April 2016: Uncorked, Día del Niño Celebration, Samurai, Curator’s Circle and Logan Lectures, Last Chance to See A Place in the Sun and Case Work and Other Highlights

Don't miss Denver's premier events for wine lovers—the 16th annual Uncorked Wine Tasting on April 8, and Uncorked Reserve on April 9. The Uncorked Wine Tasting is a unique opportunity to taste wines from all over the world while supporting the Denver Art Museum (DAM). The Wine Tasting will feature over 300 wines that will be accompanied by delicious fare from Kevin Taylor Catering, and there also will be fantastic items included in this year’s silent auction. Tickets to Uncorked are $55 for designated drivers, $100 for DAM members and $135 for others. First Taste begins at 5 p.m., providing early access to all the wines. First Taste tickets are available for an additional $45 per person.

New this year, following Uncorked Reserve on Saturday night, Uncorked AFTERGLO caps the evening with live music, whiskey tastings, the chance to purchase a limited-edition print by conceptual photographer Daniela Edburg, scrumptious bites and a chance to vote on what museum program the event supports. Tickets to AFTERGLO are $75. Tickets to all Uncorked events are higher at the door, and subject to availability. Funds raised through the annual Uncorked weekend will support the museum’s exhibitions and programming. For more information about Uncorked, visit www.denverartmuseum.org/uncorked, email uncorked@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0034.

At the Día del Niño Celebration on Sunday, April 24, visitors can enjoy free admission and family-friendly programming that celebrates children from around the world. Día del Niño at the DAM is part of a metro area weekend-long celebration, with festivities on Sunday at the DAM, History Colorado, the Denver Public Library and the Byers-Evans House Museum. On Saturday, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art will host activities celebrating children. Visit these organizations’ websites to find out about special programs and discounts.

For more information on the DAM’s Día del Niño celebration, email cricciardi@denverartmuseum.org with DDN 2016 in the subject line or call 720-913-0072. The Día del Niño celebration at the DAM is made possible thanks to the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center.

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

On view through June 5

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection tells the iconic story of Japanese samurai through 140 objects from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor and accoutrements in the world. Surrounded by murals and war regalia, visitors will be immersed in the life, culture and pageantry of samurai in the 1100s through the 1800s. Exquisitely decorated suits of armor, helmets, weapons, horse trappings and additional battle gear are on display, demonstrating masterful craftsmanship. Samurai highlights the artistic inspiration for these elaborate suits of armor.

A special exhibition ticket, which includes an audio tour, is required for Samurai. The exhibition is curated in collaboration with the DAM and The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, Dallas. An exhibition catalog, Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, is available in The Shops and online. #SamuraiDAM

Samurai-related programming

Spring Break: Brave and Bold

Through April 3

During Spring Break, stop by our new Just for Fun Center Japan to compose a Japanese-inspired garden, create balancing stone sculptures, design and wear a samurai-inspired helmet, and play Guess Who? using images of incredible objects from the Samurai exhibition. The Paint Studio, Create-n-Takes and Backpack Cart will be open every day, and watch for performances and storytelling in the galleries, too! Museum admission is free for youth 18 and younger. The Free for Kids program at the Denver Art Museum is made possible by Scott Reiman.

Tactile Tables

April 8 & 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Featuring objects from the Asian galleries, this month’s Tactile Table program invites to touch and try on the dragon-adorned chest piece of a samurai suit, explore a Japanese tea ceremony and practice their calligraphy with a Japanese lacquer writing box. Meet on level 5 of the North Building. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Curator’s Circle: Lethal Beauty—Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor

April 12, 6:30–8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Japanese suits of armor stand out among the armor of other world cultures because of their flashy, colorful appearance and exquisite design. Dr. Andreas Marks, curator of Japanese and Korean art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, will focus on the design of suits of armor and will especially address helmet forms and often-found elements like demonic Chinese lions. Reception and an opportunity to talk with the speaker will follow. Free, but reservations are requested by April 7—visit www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130.

Untitled: Show Down

April 29, 6–10 p.m.

Suit up for a samurai spectacular with a night of face-offs, heroic tales and victorious orchestrations. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays. (A separate ticket is required for admission to Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.) Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.


  • Member tours of Samurai are offered Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. Additional ticket required.
  • The Nooner Tour on April 27 and 29, Samurai: Arts of Peace, will discuss the influence of the samurai on Japanese art and culture during the Tokugawa shogunate when Japan was at peace through a tour of the DAM’s Asian art collection. (Additional ticket not required as the Nooner Tour will not include Samurai.)


Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture

Through April 17

Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore artworks created during the firm's investigative process, which is at the heart of its practice. Established by Brad Cloepfil in 1994, Allied Works Architecture has been widely recognized for crafting powerful spaces for art and interaction, and for developing architectural designs that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. The exhibition presents the firm's work over the last 15 years, including 17 bold and captivating architectural sculptures alongside material and structural studies. More than 40 drawings, ranging from gestural sketches to large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings, also are on view. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.

A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings

Through April 24

Walter Ufer, Their Audience, 1919. Oil on canvas; 40 x 50 in. Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, gift of the Walter and William Klauer Family.

Presenting vibrant paintings by two artists who found their niche in Taos, New Mexico, A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings explores how these works were instrumental in defining American art in the 20th century. A Place in the Sun highlights the parallels and differences between the artists' lives and their artistic development. This is the first exhibition to present the major award-winning paintings by Ufer and Hennings. Daily tours of A Place in the Sun are offered at 2 p.m. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.


Treasures of British Art

March 27, 2016–April 9, 2017

Sir Claude Francis Barry, Victory Celebrations, 1919. Oil on canvas; 62 x 66-1/2 in. (157.48 x 168.91 cm). The Berger Collection. Reproduced by kind permission of Amyl Holdings SA, owners of the worldwide copyright to the works of Sir Claude Francis Barry, Bart. 1883–1970.

Treasures of British Art presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection, organized and curated by the DAM. It provides a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art, featuring examples by the pre-eminent artists of the British School: Adam Birtwhistle, Thomas Gainsborough, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Lawrence, John Singer Sargent, George Stubbs, Anthony van Dyck and Benjamin West. The exhibition is drawn from the Berger Collection, founded by M.B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger. The collection, now owned by the Berger Collection Educational Trust, is housed at the DAM. A companion catalog is available in The Shop and online.


Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jan Jacobs

Through May 15, 2016 — public hours on April 20, 21, 23 and 24, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jan Jacobs, acclaimed ribbonwork artist of the Osage tribe, will share the art of Osage ribbonwork and talk about its history and why it is such an important part of the Osage InLonSchka Dances each June. During public hours, Jan will engage with visitors in the studio on level 3 of the North Building. In addition, on April 19 and 21, the Nooner Tour is A Chat with An Artist: Jan Jacobs.

Creative-in-Residence Mar Williams

March 22–May 22, 2016

Mar Williams’ interactive installation examines the connection between technology, art and individual identity. Each time we access the web we leave traces of our interests, preferences and activities behind that comprise our "online" or technologically augmented identity. Mar's residency uses Bluetooth technology to track visitors' interaction with the art and each other in the exhibition Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out. The information tracked will be used to create and visualize a unique identity for each participating visitor. Visit level 3 of the Hamilton Building during Mar's residency to experience this interactive installation.


Conversation with Curator: Standing Still: Photographs by Danny Singer

April 1, 4 p.m.

Join curator Eric Paddock for a tour and discussion of Standing Still: Photographs by Danny Singer. A Canadian artist who worked in the film industry for many years, Singer meticulously photographed the kinds of places most travelers overlook in their rush to get from one city to the next. Meet in the elevator lobby on level 2 of the Hamilton Building. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Danny Singer, Spur, TX, 2006. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Jones, Vancouver © Danny Singer

Drop-in Drawing: Living Landscapes

April 12, 1-3 p.m. (offered on the second Tuesday of each month)

Explore the meaning of place and home through Danny Singer’s photographs of North American prairie towns in Standing Still: Photographs by Danny Singer. Gain skills in perspective drawing and discover ways to create compositions with horizon lines, vanishing points and three-dimensional shapes. All experience levels welcome. Use one of our communal sketch pads or bring your own supplies. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Drop-In Writing: Place is a Person: Landscape Writing

April 26, 1–3 p.m. (offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month)

Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. This month, using Standing Still: Photographs by Danny Singer as inspiration, explore concepts of place and setting, and how the where often ends up becoming a who—a character with its own personality. Meet on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Jovan Karlo Villalba, A Solstice View From Here, 2011. Oil paint on stainless steel. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Ricardo Pau-Llosa. © Jovan Karlo Villalba

Logan Lecture: Jovan Karlo Villalba

April 13, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Jovan Karlo Villalba’s interest lies in the possibilities of the imagination. His abstract paintings toy with the experience of the viewer, through the inclusion of reflective materials, such as unpainted stainless steel. Layers of paint and steel combine to form a surface intended to interact and change with the environment and viewer. At a glance, the environments he creates appear intriguing and free to inhabit. However, upon closer observation a potentially dangerous new reality comes into focus, in which coherence is undermined and an unfamiliar terrain exposed. Tickets are $8–$18. Enjoy an après-lecture reception at the ART, a hotel, with complimentary snacks, a cash bar and a chance to converse with the artist. Presented by the DAM Contemporaries. This series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with DAM Contemporaries.

Mindful Looking

April 19, 1 p.m.

Slow down and spend time with a single work of art, discovering overlooked details, exploring ideas and making connections at Mindful Looking. This month, join interpretive specialist Molly Medakovich as she leads an in-depth exploration of an historic Western American landscape. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

The Paint Studio & Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through May 1

Find creative inspiration, try out art materials and experiment with techniques daily in the Paint Studio. On weekends, watch demonstrations by local artists. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.

Demonstration schedule for April, Saturdays and Sundays, noon–3 p.m.:

  • April 2–3 & 9–10: Quintin Gonzalez – Mixed Media
  • April 16–17: Lui Ferreyra – Oil Painting
  • April 23–24: Leticia D. Tanguma – Mixed Media with Acrylic and Watercolor
  • April 30–May 1: Homare Ikeda – Abstract Painting

The Paint Studio is sponsored by The R&J Newman Family Foundation.


Free First Saturday / CelebrARTE at Free First Saturdays

April 2, 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 museum admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for Samurai.) Free First Saturday is made possible by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

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

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

April 10, 10 a.m.–noon (offered on the second Sunday of every month)

Foxy and Shmoxy— two smart, witty 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. See the foxes in action at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box, and then follow the riddles into the galleries. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Create Playdate: Pose

April 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

This month, drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, and capture the moment as we move and POSE! Create art, read stories, and play art games in the galleries. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free. No reservations required.

Art Emergency: Code Red…

April 16, 10:30 a.m.

Two museum staff members who cannot agree which art should go where need your help. They’ll let you in on surprising stories and details behind key works of art at the DAM, and then ask your opinion on what should fill the museum’s walls. After the show, go find the featured pieces of art in the galleries! Enjoy these family-friendly performances by Real Live Theater at the DAM. Included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger free.

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