September 2014: 25th Annual Friendship Powwow, Last Chance to See Beyond Pop Art and At the Mirror, Untitled #71 (Face Time) and Other Highlights

One of the Denver Art Museum’s longest-running events, the 25th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration on Sept. 6, will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities, vendors and more. The DAM’s Friendship Powwow is a celebration of the vitality of American Indian cultures. The Gourd Dance will begin at 10 a.m. with the powwow grand entry at noon. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can watch colorful dance competitions, participate with local artists in hands-on activities, and enjoy their first (or 101st!) piece of fry bread.

Don’t miss the museum’s world-famous American Indian art collection on level three of the North Building. In addition, Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jeffrey Gibson will be screening a trailer of his new video project, one becomes the other, during the powwow. All powwow activities and museum admission are free.

Time is running out to see Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective. The exhibition is on view through Sept. 14. Beyond Pop Art features the work of painter Tom Wesselmann, who is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of American pop art. Organized chronologically, this exhibition follows the development of Wesselmann’s work, series by series, from his earliest abstract collages to his well-known series, Great American Nudes, and still lifes of his pop period to the cut-steel drawings and Sunset Nudes of his late work.

Tom Wesselmann (American, b.1931, d.2004), Still Life #35, 1963. Oil and collage on canvas; 120 x 192 in. Lent by Claire Wesselmann. © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Photo Credit: Jeffrey Sturges.

Beyond Pop Art features approximately 100 works, including the larger-than-life Still Life #60 and Screen Star. Visitors can explore Wesselmann’s personal and creative journey through preliminary drawings, maquettes, archival documents, billboards, photographs and letters.

Daily 45-minute tours of Beyond Pop Art are offered at 2 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in museum admission and reservations are not required.

Beyond Pop Art-related programming

Drop-In Drawing: Pop Art

Sept. 9, 1–3 p.m.

Utilize a simplification method to create drawings inspired by Tom Wesselmann and other artists of the pop art movement. Facilitated and included in museum admission; reservations not required.

At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

Through Sept. 21

These woodblock prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by Japanese printmakers during a 100-year period. The variety of styles reflects the changing appearance of Japan as it embraced modern technology while continuing to respect its cultural past. Though woodblock printing has been around for centuries, in the 20th century, artists played with new subjects and topics that were relevant to a contemporary audience.

Focusing on woodblock prints ranging in date from 1901 to 2001, all prints in this exhibition were acquired by the DAM since 1970 to provide the collection with artworks that demonstrate the continuation of a traditional Japanese art form into the 20th century. At the Mirror is included in museum admission.

Masami Teraoka (b. 1926), Today’s Special (from the series 31 Flavors Invading Japan), 1982. Color woodblock print. Funds from David A. Yeakley bequest. 2014.22

At the Mirror-related programming:

Contemporary Narrative Art: Evolution of Masami Teraoka’s Work to 2014

Sept. 3, 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6 p.m. for viewing of At the Mirror)

Throughout his career, Japanese artist Masami Teraoka has acknowledged the simultaneous fusion and clashing of East and West. He combines fantasy and humor with darker social issues in paintings and prints that are informed by history, art history, politics, sexuality, the AIDS epidemic and the globalization of American franchises such as Baskin-Robbins and McDonald’s. Reception with cash bar follows. Tickets are $8-$18. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan, DAM Contemporaries, Curator’s Circle and the William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment.

ADULT PROGRAMS & LECTURES

Untitled #71 (Face Time)

Sept. 26, 6–10 p.m.

Take a lesson in anatomy through the art of portraiture, spend quality face time with your favorite artworks, and chat with artists near and far at Untitled this month. Included in museum admission. Cash bar. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Gallery Tour of Printed and Painted: The Art of Bark Cloth

Sept. 10, 6 & 7 p.m.

Arawe artist, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, Loincloth (detail), about 1930. Bark and paint. By exchange with the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, England, 1948.660

Take an in-depth look at the newly reinstalled Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art with curator Nancy Blomberg. Explore the varied and ingenious use of bark as an art medium throughout the Pacific islands, from beautiful tapa (bark cloth) to intricately carved bark belts. Tickets range from $5-$12; free for students with ID. Reservations are required; purchase tickets online at tickets.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130. Sponsored by the Douglas Society.

Andrew Wyeth at the Movies: The Story of an Obsession

Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Professor Henry Adams from Case Western Reserve University will speak on Andrew Wyeth. Over the course of his life Wyeth viewed King Vidor’s anti-war film, The Big Parade, over 200 times. Adams will explore Wyeth’s fascination with World War I, The Big Parade and the ways in which Vidor’s path-breaking narrative approach and innovations in film technique encouraged Wyeth to rethink the expressive and philosophical possibilities of painting. Free with museum admission. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture.

Behind the Scenes: Creating Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya

Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m.

Photographer Barry Brukoff’s award-winning book, Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya (written with co-author Michael Coe), presents a visual and archaeological overview of Maya civilization. Brukoff will detail the behind-the-scenes creation of his photographs. A book signing will follow the lecture. Tickets are $3–$10 and are available at the door. Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas.

A Yatai by Any Other Name is a Dashi

Sept. 24, noon

Kitty Comstock, Denver Sister Cities International former committee chair for the restoration of Denver’s Yatai, will speak about the history of Yatai/Dashi, and how one came to live in Sakura Square in downtown Denver. Most commonly known in Japan as street food carts where the first sushi was sold in the 1700s, Yatai have evolved into festival floats, more usually now called Dashi, embodying great civic pride and expensive upkeep. Tickets are $5–$10; museum admission not needed for lecture but required for gallery access. For details, call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association.

Sculpture Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through Oct. 12

Every day the museum is open, visitors can explore the creative process behind assorted techniques and mediums in the Sculpture Studio. On weekends, local artists demonstrate a variety of sculpting techniques from noon to 3 p.m. Included in museum admission.

September Demonstration Schedule (artists subject to change)

  • Sept. 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21: Mary McCauley — Fiber sculpture
  • Sept. 27 & 28: José Esquibel — Wood Carving

FAMILY FUN

Free First Saturday

Sept. 6, 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 museum’s many family and kid-friendly activities, available daily and weekends. Free museum admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. A Collection Highlights tours in Spanish is offered at 2 p.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

CelebrARTE: Unidos

Sept. 21, 1–4 p.m.

The third Sunday of the month, between 1 and 4 p.m., bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the artistic and cultural contribution Latinos have made in los Estados Unidos—the United States. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger are free.

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