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Support Groups

AAA Wed @ Noon: Reconstucting the All-Knowing Buddha: Piecing Together the History of an Object

Karl Debreczeny, Senior Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art will lead the audience through the process of “reading” a manuscript obtained in 1923 in “Eastern Mongolia” by a Belgian missionary. The most unusual part of this fifty-four painting album is its subject matter; Tibetan Buddhist meditation and ritual—normally passed on only by oral narrative. Beyond the subject matter, subtle internal visual clues allow the reader to ascertain the date, location, art tradition, as well as for whom it was probably made.

Artifakes: Artifact Manipulation by the Antiquities Trade

Angela Swedberg will speak on the history of artifact manipulation and the creation of beadwork by non-Indians, both for Indian consumption and for sale to the general public, and the effect this material may have on future scholarship. This talk will raise awareness to the issue of artifact manipulation by the for-profit antiquities trade, specifically the enhancement of antique material to suit collectors’ aesthetics rather than what the Native maker intended. Swedberg will also discuss the increasing number of "artifakes" on the market made by both American makers and an increasing number of overseas Hobbyists. She argues that this material will create confusion in future study of Native collection and undermines the livelihood of current Native artists.


Angela Swedberg of Port Orchard, Washington is a tribally certified Indian Artist in accordance with the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts act. She has been a professional restorer of Antique Plains and Plateau bead and quillwork for over 25 years. She also creates her own artwork based on traditional methods of Plains and Plateau art and uses the medium of art glass as a form of cultural and artistic narrative.


Tickets are $5 for Douglas Society members, $10 for DAM members, $12 others, free for students with ID. Tickets available at the door subject to availability (by cash or check).


Check-in at North Building lower level lobby. Doors open at 5:30pm


Sponsored by the Douglas Society, a DAM support group.

CultureHaus Memberships

CultureHaus is a social and educational gateway to the Denver Art Museum that connects the "young at heart" with art. CultureHaus celebrates the Denver Art Museum's collections and programs by making them accessible to new art fans and longtime art lovers.


You must be a current Denver Art Museum member in order to join CultureHaus.

Escape Room Adventure

Bus departs from 27th and Larimer at 6:15pm, 4/23/15. Denver Escape Room is located at 11674 N Huron St, Suite 300, Northglenn, CO 80234.

Only current CultureHaus members may purchase.

Can you ESCAPE? Join CultureHaus on an adventure to Denver Escape Room. We'll take part in the new interactive puzzle craze sweeping Europe and now, Denver. Participants are led into a room and presented with a challenge: Can you solve the clues and escape the room in under 60 minutes? Denver Escape Room offers three different rooms, each with a unique set design, back story and puzzle to solve. In between our escapes, we will enjoy food and beverages from Odell Brewing Company and have a chat with co-founder Brian Lacertosa about the design that goes into creating an escape room. We'll also have the chance to create our own clues. CultureHaus will provide a party bus to take us there and bring us back safely. Bus departs from 27th and Larimer at 6:15 pm and will drop us back off at the same location at 10 pm. Join us before the party bus departure for happy hour specials at Meadowlark Kitchen (2701 Larimer St.). Be sure to get your tickets early as this event is limited to the first 55 tickets sold and will sell out quickly. We look forward to escaping with you! Learn more about Denver Escape Room in this 5280 article.

Logan Lecture: Ben Jackel

Colorado native Ben Jackel is storming the art world from Los Angeles with an arsenal of weapons that he’s made from clay and wood. The artist’s enormous halberd and an austere medieval helmet are on display at the DAM this spring on the fourth floor of the Hamilton Building. Warfare and weapons, as well as disaster relief equipment such as fire hoses and extinguishers, fascinate Jackel, both as aesthetic objects and because of the violence and fear they represent.

Logan Lecture: Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin pioneered the use of light as a primary medium. Associated with the Light and Space Movement, which developed in Southern California in the late 1960s, Irwin is today considered one of the most influential of those artists whose work is primarily about visual perception. Installations he calls “conditional” make viewers aware of their environment. His well-known projects include the 1997 Central Garden at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, and Scrim Veil—Black Rectangle—Natural Light (1977), reinstalled at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2013. Construction begins this year for a large-scale permanent installation at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

Logan Lecture: Virgil Ortiz

Cochiti Pueblo native Virgil Ortiz is a contemporary ceramist, painter, designer of fashion and home interiors, and storyteller. The grandson and son of noted Pueblo potters, he grew up making ceramics in the Pueblo tradition, but his practice has expanded well beyond clay. Representations of Pueblo art and history dominate Ortiz’s work, which has been exhibited widely, from the National Museum of the American Indian to the Fondation Cartier in Paris. A subject that has particular meaning for him is the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. He says, “I want to pay tribute to our great leader Po’pay and ancestors that lived and walked on our lands, and respect that their spirit will live on through me.” An immersive exhibition, Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz, featuring his figurative ceramics and design work, opens at the DAM on May 17, 2015.


This lecture is co-sponsored by the Douglas Society, a support group for the Native Arts Department.

Yoga in Art - Lecture

This event is for the Yoga in Art lecture only.

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