October 2016: Glory of Venice opens, Summer of Dance! Ends, Untitled: Glory Days Closes 2016 Season and Other Highlights

(Denver) Sept. 23, 2016 – Experience the extraordinary artistic creativity of Venice at Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, opening Oct. 2 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). From the mid-1400s to early 1500s, artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. Through this artistic evolution, the city became an internationally recognized model of pictorial excellence.

Titian, Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Dominic, and a Donor, about 1513. Oil on canvas; 53-7/8 × 72-1/2 in. Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Mamiano di Traversetolo, Parma, Italy. Courtesy of Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Mamiano di Traversetolo (Parma).

Artworks on view in the exhibition will emphasize how masters during this period—whose sensitivity toward color and light remained unparalleled for centuries—veered from traditional techniques and began using oil paint to experiment with depth, emotion and dimension in their work.

Glory of Venice features about 50 significant works, and provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience 19 artworks from Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. Additional masterworks on view include paintings on loan from the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice and the Fondazione Magnani Rocca in Parma, Italy, as well as signature paintings from the DAM’s collection.

Daily guided tours of Glory of Venice will be offered throughout the exhibition at 1 p.m. Tours are included in museum admission and no reservations are required. A fully illustrated publication, produced by the DAM, will accompany the exhibition.

Glory of Venice will be included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. #GloryofVenice #ThanksSCFD #CultureForAll

Glory of Venice-related programming

Venice and the Oil-on-Canvas Revolution

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

Frederick Ilchman, Baker Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will discuss the dramatic changes in the art of the Renaissance. A leap in artistic evolution occurred in Venice around 1500, when a new generation of painters rejected two centuries of artistic tradition to combine consistently the oil medium and the canvas support. Masterpieces in the Glory of Venice exhibition, as well as examples of recent restorations in Venice, will vividly demonstrate the expressive possibilities of this technological revolution. Free with museum admission; first-come seating. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Glory of Venice: An Artistic Evolution

Saturdays, Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 2:304 pm

Dive deeper into Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance with this four-session course that will take participants on an exploration of the creativity of Venice from the mid-1400s to early 1800s, a time when artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. $75 DAM members, $85 others. Individual sessions (space-available basis): $20 DAM members, $23 others. Register on the museum website or call 720-913-0130.

Untitled: Glory Days

Oct. 28, 6-10 p.m.

Join us for the final Untitled of 2016 as we roll back the clock to the glory of the Renaissance! Come be part of a creative-in-residence mega-reunion. 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. Youth 18 and younger receive free admission, and 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. #UntitledDAM


Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s

Through May 28, 2017

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, showcases work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. This debut exhibition by Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art, Curator of Fashion, features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today.

Installation view of Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s.

Works on view illustrate concepts such as the intersection of tradition and modernity; the influence of pop culture motifs; molding the body versus hiding the body with oversized shapes; reinventing the traditional Western representation of femininity; collaborations between contemporary artists and fashion designers; and other diverse ways of challenging the fashion system.

Shock Wave demonstrates how Japanese designers confronted the work of European designers (such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Anne-Marie Beretta, Azzedine Alaïa and Thierry Mugler) during the 1980s, while they inspired younger European designers (such as Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano and Dries Van Noten) in the 1990s. A 64-page publication, featuring many looks from the exhibition as well as the work of fashion photographers, is available in The Shop and online. Shock Wave is included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. #ShockWaveDenver

Several Summer of Dance! Exhibitions Take Final Bow

  • Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art and #dancelab close Oct. 2
  • Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie on view until Jan. 8, 2017
  • Grand Gestures: Dance, Drama, Masquerade through August 2017

Explore movement in art through several exhibitions throughout the museum. Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art looks at the influences, evolution and distinct traditions of dance in America, portraying dances ranging from American Indian dances and ballet to the Charleston and Spanish flamencos. About 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures and costumes relating to American dance from 1830 to 1960 are on view.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), La Carmencita, 1890. Oil on canvas; 91-5/8 x 55-7/8 in. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, RF746

In #dancelab, become part of the action as you follow dance steps choreographed by Wonderbound, then see your movements combined with other visitors' movements for a collective dance experience.

Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie showcases 30 posters from the 1960s to the 1990s, which announced performances at Colorado State University and feature expressive techniques, energetic imagery and restrained typography. Grand Gestures: Dance, Drama, Masquerade is also on view.

All summer of Dance! exhibitions are included in museum admission. #DanceatDAM #DenverBaila #dancelab #ThanksSCFD


Artist Workshops with Danette Montoya

Danette Montoya in the studio.

Oct. 22 and 29, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.1 p.m.

Insider Moment with Danette Montoya

Nov. 11, 66:30 p.m.

Come check out the latest artist project for Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions and contribute to Danette Montoya’s art installation during workshops on Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5.

Stop by the Insider Moment on Nov. 11 for an off-the-cuff chat about her work. Included in museum admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger, and no reservations are required. Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Movement Studio and Weekend Creative Demonstrations

Daily through Oct. 9

Explore how artists express and are inspired by movement. The studio includes three hands-on activity areas to explore and experiment with motion in unique ways and features weekend demonstrations by local creatives.

Weekend Demonstration Schedule

The Movement Studio is generously supported by The Robert & Judi Newman Family Foundation.


Tactile Tables: Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art Collections

Oct. 7 & 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

To celebrate Art Beyond Sight Awareness month in October, visitors are invited to use senses other than sight to explore artworks as they discover the sounds, smells and textures of objects from the DAM’s pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial galleries. Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way with facilitation by specially trained docents. Free with admission and open to all visitors who desire a multisensory, hands-on experience with art, including those visitors who are blind or have low vision. For details, email dschulz@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0074.

Frei Otto: Spanning the Future (film screening)

Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

The documentary Frei Otto: Spanning the Future tells the story of the innovative German architect and 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate. Half a century ago, Frei Otto became world famous as a pioneer in the design of lightweight tensile structures. Born in Germany in 1925, his life story is set against the sweep of 20th century history. Filmed in Stuttgart, Mannheim, Munich, London and Los Angeles, the documentary includes exclusive interviews with Frei Otto and Zaha Hadid, among others. Running time 60 minutes. This premiere is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Visit the museum website or call 720-913-0044. Presented by Design Council, a DAM support group, and Colorado Public Television-CPT12 PBS.

King George III:The Most Cultured Monarch,” Art Collector, Friend of America and Family Man

Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)

Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, Oliver Everett was librarian and assistant keeper of the Royal Archives from 1985 to 2002. During those 17 years, he gained a deep and detailed knowledge of the Collection and of the history of the Castle and its occupants. George III is unjustly remembered solely as having been mad and having lost the American colonies. However, George III also was a discerning art collector, patron of the arts and artists, friend of America and Americans and a committed family man. A keen architect, he added the future Buckingham Palace to the Royal residences and re-inhabited Windsor Castle. Included in general admission. First-come seating. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

History of the Kimono

Oct. 19, noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Originally an imported fashion from China made popular by courtesans, the kimono has evolved into the iconic dress of Japan. Follow the development of design, uses, style and decorative techniques with Dr. Hiroko Johnson, professor emeritus and lecturer in Japanese art history, San Diego State University. Lecture tickets $5–$10 (general admission required for gallery access). For details, email Blittle@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.

Circulación: Movement of Ideas, Art and People in Spanish America (16th Annual Mayer Center Symposium)

Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

The movement of artwork and artists, as well as the circulation of ideas and ideologies, shaped culture in Spanish America. International scholars will explore topics related to artistic exchange, from local interactions to global networks, and their influence on the art and architecture of the region. $20 students, $75 Alianza members, $80 DAM members, $85 others. Visit the symposium page for details. Sponsored by the Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.

Jim Olson Architecture: Connecting With Landscape, Art and Craft

Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

A founding partner of Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig, Jim Olson has explored the interplay of landscape, art and craft in architecture for over 50 years. Olson will discuss the powerful connection between these disciplines and his current Denver project, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Visit the museum website or call 720-913-0044. Presented by the Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.


Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will open Nov. 13, featuring more than 70 original costumes and the opportunity to explore the captivating process of costume design for these iconic outfits. There are still tickets available for the Member Preview on Nov. 12. Join now for the chance to see it first, get access to Member Mondays and for the best prices on tickets throughout the run of the exhibition. Call 720-913-0130, join online or visit an onsite welcome center.


Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Oct. 1, 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-friendly activities. Free museum 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 #CultureForAll

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. DAM Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Oct. 9, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Two smart, witty and hilarious foxes—are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, 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.

Fall Break

Oct. 27–30, 10 a.m.4 p.m.

Stop by for family fun during Fall Break! The Family Activity Cart will be out all four days, and two new Create-n-Takes—Tupu Together and Screen Stories—will be available in the galleries. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

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