The 40 beautiful paintings on view offer a survey of plein-air painting from early artists such as Gustave Courbet to the later French and American Impressionists who were greatly influenced by their predecessors. Artists include the French masters such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Pierre-Auguste Renoir as well as a number of their American contemporaries including Childe Hassam, Julian Alden Weir, John Henry Twachtman and John Singer Sargent. Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism offers viewers the opportunity to see what truly kindred spirits these French and American painters were. Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism is presented by U.S. Bank. The exhibition is included in general admission.
The Museum’s 19th Annual Friendship Powwow & American Indian Cultural Celebration will take place Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Acoma Plaza. Come be a part of one of the Museum’s longest-running annual events. Experience the sights and sounds of living traditions, connect with working artists and artisans, get creative with hands-on art activities, shop vendors for American Indian jewelry and other great items and enjoy your first (or 101st) piece of fry bread! Grand entry of dancers is at noon. September 6 is a Free First Saturday sponsored by Target, and all Powwow activities are free. For details, call 720-913-0162 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
Untitled #19 (Pyro)
Friday, September 28, 6-10 p.m.
Don’t miss the final Untitled event of 2008! Stop by the Museum on September 26 for Untitled #19 (Pyro). Let works of art spark your creativity and take part in some hot art activities. CU-Denver’s visual arts department will perform a live iron pour on Martin Plaza. Untitled events are included in general museum admission and feature offbeat encounters with art, unusual detours, music, a cash bar and a dose of the unexpected. Presented by Charles Schwab. For more information, visit untitled.denverartmuseum.org. Untitled will return in Spring 2009.
Ransom + Scout Trunk Show
Friday, September 26, 6-10 pm
Hamilton Building Shop
Rebecca Hahs, founder of artist-created handbag and accessory company Ransom + Scout, will hold a trunk show at the Hamilton Building Shop during Untitled #19. Featuring smart yet functional pieces, the line brings to life an unusual collection of characters (Ransom, Scout, Apollo, Spooky and Truman, to name a few), each with its own story. These unique handbags and accessories are not to be missed! For details, call 720-865-4488.
Logan Lectures 2008: Artists on Art—The Next Generation
Dasha Shishkin - Thursday, September 4
The forms of Russian-born Dasha Shishkin collide in a fusion of allegory and fantasy. By combining enormous wall installations and meticulously detailed graphics, Shishkin’s work evolves as an intricate labyrinth that coaxes the viewer up and away from reality.
Candice Breitz - Thursday, September 18
Conceptual video artist Candice Breitz creates minimal fragmented images from popular culture, transforming the familiar into provocative and uncanny works of art through the language of music. Legend, Breitz’s homage to Bob Marley, was featured in Star Power, the opening exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver.
Lectures take place in the Hamilton Building’s Sharp Auditorium at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Tickets: $8 students with ID, $12 DAMC members & artists, $15 DAM members, $18 others
Reservations strongly recommended; call 720-913-0150.
The Logan Lectures are sponsored by DAMContemporaries, a support group for the modern and contemporary art department. For more information, visit damcontemporaries.denverartmuseum.org.
Other September highlights:
Mata Ortiz Pottery Show
Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27
In collaboration with the Golden Eagle Galleries of Lakewood, the Museum presents a demonstration and display of Mata Oritz ceramic art in the Hamilton Building's Museum Shop. Two second-generation potters will be on hand for demonstrations of how the pottery is formed, painted and fired. Admission is free. Call 720-865-4488 for details.
Daniel Richter: A Major Survey will be the first U.S. museum exhibition for the acclaimed contemporary German artist. Curated by the Denver Art Museum’s Christoph Heinrich, the exhibition will feature more than 25 large-format paintings and a selection from a series of more than 400 small format works. “This introduction of Richter’s work to Denver and the U.S. museum community follows a surge of international interest in contemporary German painting, driven in part by the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as an overall saturation with electronically-generated images,” Heinrich said. “Richter’s sense of humor and vigorous celebration of painting come through in this work, and he never lets us forget the continuous thread that runs through the history of painting.” On view October 4, 2008 through January 11, 2009, Daniel Richter: A Major Survey will be included in general museum admission.
Houdon from the Louvre, an exhibition of premier portrait busts from French Enlightenment sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, will open at the Denver Art Museum on October 11, 2008, and run through January 4, 2009. The show includes approximately 20 sculptural works from the renowned artist portraying intellectual and political leaders, including American founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, as well as famous busts of Enlightenment thinkers Denis Diderot and Voltaire as well as Houdon’s own wife and children. “These iconic portraits of some of the most significant leaders of nations and thought will give visitors a rare and in-depth look at one of the Louvre’s internationally treasured collections,” said Timothy Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture. Houdon from the Louvre will be on view October 11, 2008 through January 4, 2009, and will be included in general museum admission.
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 Museum admission is free for Colorado residents the first Saturday of each month, thanks to citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Cultural Complex Garage is open; enter from 12th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock or check the DAM website 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.