October 2019 at the DAM: Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature Opens, Logan Lecture with Suchitra Mattai, Untitled: in/visible features Lauri Lynxxe Murphy, Phantom Canyon Closes and Other Highlights

Note: The museum will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Oct. 18.

On. Oct. 21, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to open the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature will feature more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus 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 dated and timed exhibition ticket is required for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, which will be on view through Feb. 2, 2020.

Claude Monet, Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge, 1899. Oil on canvas; 35-5/8 x 35-5/16 in (90.5 x 89.7 cm). Princeton University Art Museum: From the Collection of William Church Osborn, Class of 1883, trustee of Princeton University (1914-1951), president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1941-1947); given by his family, y1972-15. Photo Credit: Princeton University Art Museum/Art Resource, NY.

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 will uncover 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 will explore Monet’s continuous 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. Additionally, the exhibition will examine 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, Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville, 1882. Oil on canvas; 23 x 30-1/2 in (58.4 x 77.5 cm). Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, 2016.365.

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

The special dated and timed ticket required for Monet includes an exhibition audio tour (with both an adult and family-friendly version) and general museum admission for the same day. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended, and the best prices are available online. #MonetatDAM


Stacey Steers, still from Phantom Canyon, 2006. Single-channel video, with sound (edition 2 of 10); 9 min 30 sec. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the artist, 2011.236.1-4. © Stacey Steers

Phantom Canyon: A Digital Circuit

Through October 13

Journey along the circuit of balconies, landings and stairs within the atrium of the DAM’s Hamilton Building to discover a selection of digital artworks that make up Phantom Canyon: A Digital Circuit. A moving image is comprised of a series of still images, shown in rapid succession. The afterimage—or ghost—of one picture stays in our eye for a fleeting moment, allowing our brain to merge it with the next. Action on a screen is created through this succession of blended phantom images. As visitors discover each of the artworks in Phantom Canyon, this space feels more like a canyon filled with scenic stops that offer a glimpse into each artist’s imagination.

Note: Phantom Canyon will go dark during the Monet exhibition, returning in February. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #PhantomCanyonatDAM

Image courtesy Instagram user @carolynmichelle5280.

La Musidora

Extended through Oct. 20

La Musidora is a combination of the Spanish words "la música" (music) and "la mecedora" (rocking chair). Take part in this interactive outdoor art installation located near the main entrance to the Hamilton Building. Make musical sounds by gently rocking colorfully woven chairs in tandem. This 90-foot artwork seats a total of 20 visitors at a time.

La Musidora was designed by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena of the interdisciplinary design firm Esrawe + Cadena in Mexico City.


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. Email whatisutopia@denverartmuseum.org to receive information about the giveaway. Engage with Jonathan Saiz through Instagram via @utopia_is_free and with the hashtags #WhatisUtopia and #JonathanSaizatDAM.

Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Image courtesy Instagram user @verogpereira .

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

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Extended 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.

A 45-minute public tour is available daily at 1:30 p.m. through Oct. 20. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. #TreasuresatDAM

Shantell Martin © 2017. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Anton & Irene. www.shantellmartin.art

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines

Sept. 27, 2019–Jan. 31, 2021

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines is an interactive multimedia installation featuring the work of London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin. Featuring Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play, it will include 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—will be 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 daily 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. 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.

October Artist Demonstrations

  • October 5-6 & 12-13: Las Adelitas: Natalie Pacheco and Shantel Lucero, Acrylic Painting
  • October 19-20 & 26-27: Kaitlyn Tucek, The Expressive Figure: Painting as Narrative

Visitors exploring creativity in the Paint Studio.


Free First Saturday

Oct. 5, 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.

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 figuring out an art mystery.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Oct. 13, 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 am and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, pick up a letter from the Fox Box on level 1 and follow the riddles into the galleries. Free with general admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

First Light Family Space

Open during museum hours

Step into the the First Light Family Space on level 3 for hands-on 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. Included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger.


Logan Lecture: Suchitra Mattai

Oct. 7, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Suchitra Mattai is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Guyana, now working in Denver. Her practice maintains an interest in the complex relationship between the natural and artificial worlds, as well as in the questioning of historical narratives. Mattai will speak about her process and share her experiences surrounding the Sharjah Biennial and the creation of "Imperfect Isometry."

A reception follows the lecture at the ART, a hotel. Tickets are free for Museum Friends, $5 for students with valid ID, $15 DAM members, $20 nonmembers.

Suchitra Mattai, Tropical Beauty, 2018. Thread, vintage magazine, and gouache on printed fabric; 12 x 12 in.

Drop-In Drawing

Oct. 8, 1-3 p.m.

Join artist Anna Kaye for our monthly fun and informal creative art session, offered the second Tuesday of the each month. 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. (Please note that 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. No reservations required.

Charlie Russell’s Old West (film screening)

Oct. 9, 6 p.m.

The DAM hosts the world premiere of this documentary, focusing on Charles Russell’s artistic genius and his role in witnessing and visually chronicling a pivotal moment in the history of the American West—the end of the open range. Narrated by J. K. Simmons; Charlie Russell voiced by Bill Pullman. Tickets are free for Museum Friends, $15 for DAM members, $20 for nonmembers.

Photo courtesy Jeff Wells and Christina Jackson.

Insight: Figuring Out Family Fun

Oct. 11, 6 p.m.

The DAM is well-known for welcoming kids and families and connecting them with art in new and innovative ways. How do we create programs and design spaces for these important visitors?

Join Lindsay Genshaft, DAM’s manager of family and community programs, and Natalie Thomas, coordinator of family interpretation, in a conversation about their creative approaches to making the museum fun and engaging for families.

Discover how a Create-n-Take starts as a brainstorm and develops into a full-fledged program, learn how artworks inspire activities and find out how off-the-wall ideas come to life in family spaces. Tickets are free for Museum Friends, $10 DAM members, $15 nonmembers.

Unkoku Toeki (Japanese, 1591-1644), Winter Landscape (detail), 1600s. Ink and gold leaf on paper, 65.625 x 149.5 in. Walter C. Mead Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 1965.15.

Mindful Looking

Oct. 15, 1–1:45 p.m.

Join teaching specialist Molly Medakovich in a relaxing exploration of a 17th-century winter landscape scene by Japanese artist Unkoku Toeki. Lose yourself in the peaceful setting and marvel at the dazzling effects of the ink and gold leaf that the artist used to describe nature at its finest.

Join us on the third Tuesday of each month for Mindful Looking, a 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.

Drop-In Writing

Oct. 22, 13 p.m.

Explore your creativity through the written word in our informal writing sessions with staff from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. This month take inspiration from Shantell Martin: Words and Lines. 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.

Untitled Final Friday: in/visible, featuring Lauri Lynnxe Murphy

Oct. 25, 610 p.m.

The final Untitled of 2019 highlights the creative practice of BioArtist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, with the theme "in/visible," inspired by The Light Show and Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Watch for Snail Trails shadow drawing and other activities to be announced.

Untitled Final Friday also includes a cash bar and yummy eats available from a different food truck each month. Free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger; students with valid ID receive two-for-one tickets during Untitled. (Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature requires a separate ticket.)

Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores. #untitledDAM


El Mar Caribe: The American Mediterranean

19th Annual Mayer Center Symposium

Nov. 8 & 9 (doors open at 9 a.m.)

This two-day symposium will focus on the Ancient American communities that resided around and within the Caribbean Sea. Sessions run 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $70 for Museum Friends, $80 for DAM members, $90 for nonmembers, $20 for students with current ID.

Those unable to attend the whole symposium can purchase a ticket for the Saturday night reception and keynote address by John Hoopes, Ph.D., University of Kansas.

Nuevo atlas o teatro de todo el mundo en el qual se contienen los mapas y descripciones de España, Asia, Africa y America Material cartográfico, 1656. Stapleton Rare Book Collection at the Denver Art Museum.

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