September 2015: Friendship Powwow, Summer Celebration of Flowers Continues, Untitled: Offshoot, Castiglione: Lost Genius and Other Highlights

One of the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) longest-running events, the 26th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will take place Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities, artist booths 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. Throughout the day, visitors can watch colorful dance competitions, participate with artists in hands-on activities and enjoy their first (or 101st!) piece of fry bread.

Dancers at the 2014 Friendship Powwow.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Tom Haukaas will be on hand demonstrating floral beadwork and discussing his creative process. The powwow will take place on Acoma Plaza (between the DAM and Denver Public Library). All powwow activities and general museum admission are free.

Castiglione: Lost GeniusMasterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection features 90 of the finest examples of drawings, etchings and monotypes of the master Genoese draftsman, painter and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. A forgotten master from the Italian baroque, Castiglione was a self-proclaimed genius, whose artworks entered the Royal Collection in 1762. The exhibition explores Castiglione’s mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite a turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known. Co-curated by Timothy Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the DAM who is one of the world's foremost authorities on Castiglione, the exhibition is on view through Nov. 8. Castiglione: Lost Genius is included in general admission; no reservations required.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Genius of Castiglione, dated 1648. Etching, platemark; overall: 372 x 250 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.


Castiglione Guided Tours

Daily through Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

Guided 45-minute tours of the exhibition are included in general admission; no reservations required.

Drop-in Drawing (on the second Tuesday of each month)

Sept. 8, 1–3 p.m.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was renowned for his technical skill. Participants will have the opportunity to recreate drawings of his masterworks while exploring his drawing techniques, such as crosshatch and cross-contour, in the Castiglione: Lost Genius exhibition. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890; active in France), Vase with Cornflowers and Poppies, 1887. Oil on canvas, 31 1/2 × 26 3/8 in. (80 × 67 cm). Triton Collection Foundation.


In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism explores the development of 19th-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and others. The colorful exhibition demonstrates how a traditional genre was reinvented by 19th-century artists, as the art world's focus was shifting to modernism. Once inside the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to choose to enter a special gallery—The Impressionist Garden: Scent Experience. Greeted by a large photomural of Monet in his garden at Giverny, in this room visitors will encounter three scents inspired by flowers and foliage created by master perfumer Dawn Spencer-Hurwitz. When visitors leave the scent room, a special card is available to continue the sensory experience of the gardens in the galleries that follow. In Bloom, which requires a special exhibition ticket, will be on view through Oct. 11.


Untitled: Offshoot

Sept. 25, 6–10 p.m.

This month, explore everything that flowers inspire, from perfumes to photography. In September, CultureHaus collaborates with Untitled Final Fridays to bring two extraordinary experiences to the evening: a live acoustic performance inspired by specific artworks and special scents created to accompany various artworks. At every Untitled Final Friday event, enjoy offbeat art encounters, community collaborations, unique detours, local music, cash bar, munchies and more. Included in general admission; youth 18 and younger free. College students with ID receive 2-for-1 tickets during the event. Special exhibition ticket required for In Bloom.

Visitors can explore, experiment and create in the Flower Studio every day.

Flower Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Every day, visitors can find creative inspiration, try out art materials, explore design styles and experiment with techniques in our hands-on artmaking space. Every weekend during In Bloom, watch local artists demonstrate flower-inspired artmaking from noon to 3 p.m. The Flower Studio is sponsored by R&J Newman Family Foundation.

Bloom Plaza Installation Activities

Tea Blending Workshops

Sept. 3 & 4, 11 a.m.2 p.m.

Create your own tea blend and learn more about botanicals in this drop-in workshop with Shae Whitney, founder of DRAM Apothecary. Included in general admission; members and youth 18 and younger free.

Voice of the Plains

Sept. 25, 2–5 p.m. and 6–9 p.m.

Visit the mobile recording booth on the plaza to share your songs and stories about flowers and in exchange receive wildflower seed packets and paper flowers from Maureen Hearty, Gregory Hill and Nikki Pike of the bARTer collective and Sparky the Dog Records, a collective team of artists, musicians, writers, designers, educators and thought provokers. Included in general admission; members and youth 18 and younger free.

Bloom plaza installation is generously funded by the PB and K Family Foundation.

Flower Painting and Insect Metamorphosis: The Art of Maria Sibylla Merian

Sept. 8, 5:306:30 p.m.

Stephanie Schrader, Curator of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will examine the colorful and dynamic still-life paintings made by the 17th-century German artist Maria Sibylla Merian. In Merian’s era, scientific discoveries were fueled by the quest to find and depict flora and fauna previously unknown in Europe. Featuring botanicals and insect metamorphosis from Northern Europe and South America, the talk introduces the artwork of an important precursor to the Impressionists. Tickets are $5–$10 and may be purchased at the door on a space-available basis. Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Tom Haukaas, Cradle (detail), 1998. Richard G. Conn Memorial and the Volunteer Endowment Fund

Flowers of the Plains: The Beadwork of Plains Indians

Sept. 10, 67 p.m.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Tom Haukaas will explore examples of Plains Indian floral beadwork and the characteristics that historically distinguished classic styles of one tribe from another. He’ll also discuss the identity of some of the flowers depicted and how commercial patterns appear in Native designs. In addition, Haukaas will show contemporary examples by today’s master artists from the Plains. Tom Haukaas is a highly acclaimed Lakota bead artist known for his pictorial beadwork. He is the DAM’s Native Arts Artist-in-Residence, focusing on floral beadwork as a part of DAM’s summer of flowers. Tickets are $12; $10 for DAM members, free for students with ID. Sponsored by the Douglas Society, a DAM support group.


Barbara Bosworth, The Forest, Novelty from Grapevines, crabapples and a bit of blue sky, 2008. Inkjet print. © Barbara Bosworth

Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder

Through Sept. 20

Barbara Bosworth’s photography explores nature and memory through calm reflection upon places that hold deep personal and social meaning. She approaches her work with a single-mindedness and a sense of adventure that recall the pioneering naturalists who wandered North America in search of scientific specimens 200 years ago, but instead of skins and pressed plants, Bosworth brings home images that show both the abundance and the mystery of the world around us. Through her photographs of places she has known all her life, and through others about fishing, bird banding, and hunting, Bosworth reminds us that the natural world is tightly woven with the complexities of human existence. Included in general admission; no reservations required.


Free First Saturday

Sept. 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- and kid-friendly activities. Free general admission tickets available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for In Bloom.) Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

Sept. 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. Collection Highlights tour in Spanish, Create-n-Takes and a new storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Sept. 13, 10 a.m.1 p.m.

Join Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart, witty, and hilarious foxes inspired by Fox Games—as they solve art mysteries in the galleries. The Fox Games artwork may be off view, but Foxy and Shmoxy are here to stay. On the second Sunday of each month, bring the whole family to help these super-sleuths sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. Visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles to find the foxes. Included in general admission, and youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.


Textile Talk

Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Learn about current textile conservation projects at the monthly Textile Talk in the PreVIEW space on level 6 of the North Building. This month, conservators are documenting and treating several newly acquired African textiles and rehousing some of the DAM’s extensive sampler embroidery collection. Included in general admission, but space is limited. PreVIEW is funded with generous support from the William H. Donner Foundation.

© Harvey Stein, 2013

Lecture by Street Photographer Harvey Stein

Sept. 10, 78 p.m.

Street photography can define the mood and culture of a city. In Harvey Stein’s long and varied career as an engaged photographer working in the documentary tradition, he has utilized the medium to craft pictures that capture the spirit and vitality of the people and places he depicts. His time working in communities from Harlem to Coney Island has resulted in seven books and over 80 one-person exhibitions that reveal his personal style and commitment to building human connections with photography. Stein is Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts, a painting/photography gallery in Manhattan’s East Village, where he has curated more than three dozen shows since 2007. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and conducts workshops worldwide. Tickets are $5–$8; call 303-837-1341; available at the door on a space-available basis. This lecture is organized by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) and co-sponsored by the DAM Photography Department.

Conversation with Curator: Kress and Guggenheim, Enlightened Patrons of Renaissance Art

Sept. 11, 4 p.m.

Hear about Kress and Guggenheim, enlightened patrons of Renaissance art, in this tour with Angelica Daneo. Meet in the elevator lobby of level 6 of the North Building. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

Anderman Photography Lecture Series: Mark Ruwedel

Sept. 18, 7–8:30 p.m.

Mark Ruwedel’s photographs of the U.S. and Canadian West reveal traces of human presence on the landscape that hold the histories of places that have been traversed, exploited, and built upon in the nearly two hundred years of western expansionism.. Ruwedel’s most recent series, Pictures of Hell, takes on the conceit of naming places. The appellations they were given— Devil’s Slide, Hell’s Backbone, Diablo Mountains, even just Hell—offer clues to the perceptions of explorers encountering an alien landscape for the first time and their disappointment in what was found. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$15. For additional details, e-mail The Anderman Photography Lecture Series presents talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today. Series funding is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

All that Glitters: Style and Status at Chichen Itza

Sept. 20, 2:303:45 p.m.

Dr. Annabeth Headrick will discuss Chichen Itza, with special focus on the Temple of the Warriors. Through the art of the temple, she will show how international trade exploded and elevated the status of the warriors who went in search of ever more exotic goods. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5–$10, students with ID free. Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.

Drop-in Writing (on the fourth Tuesday of each month)

Sept. 22, 1–3 p.m.

Some of the best writing is about the everyday, the small and mundane elements of what’s going on in our lives and our culture. With the exhibition Alec Soth: Colorado Dispatch as our inspiration, we’ll write a little about our own current state of being, and what we see that’s going on. Included in general admission; no reservations required.

Last Emperor Puyi and Last Empress Wanrong. Courtesy of Professor Wang Qingxiang.

Last Empress in Qipao: From Manchu to China Chic

Sept. 30, noon–1 p.m.

Author and independent curator Sally Yu Leung will explore the origins and modern-day interpretation of the qipao (Mandarin gown/cheongsam) through the influence of the last Chinese Empress, Wanrong. Though an opium addict whose marriage to the Emperor Puyi at age 16 created a scandal, stylish and modern Wanrong led fashion in the elevation of a peripheral and bourgeois article of clothing to a global fashion icon. Tickets are $5–$10. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.

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