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.
August 8 & 10: Muybridge: Animal Motion
Eadweard Muybridge was a most unlucky fellow as well as an innovator who stopped time in his high-speed motion photographs. Hugely influencing art, technology, and photography, his contributions led to the modern day industries of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
August 15 & 17: Nordfeldt/Nash: Two Views of Santa Fe
Explore the modern techniques of two New Mexico artists depicting vivid colors, angular peaks, and the intense colors of the American Southwest.
August 22 & 24: Not Your Mother’s China Pattern
Tord Boontje’s furniture, jewelry, and lighting devices have earned him respect and recognition all over the world—but it is his delicate porcelain tableware and its whimsical patterns and stories that urge us to play while we dine! Come learn about this Dutch designer and his one-of-a-kind creations.
August 29 & 31: Shimabuku: Snow Monkeys of Texas
Darwin was correct about the adaptive abilities of animals! Japan-based artist Shimabuku found that Japanese snow monkeys totally changed their eating habits when they were moved from the snow-capped mountains of Japan to a Texas desert sanctuary. Amazing photos and video tell this intriguing story.
September 5 & 7: Mann’s Memorial Landscapes
We will explore the processes, content and influences on Sally Mann’s series of southern landscape photographs taken from 1992 to 2004. These photographs have been described as haunted landscapes of the South including historic battlefields and kudzu-shrouded mansions. The images are both document and dream.
September 12 & 14: The Art of Julie Buffalohead
Explore the Ponca Clan through the eyes of Julie Buffalohead. These new pieces illustrate how a whimsical appearance can be deceptive.
September 19 & 21: Samurai Horse and Warfare
We will discuss the history of the Japanese war horse, the art of mounted archery and the Samurai, horse accoutrements, and the mystery of monkeys and their importance to horses in Japan.
September 26 & 28: Frank Mechau: WPA Artist
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Roosevelt realized American art would not survive without support. Incredible government programs were created to pay established artists a living wage in exchange for public art. Colorado artist Frank Mechau was an important member of this inaugural plan.
October 3 & 5: Rembrandt the Storyteller
Two Rembrandt etchings tell stories in unexpected ways. We will puzzle over The Ratcatcher and his Adam and Eve interpretations.
October 10 & 12: Oldenburg’s Imagination Leap
Shuttlecocks, dustpans, spoons, and lipstick…what do they have in common? Be swept into the playful and imaginative world of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Examine the concept sketches that will grow into Brobdingnagian proportions and challenge your perception of “high” art.
October 17 & 19: Northwest Coast Art from Cedar
Native Americans living along the Pacific Northwest Coast have abundant cedar trees from which they create great art such as masks and other carvings.
October 24 & 26: Mastery in Pre-Columbian Gold
Bedazzled by the splendorous gold ornaments that the indigenous people of Central America wore, 16th century Spanish explorers named the area Costa Rica or “rich coast.” How did these artisans become masters of mining, metallurgy and design? Trace the fascinating history, symbolism, and exploitation of this sun-infused element.
October 31 & November 2: The Many Faces of Rembrandt
Let’s take a look at Rembrandt’s self-portraits. Most artists create a handful of them throughout their careers, but Rembrandt created close to 100! We’ll discuss the art of the self-portrait and Rembrandt’s favorite model – himself.