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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.

An Inside Look: A Series of Curator Talks

Join us this summer for a series of 10 virtual collection focused talks from each of our curatorial departments in anticipation of the Martin Building re-opening on October 24. We invite you to fall in love with the collections before seeing them back on view for the first time in over three years.

Each talk will be presented by a different member of the DAM's curatorial team and will feature a wide range of topics, from old favorites and new stories, collection strategy and history, to recent acquisitions. Each talk will occur on a Tuesday evening at 6 pm MDT and be presented virtually.

Please visit denverartmuseum.org/curator-talks to learn more about the series, and to register for individual talks.

 

Due to the virtual nature of these talks, we cannot issue refunds for any ticket purchase.

Anderman Photography Lecture: Brian Adams

Anchorage-based photographer Brian Adams makes pictures about contemporary Indigenous life in the North. Informed and inspired by his own Iñupiaq heritage, Adams has travelled across Alaska and beyond to make pictures of Indigenous peoples, their communities and the surrounding landscape. Through photography and often accompanying interviews, he seeks to give a voice to the people he photographs and to communicate stories of change and resilience of people, cultures, and the environment. Brian Adams published his book I AM INUIT in 2017, was the recipient of a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship in 2018 and is co-founder of Indigenous Photograph and The 400 Years Project.

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.

How to Grow a Museum Fashion Collection

The Denver Art Museum's textile art & fashion collection consists of approximately 5,000 objects that encompass all types of textiles from every era, starting with Coptic fabrics to the work of contemporary textile artists. This large and diverse collection overlaps with many departments including Asian Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, European and American Art Before 1900, Western Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art.

However, the fashion collection within the broader collection of textile art and fashion does not sufficiently represent the richness and diversity of fashion history and must therefore be developed. This means acquiring examples of couturiers and designers who illustrate this history and simultaneously speak to  the evolution of style and clothing customs, decade after decade.

This talk will showcase a few recent acquisitions from a variety of designers, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Chanel, Givenchy, Valentino, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, Anne Marie Beretta, Azzedine Alaïa, Vivienne Westwood, Biba, Apple Boutique (created by the Beatles), and Versace. It will also tackle the challenges of these acquisitions, such as the search for interesting sources representative of iconic designers, pieces worn by celebrities, pieces emblematic of the evolution of trends, and acquiring valuable pieces within the museum's budget. This talk will offer some insight into how the textile art and fashion department acquires new pieces, especially as it concentrates on fashion acquisitions from the period following WWII.

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.

Never Before Seen Works and Stories of the Western American Art Collection

The new galleries are a culmination of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art's ambitious, long-term, and strategic programming and collecting practices and a celebration of its twentieth anniversary. Essential to the Petrie Institute's evolution has been the growth of the collection through the procurement of strategic acquisitions and significant gifts.

Old favorites from the collections of William and Dorothy Harmsen (2001), Henry C. Roath (2013), and Dr. George C. and Cathryn M. Peck (2014) will of course be on view, but over the last few years the curators have also focused on diversifying the collection. These efforts have resulted in better representation of historically under-recognized perspectives, including those of women and people of color, working in an array of mediums and styles.

Through these acquisitions, the Petrie Institute can more holistically present the complex and inherently diverse story of western American art. This talk with highlight the variety of new and never before seen works that will be presented in the reinstallation and new approaches to the reimagined galleries.

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.

The Stapleton Collection of Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum

Between 1892 and 1914, Daniel Casey Stapleton (1858-1920) amassed a prodigious collection of Latin American colonial art while living and working in Ecuador and Colombia. The study of this collection and its history, now at the Denver Art Museum, offers a glimpse into Americans' patronage and collecting practices in Latin America at the turn of the twentieth century.

Join Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Latin American Art Jorge Rivas Pérez for an exploration into this specific collection, and how it contributes to the DAM's larger collection of Latin American 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.

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.

Virtual Studio Visit with Simphiwe Ndzube

Join Laura Almeida, Doctoral Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art, for a virtual studio visit with artist Simphiwe Ndzube, whose exhibition Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe will open to the public on June 13.

Take a glimpse into Ndzube's world through the artist s studio and workspace, learn about his artworks, practice, and progress, and ask questions about his creative process.

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