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Lectures and Talks

A Complex Organism: Building the DAM's Photography Collection

From the first photography acquisitions in the 1930s, to the newest addition this month, the photography collection at the Denver Art Museum has grown and taken on a personality of its own. Join curator Eric Paddock and explore the highlights of the transformational process of acquiring new works, touching on the curatorial philosophies that shaped and continue to shape the museum's photography holdings.

This lecture is part of the Denver Art Museum's summer series, "An Inside Look: A Series of Curator Talks."  Please visit denverartmuseum.org/curator-talks for more information and to register for more lectures.

A Survey of Contemporary Native Women Artists

Today's contemporary Native women artists bring forth strong visions in their works of art. Their visual creations challenge ongoing assumptions of what constitutes Indigenous art or even indigeneity itself, while contributing to and improving global conversations. Whether the artists emulate the control and discipline of Lakhóta beadwork, like Dyani White Hawk, or they embrace the playful nature of storytelling, like Julie Buffalohead, Native women artists expand the very definition of art and challenge the colonial structures these definitions are predicated upon. Join Dakota Hoska, assistant curator of Native arts, to explore the expertise, insights, and compelling works of these and many other accomplished Native women artists.

This lecture is part of the Denver Art Museum's summer series, "An Inside Look: A Series of Curator Talks."  Please visit denverartmuseum.org/curator-talks for more information and to register for more lectures.

Art is a Verb Course Session 3 - Art & Activism: Voices from the Creative Community

Like Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, Denver s local artists inspire action through their work. In this final session, join Stephen Brackett (of Flobots and Youth on Record) in a conversation with artists whose practices contribute to activism and the betterment of our communities, an awareness of things that matter, and calls for change.

Connecting Threads: Recent Acquisitions from the Modern and Contemporary Art Department

The recent acquisitions from the modern and contemporary art department span a wide range of media, from digital artwork to installation to mixed media paintings, among others.

This talk focuses on recently acquired works that incorporate fabric as a medium, including two-dimensional pieces that integrate collaged burlap sacks and used clothing, as well as installations made with shoelaces and pantyhose.

In this talk, join Laura Almeida and Caitlin Swindell to explore how the use of these materials allows artists to tell complex stories, challenge societal norms, confront the meaning of historical memories, and negotiate differences across cultures. Stitching together common threads, these artists create tangled surfaces that invite viewers to consider the multitude of meanings in the materiality of contemporary art.

This lecture is part of the Denver Art Museum's summer series,  "An Inside Look: A Series of Curator Talks."  Please visit denverartmuseum.org/curator-talks for more information and to register for more lectures.

Plywood: A Material Exploration

The origins of plywood extend back to ancient Egypt; however today's plywood is the product of mid-1800s industrial progress. In anticipation of opening the new design galleries, Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture and design will explore the modern history of plywood through examples drawn from the Denver Art Museum's collection. As he discusses plywood s modern history, Darrin will also reveal how he has diversified the collection's representation of those who have explored this progressive material s unique properties.

Spanning more than 150 years, the museum's collection of plywood furniture encompasses works by widely examined designers that experimented with the material during the 1930s and 1940s, such as Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames, as well as a range of lesser-known and contemporary designers, including Han Pieck, Reiko Tanabe, and Laura Kishimoto.

This lecture is part of the Denver Art Museum's summer series,  An Inside Look: A Series of Curator Talks.  Please visit denverartmuseum.org/curator-talks for more information and to register for more lectures.

 

Recovering the History of the Fiery Tortoise Lord

In 1971, the Denver Art Museum acquired several stone fragments belonging to a Maya monument. When put together, the fragments revealed the profile of a portly man attired in the elaborate regalia of royalty with a singular headdress notable for its abundance of aquatic imagery. The absence of any inscriptions and the damage to the work initially impeded identification relegating this Maya ruler to oblivion.

However, recent fieldwork in the western region of Guatemala by Arthur Demarest and his team revealed a substantial port city at the headwaters of the Pasión River, the kingdom of Cancuen, whose power derived from its riverine surroundings. In this talk, follow along with Victoria Lyall, Jan and Frederick Mayer Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas, as we piece together the identity of our mysterious Maya king and reconstruct his role in the golden age of Cancuen.

This lecture is part of the Denver Art Museum's summer series,  "An Inside Look: A Series of Curator Talks."  Please visit denverartmuseum.org/curator-talks for more information and to register for more lectures.

The Next Phase for Asian Art: Recent Acquisitions and Upcoming Installations

Since the Denver Art Museum's permanent galleries of Asian art closed for renovation in 2017, the museum's Asian art collection has grown by more than two thousand objects, largely through donations from museum supporters.  In this talk, Douglas Wagner, curatorial associate in the Asian art department will highlight a selection of these artworks, discussing their history and significance, and hinting at when museum visitors will see them for the first time.

This lecture is part of the Denver Art Museum's summer series,  "An Inside Look: A Series of Curator Talks."  Please visit denverartmuseum.org/curator-talks for more information and to register for more lectures.

Virtual Lecture: Sweet Land, A Contemporary Opera


Sweet Land, a contemporary opera produced by The Industry and featured in the exhibition Each/Other, reimagines narratives surrounding the founding of American and westward expansion in order to make visible the violence and erasure of American history.

In this lecture, learn about the creative process and larger themes of the opera with Yuval Sharon, founder and artistic director of The Industry and Cannupa Hanska Luger, artist and co-director of Sweet Land.

In addition to the lecture, the Denver Art Museum will provide access to the streaming version of the opera free of charge to the first 200 registered participants.

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