Make a Statement This Month at Untitled

Note: Download the program (PDF) for February 27.

At Untitled: Statement Piece at the Denver Art Museum on February 27 we’re doing everything with style and definitely a lot of pizazz. This final Friday is all about making a statement in whichever medium you choose: fashion, film, poetry, prose or even cabinetry.

Of course, while we’ve still got Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century in the house, we can’t get enough of the sparkly stuff. And this time we’re looking at the ways jewelry can pack a punch. Check out extreme—or fierce, depending on your perspective—Pre-Columbian facial jewelry with piercing artist Jesse Dobbs of Iris Body Piercing (gauge earrings and lip plugs have been around way longer than South Broadway). See metalsmith Jesse Mathes’ latest art-inspired creation. Given that Jesse’s necklaces are more like full-body-laces (see above pic), we know her Untitled piece will be a knock out!

Then try your hand at creating your own piece of jewelry designed for maximum impact in a workshop with designer Megan Kaltenbach Burke. Even more traditional bracelets and brooches are provocative at this month’s Untitled. Hear about the symbolism and political undertones rampant in the jewelry of the British aristocracy from DAM curator Kathleen Stuart.

Statements can be worn, but they can also be…uh…stated. Learn how to state different kinds of statements: Warm Cookies of the Revolution is hosting a letter writing party and will help you make your case to your local government representative. Experts from The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group will coach you in the art of the elevator pitch. And DAM master teacher Danielle St. Peter will give you the inside scoop on how to write a gallery label.

Also see statements stated: don’t miss a screening of Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jeffrey Gibson’s film, a love letter to the DAM called one becomes the other. (Pro-tip: stick around for a Skype conversation with Jeffrey after.) Valarie Castillo, DAM security officer by day and actress by night, will perform rabble-rousing words of poetry written by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a feminist 17th century nun and colleague of Issac Newton. And we’re sure Joan will have a lot to say in the latest episode of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme.