This fall, the Denver Art Museum's (DAM) exhibition Passport to Paris will offer visitors the opportunity to view a trio of shows focusing on French art from the late 1600s to early 1900s and explore changes in art and society during three important centuries in art history. The suite of three exhibitions brings together works from such acclaimed artists as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and others.
Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum features 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn.
Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum displays more than 30 stunning artworks drawn from the private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton and the DAM's own holdings.
Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection will offer a space where visitors can get close to 39 works-on-paper whose intimate nature invites contemplation and close-up viewing.
As part of the Passport to Paris experience, the museum has planned numerous activities that highlight France and the French aesthetic. Most Saturdays between November 2 and February 9 at 1 p.m., Colorado Symphony musicians will offer performances for DAM visitors, with a series of afternoon concerts celebrating classical French music. Between November and late January, the Colorado Symphony also will present four Masterworks programs that celebrate composers and musicians who lived or worked in and were inspired by Paris, including Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin. For details, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.
The DAM continues its popular studio program with the Drawing Studio, complementing the Passport to Paris exhibitions. Starting October 27, every day the museum is open, visitors can browse a selection of contemporary and historic drawings, experiment with unconventional drawing techniques, and contribute to a collaborative mural in the Drawing Studio. On weekends, local artists will demonstrate a variety of drawing techniques using different mediums.
Weekend Demonstration schedule in November
- November 2 & 3, 9 & 10: Carlos Fresquez — Drawing with Mixed Media
- November 16 & 17, 23 & 24; 30 & December 1: Jacinta Lobato — India Ink Drawing
Passport to Paris will be on view October 27, 2013–February 9, 2014. A special exhibition ticket includes access to all three exhibitions, the rest of the museum and the audio tour (in English and Spanish) for Court to Café. Timed entry is required for Court to Café. Large print, Braille, audio transcript and Spanish label materials available for all three exhibitions. Tickets are on sale at the museum, at www.denverartmuseum.org or by calling 720-913-0130. For information on hotel packages, including VIP tickets, visit www.ParisinDenver.com.
Denver Arts Week & Night at the Museums
November 2, 5–10 p.m.
The DAM is participating in Denver Arts Week, the annual, city-wide celebration of arts and culture. Modeled after Paris's La Nuit au musée, during Night at the Museums various SCFD organizations and cultural institutions will be open and free from 5 to 10 p.m. At the DAM, visitors will be treated to a few special guests as the museum stays open late. Iconic artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and two performers elaborately dressed as Marie Antoinette will mingle with museum-goers from 5 to 9 p.m. The Bistro Bus and the Crepe Cart food trucks will serve Parisian-inspired cuisine on the plaza. The permanent collections are open for free for visitors.
Guests can also receive a $3 discount off full price adult tickets to Passport to Paris by entering the promotion code DAW for tickets purchased to view the exhibition the evening of Nov. 2. Visitors are encouraged to book in advance as tickets are selling fast for that evening.
Poussin to Pissarro: French Paintings from the Wadsworth Atheneum
November 8, 5:30 p.m.
The exhibition Court to Café consists of 50 paintings from America's oldest art museum—the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn. The way in which these paintings, ranging from the 17th to the 20th century, document the development of French art across the ages will be discussed by Eric Zafran, the Atheneum's recently retired curator of European art. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture (FOPAS), a DAM support group, the lecture is free for FOPAS members; $5 students; $8 DAM members; $10 nonmembers. Tickets will go on sale October 25.
New On View
Herbert Bayer: Berlin Graphics 1928–1938
Opening November 10
Herbert Bayer spent an artistically fruitful decade in Berlin following his tenure at the Bauhaus. His graphic designs of the time are characterized by inventive integration of typography, photomontage and graphics. Born of Bayer's multi-disciplinary method, these designs appear fresh, even today. Included in general admission.
Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home?
Opening November 10
Visitor favorite ¿Being Home? returns to the DAM. A community inspired, interactive artwork by Rupprecht Matthies that changes with each presentation, ¿Being Home?—initially installed in 2009 as part of the Embrace! exhibition—is an immersive environment made up of colorful word sculptures made of foam, wood and fabric, among other materials. Matthies uses a highly collaborative process to gather words in many languages through community workshops, turning participants' words into sculptural elements within the installation. Included in general admission.
Epic: Joseph Stashkevetch Drawings
Opening November 17
Epic in size and content, Joseph Stashkevetch's drawings confront one's senses with their obsessive detail, incredible size and links to civilization past and present. The disintegrating towers in Ask the Dust might first remind viewers of a past life where civilization thrived, but look again and it may appear as an imaginary place influenced by a mix of former cultures long since forgotten. In the seven lifelike drawings that comprise this exhibition, the artist questions the conclusion that modern times are an improvement from the past. Included in general admission.
Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman
Opening November 17
Colorado artist and photographer Chuck Forsman brings three paintings and more than 40 black and white photographs from two bodies of work, Western Rider and Walking Magpie, to this exhibition. Western Rider looks at landscapes in the American West from the most familiar vantage point of the present age—the driver's seat of a car. Forsman surveys places that range from Indian reservations to urban oil refineries, from a cemetery in the famous copper smelting town of Anaconda, Montana, to a gleaming reservoir in Hells Canyon, Idaho. Walking Magpie takes a coast-to-coast inventory of American landscapes as Forsman saw the country while walking his dog. For more than 40 years, Chuck Forsman has been a pioneering landscape artist whose paintings and photographs have engaged environmental and land-use issues from unique personal viewpoints. Included in general admission.
Spun exhibitions still on view
Several of the exhibitions that were part of Spun are still on view. Cover Story, the debut exhibition for the new textile arts gallery, will be installed through April 27, 2014. Material World, in the modern and contemporary galleries on level four of the Hamilton Building, will remain on view until November 30, 2014. Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art on level four of the North Building, is also on extended view through November 30, 2014.
Conversations with Curators
November 1, 4 p.m. — Sovereign: Independent Voices
Associate curator of Native Arts John Lukavic leads a tour of Sovereign: Independent Voices, which highlights the work of three internationally acclaimed American Indian contemporary artists: Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson and Virgil Ortiz. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.
PreVIEW Open Window
Thursdays through November 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m. – NEW HOURS
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. For two hours on a weekly basis, visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle and treat objects from the textile art collection. Note: The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Untitled is on hiatus until January 2014
Untitled will return January 31, 2014. Untitled is sponsored by Macy's Foundation and made possible through citizen support of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Drop-In Drawing: The Human Form
November 12, 1 p.m.
This new hands-on program for adults will occur every month on the second Tuesday, focusing on a different aspect each time. In November, the focus is the human form and visitors can play with figure drawing through imaginative exercises in the European art galleries. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. Meet on the first level of the El Pomar Grand Atrium in the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission. Reservations are not required.
Family Fun in November
November 10, 10 a.m.–noon
Families with little ones are invited to join us for Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month. Watch Buntport Theater perform in the galleries, then check out all of the other museum activities available for families. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0130.
Create Playdate: Bonjour
October November 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Parents and toddlers, aged 3 to 5, are invited to meet up with other tots and their grown-ups to create French-inspired art, listen to stories and play art games in the galleries. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 720-913-0130.
November 17, 1–4 pm
Bienvenidos a CelebrARTE! Bring toda la familia to our monthly bilingual program. Today we are tracing our caminos, the paths we take. We are all connected along these roads—crossing paths through art. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail Madalena Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0054.
Free First Saturday
November 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! Free general admission tickets are 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).
Denver Art Museum
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