Jordan Casteel returns to Denver for exhibit at DAM

Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel makes her way back home for her first major museum showing at the Denver Art Museum.   

On view through August 18, 2019 is Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. The exhibit showcases nearly 30 paintings from the East High School graduate’s body of work from 2014-2018. 

With that body of work, the exhibit features Casteel’s portraits that include subject matter ranging from cityscapes and subway scenes to women and local business owners. Take a peek inside the gallery here.

Returning the Gaze is included in general admission. Thanks to Scott Reiman and made possible by the Free for Kids program, general admission is free for all youth ages 18 and under. 

Watch below the teen-led conversation with Casteel as part of the opening of the exhibit. Currently based in Harlem, New York, the discussion includes Casteel’s upbringing in Denver and her memories in and around the Mile High City.


Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum: Denver native and emerging artist, Jordan Casteel discusses art, Denver and more to coincide with her first major museum opening at the museum.

From Paris to Denver: Dior exhibit opens at DAM

The Denver Art Museum captures the intricate process of haute couture in Dior: From Paris to the World.
The Denver Art Museum captures the intricate process of haute couture in Dior: From Paris to the World.

One of fashion’s most iconic couturiers has taken up shop at the Denver Art Museum.

On view through March 17, 2019 is Dior: From Paris to the World. The exhibit observes the fashion house’s legacy and global influence over the past 70 years.  

The collection highlights its founder, Christian Dior’s creative genius and his transition from the art world to the fashion industry. It also showcases the creative directors who succeeded him into the 21st century.

On display includes more than 200 couture dresses, along with accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos and more.

Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation support the Denver Art Museum and exhibits like Dior: From Paris to the World that have made the DAM one of the best museum’s in the nation.   

Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum: Explore the world of the haute couture in Dior: From Paris to the World now on view at the Denver Art Museum through March 3, 2019.

Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn comes to Denver

One of the world’s most recognized artists is making his mark on Denver.

Rembrandt van Rijn
Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint; image height: 8.07 x image width: 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Image courtesy of BnF.

On view now through January 6, 2019 at The Denver Art Museum is Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. The DAM is the sole venue in the U.S. to display Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn’s work and offers visitors a peek into his life and career of printmaking. The exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death (1606–1669).

Nearly 100 prints from Rembrandt’s 40-year career showcase his approach to printmaking and how he combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. Works on view include self-portraits and portraits of prominent Dutch figures as well as biblical, still life, allegorical, genre and landscape artworks.

The Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker exhibit is on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 6, 2019.
Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker is on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 6, 2019.

Although the exhibition centers on Rembrandt’s printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings are also on view.

The exhibition is included in general admission and thanks to the Free for Kids program, is free for youth ages 18 and under. Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation sponsor the Free for Kids program and support initiatives that offer kids access to art and cultural experiences.

 

 

Colorado kids share museum visits

The Denver Art Museum has more than 50,000 students from over 530 Colorado schools walk through its doors each year. Thanks to Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation, the Free for Kids program allows all Colorado youth access to the world of art.

Reiman believes that all kids should have access to high-quality cultural experiences and educational opportunities like Free for Kids. The program welcomes children from all communities and aligns with the Foundation’s mission to support the dedication of many organizations, particularly those involved in the areas of the arts and children’s initiatives, education and health care.

Free for Kids unveiling
DENVER, CO – MARCH 25: The Denver Art Museum announced that it will offer free general admission to all youths 18 and under. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post )

By providing free general admission for all youth visitors, the program fosters imagination, creativity and learning for kids of all ages and of all backgrounds.

With the North Building under renovation, the museum is now open every day of the week including Mondays and with a large number of kids out on summer break, they will have the opportunity to visit and explore the various exhibitions like Past the Tangled Present which features the work of Denver artist Jaime Molina; Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer; Stampede: Animals in Art, and many more.

Check out the video from kindergartners and first graders from St. Peter and Paul School in Wheat Ridge who shared their thank you letters from a recent visit.

Denver Museum announces start date on North Building renovation

Rendering of DAM North Building
Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building. Courtesy of Fentress Architects

The Denver Art Museum has set a date to begin work on its $150 million renovation plan to expand and update the museum’s North Building.

On November 19, 2017, the North Building will close so art can be removed and preparation for construction can begin on November 20.

According to the museum, the renovation project includes construction of a 50,000-square-foot, two-story Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center located where the Palettes restaurant is today. The center will feature a restaurant and cafe, the museum’s primary conservation lab as well as programming and event space.

The project will also construct a seventh-floor terrace in the North Building with outdoor access for visitors, expand gallery space for the museum’s design and Western American art collections, create new youth and education facilities and update disabled-access and other building operating systems.

Scott Reiman has been a longtime and valued member of the Denver Art Museum community. He has made the Free for Kids program possible and has served as a Denver Art Museum trustee. The Reiman Bridge that connects the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building and North Building is named after him.