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Things to Do at the Denver Art Museum—Fall 2016

Look no further for fall fun. The DAM has you covered with art, culture, fashion, and more. Check out this list of exhibitions and events, many of which are free or included with general admission (which is always free for members).

1. Explore Native art & culture (Saturday, Sept. 10)

The 27th Annual Friendship Powwow & American Indian Cultural Celebration features American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities, artist booths, and more. All powwow activities and general museum admission that day are free.

Dancers participating in Friendship Powwow on Martin Plaza in front of the Denver Art Museum

2. Discover how Japanese designers started a fashion revolution (Opening Sept. 11)

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, showcases work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. This debut exhibition by Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art, Curator of Fashion, features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe. Included with general admission, free for members.

Comme des Garçons, Jacket with Skirt, “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body” collection, Spring/ Summer 1997
Comme des Garçons, Jacket with Skirt, “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body” collection, Spring/Summer 1997. Nylon/polyurethane stretch gingham with padding. Denver Art Museum, Neusteter Textile Collection.

3. Learn something new

Back to school isn't just for kids. We've got many opportunities for adults including fall art classes and lectures and programs including, drop-in writing and drawing classes, and a four-week course about the Venetian Renaissance.

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4. Journey to Venice (Opening Oct. 2)

Okay, you won't actually go to Venice, but Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance gives you a rare opportunity to experience 50 artworks, including 19 from Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. Included with general admission, free for members.

Titian, Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Dominic, and a Donor, about 1513. Oil on canvas.
Titian, Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Dominic, and a Donor, about 1513. Oil on canvas; 53-7/8 × 72-1/2 in. Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Mamiano di Traversetolo, Parma, Italy. Courtesy of Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Mamiano di Traversetolo (Parma).

5. Get your offbeat art fix at Untitled Final Fridays (Sept. 30 & Oct. 28)

The 2016 season of Untitled Final Friday, the museum's late-night program, ends in October. Check out Untitled: Stop Motion on September 30 and Untitled: Glory Days on October 28. Untitled is included in regular museum admission. Members receive free admission to every Untitled event and all the special programming that happens inside. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission.

Woman and man looking at each other near sculpture of red dinosaur

6. Be inspired by artists at work

Local artists will be demonstrating interactive painting, video game design, and other forms of art in the Movement Studio through October 9.

Danette Montoya will be at the DAM October 18-November 13. Montoya will be showcasing her work as part of Cuatro: A Series of Artist Interactions, an innovative way to help bring our pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections to life. We'll also have a new Native Arts Arist-in-Residence this fall. Learn more about artists at work at the DAM.

Danette Montoya
Artist Danette Montoya. Courtesy of the artist.

7. Enjoy free Night at the Museums (Saturday, Nov. 5)

Denver Arts Week (Nov. 4-12) is a celebration of the arts and culture in Denver. The cornerstone of the event is Night at the Museums, held on Saturday, November 5. A total of 14 museums in Denver will be open late with free general admission 5–10 pm. At the DAM, visitors will be able to enjoy Glory of Venice and fun family activities throughout the museum.

The Hamilton Building at night

8. Go behind the scenes of Star Wars™ (Opening Nov. 13)

Star Wars and the Power of Costume examines the process of designing costumes for some of the most iconic characters in movie history. See approximately 70 costumes including Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns, Darth Vader’s imposing black armor, and surprises from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as videos, storyboards, and concept art. Tickets are on sale now (discounted for members).

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Tickets On Sale

To learn more, you can always check the DAM's Calendar.

Fall fun at the DAM is made wonderful, in part, by SCFD.

Carleen Brice edits the blog and On & Off the Wall, the member magazine for the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. She recommends visitors don't miss the touchable Ganesha statue on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.