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10 Things Not to Miss at the DAM in 2014—Our Staff Weighs In

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." —Brad Paisley

Country music words to live by. To help you “write a good one” I surveyed some of the Denver Art Museum staff to find out what they are most excited about in the coming year. Even though 2013 is a mere day behind us, the DAM team is already running full-speed ahead and working on amazing exhibitions and projects.  Mark your calendar for these not-to-be-missed moments.

Then, tell us what you're keeping your eye on in the New Year. Is your friend working on an outdoor art project? Is a brewery moving to your neighborhood? Use the hashtag #DAM2014 in social media, and share your “don’t miss” items for 2014.

Without further ado, here is the DAM’s list:

"I am eagerly anticipating seeing a Frida Kahlo painting in person for the first time in Modern Masters. She was the second woman artist I ever really was aware of (after Georgia O'Keeffe). There's a thrill in connecting with a person—such a complicated, interesting, resolute person in her case—through their long-ago brushstrokes." —Fairlight Baer-Gutierrez, Communications

"We are designing a new mural for the Just For Fun Family Center for the summer!" —Jodie Gorochow, Education

"I'm really looking forward to the Cartier exhibition, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, along with Modern Masters. I heard Frida Kahlo will be in the exhibit and by far, she is my favorite artist and is also a huge inspiration for women. Her story is amazing." —Jessica D'Felio, Security

"The Modern Masters exhibition that is coming in March! Some major inspirations coming that I am super stoked about!" —Stephen Roberts, Facilities

"Our final Untitled (final Friday event) of 2014 is Untitled #72 (Supernatural) on October 31—Halloween! We’re definitely working on making it a special event. Here’s how we’re describing it so far: Take a turn toward the supernatural. Soak up the spirit of the night with a look at the otherworldly colors of the fauvist movement, share ghost stories in the galleries, and score big in a museum-wide trick-or-treat." —Rose Eason, Education

"For me, it’s Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century."—Rose Beetem, Communications

"The event I am excited for in the upcoming year would have to be Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century and, of course, any of the lectures and artist-in-residence participants that we get on level three! I also am always open to try out for and or help with performance art if we have any in 2014! The Nick Cave experience and the Kent Monkman performances and helping with Heard in Civic Center Park were life changers!"Laura Buchard, Security

"The 'don’t miss' event for DAM staff is vacating the Tremont Building."Terri Cross, Facilities

"Don’t Miss: Rose Simpson, the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence, this spring. Rose will create her signature ceramic figures, like those on view in the temporary exhibition Sovereign: Independent Voices (level three, Hamilton Building), on-site at the DAM from February–May. Visitors can watch Rose at work during museum public hours or experience her process in clay building workshops with the artist. Don’t Miss (I couldn’t pick just one): The new interactive family installation opening May 2014. Contemporary sculptor Jason Rogenes will transform the Precourt Family Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can create and share imaginative stories inspired by their shared experience in this futuristic space." —Jenna Madison, Education

"I'm really excited about the Untitled Final Friday events—they are always a fun night out with friends, and I love the activities they come up with. I also love seeing what's going on with the native American art floor in the North Building, the artist-in-residence program there, and the rotations that happen frequently."Erin Haley, Communications

 

Image credit: At Untitled #60 (Signature), the Denver Public Library brought over some of their Fresh City Life programming, including a button-making station.

Ashley Pritchard is communications and media relations manager at the Denver Art Museum. Ashley has been at the DAM since 2008 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. She gets to peruse the galleries some mornings around 4 am for TV segments and loves having a little quiet time with the art.