November 2018: Dior: From Paris to the World Opens, The Incubation Effect Installed, Night at the Museum, Thanksgiving Break, Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, Print Studio and Other Highlights

Opening to the public Nov. 19, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to present Dior: From Paris to the World, surveying 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Spring-Summer 1995 Haute Couture collection, Hellebore dress, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior. Photo ©Paolo Roversi / Art + Commerce.

Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He conceived sophisticated designs featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and will highlight how his successors—Yves-Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri—incorporated their own design aesthetic.

Organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, the exhibition features exhibition design by internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, principal of OMA New York. Dior: From Paris to the World will be on view Nov. 19, 2018–March 3, 2019. A special dated and timed ticket, which includes an audio tour of the exhibition as well as general museum admission, is required for Dior: From Paris to the World.

Dior-related programming

Milliner Stephen Jones. Photo by Frederic Aranda.

The History of Dior Hats with Milliner to the Stars, Stephen Jones

Nov. 12, 6-7 p.m.

Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late ’70s. Jones first worked with Christian Dior in 1996, and his history with the house will be explored in this lecture. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion. $15 for DAM members and volunteers, $20 others. Lecture funding is generously provided by Goldbug.

Rembrandt Exclusively at the DAM

The DAM is the sole venue for Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, on view through Jan. 6, 2019. Coinciding with the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death (1606–1669), the exhibition offers fresh insight into the life and career of the masterful printmaker. About 100 prints from Rembrandt van Rijn’s career spanning from 1625 to 1665 are showcased, including biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape and genre artworks that demonstrate the mastery that cemented Rembrandt as one of the greatest artists in history. The exhibition shows how Rembrandt used his view of the world around him to fuel his artistic journey, and gives a deeper understanding of his working habits as an artist and—more specifically—as a printmaker.

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker takes a close look at Rembrandt’s innovative approach to printmaking that combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. While the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt's exploration of printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings also are on view to provide additional context about his creative process in all media. An exhibition catalog is available online and in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. Daily guided tours are offered at 2 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. #RembrandtatDAM

Rembrandt-related programming

Mindful Looking: Rembrandt's Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: "The Three Crosses"

Nov. 20, 1 p.m.

Mindful Looking invites you to spend quality time with a single work of art on the third Tuesday of each month. This month, join senior interpretive specialist Stefania Van Dyke to look closely at Rembrandt’s two versions of The Three Crosses and get a glimpse into the artist’s working mind. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint; 8.07 x 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Prints and Photography.

Print Studio

Through May 5, 2019

Channel Rembrandt’s eye for detail to design your own printing plate, or experiment with color and layering. Learn from your fellow printmakers about the magic of reverse image, the right way to roll ink and how to make the most of multiples. On weekends, watch artist demonstrations from noon–3 p.m. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger. The Print Studio is sponsored by Robert and Judi Newman Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Saunders Construction.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations in November

  • November 3–4: Javier Flores, Multi-layer Reductive Woodcuts
  • November 10–11 & 17–18: Ashley Nason, Screenprint on Lithography
  • November 24–25: Leon Loughridge, Contemporary Japanese Moku Hanga

Rembrandt: An Artist & His World

Nov. 10 & Dec. 15, 2:30–4 p.m.

This month, curator Timothy Standring discusses the choreography, thinking, planning and diplomacy that was involved in producing this world-class exhibition. On Dec. 15, teaching specialist Molly Medakovich will explore how and why Rembrandt van Rijn made an indelible mark on art, history and the popular imagination. Single-session tickets now available. All sessions held in Sharp Auditorium; the exhibition is included with general admission ticket, which is sold separately.

Nicole Banowetz with her sculpture Being More than One. Photo taken in Berlin by Michael Wickham as a part of his 40 Berliners Series.


The Incubation Effect: Nicole Banowetz

Nov. 4, 2018–Sept. 9, 2019

Inspired by the natural world, Nicole Banowetz is creating a playful, larger-than-life insect nursery made from sewn inflatable sculptures and assembled forms. The Denver artist says, “I want the audience to forget that the work is art for a moment and have the sort of pure interaction they would have in nature.” Visitors of all ages will be able to walk among the cocoons and larvae, immerse themselves, contribute to the life cycle of the nursery by designing their own creature and then come back to see the installation evolve over the course of the year. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.


Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings

Oct. 7, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

A survey of 40 collaborative works by two noted contemporary artists, Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings presents drawings and one sculpture spanning the artists’ careers from 1961 through 2001. It offers an intriguing and insightful look at works on paper by two extraordinarily innovative modern artists well known for their monumental and imaginative sculptures, which are located in major cities throughout the world.

This chronological survey highlights the ingenious ways in which Oldenburg and van Bruggen appropriated and re-invented form. Beginning with studies of Oldenburg’s first and well-known monumental soft sculptures of the 1960s, Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings culminates with drafts of their large-scale hard sculptures of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The exhibition includes eight drawings of their monumental and beloved Big Sweep sculpture, located outside the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission, free for members and kids age 18 and younger.

Claes Oldenburg, Clothespin-4 Foot Version A.P lV, 1974. Bronze and stainless steel on acrylic base; 48 x 16-1/4 x 7 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Alliance For Contemporary Art, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Madden, Kenneth M. Good, 1981.11. ©2018 Claes Oldenburg

Drop-In Drawing

Nov. 13, 1–3 p.m.

Join our fun and informal art sessions for drop-in drawing! This month, take inspiration from Claes Oldenburg with Coosje Van Bruggen: Drawings, with the help of artist Anna Kaye. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. Materials provided or bring your own supplies (only graphite pencils, kneaded erasers and sketchpads 14x17 inches or smaller permitted in the galleries). Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Through Jan. 13, 2019

Ganesha: The Playful Protector was developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which loaned a statue of Ganesha created in the 600s to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition. The 29-inch tall cross-legged figure, featuring human arms and an elephant head, is known as one of the earliest Ganesha icons in mainland Southeast Asia. This significant pre-Angkor artwork is on view along with sculptures, paintings and textiles representing the Hindu deity from the DAM’s own collection.

Widely worshiped since the 400s, Ganesha originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Ganesha has crossed both geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent over time. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.


Free First Saturday

Nov. 3, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities without spending a dime. See Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, Ganesha: The Playful Protector and more. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte and a Spanish-language tour of Stampede at 1 p.m. Stop by the new Print Studio for an artist demonstration from noon–3 p.m. Free general admission tickets available on-site 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

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Nov. 11, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Help Foxy and Shmoxy, the DAM's art detectives! Find the mailbox in the first level lobby to get a letter from the foxes directing you to the mystery in the galleries. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free with general admission for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

Nov. 14, 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 storytime, artmaking and more! Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. Meet near A Walk In The Woods on level 3 for program location.

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 19–25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day)

Looking for fun things to do during Thanksgiving week? Visit the DAM for Create-n-Takes (artmaking in the galleries), exploration in the galleries, artmaking in the Print Studio and hands-on fun in our animal-inspired family space, A Walk in the Woods. All Thanksgiving Break activities are included in general admission, free for kids 18 and younger. (Dior: From Paris to the World requires a separate ticket, and advance purchase is highly recommended.)


Nov. 3, 5-10 p.m.

Night at the Museums is a highlight of Denver Arts Week (Nov. 2-10, 2018). The DAM joins with other local museums to offer free late-night general admission on Nov. 3. All current exhibitions—Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead, Eyes On: Shimabuku, Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings, Ganesha: The Playful Protector and Stampede: Animals in Art—are included in free admission to Night at the Museum.

The DAM also is offering an exclusive Denver Arts Week membership offer. Sign up for any DAM membership level and get an extra month of art access—13 months of membership for the price of 12 months—by using promo code DAW18 onsite or online Nov. 2–10, 2018.

Shuttle buses for Night at the Museums will stop at or near most participating museums beginning at 5 p.m.; route information available here. For more information, visit


Virgin Embroidering with Saints Anne & Joaquim (detail). Bolivia, 18th century. Oil on canvas. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight; 1983.598.

Materiality: Making Spanish America 18th Annual Mayer Center Symposium

Nov. 1, 5:30–8:30 p.m. (keynote & reception) & Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (symposium)

During the early modern period in Spanish America, artists and craftspeople experimented with a variety of local natural resources and imported materials—pigments, fibers, feathers, shell, stone, wood, clay, silver and gold—which resulted in a new and unique visual culture. This symposium will bring together an international group of scholars to explore topics central to the formation and evolution of materiality in the Spanish Americas.

Symposium tickets (including Thursday's keynote address and reception) are $20 college students, $75 Alianza members, $80 DAM members, $85 nonmembers. For additional information, including a list of speakers and presentation topics, visit Sponsored by the Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art.

Meditation in the Museum

Nov. 9, 6–7 p.m.

Unwind from your week with a mindfulness meditation session led by our partners from the Kadampa Meditation Center in the Stampede exhibition galleries. From first-timers to regular practitioners, all are welcome to join in on this hour of relaxation, reflection and quiet calm in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector. Chairs, yoga mats and meditation cushions provided. No registration necessary, but space is limited. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WPA Poster Collection, [LC-USZC2-5734]

This Little Known Work: Museums, Northwest Coast Art, and the Great Depression

Nov. 13, 7 p.m.

In response to declining visitorship during the 1930s, cultural institutions increasingly turned to corporations for both financial assistance and curatorial direction. In doing so, museums reframed Native American material culture—and Northwest Coast artifacts in particular—as “objets d’art” that belonged in both fine arts museums and modern American homes.

This lecture by Chris Patrello, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Art at the DAM, will examine the intersection of curatorial display and merchandising of Northwest Coast art that emerged during the Great Depression. Tickets available online or by calling 720-913-0130. Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.

Drop-In Writing

Nov. 27, 1-3 p.m.

Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions led by Michael Henry, executive director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new inspired by Eyes On: Shimabuku. Open to all levels, from published authors to the occasional journaler! Materials provided. Free with museum admission; no reservations required.

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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