March 2016: Samurai opens, Spring Break, DAM Welcomes New Native Arts Artist-in-Residence and Creative-in-Residence, Untitled: Risky Business and Other Highlights

Opening March 6, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection will tell the iconic story of Japanese samurai through 140 objects from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor and accoutrements in the world. Surrounded by murals and war regalia, visitors will be immersed in the life, culture and pageantry of samurai in the 1100s through the 1800s. Exquisitely decorated suits of armor, helmets, weapons, horse trappings and additional battle gear will be on display, demonstrating masterful craftsmanship. Samurai will highlight the artistic inspiration for these elaborate suits of armor.

Mogamidō tōsei gusoku (armor), Hōrai Kunichika (helmet), and Myōchin Muneaki (mask), Edo period: 17th–18th century. Photograph by Brad Flowers. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas.

A special exhibition ticket is required for Samurai. The exhibition is curated in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, Dallas. An exhibition catalog, Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, will be available in The Shops and online.

Samurai-related programming

Spring Break: Brave and Bold

March 19–April 3

Spring Break at the DAM means fun for the whole family! Stop by our new Just for Fun Center Japan for a peek into Japanese art and culture. Compose your own Japanese-inspired garden, use your creativity and patience to create balancing stone sculptures, or make your mark and add to an ink-painted screen. Design and wear a samurai-inspired helmet, experience the complicated process by which samurai dressed and play Guess Who? using images of incredible objects from the Samurai exhibition. The Paint Studio, Create-n-Takes and Backpack Cart will be open every day, and watch for performances and storytelling in the galleries, too! Museum admission is free for kids 18 and younger. The Free for Kids program at the Denver Art Museum is made possible by Scott Reiman.

Curator's Circle: Portrait of Toyotomi Hideyoshi

March 15, 6:30–8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Focusing on the commemorative function of Japanese portraits, this lecture by Yuki Morishima, assistant curator at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, explores the great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537–98). The portrait of Hideyoshi at the Asian Art Museum is important and rare both as a work of art and as an invaluable document, as it contains the inscription, the date and the names of those who commissioned and inscribed it. Morishima will discuss the fascinating world of Japanese portraits that scholars have, in the main, overlooked. Reception and an opportunity to talk with the speaker will follow. Free, but reservations—available through the museum website or by calling 720-913-0130—are requested.

A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings

Through April 24

Presenting vibrant paintings by two artists who found their niche in Taos, New Mexico, A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings explores how these works were instrumental in defining American art in the 20th century. A Place in the Sun highlights the parallels and differences between the artists' lives and their artistic development. This is the first exhibition to present the major award-winning paintings by Ufer and Hennings. Daily exhibition tours of A Place in the Sun are offered at 2 p.m. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

Walter Ufer, Going East, 1917. Oil on canvas; 51 x 51 in. The Eugene B. Adkins Collection at Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

A Place in the Sun-related programming

Nooner Tours

  • March 9 & 11: E. Martin Hennings & Jugendstihl—As an art student in Munich, Hennings was exposed to Art Nouveau, known as Jugendstihl in Germany. View his New Mexico art through an Art Nouveau lens.
  • March 16 & 18: Walter Ufer's Point of View—This tour takes a focused look at Ufer's compositional strategies and his placement of the viewer.


Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jan Jacobs

Through May 15, 2016

The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence for the spring is Jan Jacobs, acclaimed ribbonwork artist of the Osage tribe. She will be sharing the art of Osage ribbonwork and talking about its history and why it is such an important part of the Osage InLonSchka Dances each June.

On the following dates, Jan will have public hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when she will engage with visitors in the studio on level 3 of the North Building: March 16 & 17 and 19 & 20, and April 20 & 21 and 23 & 24.

Creative-in-Residence Mar Williams. Photo by Dan Chick.

Creative-in-Residence Mar Williams

March 22–May 22, 2016

The DAM's next creative-in-residence, Mar Williams, will be opening up an interactive installation examining the connection between technology, art and individual identity. Each time we access the web we leave traces of our interests, preferences and activities behind that comprise our "online" or technologically augmented identity. Mar's residency will use Bluetooth technology to track visitors' interaction with the art and each other in the exhibit Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out. The information tracked will be used to create and visualize a unique identity for each visitor who participates. Come to level 3 of the Hamilton Building during Mar's residency to experience this interactive installation.


Reweaving History with artist Shan Goshorn

March 2, 6 p.m.

Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn will speak about her woven-paper baskets and her career-changing experience as a 2013 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. Her research in federal archives during this fellowship inspires and informs her work, which addresses issues unique to contemporary Native American people, such as sovereignty, treaty violation, gaming and repatriation. Tickets range from $5 to $12; free for students with ID. Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society.

Conversation with Curator: Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out

March 4, 4 p.m.

Join curator Becky Hart for a look at Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out, a new installation that features the DAM's collection of contemporary art and signature loans from local collectors. Meet in the elevator lobby on level 3 of the Hamilton Building. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Mickalene Thomas, Untitled #15, 2015. Rhinestones, glitter, dry pastel, acrylic and oil paint on wood panel. Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Logan Lecture: Mickalene Thomas in conversation with Becky Hart

March 9, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Mickalene Thomas explores the complexities of womanhood, including the contemporary notion of beauty. Through her use of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel, her work presents a twist on the classical canon, referencing pop culture and pop art in textured compositions. Highlighting the multifaceted qualities of the African American woman, Thomas utilizes female portraiture of 19th century masters, such as Édouard Manet, to reexamine our ideas about male-dominated art historical narratives, including issues of gender and racial representation. Tickets are $8–$18. An après-lecture reception with the artist follows each Logan Lecture at the ART, a hotel. Enjoy a chance to converse with the artist as well as complimentary snacks and a cash bar.

Upcoming Logan Lectures include Jovan Karlo Villalba (April 13) and Carroll Dunham (May 17).

Presented by the DAM Contemporaries. This series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with DAM Contemporaries.

Mindful Looking

March 15, 1 p.m.

Slow down and spend time with a single work of art, discovering overlooked details, exploring ideas and making connections at Mindful Looking. This month, join interpretive specialist Molly Medakovich as she leads an in-depth exploration of Raymond Jonson's 1927 painting, Pueblo Series, Acoma. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Drop-In Writing: The Odd and Maybe Macabre—Writing Fantastic Characters

March 22, 1–3 p.m. (offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month)

Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. This month, take inspiration from Grand Gestures: Dance, Drama, Masquerade and work to create weird and wild characters who may—or may not be—monsters, tricksters, gods, angels, demons and/or humans. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger. No reservations required.

Untitled: Risky Business

March 25, 6–10 p.m.

This month, throw caution to the wind and dive into dicey situations and downright dangerous occupations at Untitled: Risky Business. At our Untitled Final Fridays, you can get an offbeat art fix, pick up a creative skill and convene with local movers and makers. Top it off with a cash bar, munchies and a dose of the unexpected and you've got a great night out. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays, and youth 18 and younger are free. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.

The Paint Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Find creative inspiration, try out art materials and experiment with techniques daily in the Paint Studio. On weekends, watch demonstrations by local artists. Included in museum admission; free for youth 18 and younger.Demonstration schedule for March, Saturdays and Sundays, noon–3 p.m.:

  • March 5–6: Leticia D. Tanguma – Mixed media with acrylic and watercolor
  • March 12–13: April Tsosie – Acrylic painting
  • March 19–20: Melanie Yazzie – Gouache painting on handmade paper
  • March 26–27: Lui Ferreyra – Oil painting

The Paint Studio is sponsored by The R&J Newman Family Foundation.


Registration for Summer Camps and Classes Now Open

Kids ages 4-11 can explore the museum and engage in hands-on learning and artmaking at our summer camps and classes. Some spaces are still available; visit the museum website at or call 720-913-0130 to register.

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE at Free First Saturdays

March 5, 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. (Additional ticket required for special ticketed exhibitions such as Samurai.) 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. 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 1 and 3 p.m.

Create Playdate: Stripe

March 9, 10 a.m–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. In March, doodle, stripe and dot as we play with patterns. Included in museum admission; children 18 and under free. No reservations required.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

March 13, 10 a.m.–noon (offered on the second Sunday of every month)

Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart, witty, and hilarious foxes inspired by the Fox Games artwork—are ready to strike out on their own and solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. See the foxes in action at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box, and then follow the riddles into the galleries. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Art Emergency: Code Red...

March 19, 10:30 a.m.

Two museum staff members who cannot agree which art should go where need your help. They'll let you in on surprising stories and details behind key works of art at the DAM, and then ask your opinion on what should fill the museum's walls. After the show, go find the featured pieces of art in the galleries! Enjoy these family-friendly performances by Real Live Theater at the DAM. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.

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