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.

  • painting of Monet's garden and home
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Monet As a Draftsman: Between Drawing and Pictorial Invention (SOLD OUT)

    with Marianne Mathieu
    Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    This presentation is sold out.

    The reproduction of fleeting natural impressions played a central role in the art of Claude Monet (1840-1926).

    Like no other Impressionist, he explored the topography and the specific lighting moods of different locations, from the metropolis of Paris to the remote Seine villages of Vétheuil and Giverny.

    This lecture by Marianne Mathieu will explore the evolution of Monet's art from the 1850s to the 1920s with a focus on the places - both at home and on the road - from which he drew inspiration for his painting. More

  • Waterlilies underneath a bridge
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Monet: The Painter and His Gardens

    with George Shackelford
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 2:00pm3:00pm.

    From the beginning of his career in the 1860s, Claude Monet painted not only the untamed fields, roads, and rivers of his native France, but also the lawns, pathways, and ponds of its gardens, both public and private.

    George Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum, will discuss the artist’s fascination with gardens—particularly his own—from the 1860s to his death in 1926.

    Doors open at 1:30 pm. More

  • Ballgames and Masquerades: Identity and Performance at Los Horcones, Chiapas
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Ballgames and Masquerades: Identity and Performance at Los Horcones, Chiapas

    with Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers
    Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 2:30pm3:30pm.

    The site of Los Horcones on the Pacific coast of Chiapas was an important Early Classic (AD 200-700) gateway community.

    It was strategically positioned along an important trade corridor, and because of this drew the attention of merchants from Teotihuacan, the great Central Mexican metropolis.

    Teotihuacan and Los Horcones were connected economically and ideologically, and this strategic location left a mark in the form of a diverse archaeological record. More

  • Gloria Groom standing in front of a Manet painting
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    The Impressionists' Passion for Fashion

    with Gloria Groom, The Art Institute of Chicago
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

    By 1860, Paris was the style capital--as well as art capital--of the world.

    The fashion industry was booming. Off-the-rack clothing made new styles available to vast numbers of men and women, the department store was on the rise, and fashion magazines flew off the shelves.

    Impressionists and other modern artists were fascinated by the innovative, changeable qualities of the new fashion industry. More

  • Image depicts the extensive roots system at the base of a large tree that has grown around a carved stone Buddha head.
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Anderman Photography Lecture: Linda Connor

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm8:30pm.

    Linda Connor creates photographs that explore human connection to the spiritual world through monuments, sites, objects and ritual. More

  • A trapezoid shaped window looks at the sky with a tiered square window below providing a view of the landscape. Two stone walls frame either side of the windows.
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    Diego Rivera in El Pedregal: Constructing a Pyramid, Founding a Museum

    with Cristóbal Jacóme-Moreno
    Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

    This presentation focuses on Diego Rivera’s appropriation of Pre-Columbian spaces and figures in one of his most renowned works: the Anahuacalli museum of archaeology (1940-1957).

    In this architectural space, Dr. Cristóbal Jacóme-Moreno argues, Rivera understood Mexico’s pre-Columbian past not only as a series of successive events in time, but especially as an active, integrative force in an ever-changing present. More

  • Agustín Cárdenas with Mon Ombre Après Minuit, 1963
    Event: Programs & Lectures

    In the Shadow of Surrealism from Cuba to Paris:The Sculpture of Agustín Cárdenas

    with Susan Power
    Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm8:00pm.

    Note: This presentation has been rescheduled to March 4 from the original date. Tickets will be available at a later date.

    Often dubbed “the surrealist sculptor par excellence,” Cuban artist Agustín Cárdenas (1927-2001) participated in the surrealist group’s activities, most notably their international exhibitions, both in Paris and abroad during the postwar period. More