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. He came across Taos when a carriage wheel broke during a sketching trip, stranding Blumenschein and fellow artist Bert G. Phillips in Taos Valley. During the forced delay, the artists discovered the spectacular countryside and interesting cultures of the area, and decided to stay and work in the area, eventually founding the Taos Society of Artists to promote the splendor of Taos and the art of the American West. In Contemporary Rhythm runs through February 8, 2009.


The Denver Art Museum also features the first U.S. museum exhibition for an acclaimed contemporary German artist. Daniel Richter: A Major Survey features more than 25 large paintings and a selection of his small-format works. The exhibition, included in general museum admission, is on view through January 11, 2009.


Houdon from the Louvre showcases 21 premier portrait busts from French Enlightenment sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. The show includes works portraying intellectual and political leaders, including American founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, Enlightenment thinkers Denis Diderot and Voltaire and loving portraits of Houdon’s wife and children. Visitors also can explore Houdon’s creative process through the exhibition’s live demonstration area. Artists will showcase techniques in a variety of materials such as marble, clay and bronze on weekends and during winter break. Houdon from the Louvre runs through January 4, 2009.


Start a new family tradition at the Denver Art Museum! The Denver Art Museum is open the Friday after Thanksgiving, 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.


Free First Saturdays

Sponsored by Target

Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy our 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.


Denver Arts Week - Night at the Museums

Friday, November 14, 5-10 p.m.

Celebrate Denver Arts Week (November 14–22) with a free evening at the DAM and other local museums. Two of Denver’s premier dance companies, Ballet Ariel and Hannah Kahn, will perform works inspired by the contemporary artwork of Daniel Richter. You can also view the Museum’s new exhibition, Daniel Richter: A Major Survey. Free shuttles to all participating museums will be available starting at 4:30 pm. For more Denver Arts Week events, visit


The Arts of South America, 1492-1850: The 2008 Mayer Center Symposium

Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8

An international group of scholars will speak on the art and architecture of colonial South America. On Friday, November 7, lectures from 1 to 5 p.m. will be followed by a cocktail reception. On Saturday, November 8, following lectures from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the symposium will conclude with an optional box lunch.


Price for the symposium is $55 for Alianza members & students, $60 Museum members & non-Colorado participants, $65 others. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, call 720-913-0156 or visit Sponsored by the Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art.


Logan Lectures 2008: Artists on Art—The Next Generation

Jonas Burgert - Thursday, November 20

Set within large canvases of theatre stages, imbedded with props from the orient and occident, Jonas Burgert’s creatures emerge as metaphors, shamans, and circus characters. This parabolic world of destruction and decay exists just beyond our visual reality, but not beyond our awareness. Look for his 2007 painting, The Temple, in our modern and contemporary art galleries.


Lectures take place in the Hamilton Building’s Sharp Auditorium at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Tickets are $8 students with ID, $12 DAMC members & artists, $15 Museum members, $18 others.  Reservations are 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


The University of Denver’s Myhren Gallery, at 2121 E Asbury Ave., is currently featuring Jonas Burgert: Enigmatic Narrative, through November 23, and the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, at 1485 Delgany, is displaying Burgert’s monumental painting, Second Day Nothing, through March 1. For more information about contemporary art in Colorado, visit


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 or call 720-865-5000.