Opening Oct. 4 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980, is a groundbreaking exhibition of more than 40 rarely seen, monumental paintings and lithographs by the renowned 20th-century artist. Super Indian is the first exhibition to explore how Scholder 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 claimed his art was not political, but it polarized the art world. For every position he took, he also explored the opposite perspective.
This exhibition, which draws its title from the iconic painting Super Indian No. 2, 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.
Following its Denver debut, the exhibition will travel to the Phoenix Art Museum (Feb. 26, 2016–June 5, 2016) and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas (June 23, 2016–Sept. 18, 2016). An exhibition catalog is available in the museum shop and online at http://shop.denverartmuseum.org/.
In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism explores the development of 19th-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and others. The colorful exhibition demonstrates how a traditional genre was reinvented by 19th-century artists, as the art world's focus was shifting to modernism. Exhibition materials are available in large print, Braille and Spanish. Additionally, throughout the museum, installations called Arrangements highlight the DAM's vast and varied collections by spotlighting groupings of artworks that embrace the flower as subject matter. Visitors will encounter three- to four-piece arrangements with fascinating floral themes like romance, personal adornment and the meaning of flowers. The final day to see both In Bloom, which requires a special exhibition ticket, and The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read, is Oct. 11.
Flower Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations
Through Oct. 11
Every day, visitors can find creative inspiration, try out art materials, explore design styles and experiment with techniques in our hands-on artmaking space. Every weekend during In Bloom, watch local artists demonstrate flower-inspired artmaking from noon to 3 p.m. The Flower Studio is sponsored by R&J Newman Family Foundation.
Oct. 11, 2015–May 8, 2016
An early and influential conceptual photographer, Kenneth Josephson makes photographs of found and constructed visual puzzles that demonstrate his alert and often humorous way of encountering the world at large. His interest in the ways the camera manipulates what we see—how it abstracts space, compresses three dimensions into two, divorces subjects from their context and arrests time and motion—draws attention to the physical act of making a photograph and what that implies. Throughout his body of work, Josephson's incisive commentary on the curiosities of photography as a descriptive medium and our belief in the image places his work at the vanguard of conceptual photography. This exhibition features 62 photographs dating from 1959 to 2003, including his early experimental photographs, ground-breaking conceptual work and more recent landscapes. Included in general admission.
Castiglione: Lost Genius–Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection features 90 of the finest examples of drawings, etchings and monotypes of the master Genoese draftsman, painter and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. A forgotten master from the Italian baroque, Castiglione was a self-proclaimed genius, whose artworks entered the Royal Collection in 1762. The exhibition explores Castiglione's mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite a turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known. Co-curated by Timothy Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the DAM, the exhibition is on view through Nov. 8. Guided 45-minute tours are available daily at 2 p.m. and a self-guide audio tour is available for visitors with smartphones. Both the exhibition (on view through Nov. 8) and the tours are included in general admission; reservations are not required.
Conversation with Curator: Looking at Castiglione's Drawings and Prints
Oct. 2, 4–4:45 p.m.
Join curator Timothy J. Standring on a tour through Castiglione: Lost Genius. Learn how to be a connoisseur of the artist's graphic works and hear behind-the-scenes stories spanning 40 years of research on this rogue artist. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission; reservations are not required.
Curator's Musings: The Making of Castiglione: Lost Genius
Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Timothy Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting & Sculpture, talks about one of the most celebrated artists of his time, the Genoese artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-1664). Free with general admission; first-come seating. For details, email programs@fopas. Sponsored by the Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.
Oct. 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The DAM is partnering with the Americas Latino Eco-Festival to present a one-day Family Day designed to engage the community in art, artmaking and creativity. Join us for this free multicultural festival with films, live performances, artist workshops, Spanish-language storytellers, a book fair and activities in the galleries.
Contemporary Mexican printmaker Artemio Rodriguez will be on-site with his Gráficomóvil and also will conduct an on-site interactive printmaking workshop. Mural artist David Garcia will create a larger-than-life painting in Ponti Hall; the space will also feature performances of flamenco dancing, folkloric music and piano. In Sharp Auditorium, five inspiring environmental awareness short and feature-length films (with content in both English and Spanish) will stream during the celebration. The festival and general admission to the museum is free; reservations are not required.
Oct. 17, 18 and 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Kick off fall break with the Americas Latino Eco-Festival Family Day as we celebrate the connections between Latino culture, art and the environment. General admission is free for all ages on Oct. 17. In addition to the weekend, the Family Activity Cart and Create-n-Takes also will be available on Oct. 20. (The museum is closed on Monday.) All Fall Break activities are included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.
Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE at Free First Saturdays
Oct. 3, 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. (A special exhibition ticket is required for In Bloom.) 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 new 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.
Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Local spinners team up for a friendly yarn-spinning competition. Witness how wool goes from sheep to skein and see how this process results in stunning artworks across the museum's collections. Interested spinners who would like to participate can register online ahead of time. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger are free.
Oct. 11, 10 a.m.–noon (second Sunday of each month)
Join Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart, witty, and hilarious foxes—as they solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help these super-sleuths sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. Visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles to find the foxes. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.
ADULT PROGRAMS & LECTURES
Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
The 2015 Fall Logan Lecture series, Persistent Vision, begins with artist Scott Hocking. Hocking creates site-specific installations, using materials found in urban prairies and abandoned architecture, and then photographs the places he encounters. A native of Detroit, Hocking documents change and transformation caused by force of nature or man. His interventions reveal often-forgotten histories of place and imbue them with mythic importance. In September 2015 Hocking will create a site-specific work for the Lille Triennial. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8–$18; students free with valid student ID. Series tickets are also available for $60; $48 for DAM members, $35 for DAMContemporaries members.
The Fall 2015 Logan Lecture series will include Trenton Doyle Hancock (Oct. 28), Petah Coyne (Nov. 4) and Beverly Fishman (Nov. 18). Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.
Oct. 21, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Susan Skarsgard, Global Industrial Design Manager, General Motors Design, will present an insider's view of the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, one of the most significant works by architect Eero Saarinen. Skarsgard's lively presentation celebrates an important collaboration between architect and corporate client that resulted in this National Historic Landmark. Free admission; seating is on a first-come basis.
Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.
For the first time in history, more humans live in cities than do not. Billions more will move into urban settings during the coming decades, many into exploding slums. New waves of refugees are creating their own cities. In this special presentation, Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of The New York Times, asks the questions: how will we make new cities and remake old ones to be more resilient, equitable, healthy and enduring places to live? Free, but space is limited. Reservations are required; reserve online or by calling 720-354-4878. Sponsored by Clyfford Still Museum with the Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics at the Denver Art Museum and the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado.
Oct. 30, 6–10 p.m.
The 2015 Untitled season wraps up with Untitled: Flip Side. Hear the other side of the story as the backs of artworks are unveiled and alternative perspectives are revealed. At every Untitled Final Friday event, get an offbeat art fix, pick up a creative skill and enjoy unique detours, munchies and a dose of the unexpected. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free. College students with ID receive 2-for-1 tickets during the event.
Through Jan. 3, 2016
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, have 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! Stop by for office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., and Saturdays noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays, noon–3 p.m.
Uncover the world of conserving textiles. 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.
Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Learn about current textile conservation projects at the monthly Textile Talk in the PreVIEW space on level 6 of the North Building. Included in general admission. No reservations are required, but space is limited.
Tactile Tables (offered on the second Friday and Saturday of every other month)
Oct. 9 and 10, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
At the DAM's Tactile Tables, experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated by specially trained docents. Tactile Tables are available to anyone who wants a multisensory experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision. In October, the focus is on Asian art. Included in general admission.
Drop-in Drawing (on the second Tuesday of each month)
Oct. 13, 1–3 p.m.
Explore contemporary ceramicist, fashion designer and graphic artist Virgil Ortiz's Revolt 1680/2180 exhibition. Take inspiration from Ortiz's figurative ceramic forms and "decorate" them with your own symbolic, inventive patterns. Bring your own materials or use one of our notebooks. Included in general admission.
Oct. 22, 6 and 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Join curator John Lukavic for an inside look at the significance of these paintings, Scholder's numerous art world influences and the historic and contemporary events that informed this series. Curatorial assistant Eric Berkemeyer will explain Scholder's lithographic process and how printmaking extended his artistic practice. Tickets are $5–12; free for students with ID. Limited space; reservations are required. Sponsored by the Douglas Society, a DAM support group.
Drop-in Writing (on the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Oct. 27, 1–3 p.m.
What is real? How do we truly know one another? In this drop-in writing session—The Real Person: Breaking Down Stereotype—we'll take our cue from the Fritz Scholder exhibition Super Indian and examine concepts of character and persona. Explore how what we sometimes think—and see—isn't always the whole story. Included in general admission; no reservations required.
Denver Art Museum
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