Lectures & Talks

Lectures & Talks

Each month, the Denver Art Museum hosts a variety of lectures that allow guests to connect more closely with the museum and its collections. Enjoy lectures and talks hosted by curators, artists, and leaders in their fields.

  • Woman in red plaid shirt draws slip of paper from a box held by a young woman wearing DAM lanyard.
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Insight: Inside the Shop

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    Shop 'til you drop! If you've been to the Denver Art Museum, you've likely perused the dazzling variety of merchandise in one of the museum's many shops.

    With museum staff and a shop volunteer, go behind the scenes and learn more about the team and work that are essential to the museum shop and special exhibition retail.

    Discover the creative strategic processes behind the selection of merchandise, the thinking that goes into design and display, and how the shop has changed over the years.

    Tickets are free for Museum Friends; $10 for DAM members; $15 for nonmembers. More

  • Portrait of Senga Nengudi by Ron Pollard.
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Logan Lecture: Senga Nengudi

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    Senga Nengudi is one of the most celebrated artists working in installation and performance art since the 1960s.

    Often incorporating found materials, Nengudi’s work explores notions of race, ethnicity, culture, and gender identity.

    Based in Colorado Springs for more than thirty years, Nengudi creates video and music expanding upon her conceptual work by incorporating ritual dance and further engaging the cross-cultural dialogue central to her practice.

    Doors open at 5:30 pm. More

  • Lu Kuo-Sung, Which is Earth? No. 28, 1969
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Memories of War and the Conflicts of Modernism: Ink Art in Postwar Taiwan

    with Andrew Shih-Ming Pai, PhD
    Monday, April 27, 2020 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    Focusing on the Taiwanese artist Liu Guosong’s paintings, this talk explores the development of ink art in Taiwan during the 1950s and 1960s.

    The historical context of the time influenced the development of postwar ink art in Taiwan, with strict political censorship and cultural tensions alongside the movement to modernize traditional Chinese painting. More

  • Image of a man standing and looking up, wearing a blue plaid shirt and a brown jacket. There is a rolled up document in the pocket of his jacket.
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Norman Rockwell: Picturing Freedom

    with Stephanie Haboush Plunkett
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms are among the most recognizable and enduring images in the history of American art. Inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vision for a peaceful post-war world, they are cultural icons that continue to resonate strongly today, as they did in their time. More

  • Headshot of John Warne Monroe; Paul Wilkinson Photography
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Charles Ratton and the Invention of the Modern "Tribal Art" Market

    with John Warne Monroe
    Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    The present-day market for historical African, Oceanic, and Native American art is distinctive. In its general aesthetic approach, it relies heavily on the norms and values that govern the market for modern and contemporary art; its conception of authenticity and approach to connoisseurship, in contrast, derive from the antiques trade. More

  • Image of a man standing and looking up, wearing a blue plaid shirt and a brown jacket. There is a rolled up document in the pocket of his jacket.
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Depicting Freedom: Norman Rockwell's Journey in Context

    with James Kimble
    Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    This talk follows Norman Rockwell's career and how his dissatisfaction with the restrictive rules of the Post gradually led him to break the rules subtly and then to break away from the magazine altogether, leading directly to his Civil Rights-era paintings.

    Rockwell's career is presented in four sections: Norman as Rule Follower; Norman as Rulebreaker; Norman as Advocate; and Norman as Model. These sections provide context for Rockwell's famous Four Freedoms and for his later images from the 1960s and 1970s.

    Doors open at 5:30 pm. More