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 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.
November 7 & 9: The Horse with No Name
Joe Andoe never expected to become an internationally renowned artist. By his own account, he was wild and out of control as a young man. But with strength, genius, and luck, he is now known for his stark landscapes and iconic animals.
November 14 & 16: Tlingit House Partition
Learn about this carved and painted house partition from a community house built in the 1840s in southeast Alaska. We’ll also tell you how the museum acquired it.
November 21 & 23: Oldenburg: Maker of Monuments
Examine some of the drawings that led to our beloved Big Sweep and learn how the Oldenburg-Van Bruggen collaboration worked. Share your ideas of Big Sweep’s message and find out how their teamwork changed the nature of monumental sculpture going forward.
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.