July 2014: Beyond Pop Art, At the Mirror and Drawings: Carroll Dunham Open; Enjoy Summer Is on Martin Plaza and Other Highlights

  Note: The Denver Art Museum will be closed on Friday, July 4.            

Opening July 13, Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective features the work of painter Tom Wesselmann, who is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of American pop art. Organized chronologically, this exhibition follows the development of Wesselmann’s work, series by series, from his earliest abstract collages to his well-known series, Great American Nudes, and still lifes of his pop period to the cut-steel drawings and Sunset Nudes of his late work.

Tom Wesselmann (American, b.1931, d.2004), Still Life With Liz, 1992. Alkyd oil on cut-out steel; 72 x 69 in. Lent by Claire Wesselmann. © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Photo Credit: Jeffrey Sturges.

Beyond Pop Art features approximately 100 works, including the larger-than-life Still Life #60 and Screen Star.

This exhibition continues the DAM’s tradition of bringing exhibitions to Denver that provide an inside look into an artist’s process. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Wesselmann’s personal and creative journey through preliminary drawings, maquettes and archival documents, billboards, photographs and letters.

Beyond Pop Art, which will be on view through September 14, is included in museum admission.


At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

July 6–September 21, 2014

Mototsugu Sugiyama (b. 1925), Sumida River, Late Autumn, 2001. Color woodblock print; 17-3/4 x 23-3/4 in. Denver Art Museum; Asian art department acquisition fund in memory of Doris Hayden.

These woodblock prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by Japanese printmakers during a 100-year period. The variety of styles reflects the changing appearance of Japan as it embraced modern technology while continuing to respect its cultural past. Though woodblock printing has been around for centuries, in the 20th century, artists played with new subjects and topics that were relevant to a contemporary audience.

Focusing on woodblock prints ranging in date from 1901 to 2001, all prints in this exhibition were acquired by the DAM since 1970 to provide the collection with artworks that demonstrate the continuation of a traditional Japanese art form into the 20th century. At the Mirror is included in museum admission.


Drawings: Carroll Dunham

July 27, 2014–February 15, 2015

Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades.

Drawings: Carroll Dunham will be on view in the works-on-paper gallery on level three of the Hamilton Building and is included in museum admission.


The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925

On view through August 31

The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, is the first full-scale exhibition of western bronzes. Showcasing sculptures by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, Paul Manship and more than 20 other artists, it includes pieces depicting American Indians, cowboys, cavalry, pioneers, horses, buffaloes and other symbols of the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The American West in Bronze offers a fresh and compelling look at the complex role that artists played in creating three-dimensional interpretations of the Old West—whether based on fact, fiction or something in-between.  The American West in Bronze is included in museum admission.


Summer Is…

Through September 7

Summer Is ... on Martin Plaza. Summer Is… is made possible through a generous grant from the PB&K Family Foundation.

From the breathtaking mountains to the lakes, there are many reasons to love summer in Colorado. Many memories and friendships are formed around campfires through the act of telling stories. To evoke this same welcoming, familiar atmosphere, four ‘urban’ campfire platforms with eight seats have been installed on Martin Plaza. Each campfire platform has rays made out of recycled climbing rope that connect to light poles on the plaza. Throughout the summer, visitors can write or draw what summer means to them on colorful tags and attach it to the rope rays. Summer Is… was created by WORKSHOP8—a collaborative architecture, planning and design studio based in Boulder, Colorado—and Blue Spruce Design and Construction. The installation will blossom throughout the summer. 



An Evening with Claire Wesselmann and Jeffrey Sturges

July 9, 7–9 p.m.

Join the DAM Contemporaries for a special program with Claire Wesselmann, in conjunction with Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective, opening July 13. Learn more about this prolific artist from his widow and former model, who appears in many of the works that will be on view. Claire and Jeffrey Sturges, Studio Manager of The Estate of Tom Wesselmann, will share memories and insights about Tom Wesselmann. Tickets are $10–15; advance purchase is recommended. Call 720-913-0130 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org. Sponsored by DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.


Tours of The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925

Daily through August 31, 1 p.m.

A 45-minute tour of The American West in Bronze1850–1925, is offered daily (except July 4). Included in museum admission; reservations are not required.


Conversation with Curator: The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925

July 11, 4 p.m. (postponed from July 4)

Curator Thomas Smith leads a tour of The American West in Bronze1850–1925. Meet in the Hamilton Building on level two. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Included in museum admission; reservations are not required.


Tours of Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective

Daily July 13 through September 14, 2 p.m.

A 45-minute tour of Beyond Pop Art is offered daily July 13 through September 14. Included in museum admission; reservations are not required.


Frederic Remington, The Cheyenne, 1901 (cast by 1903). Bronze. Funds from William D. Hewit Charitable Annuity Trust.

Drop-in Writing: Writing the West

July 22, 13 p.m.

Using iconic images of Western lore as springboards, consider the idea of the West and write stories that use the West as both place and concept. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. Facilitated and included in museum admission; reservations are not required.


Untitled #69 (Uncharted)

July 25, 610 p.m.

Visitors are invited to follow in the footsteps of Tom Wesselmann and other boundary-pushing artists at Untitled #69 (Uncharted), while enjoying special activities including country music artist Kevin Trainor performing tunes he recorded with Tom Wesselmann. Included in museum admission. Cash bar. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Nooner Tours (Wednesday & Friday)

Every Wednesday and Friday, noon

Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections, a special exhibition or something happening in the galleries. Included in museum admission.

  • July 2: Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works (no Nooner Tour on July 4)
  • July 9 & 11: The American West in Bronze: Wildlife
  • July 23 & 25: Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective
  • July 30 & August 1: Japanese 20th Century Prints: Tradition & Change, Part I


Conversation with Curator: At the Mirror

August 1, 4 p.m.

Join curator Ronald Otsuka for a talk on At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints. Meet in the Hamilton Building on level one. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. Included in museum admission; reservations are not required.


Sculpture Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Through October 12

Every day the museum is open, visitors can explore the creative process behind assorted techniques and mediums in the Sculpture Studio. On weekends from noon to 3 p.m., visitors can learn more about the artistic process as local artists demonstrate a variety of sculpting techniques. Included in museum admission.

July Demonstration Schedule (artists subject to change)

  • July 5 & 6: Rodrigo Garduño — Figurative Sculpture
  • July 12 & 13: Casey Horn — Hand-Formed Bronze Sculpture
  • July 19 & 20, 26 & 27: Tim Flynn — Wire Sculpture



Anderman Photography Lecture: Michael Collins

July 17, 7 p.m.

Michael Collins, South West across Stoke Saltings, 2012. Digital chromogenic color print. © Michael Collins.

British photographer Michael Collins’ subject matter includes industrial structures, London cityscapes and views on the Hoo Peninsula. He employs the camera’s potential for accuracy and ability to capture more detail than the eye can see to encourage slow looking—an act he considers essential to understanding photography. Collins will discuss the history of the landscape and the often overlooked practice of record photography. Tickets are $5–15. The Anderman Photography Lecture Series presents quarterly talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today. Series funding generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.


Textile Talks: Collection Investigation—Tapestries & Samplers, Part I

July 2, 10:30 a.m. (program will repeat July 16, 1:30 p.m.)

Join DAM conservators as they get a head start on future exhibitions and bring out objects that have long been in storage for a first look and initial assessment. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation. $5; pre-registration required. Call 720-913-0130 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org for tickets.



Free First Saturday

July 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy the museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Free museum admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Create Playdate: Wiggle

July 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3–5, and worm your way around the galleries to find art that wiggles. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger free.


Totspot Sunday

July 13, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month. Watch Buntport Theater perform in the galleries, then check out all of the other museum activities available for families. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger free.


CelebrARTE: Fronteras

July 20, 1–4 p.m.

Bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura at CelebrARTE. Explore the frontier and the vaquero lifestyle as we look at art from El Norte, or the Old West. Included in museum admission; children 5 and younger free.


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