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.
June 6 & 8: Pawnee & Lakota/Art & Conflict
A Pawnee bear claw necklace and a Lakota headdress speak to complex identities and practices for indigenous peoples and are also visual masterworks. Additionally, they tell the story of conflict between these two nations on the prairie.
June 13 & 15: The Art of Jeffrey Gibson
Experience the art of Jeffrey Gibson as his contemporary art practices converge with his Native American heritage. In Jeffrey’s hands, the familiar, the ordinary, and the unexpected become objects of extraordinary significance.
June 20 & 22: Of Wolves & Women
Join us in exploring some of the layers of myth and meaning in Kiki Smith's two-part sculpture, Genevieve and the May Wolf.
June 27 & 29: Cabinet of Curiosities
Scholars, art lovers, and explorers have created cabinets of curiosities since the Renaissance. These cabinets have a long and curious history coupled with a persistent love of the unique and marvelous. Bring your curiosity and be amazed as you explore the DAM’s own unique creation of beauty and wonder.
July 4 & 6: Tiger by Soga Shohaku
How does a very eccentric 18th-century Japanese artist depict an animal he has never seen? Tigers were not indigenous to Japan. So, by using imported pelts and domestic cats as models, Shohaku created a very interesting and humorous image of this most important Buddhist animal.
July 11 & 13: Art of Fashion – Creating Desire
See how the unique and timeless artistry of Jim Howard’s illustrations bring fashion to life through line, motion, and storytelling.
July 18 & 20: A Historic French Fabric from 1785
This Toile de Jouy, The Four Continents, was designed by a famous painter. It fancifully represents the four parts of the world as they were known in the 18th century. Africa is symbolized by a lion, an elephant, and snakes. For America, a person chases an alligator. And there’s much more!
July 25 & 27: Jeffrey Gibson: His Words
Explore Jeffrey Gibson’s incorporation of words as his contemporary art converges with his Native American heritage. Look at and listen to the familiar, the ordinary, and the unexpected.
August 1 & 3: Movement in Photography
Explore how two contemporary artists stretch the boundaries of photography by experimenting with new processes. Through their unusual techniques and subject matter, these photographers ask us to contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape.
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.