Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature Continues, Eyes On: Jonathan Saiz, Eyes On: Erika Harrsch Close, Eyes On: Anthony McCall Opens, Thanksgiving Break Fun and Other Highlights

Note: The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

The Denver Art Museum is proud to be the only U.S. venue for the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature features more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focuses on the celebrated French Impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked. A special exhibition ticket is required for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, which is on view through Feb. 2, 2020.

Claude Monet, Grainstacks, Snow Effect, 1891. Oil on canvas, 23 x 39 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum: Gift of Electra Havemeyer Webb Fund, Inc., 1972-69.1.

Monet traveled more extensively than any other Impressionist artist in search of new motifs. His journeys to varied places—including the rugged Normandy coast, the sunny Mediterranean, London, the Netherlands and Norway—inspired artworks included in the presentation. This exhibition uncovers Monet’s continuous dialogue with nature and its places through a thematic and chronological arrangement, from the first examples of artworks still indebted to the landscape tradition to the revolutionary compositions and series of his late years.

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature explores Monet’s lasting interest in capturing the quickly changing atmospheres, the reflective qualities of water and the effects of light, aspects that increasingly led him to work on multiple canvases at once. The exhibition also examines the critical shift in Monet’s painting when he began to focus on series of the same subject, including artworks from his series of Haystacks, Poplars, Waterloo Bridge and Waterlilies.

Claude Monet, The House Seen Through the Roses (La Maison à Travers les Roses), 1925-26. Oil paint on canvas; 26 x 32-1/4 in. Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam.

Co-organized by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, Denver is the only U.S. venue for this presentation. After debuting in Denver, the exhibition will travel to Potsdam for its final showing. A catalog accompanying the exhibition, including essays by renowned scholars, is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and through the online shop.

A special dated and timed ticket is required for Monet. Advance purchase is strongly recommended as many time slots are selling out. Monet tickets also include an audio tour (with adult and family-friendly versions, in both English and Spanish) and general museum admission for the same day. #MonetatDAM


Anthony McCall, Landscape for Fire, 1972. Film still.

Eyes On: Anthony McCall

Opening Nov. 24

The final installment of Eyes On will feature Landscape for Fire, an installation by London-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall. The second in a larger suite of seven fire performances staged between 1972 and 1974, Landscape for Fire is McCall’s primary record of the series. In the video, five members of a local art collective called Exit, dressed in white, walk a precisely choreographed pattern across an airfield in North Weald, England, setting fire to pots of gasoline laid in a vast grid. The grid of flames grows incrementally throughout the film. The sharp scratching of matches, the erupting blazes, and the brisk wind, punctuated by the sound of a foghorn and the hiss of a flare, create the aural tempo and soundtrack of the non-linear visual narrative.

Eyes On: Anthony McCall will be on view Nov. 24, 2019–May 31, 2020. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #AnthonyMcCallatDAM


Eyes On: Jonathan Saiz

Through Nov. 17

Jonathan Saiz’s installation #WhatisUtopia features a column covered with 10,000 tiny drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as five additional framed pieces. After the exhibition closes, the artist will give away the 10,000 tiny artworks. Details about the dates and locations for the giveaways can be found on the museum website. Consider Jonathan Saiz's invitation to join his dialogue about utopia. Engage on Instagram via @utopia_is_free, #WhatisUtopia and #JonathanSaizatDAM. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Jonathan, Saiz, #WhatisUtopia (detail), 2019.

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch

Through Nov. 17

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch features a contemporary installation titled Under the Same Sky… We Dream. Harrsch (who is based in New York and was born and raised in Mexico City) first exhibited Under the Same Sky… We Dream in El Paso in 2017 just as regulations became more stringent for those seeking asylum in the United States.

Harrsch’s installation offers a place of reflection that acknowledges the children who have crossed the border between Mexico and the U.S. The multimedia artwork uses photography, animation, visual language and music to capture current cultural, political and environmental issues faced by children of refugees and undocumented immigrants. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #ErikaHarrschatDAM


The Light Show

Through May 3, 2020

Featuring about 250 objects drawn from across the DAM’s nine curatorial departments, The Light Show explores physical and symbolic representations of light in art through a thought-provoking narrative. The expansive exhibition, installed on levels 3 and 4 of the Hamilton Building, focuses on the quest by humanity and artists to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual and divine representations of light.

The exhibition helps visitors reflect on a variety of light-related themes through a broad range of materials and artworks, including ancient sculptures, paintings, photography, textiles and contemporary installations. Artworks on view include such visitor favorites as El Anatsui’s Rain Has No Father? and Lucas Samaras’s immersive Corridor #2. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #LightatDAM

This section of The Light Show explores light on the literal level.

Light Show-related programming

Unplugged: Meditation

Nov. 15, 4 p.m.

Wind down your week in the galleries with Unplugged, a program that explores different ways to turn down the tempo and step into a state of relaxation, reflection and calm. In November, find your bliss with a guided meditation in The Light Show. Chairs and meditation cushions provided. Included in general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

The Light Show-related programming

Mindful Looking

Nov. 19, 1–1:45 p.m.

This month, look deeply at El Anatsui’s Rain Has No Father?, currently on view in The Light Show. Join teaching specialist Molly Medakovich in contemplating both the tiny parts and the impressive whole of this complex artwork at Mindful Looking, a monthly program that invites you to slow down and spend time with a single work of art. Included in general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Inside Lucas Samaras’s Corridor #2. Image by Instagram user @olivarez.ana

First Light Family Space

Open during museum hours

Step into the shining world of the First Light Family Space for light-themed artmaking activities inspired by The Light Show. Capture nature’s shadows with moveable silhouettes, experiment with transparency and color on overhead projectors, mix patterns to cast bold shadows and design a wearable mirror. Located on level 3. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Through July 12, 2020

Treasures of British Art presents 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time. The exhibition features devotional images, portraits, landscapes and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School—including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and John Constable—as well as non-British artists who spent significant time in Britain, such as Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck and American artists Benjamin West and John Singer Sargent. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #TreasuresatDAM

Treasures of British Art-related programming

Drop-In Drawing

Nov. 12, 1-3 p.m.

Join artist Anna Kaye for our monthly fun and informal creative art session. This month, take inspiration from Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. All ranges of drawing experience welcome. Drawing materials are available, or you are welcome to bring your own supplies. (Note: only sketchpads/notebooks 14 x 17 inches or smaller, graphite pencils and kneaded erasers are permitted in the galleries.) Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Visitors can discover Shantell Martin’s interactive installation popping up throughout the museum, including in this elevator.

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines

Through Jan. 31, 2021

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines is an interactive multimedia installation with work by London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin. Featuring Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play, it includes an interactive wall with triangular boxes that rotate, an animated video projection and a third section focused solely on her renowned drawings. An international sensation, Martin has collaborated with such iconic brands and artists as Puma, Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co. and Kendrick Lamar.

During the exhibition’s run, items designed by the artist—including mugs, pins and stickers—are available for purchase at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #ShantellxDAM


Paint Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Open during museum hours

Explore how painters use color and light to capture the world around them, experiment with watercolors, paint a portrait or create your own abstract masterpiece. The Paint Studio is open seven days a week. Demonstrations by local artists from noon to 3 p.m. each weekend. Level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

November Artist Demonstrations

  • Nov. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: Tony Ortega, Expressionistic Color and Mark Making
  • Nov. 23-24: Jonathan Saiz, #WhatisUtopia
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Elisa Gomez, Gestural Abstraction


Free First Saturday

Nov. 2, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy the DAM’s art collections and family-friendly activities for free. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Stop by the Paint Studio for artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. or visit the First Light Family Space. Free general admission tickets will be available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.) 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. 10, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and solve art mysteries in the museum. There are two chances to catch these super-sleuths in action: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, visit level 1, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles into the galleries. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate

Nov. 13, 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 story time, artmaking and more! Meet on level 3 near the First Light Family Space to find out this month’s program location. Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Thanksgiving Break at the DAM

Nov. 25–29 (closed Thanksgiving Day)

Spend Thanksgiving Break Week with us! During the Break, Create-n-Takes are available daily. The Paint Studio and First Light Family Space are open during museum hours for more hands-on fun. All break week activities are included in general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger.


Night at the Museums

Nov. 2, 5-10 p.m.

Check out several exhibitions for free, including The Light Show and Treasures of British Art. Stop by the Print Studio for some hands-on creativity! Note: Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature is not included in free general admission and requires a special exhibition ticket. Beginning at 5 p.m., shuttle buses will run with stops at (or nearby) select museums, including the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For details on Night at the Museums and other Denver Arts Week activities from Nov. 1-9, see the VISIT DENVER website.

El Mar Caribe: The American Mediterranean

19th Annual Mayer Center Symposium

Nov. 8 (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) and Nov. 9 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) – doors open at 9 a.m.

At this two-day symposium, world-renowned scholars will present groundbreaking research on archaeological findings, artistic production, trade and travel routes, indigenous slavery and many more topics focused on ancient American communities from around the Caribbean Sea. Full symposium tickets are $20-$90; Saturday reception/keynote address only tickets also available. Visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130 to purchase tickets.

The 2019 Mayer Center Symposium was organized by Victoria I. Lyall, Ph.D., and sponsored by the Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Ancient and Latin American Art.

Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #3, 2012. Chromogenic print on aluminum. Courtesy the artist. ©Lalla Essaydi

Anderman Photography Lecture: Lalla Essaydi

Nov. 19, 7 pm. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Drawing on her experience growing up in Morocco and now living in the United States, Lalla Essaydi creates photographs of women that express the richness and complexity of identity. She utilizes materials such as henna, calligraphy, textiles, bullets and architectural spaces to adorn/veil the bodies as well as create the environment that surrounds the women in these performative photographs. "In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses—as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim," Essaydi explains. "In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes."

Free for Museum Friends, $5 for students with valid ID, $15 for DAM members, $20 for nonmembers. Sponsored by the DAM Photography Department. Series funding is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Anthony McCall, Split Second (Mirror), 2018. Glycol based mist, projected white light beams, mirror.

Logan Lecture –Anthony McCall

Nov. 21, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Anthony McCall’s signature materials of light and time explore the boundary between film and sculpture. His experimental films, incorporating installation, drawing, performance and sculpture, have been featured at museums throughout the U.S. and Europe. His film, Landscape for Fire, will be on view at the DAM in Eyes On: Anthony McCall, opening Nov. 24. London-born McCall lives and works in New York. A reception will follow the lecture.

Free for Museum Friends, $5 for students with valid ID, $15 for DAM members, $20 for nonmembers. The Logan Lecture series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with Contemporary Alliance.

Drop-In Writing

Nov. 26, 13 p.m.

Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions led by staff from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new. Open to all levels, from published authors to the occasional journaler. Materials available onsite. Included in general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Download PDF of press release.