September 2018: Friendship Powwow, Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker Opens, Last Chance to See New TerritoryLa Musidora and Past the Tangled Present, Untitled: Arthur Williams and Other Highlights

Join us for the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) 29th annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photograph ©Denver Art Museum

One of the DAM’s longest-running events, the powwow will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, booths hosted by artists and community groups, hands-on activities and more. The Friendship Powwow is a celebration of the vitality of American Indian cultures. Throughout the day, visitors can watch dance competitions, participate in hands-on activities and enjoy their first (or 101st!) piece of fry bread.

Please note: This year, the Friendship Powwow is on Martin Plaza, one block south of the old location. All powwow activities and general museum admission are free.

DAM Sole Venue for Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

Opening Sept. 16, 2018

The DAM will be the sole venue for Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, opening Sept. 16. Coinciding with the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death (1606–1669), the exhibition will offer fresh insight into the life and career of the masterful printmaker.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint; 8.07 x 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Prints and Photography.

About 100 prints from Rembrandt van Rijn’s career spanning from 1625 to 1665 will be showcased, including biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape and genre artworks that demonstrate the mastery that cemented Rembrandt as one of the greatest artists in history. The exhibition will show how Rembrandt used his view of the world around him to fuel his artistic journey, and will give a deeper understanding of his working habits as an artist and, more specifically, as a printmaker.

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker will take a close look at Rembrandt’s innovative approach to printmaking that combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. While the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt's exploration of printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings also will be on view to provide additional context about his creative process in all media.

An exhibition catalog will be available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online in the fall of 2018. A daily 45-minute tour will be offered at 2 p.m. Both the tour and exhibition are included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. #RembrandtatDAM

Rembrandt-related programming

How to Look at Prints

Sept. 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about various printmaking techniques and tools of 17th-century Europe and leave with a newfound knowledge of printmaking methods, a vocabulary for talking about prints and a set of looking tools for savoring the works on view in Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. Lecture tickets $20 for DAM members, $25 for nonmembers. Exhibition is included in museum admission. #RembrandtatDAM

Drop-In Writing

Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m.

Explore the written word in our informal writing sessions with staff from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. In September, we will visit Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker to spark our creativity. Bring your own writing projects or get started on something new. Open to all levels, from published authors to the occasional journaler!

Materials provided. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included in museum admission; no reservations required.


View of La Musidora.

La Musidora

Through Sept. 3

La Musidora is a combination of the Spanish words "la música" (music) and "la mecedora" (rocking chair). This visitor favorite is back for another summer. Take part in this interactive outdoor art installation located on Martin Plaza near the Hamilton Building entrance and make musical sounds by gently rocking colorfully woven chairs in tandem. The 90-foot artwork seats up to 20 visitors at a time.

Past the Tangled Present

Through Sept. 9

This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Matthew Brandt’s 2014 Lake Isabella CA TC 2 triptych, on view in the New Territory galleries. Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from Frederic H. Douglas by exchange ©Matthew Brandt

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today

Through Sept. 16

Showcasing more than 100 contemporary landscape photographs from around the world, New Territory: Landscape Photography Today explores how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions and values of our time.

The works on view revive historic photographic processes as well as use innovative techniques and unconventional equipment and chemistry to depict landscapes in surprising ways. New Territory challenges us to see photography differently and contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape.

A daily 45-minute guided tour is offered at 1:30 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. #NewTerritoryatDAM


Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead and Eyes On: Shimabuku

Through Feb. 2, 2019

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead showcases new work by the Minnesota-based artist, a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. Buffalohead uses metaphors, iconography and storytelling narratives in her artwork to describe emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experiences, and often analyzes the commercialization of American Indian cultures.

Buffalohead frequently includes animals as subjects, and her eclectic palette and whimsical subjects evoke a childlike innocence. While she works in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, drawing, illustration, bookmaking and sculpture, this exhibition features a new series of works on canvas that explore her own life experiences, as well as ancestral knowledge.

Eyes On: Shimabuku at the Denver Art Museum

In Eyes On: Shimabuku, a video by the Japan-based artist titled Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains? illustrates the adaptation of a group of Japanese snow monkeys living in a Texas desert sanctuary since they were brought to the U.S. in 1972. This film analyzes the displacement of the monkeys from their natural habitat in the snow-capped mountains of Japan and symbolically explores human migration and reconnection with environment through genetic memory and ancestral history.

Sharing a thematic relationship to Stampede: Animals in Art, both Buffalohead and Shimabuku use the depiction of animals as a vehicle to explore both familiar and unfamiliar narratives related to their personal heritage and the world around them. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Stampede: Animals in Art

Through May 19, 2019

Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from the DAM’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures, showing how animals have captivated artists throughout history. Stampede creates an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas and how artists use animals in imaginative ways.

Visitors can draw in the gallery, spend time examining smaller objects in a “cabinet of curiosities” and learn about the creative process behind the Never Alone video game created by Native North Alaskan storytellers. A daily 45-minute guided tour is offered at 1 p.m. Both the exhibition and tour are included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.


Free First Saturday

Sept. 1, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy our art collections, family-friendly activities and some special events without spending a dime. See La Musidora, Past the Tangled Present, New Territory: Landscape Photography Today, Stampede: Animals in Art and Ganesha: The Playful Protector. There’s bilingual fun with the storytelling program Cuentos del Arte at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and a Spanish-language tour of Stampede at 1 p.m. Don’t miss the final weekend of artist demonstrations in the 3-D Studio.

Free general admission tickets 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). #ArtofSummer2018 #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Sept. 9, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

The foxes are back! After their summer break, Foxy and Shmoxy, the DAM's art detectives, are ready to get back to work. Find the mailbox in the first level lobby to get a letter from the foxes directing you to the mystery in the galleries. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free with general admission, youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.


Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.4 p.m.

  • Home on the Range: Experiment with abstraction and build your own layered landscape that makes you feel right at home.
  • Hold Your Horses: How do sculptures move and stand still at the same time? Explore this idea by looking at bronze horse sculptures and make your own horse.

A Walk in the Woods

Open daily on level 3

Visit our newest family space, A Walk in the Woods. Step into the forest and experience animal-inspired activities created to celebrate the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art. Included with general admission (free for kids and members).


Conversation with a Curator: New Territory

Sept. 7, 4–5 p.m.

In September, curator Eric Paddock leads a walk through New Territory: Landscape Photography Today as he discusses the history and practice of landscape photography. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators each month. Meet in the elevator lobby on level 2. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Clifford Ross, Hurricane Wave LXVI, 2012. Pigment print; 60 x 113 in. Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York ©Clifford Ross

Meditation in the Museum

Sept. 7, 6–7 p.m.

Unwind from your week with a mindfulness meditation session led by our partners from the Kadampa Meditation Center. From first-timers to regular practitioners, all are welcome to join in on this hour of relaxation, reflection and quiet calm in the New Territory galleries. Chairs, yoga mats and meditation cushions provided. No registration necessary, but space is limited. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Drop-In Drawing

Sept. 11, 1–3 p.m.

Join in our fun and informal creative art sessions. On Sept. 11, we’ll visit Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead and Eyes On: Shimabuku for inspiration. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. All ranges of drawing experience are welcome!

Materials provided or bring your own supplies (only graphite pencils, kneaded erasers and sketchpads 14x17 inches or smaller permitted in the galleries). Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Installation view of Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead.

Mindful Looking: Julie Buffalohead

Sept. 18, 1–1:45 p.m.

Mindful Looking invites you to spend quality time with a single work of art onthe third Tuesday of each month. This month, examine one of Julie Buffalohead’s colorful works with interpretive specialist Molly Medakovich. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Downsizing Monumental Sculpture at San Agustin, Colombia

Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)

Focusing on the greatest complex of megalithic sculpture in the ancient Americas, learn about the unique concentration of over 500 sculptures with speaker Dr. Juliet Wiersema. Coffee, cookies and conversation before program in the Sharp Auditorium lobby. Tickets available at the door. Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.

Floral artist Arthur Williams. Photo by Beth Sanders.

Untitled: Arthur Williams

Sept. 28, 610 p.m.

Using a “Hanging Garden” theme, former DAM Creative-in-Residence Arthur Williams plans a glimpse into the many facets of floral artistry from commercial to avant-garde for this month’s Untitled Final Friday event. “My goal is to expose the public to various floral design styles and artists that generally are industry secrets,” Williams said. “I believe the floral industry needs to educate the public and showcase the possibilities of floral art and its importance in marking the important moments in all our lives.” Watch for a corsage bar where you can build your own corsage, floral pieces in the gallery inspired by works of art and other flower-themed demos and activities.

Untitled Final Fridays is the museum's monthly late-night program featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist curated by a local creative. Included in general admission, free for members and youth 18 and younger. College students with ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays. Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.

Don’t miss the October 26 season finale, Untitled: Detour with Thomas Evans aka Detour!


Creative-in-Residence Sarah Rockett

Through Sept. 27 – onsite Tues. & Thurs., 13:30 p.m., and Free First Saturday Sept. 1

A socially engaged, interdisciplinary artist and educator living in Denver, Sarah Rockett’s work focuses on social commentary by investigating value and equality in American society. As the museum’s Creative-in-Residence, Rockett will be using art as a method for engaging social interaction, creating meaningful human connection and prompting dialogue around the urban housing crisis in Denver. Exploring ideas of “home” and “place,” museum visitors are invited to join Rockett in the making process and participate in dialogue about the subject.

During her residency, Rockett will be onsite at the museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1–3:30 p.m., and on Free First Saturday on Sept. 1.

3-D Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through Sept. 8, 2018

Explore the varied realm of 3-D art in the 3-D Studio. Build an abstract sculpture, create your own animal or work with family and friends to contribute to a collaborative sculpture. Weekend artist demonstrations Saturday and Sunday from noon–3 p.m. through Sept. 2. Included in general admission; free for members and youth 18 and younger.

Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Sept. 1-2: Adolfo Romero, Mixed Media Sculpture

Note: the Denver Art Museum will be open regular hours on Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Note: This is an overview of September happenings and does not include all exhibitions, events and programs available at the DAM this month. Please visit the museum website for complete information.

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