Oct. 2017: Her Paris and Ganesha Open, Last Call for Mi Tierra and La Musidora, Stampede and Common Ground on View and Other Highlights

See remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural, and artistic change. Opening Oct. 22 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism will feature more than 80 paintings by 37 women artists from across Europe and America, who migrated to this epicenter of art to further their careers. They range from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Rosa Bonheur, to painters who are lesser-known in the United States, including Anna Ancher and Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Marie Bashkirtseff (Ukrainian, 1858-1884 ), In the Studio, 1881. Oil on canvas; 60 5/8 x 73 ¼ in. Dnipropetrovsk State Art Museum, Ukraine KH-4234. Photo: Dnipropetrovsk/Bridgeman Images. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Even though Paris was known as a cosmopolitan city, Parisian society was still very restrictive for women. They were not allowed to attend the École des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts)—the country’s most important art academy—until 1897, and it was not socially acceptable to frequent public spaces, such as cafes, to work on their art and mingle with their peers without a male companion. The exhibition will trace how, despite societal challenges, women embraced their artistic aspirations and helped create an alternative system that included attending private academies, exhibiting independently, and forming their own organizations, such as the influential Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs. A fully illustrated exhibition catalog will be available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online. Her Paris is a special ticketed exhibition; advance purchase is recommended. Tickets for all youth 18 and younger are $5. #HerParisatDAM

Marianne Stokes (Austrian, 1855-1927), The Passing Train, 1890. Oil on canvas; 24 x 30 in. Private collection. Photo: Dominic Brown, D.G.A. Brown Photography. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Her Paris-related programming

Her Paris: Women Artists in the City, 1850-1900

Nov. 11 & 18, Dec. 2 & 9, 2:30–4 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.)

This four-session course in Sharp Auditorium will transport participants to 19th century Paris, offering an in-depth exploration of the city as a popular mecca for women artists from Europe and America. Discover the challenges, triumphs, and remarkable creativity of those who lived, studied and exhibited in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a period of great social, cultural and artistic change. $75 members, $85 nonmembers. Tickets to the exhibition are available separately.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Opening Oct. 1

Ganesha: The Playful Protector was developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Widely worshiped since the 400s, Ganesha originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Imagery of Ganesha has crossed both geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent over time—all of which will be surveyed in the exhibition to showcase the iconographic changes of this popular Hindu deity. Sculptures, paintings and textiles will provide a spectrum of ancient to modern representations of Ganesha. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Justin Favela, Fridalandia, 2017. Paper and glue. Courtesy of the artist and the Denver Art Museum. © Justin Favela

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

Through Oct. 22

Mi Tierra features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Dynamic artworks were created by Carmen Argote, Jaime Carrejo, Gabriel Dawe, Claudio Dicochea, Daniela Edburg, Justin Favela, Ana Teresa Fernández, Ramiro Gomez, John Jota Leaños, Dmitri Obergfell, Ruben Ochoa, Daisy Quezada and Xochi Solis. These artists examine diverse narratives of migration and the complex layering of cultures throughout the Western United States through ideas related to labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility and displacement. Their installations incorporate mixed-media, performance-based video art, digital animation, fiber constructions, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Guided tours of Mi Tierra are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 21. An exhibition catalog is available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. #MiTierraDAM

La Musidora

Through Oct. 29

La Musidora, created by Mexico City-based artists Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, is the museum’s interactive plaza installation. A combination of the Spanish words music (la música) and rocking chair (la mecedora) make up the title of the installation, which blends traditional and contemporary art. The usable 90-foot artwork, seating a total of 20 individuals at a time, generates musical notes and seeks to connect visitors with art, community and the museum’s Martin Plaza. Free, no general admission required.


Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013

Through Nov. 12

Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, features more than 170 portrait and landscape photographs by critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh. Born and raised in New York City, throughout his nearly 25-year career, the artist has focused on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his documentary-based photography practice. The exhibition chronicles individuals who are living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, many times as the result of war, exploitation and poverty. Common Ground surveys works from 1989 to 2013, offering deeper insight into major world events, racial strife and mass global displacement in places such as East Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the Netherlands.

Fazal Sheikh, Malikh, Jai Hind squatter settlement, Delhi, India, 2007, from the series Ladli. © Fazal Sheikh.

Sheikh’s series of photographs have earned him numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Henri Cartier-Bresson International Grand Prize and the Luce Humanitarian Award, among many others. Guided tours are available Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.

Stampede: Animals in Art

Through April 14, 2019

Stampede: Animals in Art, a special cross-departmental exhibition, brings together more than 300 objects from the DAM’s collection, demonstrating how animals have captivated artists throughout history. Explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. Stampede creates an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas and how artists use animals in imaginative ways. It includes visitor favorites such as a Nick Cave Soundsuit, four-faced Hamat'sa Mask and Cow Licking Grapes by Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as rarely seen works.

Kiyoshi Kanai, Don't Buy Ivory, 1989. Offset lithograph; 40-1/2 x 28-3/4 in. Denver Art Museum: AIGA Design Archives: Gift of AIGA, 2007.6171

The large-scale exhibition, now open on level 3 of the Hamilton Building, will expand to level 4 on Dec. 3. Stop by the 3-D Studio, opening Oct. 7, to explore the varied realm of 3-D art, drawing inspiration from Stampede. Guided tours are available Tuesday-Sunday at 1 p.m.; a Spanish tour is offered on Free First Saturday. The exhibition, tour and studio are included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Architects’ Lecture on North Building Project

Oct. 6, 34 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Conceived by Fentress Architects of Denver and Machado Silvetti of Boston, the design for the North Building project was inspired by the building’s original architect, Gio Ponti. The design plan references shapes and volumes in Ponti’s original design, adapted to suit the needs of today’s museum visitors and beyond. Learn more about the vision for this iconic Denver structure during these architect lectures. Check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. lecture and at 5 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. lecture. Free and open to the public, but advance registration required. Seating in Ponti Hall will be available on a first-come basis; overflow seating with a live feed of the lecture also will be available on site. To register, visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130. For the latest updates on the project, visit denverartmuseum.org/north.


Windshield: A Vanished Vision (film screening)

Oct. 3, 67 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.)

Richard Neutra, Perspective View of the John Nicholas Brown "Windshield" House, 1936-38. Diazo print with colored pencil, graphite, and gouache on paper

In the 1930s, a scion of one of New England’s oldest and wealthiest families, John Nicholas Brown, and his wife Anne boldly embraced modernism, selecting architect Richard Neutra to build their summer home, ‘Windshield.’ Together, patron and architect pursued cutting-edge technology, much of which had previously been used only in commercial architecture. Then, just weeks after the Browns moved in, tragedy struck. Directed by granddaughter Elissa Brown, the film weaves home movies with son J. Carter Brown’s memories about the summer house of his youth and the voices of architectural historians Thomas S. Hines and Dietrich Neumann. Free, but seating is limited. Email RSVP-DesignCouncil@denverartmuseum.org to reserve a ticket. Presented by Design Council, a DAM support group.

Daniel Sprick: Pursuit of Truth and Beauty (film screening and panel discussion)

Oct. 4, 68 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Daniel Sprick began making art at an early age. His recent works have been compared to those of Dutch and Flemish Masters. Daniel Sprick: Pursuit of Truth and Beauty reveals an amazing personal story of artistic inspiration, vision and fulfillment. Following this documentary profile, produced by CPT12, there will be a panel discussion including Daniel Sprick, DAM curator Angelica Daneo, executive producer Cynthia Madden Leitner and director/cinematographer David Schler. Free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Whirlwind: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here? One Painter's Perspective with Jordan Wolfson

Oct. 10, 67:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

In this fast-paced presentation, contemporary artist Jordan Wolfson will provide one painter’s imagined journey from the advent of modernity into the first decades of the 21st century. Exploring various cultural and social influences, Wolfson will give a context for our current contemporary situation of aesthetics and beyond. A Colorado-based painter who has exhibited internationally, Wolfson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Francisco Clapera, De Morisco, y Espanola, Alvina, about 1775. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2011.428.6 (c) Denver Art Museum

Windows on Daily Life: Casta Paintings from 18th Century Mexico

Oct. 13, 6:307:45 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Dr. Donna Pierce (former DAM curator of Spanish Colonial art) will share examples from many different sets of casta paintings, including the only full set of 16 paintings in the United States in the Mayer Collection at the Denver Art Museum. Beginning with an examination of the development of casta painting in colonial Mexico, she will analyze the rich details of daily life seen in them and explore the historical implications they reflect. Tickets available at the door. Free for Alianza members and students with ID; $5 DAM members; $10 others. Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.

Mindful Looking

Oct. 17, 1 p.m.

With teaching specialist Molly Medakovich, plumb the depths and many details of Cristobal de Villalpando's The Virgin of Valvanera, on view for a limited time in the galleries. Join us on the third Tuesday of each month to discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included in general admission.

Untitled: Homewrecker – final Untitled Final Friday of the 2017 season!

Oct. 27, 6–10 p.m.

Question house rules and shake things up for the mother of all season finales! Produced with local creatives, Untitled Final Fridays is the museum's monthly late night program featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist. Experience the museum in an entirely different way—every time. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.


Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Oct. 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! Check out some of the DAM’s many family-friendly activities and enjoy bilingual fun with a free Spanish language tour of Stampede: Animals in Art at 1 p.m., Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks during Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. 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). #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD

Create Playdate

Oct. 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 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. No reservations are required.

Sketch by Jaime Molina in design preparation for Past the Tangled Present. Courtesy and © Jaime Molina.

Past the Tangled Present

Opening Oct. 15

Denver artist Jaime Molina’s installation in the Precourt Family Discovery Hall was inspired by imagination and the joy of discovery. The interactive and immersive installation will give kids and adults alike the opportunity to sit on boxes painted with faces, play in a garden of fabricated cacti and experience an imaginary place where paintings on the walls flow into 3-D objects. During the year the installation will be on view, Molina plans to work with groups to paint different sections of the mural and installation. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. Join us for a special Teen Day with Jaime Molina, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fall Break

Oct. 26–29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy Family Backpacks and Create-n-Takes during Fall Break, as well as our many in-gallery games, the Kids Corner and Just for Fun Center Japan. Included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. No reservations are required. Special exhibition ticket required for Her Paris; tickets for youth 18 and younger are $5.


Creative-in-Residence: Detour

Oct. 1-Nov. 30; on site Tuesdays 10 a.m.- noon, Thursdays & Fridays 1-3 p.m.

Our current Creative-in-Residence is Thomas Evans, aka Detour, a Denver-based creative whose ongoing experimentations in visual art, music and interactive technologies have included murals, sensor-embedded painting and sculpture, DNA-based cultural mapping projects and even touch-activated musical fruit. Evans hopes to create an immersive space of interactive experiences, full of touchable art, and including collaborations with poets, musicians, hackers and beyond. Visitors can get hands-on in the C.I.R. studio space (on level 3 of the Hamilton Building) as well as through a number of in-gallery interventions and musical performances. Catch Detour on site Tuesdays from 10 a.m.–noon and Thursdays and Fridays from 1–3 p.m. or stop by any day to play around in the studio and experiment with materials.

Teen Day with Jaime Molina

Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join us for a question-and-answer session with Jaime Molina on the creative process, a hands-on workshop with the artist moderated by members of the SCFD Teen Council and an Insta/Snapmeet following the Q&A and workshop. General admission to the DAM and artist moment activities is free for youth 18 and younger.

3-D Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Opening Oct. 7

The DAM’s interactive studio has a new theme and fresh opportunities to get creative. The 3-D Studio will explore the expansive and varied realm of 3-D art. Build an abstract sculpture at our Purely Paper activity, draw inspiration from Stampede to create your own animal at Wound in Wire, even become a part of the art as you work together with family and friends to contribute to a collaborative sculpture designed by local artist Pam Fortner.

Every Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m., see an artist at work on 3-D art, from sculpture, to 3-D printing, to drawings that turn 3-D right before your eyes!

Weekend Artist Demonstrations – Saturdays & Sundays, noon-3 p.m.

Oct. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15: Jennifer Ghormley—Woodcut Print Paper Sculpture

Oct. 21 & 22: Kathleen Sherman—Experiment Sculpture Constructions

Oct. 28 & 29: Helen Jones—Architecting Space

Note: This is an overview of October 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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