Houdon from the Louvre showcases 21 works by French Enlightenment sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, including busts of American founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin as well as French Enlightenment thinkers Denis Diderot and Voltaire. There also are sensitive and loving portraits of the artist’s wife and children. Houdon from the Louvre ends January 4. In the exhibition’s live demonstration area, local artists will showcase sculpting techniques daily during winter break, December 19 through January 4.
In Daniel Richter: A Major Survey, the artist explores themes from popular culture, music, politics, movies, comics and history in colorful paintings that seem to leap out of the artist’s imagination and onto the canvas. This first U.S. museum exhibition for this acclaimed German artist features more than 25 large paintings and a selection of his small-format works. The exhibition is included in general admission. Final day to see Daniel Richter: A Major Survey is January 11.
Taos Traditions: Artists in an Enchanted Land (symposium)
Tuesday, January 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hamilton Building, Sharp Auditorium
Taos Traditions, a one-day symposium exploring the art of the Taos founders, will feature prominent American art scholars, curators and gallery owners. The event complements the Museum’s current exhibition, In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein, which celebrates the life and art of one of New Mexico’s most accomplished painters and one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists. In Contemporary Rhythm is on view through February 8, 2009.
The symposium is sponsored by the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art in collaboration with the National Western Stock Show’s Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale. Admission is $15 students ($10 without lunch), $40 Friends of Paintings and Sculpture members, $45 Museum members, $55 others. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. For more information, call 720-913-0025.
New and Noteworthy: The Hopkins Family Quilt in Context opened December 13 in the Neusteter Textile Gallery on the sixth level of the North Building. In the mid-1800s, Elizabeth Hopkins of Port Jefferson, New York, made an album quilt that, in addition to floral motifs, included various aspects of her family’s life: fishing at sea, a well-furnished interior and musical instruments. Passed down through generations, the quilt (a recent DAM acquisition) is now on view along with nine other noteworthy mid-19th-century quilts from the permanent collection.
Contemporary Artists, Asian Roots, a three-part lecture series, begins with sculptor Yumi Janairo Roth on January 28 at noon), continuing with Halim Al-Karim (February 13, 6:30 p.m.) and Hung Liu (March 4, noon). Contemporary Artists, Asian Roots is sponsored by the Asian Art Association (AAA), a support group of the Denver Art Museum. All three lectures are free to AAA members; $7 Museum members, students and teachers, $10 others. Reservations are not required. For information, visit www.asianartassociation.org or call 720-913-0040.
Second Wednesday, January-May 2009, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Parents and their little ones (ages 3-5) are invited to smudge, squiggle, and splatter at the Museum’s Create Playdates on the second Wednesday of the month, January through May. Drop in and meet up with other tots and their grown ups for artmaking in Duncan Pavilion, story time throughout the museum and scavenger hunts in the galleries. Create Playdates explore a new theme every other month.
January 14 & February 11: Smudge
March 11 & April 8: Squiggle
May 13: Splatter
Playdates are included with general admission; kids five and younger are free, and no reservations are needed. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0073.
Free First Saturdays - Sponsored by Target
Saturday, January 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
On Free First Saturdays, you can enjoy the Museum’s world-class art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Free tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m.
Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target. Additional support is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
The Denver Art Museum is located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Streets in downtown Denver. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission for Colorado residents: $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $3 for visitors 6-18, free for children under 6. Admission for non-Colorado residents: $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for visitors 6-18, free for children under 6. General admission is free on the first Saturday of each month. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target. Additional support is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. The Cultural Complex Garage is open; enter from 12th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock or check the DAM websites for up-to-date parking information. For information in Spanish, call 720-913-0169. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5000.