3 photos: 2 kids in Past the Tangled Present; a boy in traditional American Indian dress at last year's powwow; and 3 children in front of horse sculptures in the Stampede exhibition

September 2018 Family Fun at the DAM

What to See & Do This Month

As the season begins to change in September, so does the museum. Plan a visit to say farewell to summer favorites and hello to a new exhibition, Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker (opens September 16), and fresh family activities. Here are some September recommendations:

If you like hearing (or telling) tall tales, try Art Stories (Cuentos del Arte)

Hear our master storyteller, or cuentista, tell stories behind the objects at Art Stories (Cuentos del Arte). This program is a special offering on Free First Saturday, September 1. There are two chances to hear a captivating tale: 11:30 am and 1 pm.

If you like experiencing new things, try the 29th Annual Friendship Powwow & American Indian Cultural Celebration

Make this the year to check out one of the museum’s longest-running events! Enjoy watching American Indian dancers and drum groups throughout the day, learn from skilled beaders, and try traditional fry bread. There’s also a brand new artmaking activity created just for this event. Get inspired by Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead and create your own pastel painting that tells a story.

If you like making art, try the new “Home on the Range” Create-n-Take

The 3-D Studio will close September 8 (to transform into Print Studio), so now is the time to try out two Create-n-Takes, available on weekends in the museum galleries.

The newest Create-n-Take, “Home on the Range,” explores a painting that’s truly a visitor favorite: Motherwell’s Angus by Theodore Waddell. Learn about how Waddell used his personal experience as a rancher in Montana to uniquely capture the landscape. Explore the painting and create your own abstract landscape to take home.

If you like solving mysteries, try Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Create Playdate is on a break during the month of September, but Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives swing back into action on September 9. Join these two dynamic foxes as they begin a new season of cracking cases around the museum. Pick up a letter from the Fox Box in the Hamilton Building atrium, and catch the fox detectives at 10:30 or 11:30 am.

If you like to doodle and draw, try the new family activity in Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

Step into the world of the legendary Dutch artist with the opening of the exhibition, Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. Adults and kids alike can pick up an LCD drawing board and try their hand at completing some of Rembrandt’s prints. Fill in the blanks and compare your creations to Rembrandt’s masterworks.

If you like many of the current exhibitions, try to make it to the museum before they close this month!

It’s not too late to make a final—or first—visit before several exhibitions close. La Musidora, the rocking melodic chair installation on Martin Plaza, closes on September 3. Take one last walk through the interactive and immersive installation Past the Tangled Present, by Denver artist Jaime Molina, before it closes on September 9.

Finally, New Territory: Landscape Photography Today ends on September 16. Make your way through the gallery with a “red reveal” camera and uncover hidden facts about the photographs and photographers.

Natalie Ruhe Thomas is coordinator of family and community programs in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. Natalie has been at the DAM since 2012 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Becoming Van Gogh.