Celebrate the New Year with Christian Dior’s New Look! Experience the glamour and sparkle of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) this holiday season. On view through March 3, 2019, the exhibition surveys 70 years of the house of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence through a selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos and other archival material. A special dated and timed ticket, which includes an audio tour of the exhibition as well as general museum admission, is required.
In January we bid farewell to several exhibitions. The last day to see Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker is Jan. 6. The exhibition, which is exclusively being shown at the DAM, showcases about 100 prints, 17 drawings and several paintings including biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape and genre artworks by one of the greatest artists in history. A daily guided tour is available at 2 p.m.
Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings also closes on Jan. 6. This survey of 40 collaborative works by two noted contemporary artists presents drawings and one sculpture and features eight drawings of their monumental and beloved artwork Big Sweep, located outside the Hamilton Building.
Jan. 13 is the final day to view Ganesha: The Playful Protector. The National Museum of Cambodia loaned a significant statue created in the 600s to 700s that is one of the earliest Ganesha icons in mainland Southeast Asia. This pre-Angkor artwork is on view along with sculptures, paintings and textiles representing the Hindu deity from the DAM’s own collection.
All exhibitions on view in January except Dior are included in general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. Visitors also can enjoy The Incubation Effect: Nicole Banowetz, Stampede: Animals in Art, Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead andEyes On: Shimabuku.
Internationally noted architect Daniel Libeskind returns to the museum he designed for a talk and book signing (Jan. 24, 6 p.m.). He will share stories behind his important projects and how his unlikely rise from a child born to Holocaust survivors to avant-garde academic still shapes his work.
The 2019 season of Untitled Final Fridays kicks off Jan. 25 with Untitled: Secret Love Collective. Our featured artists explore coded bodily expression through performance, interactive works and installation art. The DAM’s monthly late-night program featuring unconventional experiences developed in collaboration with local creatives and community members, Untitled includes performances, tours, artmaking activities and more to spark your creativity.
During Winter Break, Dec. 22–Jan. 6, kids and parents can make art with Create-n-Takes, explore the galleries, visit the Print Studio and more. Performances of the family-friendly play, Art Emergency: Sculpture Edition, will be offered at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 and Jan. 2–4. Included in general admission, free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger.
There’s plenty of fun the rest of the month for families at the DAM, with Free First Saturday (Jan. 5), Create Playdate (Jan. 9), Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives (Jan. 13) and hands-on fun in A Walk in the Woods whenever the museum is open.
Other lectures and programs for adults this month include the day-long Western American art symposium, Familiar Images: Icons of International Frontiers (Jan. 9), Experiencing Embodied Sonic Meditation through Body, Voice and Multimedia Arts (Jan. 16) and Gifts of Women: Uncovering the Shocking Truths of the Spanish-Aztec Encounter (Jan. 17).
The Hamilton Building is open seven days a week, except for Christmas Day, and general admission is free for youth 18 and younger every day. The museum will be open Jan. 1.