Nov. 20, the Hamilton Building will be open seven days a week. Enjoy Denver Art Museum programming every day of the week, including exhibitions, hands-on creativity and more.

For ongoing information about the North Building renovation, visit


Free First Saturday

Nov. 4, 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! Check out some of the DAM’s many family-friendly activities and enjoy bilingual fun with a free Spanish language tour of Stampede: Animals in Art at 1 p.m., Create-n-Takes and the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free general admission tickets are available onsite starting at 10 a.m. Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD

Jaime Molina. Photo by Oly Bernardi.

Past the Tangled Present

Through Oct. 28, 2018

Denver artist Jaime Molina’s installation in the Precourt Family Discovery Hall was inspired by imagination and the joy of discovery. The interactive and immersive installation will give kids and adults alike the opportunity to sit on boxes painted with faces, play in a garden of fabricated cacti and experience an imaginary place where paintings on the walls flow into 3-D objects. During the year the installation will be on view, Molina plans to work with groups to paint different sections of the mural and installation. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 20–26, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day)

New this year, celebrate Thanksgiving all week at the DAM! Get inspired by artworks and create in the galleries at a Create-n-Take. Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. No reservations are required for Thanksgiving Break activities. Special exhibition ticket required for Her Paris; tickets for youth five and younger free, for those 6-18 $5.


Creative-in-Residence: Detour

Through Nov. 30; onsite Tuesdays 10 a.m.-noon, Thursdays and Fridays 1-3 p.m.

Thomas Evans, aka Detour, is a Denver-based creative whose experimentations in visual art, music and interactive technologies have included murals, sensor-embedded artworks, DNA-based cultural mapping projects and even touch-activated musical fruit. Evans hopes to create an immersive space of interactive experiences, full of touchable art, and including collaborations with poets, musicians, hackers and beyond.

Get hands-on in the C.I.R. studio space (on level 3 of the Hamilton Building) as well as through a number of in-gallery interventions and musical performances. Catch Detour onsite Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or stop by any day to play around in the studio and experiment with materials.

3-D Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through May 19, 2019

The DAM’s interactive studio has a new theme and fresh opportunities to get creative. The 3-D Studio will explore the expansive and varied realm of 3-D art. Build an abstract sculpture at our Purely Paper activity, draw inspiration from Stampede to create your own animal at Wound in Wire, even become a part of the art as you work together with family and friends to contribute to a collaborative sculpture designed by local artist Pam Fortner.

Every Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m., see an artist at work on 3-D art, from sculpture, to 3-D printing, to drawings that turn 3-D right before your eyes!

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in November– Saturdays & Sundays, noon-3 p.m.

November 4-5 & 11-12: Arturo Garcia, Relief Technique: Painting in 3-D

November 18-19 & 25-26: Pam Fortner, Creative Fun with 3-D Paper

Note: This is an overview of November happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month. Please visit the museum website for complete information.

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