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.
March 27 & 29: Sargent & the Girl from Capri
Sargent created countless paintings of young women whose gazes and expressions fascinate the viewer. While Rosina Ferrara is not as well-known as his society portraits, it is one of his most intriguing. We’ll take a deep look into who this girl was, why she captivated Sargent and more!
April 3 & 5: Kusama’s CAN-CAN: Dots & More
Is CAN-CAN really happy? What does this sculpture represent? In order to answer these questions, we need to explore 89-year-old Yayoi Kusama’s love of polka dots, bright colors, and repetitive patterns and to understand why these elements are important to her and her art
April 10 & 12: The Radcliffe Family
English portraiture of the 18th century gives us a window into the culture, customs, and traditions of the period. We will discuss the Radcliffe family portrait as a typical example of work executed in provincial England to document the lives of the well-to-do.
April 17 & 19: The Battle of Lowestoft
“Dutch Armado, Mere Bravado” is the title of an English ballad celebrating the English victory over the Dutch fleet at the battle of Lowestoft in 1665. That victory is also commemorated in this painting by the Dutch expatriate, Adriaen van Diest.
April 24 & 26: ENGI
ENGI was created specifically for the Hamilton Building. Tatsuo Miyajima envisioned the direct involvement of the Denver community, making it a truly public piece of art. We will explore the meaning behind the 80 LED lights, discuss participant stories, and reflect upon the central idea of “art in you.”
May 1 & 3: Allan Ramsay, Portraitist
Meet young Miss Craigie as she provides a window to the world in which the painter Allan Ramsay lived and worked. His friends and patrons were members of the political, cultural, and intellectual elite of Edinburgh, London, and Rome. Experience how history comes alive through portraiture.
May 8 & 10: Mark Bradford’s Realness
Mark Bradford refers to his work as “social abstraction.” His painting Realness combines his focus on abstraction with New York City’s LGBTQ+ ballroom community.
May 15 & 17: Harrsch: Under the Same Sky
A Mexican-born artist who feels deeply about the issues of immigration, undocumented families, and the Dreamers, Erika Harrsch utilizes and combines video, music, still images, and interactive elements to bring these issues to life. Come explore this unique world where we are all “Under the Same Sky.”
May 22 & 24: Saiz: What Is Utopia?
Jonathan Saiz, a Denver-based artist, created 10,000 tiny drawings, sculptures and drawings for this exhibition and is giving them all away at the end. He proposes a utopia where society “values art for what it is rather than for what it costs or how rare it is."
May 29 & 31: A New Way of Living
We will look at the development of open and flexible living spaces as seen in the Monsanto House of the Future.
June 5 & 7: Casteel: The Gaze, Old & New
From provincial England to the streets of Harlem, portraits have long fascinated the public. How do they continue to captivate us with their gaze and expression? Are Jordan Casteel's works and the portraits in British Treasures that different? Come to this Talk at 12 and we will find out together.
June 12 & 14: Kauffman & Rome – Rich Secrets
Whatever can be revealed from this surreptitious Neoclassical gem? And moreover, what can be discovered about the artist—the veritable poster child of the Age of Reason? Follow the singular and beguiling journey of Angelica Kauffman, one of the most sought-after artists of the 18th century. Captivatingly, “the world was “Angelicamad.”
June 19 & 21: Eames Furniture FUNdamentals
Innovative husband and wife Charles and Ray Eames celebrated play, whimsy, curiosity, and discovery to solve design problems and “get the best to the most for the least.” As a result of their “serious play,” they created iconic furniture and became two of the most influential designers of midcentury America.
June 26 & 28: Purposeful Play the Eames Way
Charles and Ray Eames understood the power of play in exploring and understanding the world around us. Influenced by contemporary child-rearing practices and inspired by toys and games of their youth, they created delightful toys that spawned serious ideas for young and old alike.