New Season of Final Friday Events Kick Off January 27

Untitled season brings epic fashion and art collaborations to the DAM

(Denver, Colo.) – January 9, 2012 – The final Friday of the month, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) offers a dose of the unexpected with offbeat art encounters, unique detours of the DAM collection, artmaking, local music, cash bar, munchies and more. At each mixed-media Untitled event, the museum explores a specific theme with exhibition related activities and community collaborations. The museum keeps its door open late; each event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. The new season kicks off January 27 with Untitled #43 (Made in China) and continues through Untitled #52 (Written Off) on October 26.

“Untitled is the moment where we highlight ongoing creative community connections while at the same time showcasing what makes the DAM and its collections unique,” says Jaime Kopke, coordinator of adult and college programs. “At Untitled, visitors get to direct their own museum experience, deciding what’s fun and relevant to them while also getting a dose of the DAM’s collections, programming and community partners.”

That means visitors get exclusive access to their favorite curators, educators and community experts for one-night only opportunities. Artworks come out of storage, curators give special critiques and specialists share and connect their passion with the museum. Visitors can choose from a full menu of activities to curate their own night.

Here is a peek at the complete 2012 lineup. For full event details, visit collective.denverartmuseum.org.

Untitled #43 (Made in China)

January 27, 6–10 p.m.

The museum celebrates the cultural wonders of China in the special exhibitions Xu Beihong and Threads of Heaven. Guests can try their hand at water calligraphy, chat with artist Scot Lefavor, learn about the mythical beasts behind the Year of the Dragon or jump into the DAM’s KTV karaoke lounge.

Untitled #44 (Road Trip)

February 24, 6–10 p.m.

Untitled #44 (Road Trip) will take you on an unexpected journey through Ed Ruscha: On the Road and our permanent collections. Visitors can take a highlight tour of the DAM’s attractions and oddities, learn about Jack Kerouac’s Denver ties or check out their own personal poet for the night.

Untitled #45 (Haute)

March 30, 6–10 p.m.

In March we celebrate designer Yves Saint Laurent with a fashion show of epic proportions. In collaboration with Fallene Wells and Forever Darling, contestants from the TV show Project Runway have been invited to design a collection inspired by Saint Laurent. The designers will walk their creations down the runway in a full-fledged fashion show and the crowd and a panel of judges will vote on the evening’s winner. Other fashionable activities include on-site interior design consultations, visitor art-induced haircuts and hands-on, haute couture skills workshop. Special tickets will be required for the runway show.

Untitled #46 (Cipher)

April 27, 6–10 p.m.

In April, the museum takes a look at Madeline Albright’s cryptic collection in Read My Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection, along with artists’ hidden meanings, codes and the old-fashioned puzzle.

Untitled #47 (LOL)

May 25, 6–10 p.m.

In May, visitors can search for connections between art and humor with scientific chats, funny stories and comedian led-tours.

Untitled #48 (Anonymous)

June 29, 6–10 p.m.

In June, the DAM takes it to the streets with crowd-sourced activities, secret connections and a look at anonymous art.

Untitled #49 (Ideate)

July 27, 6–10 p.m.

In July, the DAM celebrates the Colorado design community with a focus on community-driven design projects. Participants can help solve neighborhood design dilemmas, take part in a mass skill swap and talk solutions with local design experts.

Untitled #50 (Jet Set)

August 31, 6–10 p.m.

Jet Set, in August, takes a closer look at architecture and travel, while celebrating the work of local architecture firm, Fentress, with Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight

Untitled #51 (Second Life)

September 28, 6–10 p.m.

In September, Untitled celebrates the work of El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa.  Visitors will dive into the world of upcycling and repair, while getting a behind-the-scenes peek at the museum’s own fixer-upper projects.

Untitled #52 (Written Off)

October 26, 6–10 p.m.

In tribute to Becoming Van Gogh, the final Untitled of the year takes a look at artists forgotten in their own times, while offering odes to the museum’s own artworks that deserve a second look

Untitled Vocabulary: A quick look at events that occur at every Untitled event.

Detour: Non-art experts lead tours through the DAM’s collections from their point of expertise. Past examples include a jazz trumpeter, dream interpreter, forest ranger and perfumer.

Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme: At each Untitled event guests can watch Buntport Theater perform their sitcom Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, based on a real modern and contemporary artwork hanging in the level three galleries.

MakeARTtalk: This series invites Denver community members to produce a new creative work inspired by the museum collections, exhibitions or the space itself. During each Untitled, the MakeARTtalk participant(s) shares their ideas with the audience while discussing their inspiration, process, successes and failures, as well as the final work(s).

Mini-Talking To: DAM staff and community members share their take on specific topics related to the evening’s theme.

Untitled events are included in general museum admission (free for DAM members). Students presenting valid IDs receive 2-for-1 admission when tickets are purchased onsite. For more information, visit collective.denverartmuseum.org.

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Graffiti artist Sam Flores created an artwork at Untitled with crowd input.