October 2014: Matisse and Friends Opens, Brilliant Tickets Go On Sale, Untitled #72 (Supernatural) Gets Spooky, Fox Tale Sunday and Other Highlights

Opening Oct. 12, Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art 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. The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 8, 2015.

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.

These artists shocked the art world with their raw approach—critics of the day called them les fauves, or the wild beasts—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.

The exhibition gallery draws inspiration from Matisse’s studio, employing vibrant walls, colorful rugs, and plush couches that encourage visitors to sit back and savor the details.

Specific artists on view will be the subject of several lunch hour Nooner Tours during the run of the exhibition. On Oct. 22 and 24, the focus is on Maurice de Vlaminck. Both the Nooner Tours and Matisse and Friends are included in museum admission; no reservations are necessary.

Egyptian striking clock owned by Mrs. George Blumenthal. Cartier Paris, 1927. Gold, silver gilt, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, coral, emerald, cornelian, enamel; 24 x 15.7 x 12.7 cm. Sold to Mrs. Blumenthal. Cartier Collection. Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century tickets go on sale Oct. 1

This November, the DAM will host the world-exclusive exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Featuring magnificent jewelry, timepieces and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975, this exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the brand’s evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories. A special section focused on masculine items will offer a rare look at the pieces Cartier crafted especially for men, including the modern wristwatch. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building November 16 through March 15, 2015.

Special dated and timed exhibition tickets for Brilliant will go on sale Oct. 1. Group reservations can be made now for groups of 10 or more. For group pricing and availability, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail groupsales@denverartmuseum.org.

Untitled #72 (Supernatural)

Oct. 31, 6–10 p.m.

This month, take a turn toward the supernatural at Untitled. Soak up the spirit of the night with a look at the otherworldly colors of the Fauvist movement explored in Matisse and Friends, share ghost stories in the galleries and score big in a museum-wide trick-or-treat. In the Asian art galleries, Opera Colorado will perform arias from and show off several of the costumes that will be used in their upcoming production of Madama Butterfly. Included in museum admission. Cash bar. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works

Through Nov. 2

Time is running out to see the stunning paintings on view in Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works. The exhibition includes more than 30 examples of the Colorado artist’s portraiture and still life paintings that blur the line between realism and abstraction. His meticulous representation of everyday objects and stirring interpretation of the human form provide viewers with a new way to look at the world.

An exhibition catalog (now in its second printing) is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and the online museum shop.

Sculpture Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through Oct. 12

Every day the museum is open, visitors can explore the creative process behind assorted techniques and mediums in the Sculpture Studio. On Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, join artist José Esquibel for a demonstration of wood carving from noon to 3 p.m. Included in museum admission.


Logan Lecture Series

  • Oct. 8: Jack Balas - In beautifully rendered images, Jack Balas takes as his subject the idealized male figure. Balas questions why the male figure has largely been ignored in deference to the ubiquitous female subject and in his photographs and paintings, statuesque male figures offer a counterpoint to the traditional sensuous female nude.
  • Oct. 22: Bud Shark - Master printer Bud Shark has collaborated with many of the most renowned artists of our time. Since 1976, more than 150 artists—including Red Grooms, Luis Jiménez, Stacey Steers, Hung Liu, Enrique Chagoya and Betty Woodman—have found their way to Shark's Ink. Shark uses techniques as diverse as the artists who have sought him out, and he is known for innovation, collaboration and quality.

Logan Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Individual Logan Lecture tickets range from $8–$18; series packages from $35–$60. After each lecture, attendees are invited to join the DAM Contemporaries for a reception with the speaker at MAD Wine Bar, across Martin Plaza from the Hamilton Building. The Logan Lecture Series is made possible with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Abelardo Morell, White Paper Bag, 2014. ©Abelardo Morell

Anderman Photography Lecture Series: Abelardo Morell

Oct. 31, 7 p.m.

Widely known for his photographs that incorporate room-scale camera obscuras, Abelardo Morell creates innovative and surprising images that encourage us to question the way we see. From pictures that explored the world from a child’s perspective made at home following the birth of his son in 1986, Morell began an investigation into the material nature of familiar objects. The resulting photographs, many of which capture distortions and diffractions of light, or juxtapositions created within the camera, reveal a keen interest in optical idiosyncrasy. Tickets range from $5-$15. Sponsored by the DAM Photography Department. Series funding generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Bencharong: Royal Porcelain of Siam

Oct. 3, noon

Bencharong was made in China in the 18th and early 19th centuries exclusively for Siamese royalty. Paul Bromberg will explore the history, production, usage and forms of this little-known, yet vibrant and colorful, export ceramic ware. Tickets range from $5–$10. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association.

Excavating Thailand: The Search for a Prehistoric Bronze Age

Oct. 15, noon

In Thailand just north of Bangkok, a pair of unique, prehistoric villages found by speaker Dr. Vincent Pigott, anthropologist and archaeologist, and his team together comprise one of the largest regional copper production centers known anywhere in eastern Asia. Tickets range from $5–$10. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association.

Spanish Colonial Statue Paintings from the Americas

Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m.

During the Colonial period, "dressed-statue" paintings of the Virgin Mary became extremely popular in the Americas. Speaker Josef Diaz will explore the genre of "dressed statue" paintings as well as specific examples. Tickets range from $3–$10. Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas,

Asian Art Tactile Tables

Oct. 10 & 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tactile Tables provide an opportunity to experience art in a hands-on way with facilitation by specially trained docents. Free with admission, these tables are open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including visitors who are blind or have low vision. Reservations appreciated but not required; e-mail access@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5182.


Fox Tale Sunday

Oct. 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

A new name (formerly Totspot Sunday), but the same family fun! Bring the kids and the whole family, and join us every second Sunday of the month 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 your 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. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger are free.

Free First Saturday

Oct. 4, 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 museum 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).

Artesano-in-Residence, Taller and CelebrARTE

Oct. 14 & 16 (10 a.m.–4 p.m.), Oct. 15 & 19 taller and CelebrARTE (1–4 p.m.)

Meet artesano-in-residence Oscar Becerra (Mexico City), hear about his techniques and inspiration, and watch his process. Come to the taller, master artist’s workshop, to make Day of the Dead nichos. On Sunday, bring toda la familia and drop in to CelebrARTE. All activities included in museum admission; children 5 and younger are free. In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Museo de Arte Popular.

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