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Anderman Photography Lecture Series: Penelope Umbrico

Penelope Umbrico uses elaborate conceptual strategies to create photographic artworks that quantify and question the ubiquity of electronic media and mass imaging in contemporary society. Without photographing the subjects named in the titles of her works, she searches photo-sharing websites, online classifieds, or stock photography sites and downloads a representative sample of the whole that she then combines into lively and colorful aggregations of snapshot-sized prints. While striking as a whole, the individual photographs that comprise the artwork are often interchangeable and point to both the democracy and conformity of human visual experience.

CultureHaus Lecture with Artist Stuart Semple

CultureHaus presents an exclusive artist experience with acclaimed British artist, Stuart Semple. On September 29th, meet us at the Denver Art Museum for cocktails, snacks, and an artist talk with Semple. This discussion will give attendees an in depth look into the artist's creative process, influences, and global art experience. Semple is creating a limited edition print available for purchase ($140) specifically to attendees and all proceeds will benefit the Denver Art Museum.

Curator's Circle: Shifting Forms: Ancient Inspirations in Contemporary Japanese Cermaic Art

What are the connections between ancient and contemporary Japanese ceramics?  In this lecture, Robert Yellin, noted author on Japanese ceramics, will present the sources of inspirations for many contemporary Japanese ceramic artists.  Focusing on Bizen and Shigaraki, Mr. Yellin will examine how these two old traditions have shaped the new visions and forms in contemporary Japanese ceramic art.

Get Up and Dance: The History of the Modern Powwow

Have you ever wondered about the origins and development of American Indian powwows? Dig deeper into aspects of American Indian dance with this talk by Professor Clyde Ellis. Drawn from his research among Southern Plains communities, he will explore the spirit of this unique cultural phenomenon which Ellis thinks is captured in the words of Kiowa singer Leonard Cozad, Sr. “This is a good way! Get up and dance”.

Clyde Ellis is professor of history at Elon University in North Carolina and author of “A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains.” He has spent much of the past 25 years living and working in southwest Oklahoma conducting extensive fieldwork on boarding schools Christian missions, Native hymn traditions, and powwow culture.


Check-in at North Building, lower-level lobby.


Tickets are $5 for Friends of Native Arts members, $10 for DAM members, $12 others, free for students with ID.


Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.

Glory of Venice: An Artistic Evolution

This four session course will take participants on an extraordinary exploration of the creativity of Venice spanning the mid-1400s to early 1800s, a time when artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. In the first session, Angelica Daneo, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, will share her curatorial insights on the special exhibition Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance which spans one of the most creative times in Venetian art history, when painters developed their own distinctive Renaissance style based on a sensitive understanding of the constructive and defining potential of light and color. In sessions 2 and 3, art historian Giulia Bernardini will lead an investigation into works of art and architecture from the fifteenth and sixteenth century that served to reinforce the civic and social cohesion so vital to maintaining Venice’s identity as La Serenissima (The Most Serene Republic).” In the final session, Molly Medakovich, Teaching Specialist for Adult Programs, will lead an exploration of Venice through the eyes of 18th-century artists.

Idol Becomes Art: African Art and the West

Join acclaimed African art scholar and filmmaker Susan Vogel for a screening of her short film “Fang: An Epic Journey” (8-min). The film follows the circuitous path a single Fang sculpture might have traveled from the time it was collected in West Africa through the hands of academics, dealers, artists, and collectors until it finally arrives in an American museum collection. Following the screening Vogel will explore the history of the African art trade in the West and the changing perceptions and reception of African art in Europe and the United States.


Dr. Susan Vogel is an art historian and has held the positions of curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Founding Director of the Museum for African Art, Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and Professor of Art History at Columbia. Her most recent film “Fold, Crumple, Crush: The Art of El Anatsui” was screened at the Denver Art Museum during the exhibition “El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa”.


Check-in at North Building, lower-level lobby.


Tickets are $5 for Friends of Native Arts members, $10 for DAM members, $12 others, free for students with ID.


Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.

Jim Olson Architecture: Connecting With Landscape, Art & Craft

As the founding partner of Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig, Jim Olson has explored the interplay of landscape, art, and craft in architecture for over fifty years. In addition to his residences - particularly for art collectors - Olson has also designed museums, religious spaces and commercial buildings. He recently completed his first resort project, the JW Marriott in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. In Connecting With Landscape, Art, and Craft, Olson will discuss a variety of projects as part of his discourse on the powerful connection between architecture, landscape, art, and craft, including his current Denver project, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

Presented by the Department of Architecture, Design, and Graphics and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

Photo Credit: Kyle Johnson / Olson Kundig

Medicine as Art/Art as Medicine: An Exploration of Healing with Asian Art and Medicine

How is medicine art and art medicine? Join Chinese medicine practitioners/artists Daniel Hudson, Dr. Henry Wu, Isshaela Ingham, Albert Stern, and Spencer Ames for a day/half-day exploration of topics on Asian Medicine and the Asian art on display at DAM. Presenters will focus on how the collection reveals traditional medical symbols, imagery and concepts integral to mind/body health in Asian traditions as well as our adaptation of them into our modern life and wellbeing. Sponsored by


Full Day Session tickets include 4 lectures, tour, and box lunch.

Morning Session tickets include 2 lectures (As Seen in Asian Art, Qi Gong & the Art of Healing), tour, and box lunch.

Afternoon Session tickets include 2 lectures (Reimagined Medicine and Sak Yant Tattoos)

The Advantages of Obscurity: San Francisco Women Abstract Expressionists

Celebrate the women who helped forge Abstract Expressionism — the first fully American modern art movement. We’ll reassess the role of women painters within this movement that has been customarily defined by heroic male painters. Join the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Art Museum for a series of co-sponsored talks around this groundbreaking exhibition.


Lecture Dates and Titles:


1. June 22, 2016 – Gwen Chanzit and Dean Sobel: “Women of Abstract Expressionism in Context”


Gwen F. Chanzit, curator of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive at the Denver Art Museum is the curator of Women of Abstract Expressionism.

Dean Sobel, Director of Clyfford Still Museum


2. July 13, 2016 – Norman Kleeblatt: “Action Abstraction: the Critics, the Artists, and the New York School.


Norman L. Kleeblatt is the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator of The Jewish Museum in New York


3. July 27, 2016 — Erika Doss: “Not Just a Guy’s Club: Gender Dynamics and Women Painters in the American 1950s.”


Erika Doss is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame


4. September 21, 2016 — Susan Landauer: "The Advantages of Obscurity: San Francisco Women Abstract Expressionists."


Susan Landauer, formerly chief curator of the San Jose Museum of Art, is an independent art historian and curator.


Women of Abstract Expressionism in Context is co-sponsored by the Clyfford Still Museum. Additional funding is generously provided by the Deborah Remington Charitable Trust for the Visual Arts and the Volunteer Executive Board of the Denver Art Museum.

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