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.
January 30 & February 1: The Incubation Effect
Explore the microscopic world of cocoons and larvae in a larger than life insect nursery. On your immersing journey, ponder the potential human qualities in these soft inflatable sculptures.
February 6 & 8: Jordan Casteel: Eyes Wide Open
Jordan Casteel’s vivid, large-scale portraits of men capture both the vulnerability and strength of the sitter. Join us with your eyes wide open to see these visible men.
February 13 & 15: The West of Allen Tupper True
Allen Tupper True’s vision of a passing frontier is still largely unrecognized outside of this region. A Colorado native, True was a successful illustrator, studio painter, and muralist. Learn about his life and work as we explore his painting Freighters of ’48.
February 20 & 22: The Greatest Show on Earth
What can we discover when looking at a classic circus poster? We will explore the use of lithography in advertising, the use of exotic animals in circuses as well as an unexpected Denver connection.
February 27 & March 3: Casteel: Portraits of Harlem
Like many artists before her, Casteel was drawn to Harlem’s vibrant street life and arts scene. She painted portraits of people she met on the street, of which many are now friends. Join us and delve into her process for capturing both their likenesses and personality.
March 6 & 8: Envisioning the World Map
Where we live, what it looks like and what’s really out there are all questions that have been asked about our earth. We will look at what progressive mapmaker Sebastian Munster said about it in 1532. It’s fun to see what people thought about our little orb 500 years ago!
March 13 & 15: van Dyck’s Dorothy, Lady Dacre
Anthony van Dyck was in demand as a portraitist because he made his subjects look like themselves, but at their very best. His painting Dorothy, Lady Dacre shows this and reveals even more about the painter and his subject
March 20 & 22: Brain Teasing: IN PLAIN SIGHT
Your plight: you’re puzzling how those big green words from the now-vanished wall on 13th Avenue turned up at the tip-top of the Hamilton atrium. You’re vaguely troubled that you are missing something conceptually. You are not alone. Come TALK about it AT 12.
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.”