April 2017: Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford Opens, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume Closes, Uncorked AFTERGLO, Día del Niño Celebration and Other Highlights

Contemporary works and abstract expressionist masterpieces converge in Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, a collaborative presentation by the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and Clyfford Still Museum (CSM), opening on April 9. Paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford—chosen to represent the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennale—will be on view at the DAM, alongside related canvases by Clyfford Still. An exhibition of Still's work selected in collaboration with Bradford will be on view at CSM.

(L-R) Clyfford Still, PH-26, 1951. Oil on canvas, 90.625 x 70.375 in. (230.2 x 178.8 cm) © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY. Mark Bradford, Butch Queen (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas; 102-1/4 x 144-1/2 x 3 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange, 2016. ©Mark Bradford. Photograph by Joshua White.

Shade underscores the legacy of abstract expressionism and Bradford's exploration of abstraction's power to address social and political concerns. Bradford has long been fascinated by Still's extensive use of black as a signature component of his work. Shade explores both artists' unique relationships to black in their paintings, whether it's used to force viewers out of their comfort zones, evoke emotions or confront conventional notions of race. Social activism through art will be explored with programming at both museums, inspired by Bradford’s Art + Practice Foundation.

A 45-minute guided tour of Shade will be offered on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m. throughout the run of the exhibition. An illustrated exhibition catalog will be available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. Shade, on view April 9 through July 16, is included with general admission. Present your ticket receipt at the second venue and receive a free admission to see the rest of the collaborative exhibition during its run.

SHADE-related programming

Untitled: Talk Back

April 28, 6–10 p.m.

Get the conversation going with an action-packed look at speaking up and getting shady. Produced with local creatives, Untitled Final Fridays—the museum's monthly late-night program—features workshops, performances and tours with a twist. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays.


April 8, 9 p.m.midnight

Uncorked AFTERGLO, the museum’s annual party celebrating creativity, will take place on level 7 of the Gio Ponti-designed North Building. AFTERGLO will feature active art-making performances by local creatives, live music by Weird Touch and DJ Musa, artistic treats and cocktails and the opportunity to purchase limited-edition sculptures by artist Matt Scobey. Vivid cocktail attire requested. $70 DAM members, $80 others; prices increase $10 at the door. Space is limited. Tickets will be available for purchase online until 5 p.m. on April 7. Funds will support the museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions and programs. AFTERGLO tickets are nonrefundable. Sponsored by CultureHaus, a support group of the Denver Art Museum.

Final Days for Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Extended through April 9

Star Wars and the Power of Costume brings a galaxy of creativity to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 costumes ranging from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor. Additionally, original drawings and paintings from some of the films highlight the creative process of costume design—from concept artists envisioning a world on paper, to specialized artisans making the costumes and finally the actors bringing the costumes to life.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume and the Hamilton Building will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday through April 9 with additional expanded hours listed on the museum’s website. A dated and timed ticket is required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, especially for weekends, as many time slots are selling out. Tickets are available online, onsite or by calling 720-913-0130. #StarWarsCostumes

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, on view through Oct. 22, features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Dynamic artworks were created by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe) and Xochi Solis (Austin).

These artists examine diverse narratives of migration and the complex layering of cultures throughout the Western United States through ideas related to labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility and displacement. Their installations incorporate mixed-media, performance-based video art, digital animation, fiber constructions, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Organized by the DAM, Mi Tierra was curated by Rebecca Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art. Mi Tierra is included with general admission. #MiTierraDAM

Daniela Edburg, Uprooted (detail), 2017. Alpaca, archival inkjet prints, maple and mixed media. © Daniela Edburg

MI TIERRA-related programming

Guided Tours of Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. – through Oct. 21

This 45-minute tour will examine site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger; no reservation required.

Conversation with a Curator: Mi Tierra

April 7, 4 p.m.

Explore the installations of Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place with curator of modern and contemporary art Rebecca Hart. Meet on level 4 of the Hamilton Building. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.

2017 Winter/Spring Logan Lecture Series: Activated Frontiers

Challenging the conventional boundaries of place, relationships, and history, these contemporary artists question the familiar and activate new frontiers through disruption and new structures.

Mi Tierra, Here & There – April 19

Ana Teresa Fernández May 3

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; lecture 6–7 p.m. Individual lecture tickets free for DAMC members and students with valid ID (must be presented the night of the lecture), $12 artists, $15 DAM members. $18 nonmembers. Meet the artist at an après-lecture reception at the ART, a hotel. Enjoy conversations with some of the hottest artists working today, complimentary snacks and a cash bar. Sponsored by DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.

Drop-In Writing: Exploring Place is Always a Search For Home

April 25, 1–3 p.m.

What is home? What is place, and how does it define us? Join us for this thematic writing session, where we wrestle with these important questions, and how they relate to our world and our understanding of self. Session will be held in Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.


George Stubbs, A Saddled Bay Hunter, 1786. Oil on panel; 22-3/4 x 19 in. (57.79 x 48.26 cm). The Berger Collection.

Treasures of British Art

Ends April 23

Treasures of British Art presents a selection of paintings that provide a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art. Featured are works by the pre-eminent artists of the British School: Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent and Adam Birtwistle. A companion catalog, Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection, is on sale in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Dan Shaw-Town, Untitled, 2014. Spray enamel, newspaper ink, and graphite on Econolite with steel frame; 72-1/2 × 48-1/2 in. Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey. © Dan Shaw-Town

Word Dance: Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey

Through Aug. 6

The artists in Word Dance have all developed a distinctly individual language for drawing that invites viewers into their private world. The works on paper from JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey’s collection selected for this exhibition are all concerned with words, letters or a connection with language. There is a rhythm and movement in these works. Permeating these pieces is lightness and energy with the suggestion of dance moves—hence the exhibition title, Word Dance. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger.


Beatrice Red Star Fletcher and Wendy Red Star. Photo courtesy Wendy Red Star.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence: Wendy Red Star

Through March 30, 2017

Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, artist Wendy Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression. Red Star will be working with her 9-year-old daughter Beatrice Red Star Fletcher on Beatrice’s photo series, Everyday Indian, which will be on view in the studio through April 2. In addition to Everyday Indian, Wendy and Beatrice will collaborate on a second photo series inspired by the DAM’s American Indian collection. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by the Virginia W. Hill Foundation.


Photo: Clyfford Still archives.

“Notes from Clyfford Still

April 1, 2-3 p.m.

“Notes from Clyfford Still" uses texts and quotes from the painter's notebooks and correspondence to paint a musical portrait of the artist, showing his unrelentingly independent pursuit of his art, but also moments of uncertainty, introspection and tenderness. It is a new commission by Playground Ensemble and a companion piece to composer Nathan Hall's recent performances and collaborative workshops at the Clyfford Still Museum. The concert also will feature chamber music pieces with electronics, written by several composers and performers in Playground Ensemble. Hall holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and in 2015 was the DAM’s first Creative in Residence. Concert tickets are $10. Visit the museum website or call 720-913-0130.

Move Closer: Ways of Looking at Art

April 8 and May 13, 3-4 p.m.

Have you ever wondered why you like some works of art, while others just don’t grab you? In this two-part lecture course, we’ll explore ways of looking at art and how to talk about what it is that moves us, intrigues us and draws us in. Join teaching specialist Molly Medakovich to consider the fundamental components of looking and talking about art, and discover ways of connecting more deeply with any artwork. $35 DAM members, $45 nonmembers; single sessions $18 DAM members, $23 nonmembers. To register, visit museum website or call 720-913-0130.

Drop-In Drawing: Linear Perspective

April 11, 13 p.m.

Use the architecture of the museum’s interior walls to explore principles of perspective and gain drawing skills in rendering three-dimensional illusions. Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.

Mindful Looking: Francisco Clapera's De Morisco, Y Espanola, Alvina

April 18, 1 p.m.

Teaching specialist Molly Medakovich provides a glimpse into the daily life of 18th century Mexico as shown through casta paintings. Meet in the galleries on level 4 of the North Building. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss. Meet on level 4 of the Hamilton Building. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.

The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe

April 18, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Demons and monkeys battle, noblemen and women fall in love, perform valiant deeds and sometimes betray each other. Both the magical events of the world of superheroes and real human experiences familiar to us all fill the stories of the legendary Indian prince Rama. Free; please make a reservation to attend the reception after the talk. For details, email Blittle@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0040. Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group, and Curator’s Circle Lecture Series. Supported by the William S. Jackson Endowment Fund.

Matthew Brandt, Lost Lake, WY 2, 2013. From Lakes and Reservoirs. ©Matthew Brandt.

Anderman Photography Lecture Series | Matthew Brandt

April 20, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Matthew Brandt pushes the limits of photography with physical manipulations of his prints and unusual material choices like bees, candy, cocaine and dust. While his work is rooted in process, the choices he makes intricately tie the making of his art to the subjects he depicts, using the inherent instability of photographic materials as a key component of his artwork. Hear Brandt talk about his work and process. $5 for students, DAM members and CPAC members; $12 for nonmembers. Sponsored by the DAM photography department. Series funding generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.


Día del Niño Celebration 2017

April 30, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Enjoy free general admission and family-friendly programming that celebrates children from around the world at the DAM and other Golden Triangle cultural organizations. Watch special performances from noon to 4 p.m.; schedule to be announced. For details, call 720-913-0072 or email cricciardi@denverartmuseum.org with DDN 2017 in the subject line.

The Día del Niño celebration at the DAM is made possible thanks to the Denver Art Museum’s Latino Audience Alliance and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Consulate General of Mexico.

Colorful performances highlight the DAM’s annual Día del Niño celebration.

Spring Break

March 18April 2, 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Spring Break at the DAM means fun for the whole family! The Costume Studio, Create-n-Takes, and Family Activity Cart are available every day, and watch for performances of the family-friendly play Art Emergency 2: Code Redder at 11 a.m. March 28–31. General admission is free for kids 18 and younger; a special ticket is required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.

Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays

April 1, 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 general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (A special exhibition ticket is required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume; advance purchase strongly recommended.) Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). #ThanksSCFD

At CelebrARTE on Free First Saturdays, enjoy bilingual fun for everyone, with a 2 p.m. DAM Highlights tour en español, Create-n-Takes and a storytelling program. Cuentistas tell the tales of artworks during Cuentos del Arte with stories para todos—for everyone—at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required. #GraciasSCFD

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

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

Two smart and hilarious foxes are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. Bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box and follow the riddles into the galleries. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.

Create Playdate

April 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, ages 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for story time, artmaking and more! Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. No reservation required.

Visitors to the Costume Studio.

The Costume Studio & Weekend Demonstrations

Extended through Sept. 10, 2017

Even after Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume leaves the DAM galaxy, visitors can continue to explore the vital role that costumes play in developing characters and telling stories on stage and film in the Costume Studio. Sketch your own costume design or design a character and appropriate garb for their environment with hands-on activities that are fun for all ages. Admission to the Costume Studio is included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. From noon to 3 p.m. on weekends, local creatives will be on hand for demonstrations relating to costuming.

April Weekend Demonstration Calendar

April 12: Gabriela Martinez – Costume Design

April 89: Colleen Audrey – Cosmic Character Design

April 1516 & 2223: Andryn Arithson – Upcycled Puppetry Design

April 2930: Kathleen Sherman – Experimental Mask Construction

Note: This is an overview of April 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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