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See a Bronze Pour & Save a Butterfly at Untitled #67 (Chain Reaction)

May 29 Update: Here is the program (PDF) for this month's Untitled.

Untitled #67 (Chain Reaction) is all about getting to know art’s scientific side and igniting creative energy. Literally. Sparks will fly during an outdoor bronze pour demo by artist Rian Kerrane and the University of Colorado-Denver sculpture program. Watch as the team cranks up the heat to unimaginable temperatures, turning molten metal into art (weather permitting—we will post on Twitter and Facebook if we are forced to cancel). 

After seeing it done live, dive even deeper into the process of creating bronze sculpture with DAM master teacher Molly Medakovich on a tour through the newly opened exhibition, The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925. Investigate the lost-wax casting method and take a look at stunning examples of the technique. The science doesn’t end when the product is finished, so neither does Untitled. Conservator Judy Greenfield is onsite to reveal the chemistry behind preserving patinas on outdoor sculptures.

Molten metal isn’t the only thing we’ve got to get your creative juices flowing. Still on the science bent: start a botanic chain reaction by creating seed bombs with artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy. Hacker and maker Mar Williams of The Concoctory uses color theory to put a scientific spin on Fox Games. Or switch gears and follow the lead of a musical chain reaction as Central City Opera stages scenes from The Marriage of Figaro.  Soak in the sounds of jazz duo Jason Klobnak and Dion Stepanski as they let art inspire improvisation.

There’s also history to consider: chat western expansion with Erin Cole from History Colorado, map out your personal history with Warm Cookies of the Revolution, and see where Joan and Charlie’s long relationship history is headed in Buntport Theater’s latest installment of Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme

More information available on our Facebook page. See you on May 30 at Untitled #67 (Chain Reaction).

 

Rose Eason is the coordinator of adult and college programs in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Rose has been at the DAM since 2012 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Mud Woman Rolls On.