Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.
November 28 & 30: Art That You Can Feel
Your DAM offers exciting programs for people with disabilities. We think people of all abilities can have fun with our tools to engage visitors who are blind or have low vision. There are many ways to feel art – with your senses and with your fingers. Let us show YOU.
December 5 & 7: Rocky Mountain Majesty
From the mountains to the prairies, artists have found inspiration in the landscapes of the Rocky Mountains and the people of the West. Explore the sublime scenery of the West that was and be enthralled by the portrait and first-person account of an American Indian woman who met President Monroe.
December 12 & 14: Scholder’s Wounded Knee
Fritz Scholder blends figurative and Pop art to create compelling and revolutionary images that challenge viewers to look beyond the stereotype of the romantic past. He bases Wounded Knee on the historical photographs of Native Americans which the Smithsonian Institution provided as sources of inspiration.
December 19 & 21: Rembrandt as Business Man
Rembrandt was a brilliant etcher and a prodigious spender. Learn how he used his unique talents to sell and resell an etching always giving the buyer a one-of-a-kind purchase and, in the process, reduce some of his mounting debts.
December 26 & 28: Western Drama: Landscape
Landscapes of the western United States are imposing and awe-inspiring. Albert Bierstadt, a skilled showman, took inspiration from what he experienced here and used this environment to create a sense of wonder, amazement, and excitement in his paintings.
January 2 & 4: Tune in to the Grateful Dead
Before social media, concertgoers followed the music scene through printed posters found on telephone poles or sometimes just “blowin’ in the wind”. Drop by for our talk.
January 9 & 11: Ralph Rucci: Art of Fashion
We will look closely at the meticulous details, precise cuts, and carefully chosen fabrics of a Ralph Rucci ensemble. Please join us.
January 16 & 18: Sui Jianguo: Made in China
Why is there a red dinosaur on the third floor? Where did it come from? Is it a statement about consumerism or a plaything for children? We will explore why a classically trained Chinese sculptor chose to make it and where it belongs in Chinese art history.
January 23 & 25: Architecture and Meaning
Daniel Libeskind, the architect of the DAM’s Hamilton Building, has an incredible story. Born in Poland to Holocaust survivors, and a child prodigy on the accordion, he immigrated to New York on a music scholarship. Later, he began his studies in architecture which he says “brings it all together.”
January 30 & February 1: The Incubation Effect
Explore the microscopic world of cocoons and larvae in a larger than life insect nursery. On your immersing journey, ponder the potential human qualities in these soft inflatable sculptures.
February 6 & 8: Jordan Casteel: Eyes Wide Open
Jordan Casteel’s vivid, large-scale portraits of men capture both the vulnerability and strength of the sitter. Join us with your eyes wide open to see these visible men.
February 13 & 15: The West of Allen Tupper True
Allen Tupper True’s vision of a passing frontier is still largely unrecognized outside of this region. A Colorado native, True was a successful illustrator, studio painter, and muralist. Learn about his life and work as we explore his painting Freighters of ’48.
February 20 & 22: The Greatest Show on Earth
What can we discover when looking at a classic circus poster? We will explore the use of lithography in advertising, the use of exotic animals in circuses as well as an unexpected Denver connection.
February 27 & March 3: Casteel: Portraits of Harlem
Like many artists before her, Casteel was drawn to Harlem’s vibrant street life and arts scene. She painted portraits of people she met on the street, of which many are now friends. Join us and delve into her process for capturing both their likenesses and personality.