November 2014: Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century Opens, Night at the Museums, Sit with Matisse and Friends and Other Highlights

(DENVER) Oct. 22, 2014 — Opening Nov. 16, the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) world-exclusive exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, features stunning jewelry, timepieces and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or jewelry house's, evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and accessories. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level 2 of the Hamilton Building. Special timed and dated exhibition tickets are required and are already on sale at the museum, at or by calling 720-913-0130. #DAMBrilliant

Flamingo brooch: Flamingo brooch worn by the Duchess of Windsor. Cartier Paris, special order, 1940. Platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, citrine; 9.65 x 9.59 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Brilliant-related programming

Jewelry Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations Nov. 16–March 15, 2015

Visitors can explore their creativity in the hands-on studio space on level 1 of the Hamilton Building offering an up-close look at jewelry. Every weekend noon–3 p.m., local artists will demonstrate their techniques.

November Demonstration Schedule

  • Nov. 15 & 16: Andrea Li — Original Gemstone Creations
  • Nov. 22, 23, 29 & 30: Joe Korth — Keumboo and 3D Printing

Upcoming Nooner Tours exploring jewelry:

  • Nov. 5 & 7: Symbolism in Jewelry—The Berger Collection
  • Nov. 12 & 14: Pre-Columbian Gold Adornments
  • Dec. 3 & 5: Mary’s Jeweled Crowns

Meet in the atrium on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Nooner Tours are included in general admission; no reservations are required.

Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art

On view through Feb. 8, 2015

Matisse and Friends showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque and Kees van Dongen. These artists shocked the art world with their raw approach and triggered a succession of innovative movements in modern art. Working in and around Paris at the turn of the 20th century, they were part of a creative community that sought to redefine painting, favoring an expressive style that emphasized loose brushwork and bold colors.

Gallery installation of Matisse and Friends.

The exhibition's gallery setting draws inspiration from Matisse’s studio, employing vibrant walls, colorful rugs and plush couches that encourage visitors to sit back and savor the details. Matisse and Friends is included in general admission; no reservations are required. #SitWithMatisse

Matisse and Friends-related programming

Several Nooner Tours will focus on the exhibition.

  • Nov. 26 & 28: Matisse and Friends: Henri Matisse and Color
  • Dec. 10 & 12: Matisse and Friends: Andre Derain’s Cityscapes
  • Dec. 17 & 19: Matisse and Friends: Dufy and Marquet

Meet in the atrium on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Nooner Tours are included in general admission; no reservations are required.

William Matthews, Hopalong Henry, 2013. Collection of the artist

William Matthews: Trespassing

Nov. 23, 2014–May 17, 2015

William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture and the landscape.

While primarily known for his cowboy paintings, Matthews is not himself a cowboy. Instead, he is an interloper—a trespasser—viewing their world from the outside. He is not, however, a stranger to the West. Matthews is a westerner who lives and works in Denver.

William Matthews: Trespassing is included in general admission; no reservations are required.


Night at the Museums - Denver Arts Week 2014

Nov. 8, 510 p.m.

Enjoy after-hours creativity for all ages during Night at the Museums at the DAM with free general admission to the museum. Explore Matisse and Friends, taking time to get to know the bold colors and brush strokes of these renowned French masterworks from the National Gallery of Art. Tour this incredible collection through the eyes (and nose!) of a perfumer. Get crafty at our Create-n-Take stations or listen to musicians riff off of pieces throughout the museum’s galleries.

The Art of Remembrance: 150 Years Since Sand Creek

Nov. 7, noon–4 p.m.

At this half-day symposium, five Cheyenne and Arapaho artists—Brent Learned, George Levi, Nathan Hart, Merlin Little Thunder and B.J. Stepp—will discuss their art reflecting on the Sand Creek Massacre. The massacre occurred on Nov. 29, 1864, in southeastern Colorado, when a U.S. volunteer cavalry of about 675 men attacked a Cheyenne and Arapaho village, killing nearly 200 people, mostly women, children, and the elderly. This event has had a lasting effect on the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples; the symposium speakers will discuss these impacts and their work that examines Cheyenne and Arapaho life before, during, and after the massacre. After the symposium, a pop-up exhibition of the artists’ work will be on view Nov. 8–Dec. 3 on level 3 of the North Building. Symposium admission is free, but reservations are required. Visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130. Sponsored by the Department of Native Arts and the Douglas Society, a DAM support group.


Nov. 13, 7–10 p.m.

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.

Presented by Design Council and AIGA, Chaircuterie celebrates the centennial of AIGA. In a nod to the founders who provided their own chairs for the inaugural meeting, 100 creatives are crafting 25 full-size chairs, 50 miniature chairs and 25 two-dimensional chair representations for auction. Proceeds from Chaircuterie support AIGA Colorado mentorship programming and the DAM’s department of architecture, design and graphics, steward of the AIGA Design Archives. Advance tickets are $40-50, with at-the-door prices increasing to $60-70. Tickets available at For questions, call 720-913-0044.

Meet Here: An Evening of Untitled Idea Brewing & Creative Criss-Cross

Nov. 14, 6–8 p.m.

The DAM’s Untitled team is looking for local creatives from all disciplines—chefs, crafters, artists, architects, writers, musicians and everyone in between—to bring their ideas and know-how for all the regular and new projects coming up in 2015. Use the museum’s collections for inspiration and its programs as your platform. Come to our community open house to hear about these projects and brainstorm ways we can collaborate. Gear up for mini-think tank sessions, putting your head together with other creative while enjoying snacks and a cash bar. Free admission; reservations appreciated. Please e-mail


Treasures of the Berger Collection: Backstories and Other Mysteries

Nov. 4, 5:30–7 p.m.

Join Berger Collection curator Kathleen Stuart for a lecture on some of the collection’s most popular paintings, featured in the newly published catalog Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection. Stuart will sign copies of the catalog following the lecture. Free admission; limited seating available on a first-come basis. Sponsored by the Berger Collection.

Logan Lecture: Judy Pfaff

Nov. 5, 7–8:30 p.m.

To construct perplexing environments and whimsical sculptures, Judy Pfaff employs myriad materials, such as wire, torn paper, coffee filters, flowers, transparent cord, steel, string, origami objects, Tibetan ledger paper, aluminum foil, fiberglass, plaster, file folders, burned paper, twigs, leaves and fluorescent tubes. In contrast to the materiality of her work and the intrigue of the uncommon elements she uses, she has said, “Emotion is my only true sign.” Pfaff has been the subject of an Art 21 program and a recipient of the MacArthur (so-called “genius”) Grant. Tickets range from $8-$18 and are available on the museum website or by calling 720-913-0130. Advance reservations recommended. The Logan Lecture Series is made possible with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Conversation with Curator: Printed and Painted: The Art of Bark Cloth

Nov. 7, 4–5 p.m.

Tour the reinstalled Oceanic art gallery with Nancy Blomberg, curator of native arts, and view Printed and Painted: The Art of Bark Cloth. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Meet at 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby on level 3 of the Hamilton Building. All Conversations are free with general admission; no reservations are needed.

Image courtesy China Art Search.

Film Premiere: China’s Great History as it is told by Two 18th Century Screens

Nov. 7, 6–7:30 p.m.

Explore China’s past dynasties as revealed by two 18th century painted folding screens. Each was a major workshop commission, being painted with lacquer on lacquer, an extremely difficult artistic technique. As their stories are revealed in this premiere documentary viewing, the hidden messages and ancient techniques used to create these beautiful works of art are revived. A team of collectors, researchers, translators and historians worked together for several years to uncover some of their mysteries. Presented by lacquer specialist and documentarian Carla Stansifer, formerly of the DAM, and Cassandra Lohr of China Art Search, LLC. A 5-6 p.m. cash bar cocktail hour precedes the screening and Q&A in Sharp Auditorium, followed by a light reception with cash bar. Free admission with reservation (required by Nov 4). For details, call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group, and China Art Search, LLC.


Free First Saturday

Nov. 1, 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! Be sure to check out some of the museum’s many family and kid-friendly activities, available daily and weekends. Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. A Collection Highlights tours in Spanish is offered at 2 p.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Fox Tale Sunday

Nov. 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Families are invited to stop by the museum on the second Sunday of the month, Oct. through May, for in-gallery performances by Buntport Theater starring Foxy and Shmoxy (inspired by the DAM’s artwork Fox Games) at 10:30 or 11:30 am. Check in at the Family Activity Cart to get a special letter from the Fox Box and follow the clues to find the foxes! Afterwards, check out all of the other activities available to families in the museum. Free with museum admission; kids five and younger are always free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Color Mix

Nov. 12, 10 a.m.1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to color here, color there, Color Mix everywhere as we play with all sorts of colors. Create art, read stories, and play art games in the galleries. Create Playdates are included with general admission, and children 5 and under are always free. No reservations are required. For more information, e-mail or call 720-913-0130.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Open Window, Collioure, 1905. Oil on canvas; overall: 55.3 x 46 cm (21 3/4 x 18 1/8 in.), framed: 71.1 x 62.2 x 5.1 cm (28 x 24 1/2 x 2 in.). Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, 1998.74.7. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

CelebrARTE: Vistas

Nov. 16, 1–4 p.m.

The third Sunday of the month, between 1 and 4 p.m., bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura. Imagine yourself sitting on the patio of your home, relaxing and taking in the vista from the window. Savor this familiar experience in the exhibit Matisse and Friends. All CelebrARTE activities are included with general admission, and children 5 and younger are free.

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