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November 2014


Sunday, June 22, 2014Sunday, November 2, 2014

“Upon first glance, viewers might think Daniel’s works are photographs because of their stunningly realistic elements. However, the longer we look at one of his paintings, the more we become aware that they are anything but a part of our world. We encounter Sprick’s paintings not so much as statements, but more as experiences, whereby we engage deeply with his creativity.”

- Timothy J. Standring, exhibition curator and Gates Foundation Curator at the DAM

Sunday, May 19, 2013Sunday, November 16, 2014

Drawing from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive Spanish colonial art collection, Fashion Fusion looks at the influence textile motif’s have had on other artistic mediums.

Sunday, May 19, 2013Sunday, January 4, 2015

From recycled plastics and bound clothing to woven silks and charred tree limbs, Material World illustrates the wide range of materials and techniques used by contemporary artists.

Sunday, June 1, 2014Sunday, January 4, 2015

German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than 10 years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures, such as Castle and Doublerocker, both were 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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013Sunday, January 18, 2015

The environment, literacy, peace, and equality are just a few of the subjects that designers tackle in Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives. With a touch of humor or with straightforward solemnity, the 33 posters in this exhibition demonstrate the inventive techniques designers use to provoke action.

Sunday, June 8, 2014Sunday, January 25, 2015

Joyce and Ted Strauss transformed the museum’s photography collection through their involvement as patrons, collectors, curators, and passionate advocates for the medium. As collectors, Joyce and Ted cast a wide net that encompassed early masterworks as well as experimental photographs by emerging artists. Even as they focused on contemporary art, they continued to acquire important twentieth century photographs with a strong historic or conceptual relationship to more recent work.

Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art
Sunday, October 12, 2014Sunday, February 8, 2015

Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque, and Kees van Dongen.

Saturday, February 16, 2013Sunday, February 15, 2015

Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration.

Sunday, July 27, 2014Sunday, February 15, 2015

Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades. 


Sunday, November 16, 2014Sunday, March 15, 2015

The DAM will host the world-exclusive exhibition of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, featuring stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or design house's, evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building.

Sunday, June 1, 2014Sunday, March 22, 2015

A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. 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 (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection.

Sunday, November 18, 2012Sunday, April 5, 2015

The 30 artworks in this exhibition reveal the versatility of lacquer as a medium used by Japanese artists to create containers, trays, plaques, braziers, and screens. A wide range of techniques are represented to demonstrate how lacquer was used during the last century to create objects of enduring beauty. The selected artworks reflect the changing styles and tastes of successive generations of lacquer artists who produced designs based on plants, animals, and other elements of nature.

Sunday, May 25, 2014Sunday, April 12, 2015

This summer, Jason Rogenes will transform the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes. Part of a rich summer program focusing on sculpture, the installation—made out of cardboard and reclaimed Styrofoam—will encourage visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities.  

Sunday, September 15, 2013Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists, Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson, and Virgil Ortiz, who have received international acclaim. These artists challenge people to think more broadly about the place of native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The included works reflect meditations on the self and native histories in a variety of media, including painting, sculptural ceramics, and multimedia works.

Sunday, August 25, 2013Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Depth and Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan, and Korea showcases a variety of carved, cut, incised, and etched bamboo objects. The exhibition demonstrates how artists used bamboo, carving deeply through it to achieve different colors and textures. The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning.

Sunday, November 10, 2013Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rupprecht Matthies’ ¿Being Home? is a community-inspired, interactive artwork that grows with each installation. In 2009 and 2011, Matthies collaborated with immigrants at Denver-area community organizations, including the African Community Center, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and Centro San Juan Diego, to gather words evocative of notions of home. The resulting words—transformed into mobiles, pillows, and wall pieces—are in 13 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, and Kareni.

Sunday, January 30, 2011Sunday, December 27, 2015

Experience one of the world's premier collections of Native American art. Reopened on January 30, 2011, our remodeled galleries of American Indian and Northwest Coast art focus on artists and their creations, revealing the hand and eye of each individual artist.

Sunday, January 30, 2011Sunday, December 27, 2015

Nampeyo: Excellence by Name is on view in the American Indian art galleries. Nampeyo is recognized as one of the greatest ceramicists of the 20th century. This exhibition traces the full spectrum of the famed Hopi artist’s career, highlighting key elements of her innovative forms and designs and the work of successive generations of her family.

Sunday, January 26, 2014Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cubism was the most revolutionary and influential movement of the twentieth century. After Renaissance artists perfected the device of perspective, a painting was thought of as a window into the world. But cubist painters understood that canvases themselves were painted objects. They also rejected the idea that an object rendered with traditional perspective was any more “real” than an abstraction of that object on the flat surface.

The Art of Bark Cloth
Sunday, August 31, 2014Sunday, August 27, 2017

This reinstallation of the Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through the unique medium of bark cloth (or tapa) used across the Pacific. Techniques and styles for decorating varied from island group to island group. Painted, printed, and beaten patterns decorate supple and sometimes expansive bark cloths.


Occurs every day the museum is open
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:15am11:00am

Think outside the box and experience the unique architecture of the museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind.  Take a trip through Boettcher Canyon Walk, scout out the Bartlit Sculpture Deck, sight-see from Duncan Pavilion, and more.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.


Occurs every day the museum is open
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 11:00am11:45am

Expert docents introduce you to a selection of the museum’s most noteworthy objects. Visit both the North and Hamilton buildings and discover a diversity of artworks from across time and around the world.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 2:00pm2:45pm

Every First Free Saturday the Denver Art Museum invites you to learn about our collections in a free Spanish language tour of our favorite works in the museum!


¡Cada Primer sábado gratis el Denver Art Museum te invita a aprender sobre nuestras colecciones en un tour gratis en Español sobre nuestras obras favoritas en el museo!

Occurs every month on the first Saturday
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 2:00pm3:00pm

Encuentro en el Hamilton Atrium.

¡Cada Primer sábado gratis el Denver Art Museum te invita a aprender sobre nuestras colecciones en un tour gratis en español sobre nuestras obras favoritas en el museo!


Every First Free Saturday the Denver Art Museum invites you to learn about our collections in a free Spanish language tour of our favorite works in the museum!

Occurs every Wednesday and Friday
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:00pm12:30pm

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.  Included in general admission.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Upcoming Topics

October 22 & 24: Maurice de Vlaminck: The Wild Beast

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 4:00pm5:00pm

Tour the new Oceanic art gallery with Nancy Blomberg, curator of native arts, and view Printed and Painted: The Art of Bark Cloth.

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.

Meet at 4 pm in the elevator lobby on level three of the Hamilton Building.


Occurs every month on the second Thursday
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:45am10:00am

Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. Experience and discuss art together on a tour led by a specially trained guide on the second Thursday of the month.

  • October 9: Quilts
  • November 13: Matisse and Friends (this Art & About Tour is at a special time)
  • December 11: Dinner Party (this tour returns to the usual time of 10:30–11:45 am)

Museum admission and the tour are free.  Meet in the Hamilton atrium on level one.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 5:30pm7:00pm

Join Berger Collection curator Kathleen Stuart for a lecture on some of the collection’s most popular paintings, featured in the newly published catalog Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection.  Stuart will sign copies of the catalog following the lecture.

Free admission. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

Sponsored by the Berger Collection.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm8:30pm

To construct perplexing environments and whimsical sculptures, Judy Pfaff employs myriad materials, such as wire, torn paper, coffee filters, flowers, transparent cord, steel, string, origami objects, Tibetan ledger paper, aluminum foil, fiberglass, plaster, file folders, burned paper, twigs, leaves and fluorescent tubes. In contrast to the materiality of her work and the intrigue of the uncommon elements she uses, she has said, “emotion is my only true sign.” Pfaff has been the subject of an Art 21 program and a recipient of the MacArthur (so-called “genius”) Grant. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00pm1:00pm

China has a very large number of native plants but only a limited number of these plants appear in traditional Chinese art. The conventions for including plants in traditional Chinese art were very different from the conventions of traditional European art. The symbolism the viewer is expected to understand when viewing plants in Chinese art is not the same as that of the same plant in a European or American painting. In addition, an aide to dating art pieces emerges as more recent Chinese art uses more diverse plants.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:00am12:00pm

Members are invited to take an exclusive glimpse inside the workshops of Cartier through a presentation by Xavier Gargat. He began his career at age 16 as an apprentice to a master jeweler. Now, he heads a 60-person staff of jewelers, watchmakers, stone-setters, and polishers at Cartier. 

$20. Advance ticket purchase is required. Space is limited. Does not include exhibition admission.

Not yet a member of the Denver Art Museum? Join today.

with Mary Lanius
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:30pm4:00pm

A leather-bound journal from 1911 was found in an old trunk in a Denver basement.  Written by a college undergraduate, the youngest member of the 1911 Yale Peruvian Expedition, this journal describes the challenges of exploration and the vagaries that led this young man to be the first American to survey and map the site now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Center—Machu Picchu.

Speaker Mary Lanius, Professor Emeritus of Art History at University of Denver, will discuss the adventures of that young man, who also was her father.

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 5:30pm6:30pm

Denver Art Museum members are invited to learn the stories behind the extravagant jewels with Brilliant exhibition curator, Margaret Young-Sánchez.

Special Events

Saturday, November 1, 2014

On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy our art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime!

A Collection Highlights tours in Spanish is offered at 2 pm on Free First Saturdays.

Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 am. Some special exhibitions may require additional ticket.

Sponsored by Target. Made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Occurs every day through November 30, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Throughout November, DAM members will receive 25 percent off the entire stock of beaded jewelry and accessories by Pink House. Other weekly special offers available onsite. Additional member 10 percent discount does not apply to weekly specials. Offer is good at both Museum Shop locations.

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 5:30pm6:30pm

Tom Petrie, collector, will interview Thomas Smith, Curator of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art collection, and Thomas Smith will interview collector, Tom Petrie.  Questions from the audience are welcomed.

Doors open at 5 pm.

Free; open to museum members only.

Sponsored by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a DAM support group.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 12:00pm4:00pm

Join us for this free half-day symposium and hear five Cheyenne and Arapaho artists discuss their art reflecting on the Sand Creek Massacre. The massacre occurred on November 29, 1864, in southeastern Colorado, when a U.S. volunteer cavalry of about 675 men attacked a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho village, killing nearly 200 people, mostly women, children, and the elderly. This event has had a lasting effect on the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples; the symposium speakers will discuss these impacts and their work that examines Cheyenne and Arapaho life before, during, and after the massacre.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:00pm7:30pm

Explore China’s past dynasties as it is revealed in two 18th century painted folding screens.  Each was a major workshop commission, being painted with lacquer on lacquer, an extremely difficult artistic technique.  As their stories are revealed in this premiere viewing of a 45-minute educational documentary, the hidden messages and ancient techniques used to create these beautiful works of art are revived.  It has taken a team of collectors, expert researchers, translators and historians working together for several years to uncover some of their mysteries.  Presented by lacquer specialist

Occurs every day through December 3, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014

This November marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek massacre, a military action that has had a lasting effect on the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples. This exhibition presents the works of five Cheyenne and Arapaho artists whose work reflects on those impacts and the experiences of their communities before, during, and after the massacre. Artists include Brent Learned, George Levi, Nathan Hart, Merlin Little Thunder, and B.J. Stepp.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 5:00pm10:00pm

Enjoy after-hours creativity for all ages during Night at the Museums at the DAM with free general admission to the museum. Explore Matisse and Friends, taking time to get to know the bold colors and brush strokes of these renowned French masterworks from the National Gallery of Art. Tour this incredible collection through the eyes (and nose!) of a perfumer. Get crafty at our Create-n-Take stations or listen to musicians riff off of pieces throughout the museum’s galleries.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm10:00pm

Chaircuterie is brought to you by two of Colorado’s leading creative organizations.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00am9:00pm

Members see the exhibition first! Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century will be open only to members on this special preview day with extended hours. Members also save 20% on their purchases at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum on November 15 only. 

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Not yet a member of the Denver Art Museum? Join today.

Occurs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through March 13, 2015
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Begin your Brilliant experience with a special introduction to Cartier presented by an expert docent. Gain insight about Cartier’s storied history, glamorous clientele, and meticulous craftsmanship. Then, view the exhibition at your own pace and enjoy a deeper understanding of Cartier’s artistry.

Each attendee will receive a souvenir booklet, illustrated with a selection of the stunning jewelry, precious objects, and historic photographs on view.

Tickets are $18. Space is limited to only 25 tickets per day; advance purchase is recommended.

Kids & Families

Occurs every month on January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December on the second Sunday
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:00am1:00pm

Bring your under 5-year-olds with the whole family, and join us every second Sunday of the month for in-gallery performances by Buntport Theater starring Foxy and Shmoxy (inspired by the DAM’s artwork Fox Games) at 10:30 or 11:30 am. 

Check in at the Family Activity Cart to get your special letter from the Fox Box and follow the clues to find the foxes! Afterwards, check out all of the other activities available to families in the museum.

Free with museum admission. No reservations required.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:00am1:00pm

Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to color here, color there, Color Mix everywhere as we play with all sorts of colors. Create art, read stories, and play art games in the galleries.

Create Playdates are included with general admission, and children 5 and under are always free.

No reservations are required.

For more information, e-mail or call 720-913-0130.


Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 1:00pm4:00pm

The third Sunday of the month, between 1 and 4 pm, bring toda la familia to celebrate your creativity and cultura.

Imagine yourself sitting on the patio of your home, relaxing, and taking in the vista from the window.  Savor this familiar experience in the exhibit Matisse and Friends.

Adult Programs

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:30am11:30am

Join DAM conservation and curatorial staff as they vet tapestries from a range of time periods and cultures for this spring’s textile art exhibition.

This talk will be repeated on Nov. 19, 1:30-2:30 pm.

$5, Pre-registration required.


Occurs every Thursday
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 1:30pm3:30pm

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. For two hours on a weekly basis, visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle, and treat objects from the textile art collection. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation.

No reservations needed.

For details, e-mail

Occurs every month on the second Tuesday
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 1:00pm3:00pm

(Re)kindle your creative passions in these informal sketching sessions on the second Tuesday of every month.  Take inspiration from the galleries with the help of a DAM art instructor and tackle a new drawing topic every month. 

Occurs every month
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:00pm3:30pm

Keep your drawing skills fresh in between fall and spring classes! Bring your own supplies and enjoy unstructured sketching time with help from artist and instructor Chuck Ceraso.

This class will not involve formal lessons, it is an open studio format for students with previous drawing experience.

Second Fridays, November–February (Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13), 1-3:30 pm

$65 DAM members, $75 nonmembers

Registration required. Registration begins at 10 am on October 21 for members, October 28 for nonmembers.


Friday, November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm8:00pm

We're looking for local creatives from all disciplines (that means you: chefs, crafters, artists, architects, writers, musicians, and everyone in between!) to bring the ideas and know-how for all the regular and new projects we have coming down the pike in 2015, including our 2015 Untitled season, museum residencies, and outdoor installations. Use the DAM collections as your inspiration and the museum programs as your platform.

Occurs every day the museum is open through March 15, 2015
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Visitors can explore their creativity in the hands-on studio space. Connecting to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, the studio will offer an up-close look at jewelry.

Every weekend, local artists will demonstrate their skills.

Demonstration Schedule / Programación de Demostraciones

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 1:30pm2:30pm

Join DAM conservation and curatorial staff as they vet tapestries from a range of time periods and cultures for this spring’s textile art exhibition

$5, Pre-registration required.

This lecture is also offered on Nov. 5, 10:30-11:30 am


Occurs every month on the fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 1:00pm3:00pm

Monthly program on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions.  With the help of a DAM instructor, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. 

Meet in the El Pomar Grand Atrium of the Hamilton Building, level 1. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks.