November 2015: Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio Opens, Night at the Museums, Untitled Idea-Brewing, Artist Lectures and Other Highlights

Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio opens Nov. 8. Organized by the Denver Art Museum (DAM), this groundbreaking exhibition focuses on the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie, and will feature more than 100 works created in a variety of media, including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil and mixed media.

Wyeth explores the connection between two American artists who shared artistic habits of mind while maintaining their own unique artistic voices. Never before has an exhibition displayed Andrew Wyeth's and Jamie Wyeth’s work on this scale and in the shared context of their autobiographies, studio practices and imaginations.

Whether you are new to the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth or are familiar with it, this exhibition will allow you to see their art converge and diverge over the years. The common thread that runs through their works, as well as the distinctive practices of each, will be apparent.

An exhibition catalog, published by the DAM in association with Yale University Press, will be available in The Shops. Following its presentation at the DAM, Wyeth will travel to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. A special exhibition ticket is required for Wyeth.

Wyeth-related programming

Bringing the World of Wyeth to Denver: A Lecture with Timothy J. Standring

Nov. 14, 10-11 a.m.

Curator Timothy J. Standring shares insights and behind-the-scenes stories related to his research on the exhibition Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio. Discover how many tasks go into the creation of such exhibitions, and why it takes a village to mount these considerable projects that the DAM organizes. Immediately after the lecture, Standring will sign exhibition catalogs in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. Lecture tickets are $15.

The Paint Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Beginning Nov. 7, visitors can find creative inspiration every day in our hands-on artmaking space. Try out art materials and experiment with techniques. On weekends, watch demonstrations by local artists from noon to 3 p.m. Free with general admission. Children and youth 18 and under are free. The Paint Studio is sponsored by The R&J Newman Family Foundation.

Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980

Through Jan. 17, 2016

Showcasing more than 40 rarely seen paintings and lithographs, Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980, is the first exhibition to explore how the renowned 20th-century artist blended figurative and pop art influences to create colorful, compelling and revolutionary images. Scholder once vowed never to paint Indians. He claimed he was not an American Indian artist, but he was. He said his art was not political, but it polarized the art world. For every position he took, he also explored the opposite perspective. Drawing its title from the iconic painting Super Indian No. 2, the exhibition begins with Scholder’s controversial Indian series, started in 1967, and ends with his 1980 Indian Land paintings, which marked a seismic shift in his palette and subject matter. Though he was influenced by abstract expressionists including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, as well as painters Francis Bacon, Francisco de Goya and Paul Gauguin, Fritz Scholder’s work was purely his own. His art reveals the raw reality of being an American Indian. Included in general admission. An exhibition catalog is available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online at http://shop.denverartmuseum.org.

Fritz Scholder, American Portrait with One Eye, 1975. Acrylic paint on canvas; 80 × 68 in. Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. © Estate of Fritz Scholder.

Super Indian-related programming

Conversation with Curator: Fritz Scholder’s Indian Series

Nov. 6, 4 p.m.

Come experience the sometimes shocking, sometimes controversial, and always colorful works in Fritz Scholder’s Indian series with associate curator John Lukavic. Learn about what started it all and the legacy this series left on the Indian art world. Meet at 4 p.m. at the Welcome Center on the first floor of the North Building. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussion with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.

CLOSING SOON

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Genius of Castiglione, dated 1648. Etching, platemark; overall: 372 x 250 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Castiglione: Lost Genius—Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection

Through Nov. 8

A forgotten master from the Italian baroque, master draftsman, painter, and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was a self-proclaimed genius, whose artworks entered the Royal Collection in 1762. Castiglione: Lost Genius—Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection features 90 of his finest drawings, etchings and monotypes. The exhibition explores the rogue artist’s mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite a turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known. Castiglione was not only a painter and draftsman, he was the revolutionary inventor of the monotype in the 1640s, experimenting with the medium centuries before subsequent artists such as Degas and Gauguin would during the late 19th century. This print method allowed Castiglione to make a print from one-off designs, allowing him to combine the brio and dash of his draftsmanship with his interest in printmaking. Co-curated by Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the DAM, and Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust, Castiglione: Lost Genius is included in general admission.

Alec Soth: Colorado Dispatch

Through Nov. 29

Photographer Alec Soth studies the habits and rituals of ordinary Americans, finding moments of self-absorption and vulnerability that are specific to the people he photographs, yet also somehow common to human experience. Taking cues from the Depression-era documentary projects of the 1930s, Soth set out to create a state-by-state record of American life in the early 21st century. Photographed over the course of a 2013 road trip, Colorado Dispatch presents the core of Soth’s work from the Centennial State. These photographs of ordinary citizens, familiar landscapes and puzzling details of local culture offer an unromanticized, yet affectionate, view of the land and its people. Alec Soth: Colorado Dispatch is included in general admission.

Night at the Museums and Denver Arts Week

Nov. 7, 5–10 p.m.

Enjoy after-hours creativity for all ages during Night at the Museums at the DAM with free general admission to the museum. In addition, after a member-only preview that day, Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio will open to the public for Night at the Museums, with a special reduced ticket price of $10 on Nov. 7. The groundbreaking exhibit features more than 100 works created in a variety of media and explores the connection between Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, a father and son duo of American artists. The rest of the museum will be open to the public until 10 p.m. for Night at the Museums. Complimentary shuttle buses that provide transportation to various participating museums will be available at a stop outside the DAM.

Throughout Denver Arts Week, Nov. 8-14, visitors who mention Denver Arts Week onsite at the DAM or who use coupon code DAW15 for an online ticket purchase will receive $2 off a $16 adult Wyeth ticket.

ADULT PROGRAMS & LECTURES

Anderman Photography Lecture Series: An-My Lê

Nov. 13, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

In her work, An-My Lê examines the culture of war. Drawing equally from the traditions of landscape and combat photography, she uses a large format camera not to depict the action of battle, but to give context to how we fight. Lê’s resultant images—of tanks and missiles in seemingly choreographed movements, ships on a cerulean sea, or soldiers performing the mundane duties that surround war—are cinematic in scope and resonate with layered meanings and implicit narratives. Tickets are $15; DAM and CPAC members $10, students $5. For details, email photography@denverartmuseum.org. Funding for the Anderman Photography Lecture Series is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Fall 2015 Logan Lecture Series: “Persistent Vision”

The Logan Lecture series continues in November with lectures by Petah Coyne and Beverly Fishman.

Petah Coyne, Untitled 735, 1992. Gelatin silver print. 32 ¾ x 49 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Polly and Mark Addison. © Petah Coyne, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

Petah Coyne’s sculptures convey tension between vulnerability and aggression, innocence and seduction, beauty and decadence, and, ultimately, life and death. She thinks of her sculpture as bodies in movement thus linking the installations to her photography, which also captures bodies in movement.

Beverly Fishman explores the relationship between the body and medicine by mixing optical patterns and vibrant colors with representational elements taken from pharmaceutical and scientific imaging systems, offering questions about the vulnerability of self and identity in a world largely driven and mediated by advances in science and technology.

All Logan Lectures begin at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8–$18; students free with valid student ID. Series tickets for the remaining three lectures also are available for $45; $36 for DAM members, $26 for DAMContemporaries members. Après-lecture receptions immediately follow each lecture at MAD Wine Bar with complimentary snacks and cash bar. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.

2015 Meet Here: An Evening of Untitled Idea Brewing and Creative Criss-Cross

Nov. 20, 6–8 p.m.

Untitled Final Friday events are on hiatus until January, but this month the DAM is seeking local creatives from a wide array of disciplines (dancers, chefs, crafters, artists, architects, writers, musicians and more) to help develop ideas for a full suite of activities for Untitled Final Fridays, as well as for museum residencies and outdoor installations. Use the DAM collections as inspiration and the museum programs as a platform. Come to our community open house to hear about these projects and brainstorm ways to collaborate. Gear up for mini-think tank sessions, putting your head together with other creatives. Free snacks, cash bar. RSVPs are appreciated; please email jpreciado@denverartmuseum.org.

Australian Aboriginal Art: The Spirit of Place

Nov. 17, 6 p.m.

Australian Aboriginal art has over the past 40 years moved from the ceremonial grounds of Arnhem Land and central Australia to gain global recognition. As it moves it carries with it the spirit of people and place. Howard Morphy—Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University—will discuss the ceremonial context of art in Arnhem Land and show how art expresses the spiritual identity of place. Tickets are $5 for Douglas Society members, $10 for DAM members, $12 others, free for students with ID. Sponsored by the Douglas Society, a DAM support group.

Conservation Uncovered

Saturdays, noon3 p.m.

Uncover the world of conserving textiles with the help of a museum educator. Examine fabrics closely and try out tools that conservators use. Learn about the skills required to be a conservator and see textiles in a new way. Included in general admission.

Creatives-in-Residence: Warm Cookies of the Revolution

Through Jan. 3, 2016

Office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.1 p.m., Saturdays noon4 p.m.

See what happens when local creatives take over a space in the DAM and design participatory activities for visitors. For their residency, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a civic health club, has designed an interactive place that encourages people to vote everyday with the decisions they make. Flex your civic muscles in artist-designed voting booths…and yes, there will be cookies!

FAMILY FUN

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE at Free First Saturdays

Nov. 7, 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 DAM’s many family- and kid-friendly activities. Free general admission tickets are 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).

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. Collection Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 1 and 3 p.m.

Friday After Thanksgiving

Nov. 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Spend the day after Thanksgiving at the DAM, where the Family Activity Cart will be available especially for the day. Trek through the galleries with a Family Backpack filled with artmaking, games and puzzles. Free with museum admission; children and youth 18 and under are free. Reservations are not required.

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 our website for complete information.

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