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Denver Art Museum Exhibitions and Programs

Inspiring Impressionism
Through May 25, 2008

Inspiring Impressionism is the first exhibition to illustrate on such a broad scale how Impressionists drew inspiration from earlier artists, countering the popular opinion that the Impressionism movement was founded on an implicit rejection of the past. The exhibition features 100 works of art, including 65 by Impressionist painters including Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir and Sisley, and 35 by earlier masters such as El Greco, Raphael, Rubens, Ruisdael, Claude, Fragonard, Watteau and Goya. This significant presentation explores the profound engagement the Impressionists had with the works of their predecessors—a theme rarely examined on this scale in previous exhibitions. Works for the exhibition have been loaned by over 70 public and private collections from Europe and North America.

Organized by the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Seattle Art Museum. Northern Trust is the National Tour Sponsor of Inspiring Impressionism. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Local support is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Macy’s Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Friends of Painting and Sculpture, Ms. Betty Weiss, the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Leadership Campaign. Promotional support is provided by The Denver Post, The Integer Group and 5280 Magazine.

Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt
April 13, 2008 – July 6, 2008

For generations, African-American women in a physically isolated farming community formed by a bend in the Alabama River made quilts from old denim work clothes, recycled fabrics or scraps from corduroy used by the Freedom Quilting Bee cooperative. Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt is a compelling exhibition featuring these colorful quilts. These quilt-makers integrated everyday materials such as corduroy and denim to create utilitarian quilts that are now heralded as significant contemporary art objects. Gee’s Bend will provide insight into the moving human stories behind the quilts, which involve the intertwined roles of community, family relationships, inspiration from the environment, fabric choices and pattern preferences. Gee's Bend is the first exhibition to feature these marvelous quilts and the DAM is the only institution in the Rocky Mountain region to host the show.

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Tinwood Alliance, Atlanta. Additional local fund ing is provided by American Family Insurance, the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Leadership Campaign. Promotional support is provided by The Denver Post.

George Carlson: Heart of the West
Through April 13, 2008

This exhibition features the work of living artist and former Coloradoan George Carlson. Considered one of the finest sculptors of western subject matter working today, Carlson is known for his sensitive interpretation of animals, especially horses, in bronze. His figurative work features a number of subjects including the Tarahumara Indian tribe in Mexico, with whom he lived. Pastel drawings from these journeys to Mexico are included in the installation. The exhibition features more than 35 objects from several lenders including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, a private Colorado collector and the artists’ studio.

This exhibition is made possible by grants from Melinda and Lewis (Pete) Douglas and John and Erika Lockridge. Additional funding is provided by Patrick and Carla Grant, Lucy and Jim Wallace, Bob and Page Lee, Judi and Joe Wagner, Ralph J. and Patricia Nagel, Friends of Painting and Sculpture, Kevin and Rebecca McMahon, the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Leadership Campaign. Promotional support is provided by The Denver Post.

Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism
June 13, 2008 – September 7, 2008

The approximately 40 paintings in this exhibition, ranging in date from the 1850s to the early 20th century, include many of the finest examples of mid- and late-19th century French and American landscapes in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection. It offers a striking survey of plein-air painting from Gustave Courbet and continuing with Camille Corot, Charles Francois Daubigny and others of the Barbizon School, all of whom impacted greatly the following generation of French Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Gustave Caillebotte and Pierre-August Renoir as well as a number of their American contemporaries including Childe Hassam, Edward Henry Potthast, Julian Alden Weir, Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman and John Singer Sargent. This exhibition offers the viewer the opportunity to see what truly kindred spirits these French and American painters were.

The exhibition was organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Additional funding is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Leadership Campaign. Promotional support is provided by The Denver Post.

Amish and Mennonite Quilts from the Big Valley and Beyond
Through July 13, 2008

This exhibition features 12 new acquisitions that expand the Denver Art Museum’s core collection of Amish quilts. Five of the quilts demonstrate the design and color preferences of the three groups of Old Order Amish in the Kishacoquilla Valley of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania: Nebraska (White Toppers), the most conservative group; Byler (Yellow Toppers); and Peachey or Renno (Black Toppers). Each of these groups, who are referred to by the color of their buggy tops, follows a different Ordnung (the rules by which the Amish live). The Ordnung delineates everything from if or how one’s house is painted, what colors may be used for clothing, whether men can use suspenders (and if yes, how many), to which pieced quilt patterns and stitched quilting motifs are appropriate. In addition to the Big Valley Amish quilts, the show includes examples of Amish quilts made in Somerset and Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania, Midwest Amish quilts and Mennonite quilts from Pennsylvania.

Daniel Richter: A Major Survey
October 4, 2008 – January 11, 2009

The Denver Art Museum is the first U.S. museum to host a major show of works by contemporary German painter, Daniel Richter (b. 1962). Daniel Richter: A Major Survey will provide a retrospective of the German artist’s large-format oil paintings, which combine clichés from art history, the mass media and popular culture, creating unusual narrative pictorial worlds. Richter’s early paintings were abstract, with colors and forms oscillating between graffiti and ornament. Later works evolved from the abstract to the human form, with many works inspired by modernism and failed utopias. Large paintings will be on view, as well as a selection of small formats, which serve Richter both as sketches of ideas and as a diary.

Houdon from the Louvre
October 11, 2008 – January 4, 2009

The second exhibition of works from the Louvre opens this fall at the Denver Art Museum, featuring highlights from the Louvre’s unparalleled collection of sculpture by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828). Houdon from the Louvre will feature approximately 20 works portraying intellectual and political leaders, including portraits of American founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, famous busts of French Enlighten ment thinkers Denis Diderot and Voltaire and well-known portraits of Houdon’s wife and children. For the first time, a catalog featuring the Louvre’s entire Houdon collection will be published in English to accompany the exhibition.

Houdon from the Louvre is presented in association with Louvre Atlanta, a collaboration between the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and Musée du Louvre, Paris. This exhibition is presented by Accenture. Additional funding is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Leadership Campaign. Promotional support is provided by The Denver Post.

In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein
November 8, 2008 – February 8, 2009

In Contemporary Rhythm celebrates the life and art of New Mexico’s most accomplished and complex historic painter, Ernest L. Blumen schein (1874-1960). Blumenschein, who began studying art while enrolled at the Cincinnati College of Music, studied painting in New York and Paris in the 1890s and the first decade of the 20th century. The exhibition features masterworks by the artist whose sophisticated aesthetic, remarkable skill, professional discipline and proto-modernist expression make him a leading figure in early 20th century American art. One of the founders of The Taos Society of Artists and arguably the premier member, Blumenschein was one of the most inclined toward modernism. The exhibition explores the aesthetic, social and political dimensions of Blumenschein’s art.

Co-organized by the DAM, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the Phoenix Art Museum, the exhibition will be co-curated by Peter H. Hassrick, curator of Western art at the DAM, and Elizabeth Cunningham, independent Blumenschein scholar. This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Western Art Associates of the Phoenix Art Museum. Local support is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Leadership Campaign. Promotional support is provided by The Denver Post.

Clyfford Still Unveiled: Selections from the Estate
Organized by the Clyfford Still Museum

Through November 16, 2008

Thirteen major works by Clyfford Still offer a sneak peek at what visitors will find when the Clyfford Still Museum opens next door to the Denver Art Museum in 2010. A leader in the first generation of abstract expres sion ists, Still is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century. After his death in 1980, his estate—including 94 percent of all his work—was sealed off from the public. None of the paintings on view at the DAM have been seen publicly since; many have never been displayed publicly at all. The paintings, including three little-known early figurative works, portray the scope of Still’s career and demonstrate his interpreta tion of American scene painting and introduce themes that reappear in his later works. Also on view is a 1940 self-portrait, three never-before-seen works on paper from 1935 to1952 and five 1940s and 1950s masterworks that show the evolution of his mature, purely abstract style.

Charles Deas: Telling Tales to 1840s America
June 6, 2009 – August 30, 2009

Charles Deas: Telling Tales to 1840s America will highlight Charles Deas, one of the best known and highly appreciated artists of the American West during the 1840s. This exhibition will be the first retrospective of the artist’s work. Over 45 of Deas’ paintings and works on paper will be on view, including the Denver Art Museum’s own Long Jakes, The Rocky Mountain Man, Deas’ famous depiction of an 1840s American trapper. This painting became a national symbol for the U.S. government’s campaign to expand its borders during the late 19th century. This exhibition of Deas’ works will illustrate how the artist helped shape Americans’ understanding of themselves and their country during the pre-Mexican War era.

Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
July 4, 2009 – September 27, 2009

The Mughal dynasty ruled India for more than three centuries, but the period of greatest artistic production was that of emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, during which the Taj Mahal was built. Among the most remarkable of all albums ever created are those made for the two great emperors in 1600–57. The paintings in the albums include portraits, genre scenes and natural history subjects. The works in this exhibition are drawn from one of the finest collections of its kind, the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland. This is the first exhibition devoted to the Library’s Mughal-era Indian collection to take place outside Dublin.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

Support for the national tour and catalogue has generously been provided by The Annenberg Foun dation, Culture Ireland, The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional funding is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Leader ship Campaign. Promotional support is provided by The Denver Post. His Excellency, Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America, is Honorary Patron of the exhibition.

Fall 2009 (exact dates TBD)

Scheduled for the fall of 2009, Embrace! explores the many possibilities of the new Hamilton Building. The exhibition will show how painting leaves the wall and embraces the space. About fifteen artists will select spaces that take advantage of the building in innovative and challenging ways. Curated by Christoph Heinrich, the Polly and Mark Addison curator of modern and contemporary art, this exhibition is sure to be a surprising and enthusiastic celebration of painting and architecture

Charles M. Russell: The Masterworks in Oil and Bronze
November 2009 – January 2010

Charles M. Russell: The Masterworks in Oil and Bronze, jointly organized by the Denver Art Museum and Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, will be the first retrospective of Russell’s paintings and bronze sculpture in a quarter century. The exhibition will include 60 major works in oil, bronze and mixed media as well as a selection of objects that portray the charismatic artist in his own words and images. The exhibition’s curator, Joan Carpenter Troccoli, Senior Scholar in the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, has developed its checklist with the assistance of an advisory committee of distinguished Russell scholars and is in the process of securing loans from major public and private collections, including that of Tom and Jane Petrie. A book covering the full span of Russell’s career will be published in conjunction with the exhibition by the University of Oklahoma Press, publisher of the Charles M. Russell catalogue raisonné. After showings at the Denver Art Museum and Gilcrease Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


The Denver Art Museum offers free general admission to the Museum campus on the first Saturday of each month for Colorado residents. Visitors can enjoy all of the Museum’s regular offerings for free, including the many galleries and exhibitions on view throughout the complex. On Free First Saturday, the Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; distribution of free, timed-entry tickets begins at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are available on-site only and while supplies last for Colorado residents. Free First Saturdays are made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Daily during Museum hours
Stop by the Museum anytime during general admission hours and find family activities on every floor:

Eye Spy games, art making, dress up costumes, make-a-postcard, bingo, mix African music, puzzles and a whole lot more. Don’t miss the hands-on art activity in the popular Kids Corner—it changes several times every year, so come back and find something new. Look for Seymour, our monkey mascot, popping up all over the Museum when there’s something for kids to do!

Just for Fun Family Center

The Just for Fun Family Center is a place where families can gather in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy six world-culture themed play stations. Kids can dress like an Egyptian animal, design their own chairs using different legs, build a five-foot replica of a Maya stone carving or make their own spinning top.

Weekends for families
Family Backpacks and Art Tubes

Take a trek through the Museum with a Family Backpack! Each pack is filled with hands-on games and activities to lead you on different adventures through the galleries in both the North and Hamilton build ings. Choose from various adventures, including two special backpacks for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds and two bilingual (English/Spanish) Backpacks—Jaguars, Snakes and Birds and Jaws, Paws and Claws. Backpacks are checked out free of charge with photo I.D. In a hurry? Families who have limited time will find a bite-sized art-making activity in our new Art Tubes.


Every weekend you’ll find different Hotspots in different galleries. These interactive stations include touchable art objects and in some cases art materials throughout the Museum. Trained facilitators are on hand to guide your art making experience or answer questions about the related art on view. Learn about Japanese samurai, Navajo weaving, Egyptian flower collars and pre-Columbian gold and silver in the North Building. In the Hamilton Building, explore architecture at Build with Sketch-Up, investigate Western horses, make a promise in the African gallery or play with patterns in the Oceanic gallery. Each Hotspot relates to the art on that floor and reveals artists’ techniques. Includes special activities for kids and families.


Final Friday of each month
(except December), 6-10 p.m.

Many artists call their work “Untitled” so there’s nothing to limit how the viewer perceives it. Similarly, anything can happen at our series of Untitled events and visitors can make of it what they wish. From 6 to 10 p.m. on the final Friday of every month, visitors can connect to the Museum’s artwork and to each other in unexpected ways. All Untitled events include offbeat encounters with art, unusual detours, music, a cash bar and a dose of the unexpected. Visit untitled.denverartmuseum.org for more details.
March 28 – Untitled #13 (Riff)

April 25 – Untitled #14 (What’s Your Beef?)
May 30 – Untitled #15 (La-La Land)
June 27 – Untitled #16 (Thread)

Take Two: Film and Its Inspiration
Denver Art Museum Cinema Spring 2008 Film Series
Fridays, April 4–May 16, 7 p.m.

Screened in conjunction with Inspiring Impressionism, the Denver Art Museum cinema’s spring film series presents a unique program on cinematic influence and homage. From such pairings as The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown to The Searchers and Taxi Driver, the eight-film series spotlights the rich and diverse influences celebrated classics had on succeeding films – and their impressionable makers. Hosted by DAM film curator Thomas Delapa. Tickets available at the Denver Art Museum ticket desk (with no service fee), at www.denverartmuseum.org, or by phone at 1-866-942-2787. For more information, call 720-913-0105.

Schedule (subject to change):
April 4 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
April 11 Chinatown (1974) - Rated R
April 18 The Searchers (1956)
April 25 Taxi Driver (1976) - Rated R
May 2 Blood Simple (1984) and Detour (1945) - Double feature! Rated R
May 9 Tokyo Story (1953)
May 16 Stranger Than Paradise (1985) - Rated R

Architecture and Collection Highlights Tours

Two 45-minute tours are available every day the Museum is open. On an Architecture Tour, explore highlights in the Hamilton Building such as Boettcher Canyon Walk, the Bartlit Sculpture Deck and views from the Duncan Pavilion. On a Collection Highlight Tour, learn about highlights of the Denver Art Museum collection, including works in both the North and Hamilton Buildings.

Architecture Tour: Tues.-Sun. at 1 p.m.

Collection Highlights Tour
Tues.-Fri. at 11 a.m., additional tour Fri. at 6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. at 2 p.m.

Nooner Tours
Wednesday & Friday, noon

Visitors can explore a different topic every week in a 30-minute tour. Upcoming topics are available on the Museum’s website and at the welcome desk in both buildings.

School Tours
The DAM offers a wide variety of tours for students in kindergarten through college. See more information on www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0075.

Special Request & Access Tours
Schedule a private tour of Museum collections and special exhibitions (minimum of 10 people). Call at least two weeks in advance: 720-865-5262. To schedule a guided tour in Spanish, please call 720-865-5262. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come basis at the Museum’s welcome desks. Other adaptive and interpretive services are available with one week’s notice; email access@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5065.


The Denver Art Museum is located in downtown Denver on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock. The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and most major holidays. Enter the Cultural Complex Garage from 12th Avenue just west of Broadway or check the DAM website for up-to-date parking information. For information in Spanish, call 720-913-0169. For ticket prices and general Museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit the Museum’s website at www.denverartmuseum.org.