Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Roundup of September DAM Mentions in the Media

There is a lot to be excited about at the Denver Art Museum right now. In September we opened the first retrospective of the master of transformation El Anatsui. Our blockbuster exhibition Becoming Van Gogh goes on view at the end of October, and in November we highlight the work of contemporary artist Dana Schutz in her first career survey. Throw in a new contemporary art curator and the launch of our latest bilingual program CelebrARTE, and you'll find the DAM in a mix of wonderful media coverage. Read below to see what people are writing.

  • Student reporter J. Sebastian Sinisi gives an overview of the DAM’s exhibition Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight. Hurry in, it closes October 7.
  • Kansas City Star journalist Alice Thorson recommends a fall trip to the DAM.
  • The Denver Post includes two DAM exhibitions in their fall arts roundup.
  • The Wall Street Journal freelancer Ann Landi got personal with El and learned a bit about his past.
  • Freelance reporter Donna Bryson wrote a story about El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa for the Agence France Presse that has been picked up all over the world.
  • Greg Moody tells the world how to pronounce El Anatsui.
  • Westword’s Michael Paglia sat down with our new contemporary art curator, William Morrow.
  • Blake Gopnik at Newsweek gives a shout out to Becoming Van Gogh in his fall roundup.
  • YourHub featured a story on our new program CelebrARTE that connects with Latino art, artists, and cultures the third Sunday of the month.
  • And finally, near and dear to my heart, he Denver Egotist featured our monthly final Friday program Untitled for one of the many community collaborations that take place during every event.

Image credits (left to right, top to bottom): El Anatsui, Stressed World (detail), 2011. Collection of the artist. Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887. Oil on canvas; 16-1/8 x 13 in. Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). Denver International Airport Passenger Terminal, Denver, Colorado (detail), 1991-95. Photograph of roof line. Photograph © Hedrich Blessing | Nick Merrick. Photograph of CelebrARTE, courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Photograph of The Trading Tortoise, courtesy of the artists. Dana Schutz, Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009. Oil on canvas; 45 x 48 in. Collection Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, Gift of Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation. © Dana Schutz. Courtesy of the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York.

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.