June 2014: Last Chance to See Modern Masters; The American West in Bronze, New Sculpture Studio, Daniel Sprick’s Fictions Opens and Other Highlights
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 co-curated by Thomas Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), and Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator, American paintings and sculpture, the American wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. An exhibition catalog will be available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. The American West in Bronze will be on view through August 31. Included in museum admission.
Sculpture Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations
Through September 21
Every day the museum is open, visitors can explore the creative processes behind assorted techniques and mediums in the Sculpture Studio. On weekends from noon to 3 p.m., visitors can learn more about the sculptural practices as local artists demonstrate a variety of techniques.
June Demonstration Schedule (artists subject to change)
May 31 & June 1: Rian Kerrane, bronze pour (outdoors on Martin Plaza)
June 7 & 8: David Ocelot Garcia, bronze and mixed media sculpture
June 14 & 15: Kathleen Sherman, found-object sculpture
June 21 & 22: Rodrigo Garduño, tin retablos sculpture
June 28 & 29: Greg Neel, metal welding (outdoors on Martin Plaza)
Drop-In Drawing: Symbols of the West
June 10, 1–3 p.m.
Draw inspiration from the bronze sculptures in the historic western American art galleries. Explore value and learn how to draw metallic subject matters using toned paper. Bring your own materials or borrow ours. Facilitated and free with museum admission; reservations not required.
Create Playdate: Giddy-Up!
June 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Drop in with your little ones, aged 3–5, to search for art in the collection that giddy-ups and gallops. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Free with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free.
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 or something special happening in the galleries. Enjoy a different topic each week. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building. Included in general admission.
June 25 & 27: The American West in Bronze: American Indian
Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Closing June 8
These are the final days to see Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, presented by the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM). This exhibition at the DAM brings together about 70 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings. Modern Masters provides an unparalleled opportunity to witness the major stylistic developments that shaped the course of modern art.
Curated by Dean Sobel, director of CSM, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, one of the most respected collections of 20th century art in the country. A special ticket is required, which will give visitors admission to Modern Masters as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at CSM through June 15, 2014. Tickets are available online at www.denverartmuseum.org, at the museum or by calling 720-913-0130. Advance purchase is recommended for the final weeks.
Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western
Closing June 1
Shane, The Misfits, Tom Horn, and Oklahoma! The DAM shows how these movies and other iconic westerns were reinterpreted by Polish artists in Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western. Rebranded presents movie posters from the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles that were created during Poland’s communist era. Westerns exported an epic vision of America, making John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas legends around the world. Yet Polish artists did not promote these films through overtly glamorous, Hollywood-style imagery. Instead, they used universally recognized symbols of the American West—the horse, six-shooter, the cowboy, Stetson, saddle—to express their opinions on violence as a negative force. The impressive, original and uncompromising posters in Rebranded not only catch the eye, but also offer an ingenious perspective on some of the most well-known American westerns while providing a glimpse into the poster art form. Included in general admission.
First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection
Opening June 1
First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt, are well-known treasures of the collection. Complementing the exhibition is a display by 10 contemporary artists whose quilts illustrate how traditions continue, evolve and inspire. Included in general admission.
Oliver Herring: Recent Acquisitions (Fuse Box)
Opens June 1
German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than ten years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures, such as Castle and Doublerocker, both on display in Material World. But he could use a camera. Herring has continued making videos since then, focusing increasingly on the people who participate in them. He has invited friends and strangers to improvise scenarios he contrives. The videos in Fuse Box portray the results: people spitting water at each other, in reverse motion; an older woman and a young man dancing together; Herring himself waltzing down a steep hill with a male partner; and a boy “flying” through a Philadelphia neighborhood. They celebrate ingenuity, vulnerability and serendipity in human interaction.
Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works
Opens June 29
Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works includes more than 40 examples of the Colorado artist’s portraiture and still life paintings that blur the line between realism and abstraction. His meticulous representation of everyday objects and stirring interpretation of the human form provide viewers a new way to look at the world. A catalog accompanies the exhibition. On view through November 2, the exhibition is included in general admission.
Adult Programs & Lectures
Untitled #68 (Nomad)
June 27, 6–10 p.m.
Join us as we embark on the first leg of a three-part summer series at Untitled #68 (Nomad), with special activities on Martin Plaza. Take a look at artworks made to travel and get tips from a survivalist. Untitled is free with general admission. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Conversation with Curator: First Glance/Second Look
June 6, 4 p.m.
Explore the new installation First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection with curator Alice Zrebiec. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. Free with general admission; reservations not required.
Drop-In Writing: Haiku & Other Asian Forms
June 24, 1–3 p.m.
Celebrate the blossoming of summer in just a few syllables and learn the nuances of Asian poetry in the Asian art collections. Facilitated and free with general admission; reservations not required.
Free First Saturday
June 7, 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 general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. (Additional ticket required for Modern Masters.) Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
June 8, 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. Free with general admission; children 5 and younger are always free.
Note: The Denver Art Museum will be closed on Friday, July 4.