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.
October 9 & 11: The Merry Wives of Windsor
John Downman created this painting around 1800 during a campaign to revive interest in Shakespeare. The bard’s popularity had waned in the 200 years since his death, but many famous artists of the day painted scenes from his plays such as this one to once again inspire the British public.
October 16 & 18: The Embodiment of Compassion
Compassion is portrayed in Buddhism in innumerable forms. The aspiration to save all sentient beings is the goal of the bodhisattva. Why is this one 11 headed? What did it look like 900 years ago? What was its purpose? Let’s explore the essence of this esoteric sculpture.
October 23 & 25: Marie Watt’s Vivid Butterfly
Marie Watt’s vibrant work is made of reclaimed wool blankets and tin jingles, and stitched by the Denver community. Where did she get her inspiration? It came from the feeling of floating like a butterfly that a young female pow wow dancer experienced in the fast and colorful fancy shawl dance.
October 30 & November 1: El Anatsui: Metal & Light
Ghanian artist El Anatsui has been working for over three decades. Part of his practice includes creating art with found objects. This large tapestry is made of discarded liquor bottle caps and wire that interact with light falling on it as we see it.
Nov. 6 & 8: Hassam, American Impressionist
Let’s take A Walk in the Park with Childe Hassam. Hailed as a painter of light and air, he was one of the most devoted, prolific, and successful American impressionists of his time. We’ll examine his depiction of sunlight and shadow, and compare his life and work with French impressionist Claude Monet.
Nov. 13 & 15: Powerful Identity Statements
Northwest Coast textile artists began producing button blankets after contact with Hudson’s Bay Company traders in the middle of the 19th century. We will consider the materials used to create these wearing blankets, discuss the symbols they display, and the role the blankets play in ceremonies.
Nov. 20 & 22: Vesuvius and the Grand Tour
It is 1768. You are visiting Naples on your ‘Grand Tour’ of the continent. Mount Vesuvius is erupting, lighting up the night sky and showering the Bay of Naples with sparks. Experience the spectacular eruption of this volcano through this vivid painting by William Marlow.
Nov. 27 & 29: Shantell Martin: Words & Lines
Everything starts with a line. Develop a new relationship with line as an abstract language of characters, creatures, and messages. Find, discover, and journey through Martin’s world of storytelling, visual art, and technology.
Dec. 4 & 6: Bill Viola’s Eternal Return
Bill Viola has been called the “Rembrandt of the video age.” His installations tackle profound topics such as perception, reality, meaning, purpose, the soul, birth, death, and transcendence. However, they are easily understood and, more importantly, deeply sensed by the ‘everyman.’ Their mesmerizing beauty, while sometimes frightening, remains uplifting.
Dec. 11 & 13: The West of Bill Schenck
When Destiny Meets Oblivion is a southwestern landscape with an enigmatic title. It clearly shows Bill Schenck’s love of the West, his unique combination of western and Pop art styles and his mastery of composition, value and color. Join us as we learn about this artist, rancher, and collector.
Dec. 18 & 20: Lucas Samaras: Corridor #2
For the first time since 2003, Corridor #2 by Lucas Samaras is on view at the DAM. This fifty-foot-long mirrored box installation invites viewers to step into a world of endless reflections. We will contemplate the meaning of the artwork and its mesmerizing, infinite force.
Dec. 27: Elizabeth I, Queen
This portrait of Elizabeth was painted by George Gower, her serjeant painter. Why are both the subject and the artist significant?