September 2013: Friendship Powwow, A Day at the Dye Garden, Last Chance to See Spun, Nick Cave and Mark Rothko and Other Highlights

One of the Denver Art Museum's (DAM) longest-running events, the 24th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration on September 7 explores the vitality of American Indian cultures. Gourd dancing will begin at 10 a.m.

with the powwow grand entry at noon. Throughout the day, visitors can watch colorful dance competitions, participate with local artists in hands-on activities, work with artist-in-residence Marie Watt in a community sewing circle or enjoy their first (or 101st!) piece of fry bread. Visitors can stop in to see Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840–1870, on view through September 22. The Powwow will be held on Acoma Plaza between the Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library. All powwow activities and general museum admission are free. This year's Friendship Powwow coincides with Free First Saturday, sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Day at the Dye Garden: Flowers to Fabrics

September 14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Come see the changes that have taken place in our Pop-Up Dye Garden over the summer! Watch as experts demonstrate the basics of natural dyeing. Visitors can try their own hand at the process, see how to transform plants in their own garden into natural dyes, or become a Dye Detective to discover where natural dyes are used in the museum collection. All activities are included in general museum admission.

Nick Cave: Sojourn, Spun: Adventures in Textiles and Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s Closing

Nick Cave: Sojourn, at the Denver Art Museum
Time is running out to see the museum's three summer exhibitions. Taking visitors on a journey through the artist's imagination, Nick Cave: Sojourn features approximately 40 new artworks including 20 Soundsuits. Cave's multisensory, immersive installation transports visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound and movement, entered through a passageway constructed of thousands of buttons. The exhibition includes large-scale, sculptural objects made out of found objects and new short films. A special exhibition ticket is required for Nick Cave: Sojourn, on view through September 22.

Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s traces the development of Rothko's work during the most critical decade of his career. The exhibition—which includes many paintings, drawings and watercolors rarely seen before—traces Rothko's journey from the figurative through surrealist myth-based works, the surrealist-abstracted and the multiforms, all the way to the classic/color field paintings he began at the end of the decade. The exhibition, which is included in museum admission, is on view through September 29.

In Spun: Adventures in Textiles, the DAM takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo blankets to an examination of how contemporary artists are working with fabric. The museum's newly opened and renovated textile art galleries, debuting with the inaugural show Cover Story, are at the heart of this campus-wide event. Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Weaving, 1840-1870, will close on September 22, Spun's official close date. Several exhibitions included in the campus-wide celebration of textiles, including Cover Story, will remain on view into the fall. All Spun exhibitions are included in museum admission.

An Evening Celebrating Mark Rothko

September 20, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

The evening begins with a lecture by Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. After the lecture, visitors can explore Figure to Field and enjoy hors d'oeuvres. The evening concludes with a performance of The Rothko Room, an original piece for piano, composed and performed by Washington D.C.-based musician Haskell Small. Tickets range from $12 to $24. Co-presented by the Clyfford Still Museum.

A Weekend Celebrating Mark Rothko: Chamber theater performances of John Logan's Red

September 21, 1 p.m., and September 22, 6 p.m.

Curious Theatre Company and the DAM present two chamber theater performances of John Logan's Red. The winner of six Tony Awards including Best Play, Red is set in the late 1950s as Mark Rothko struggles to complete his commissioned Seagram Murals for the Four Seasons in New York City. Tickets range from $15 to $22. Made possible by the generous support of the Cooke-Daniels Memorial Lecture Fund, DAM Contemporaries, the Clyfford Still Museum and CultureHaus.

Spun Programming in September

Complementing Spun: Adventures in Textiles, on view through September 22, the DAM presents an array of programming that encourages visitors to explore the vibrant medium of textiles through a drop-in Quilt Studio, curator talks, the Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef Project and the Pop-Up Dye Garden.

Conversations with Curators

September 6, 4 p.m. — Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions and tours with different curators on the first Friday of every month. This month, explore Red, White and Bold with curator Nancy Blomberg. Free with general admission; reservations are not required.

Cover Story Tactile Tables

September 14, 2–4 p.m.

The tactile tables are an opportunity for blind and low vision visitors to experience Cover Story, the inaugural show for the new textile art galleries, in a hands-on way. Objects featured in Cover Story mirror the diverse geographical areas and range of textiles found in the DAM's permanent collection. Enter through the North Building lobby. Free with general admission, but reservations are appreciated.

PreVIEW Open Window

Thursdays through October 31, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. For two hours on a weekly basis, visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle and treat objects from the textile art collection.

Quilt Studio and Weekend Demonstrations – through September 22

Every day in the Quilt Studio, visitors can explore the innovative world of contemporary quilting and immerse themselves in the creative process while weekend demonstrations by local artists provide a behind-the-scenes look at quilting practices.

September schedule: Saturdays & Sundays, noon–3 p.m.

September 1, 7 & 8: Deana Harragarra Waters — Native American quilting

September 14 & 15: Heather Thomas — Quilting with Hand-dyed Fabric

September 21 & 22: Heather Thomas — Sculpted Quilting

Untitled #61 (Harvest)

September 27, 6–10 p.m.

At Untitled #61 (Harvest), reap the bounty of the season: harvest a crocheted garden, a dye garden and a crocheted coral reef. Untitled is included with general admission, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event. Untitled is sponsored by Macy's Foundation and made possible through citizen support of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Family Fun in September

Totspot Sunday

September 8, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to join us for Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month. Watch Buntport Theater perform in the galleries, then check out all of the other museum activities available for families. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail or call 720-913-0130.

Create Playdate: Harvest

September 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in on the second Wednesday of the month for hands-on artmaking with your little ones. Come Harvest with us as the season changes. Hear a story in the gallery and have fun with other tots and their grown-ups. Create Playdates are included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail or call 720-913-0130.

CelebrARTE: Nosotros

September 15, 1–4 pm

Rita Flores Wallace with museum visitors in the Quilt Studio.
¡Bienvenidos a CelebrARTE! Bring toda la familia to DAM's monthly bilingual program. To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, it's all about Nosotros—us, our history, heritage, contributions and culture. Join Dancing Across Cultures for Ballet Folklórico and hear regional Mexican music from their visiting musicians in residence. Close the summer of Spun by making Mexican tapestries with Rita Flores Wallace in the master artist's taller. Included with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 720-913-0054.

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