Holiday fun, three great exhibitions, a new family tradition
In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein celebrates the life and art of one of New Mexico’s most accomplished painters with 66 colorful paintings, sketches and illustrations. One of the founders of the famed Taos Society of Artists, Blumenschein rocketed into the spotlight with his modernist approach to capturing the American West on canvas. In Contemporary Rhythm runs through February 8, 2009.
Houdon from the Louvre showcases 21 premier portrait busts from French Enlightenment sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, portraying intellectual and political leaders, including American founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and French Enlightenment thinkers Denis Diderot and Voltaire. There are also sensitive and loving portraits of the artist’s wife and children. Houdon from the Louvre is on view through January 4, 2009.
An added attraction is the opportunity to explore Houdon’s creative process in the exhibition’s live demonstration area. Visitors can watch and ask questions as local artists showcase sculpting techniques on weekends and during winter break.
Daniel Richter: A Major Survey is the first U.S. museum exhibition for this acclaimed contemporary German artist. Richter’s paintings combine clichés from art history, the mass media and popular culture to create colorful and unusual narrative pictorial worlds. The exhibition features more than 25 large paintings and a selection of his small-format works arranged by the artist himself to present a range of his work. Daniel Richter: A Major Survey runs through January 11, 2009.
Start a new family tradition at the Denver Art Museum! The Denver Art Museum will be open the Friday after Christmas, so come enjoy one or all of the special exhibitions on view. For younger family members, the Kids Corner and gallery activities are always available, and Family Backpacks and Art Tubes will be on hand for family-friendly fun.
Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! Weave on a real Navajo loom, design a building using the same software that architects use, explore your creativity with special art-making activities, play games, dress-up in costumes, and much more.
Admission is FREE for kids 18 and younger from December 19 through January 4. Hours for special Winter Break activities are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. No reservations are necessary; call 720-913-0048 for more information.
Unique presents and the gift of membership this holiday season. Stop by one of the Museum Shops whenever the Museum is open, including Friday night until 10 p.m. Choose from an array of beautiful and unique items perfect for holiday giving, ranging from jewelry, books and scarves to games, prints and decorative accents for an artful home. You can also purchase gift memberships—the deadline to have the membership packet mailed to the recipient by Christmas is December 5. If you are putting it under the tree yourself, make your purchase as late as Christmas Eve!
Monday, December 1, from 2 to 8 p.m. is Members Shopping Event, with 20 percent discounts on all purchases, plus free gift-wrapping and a chance to draw for an even bigger discount. In addition, all gift memberships purchased on-site during Members Shopping Event will include a fabulous free gift. Not a member? Join at the door to receive immediate member privileges and entry to the event.
Free First Saturdays
Sponsored by Target
Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the Museum’s 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 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.
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