Denver Art Museum Announces Untitled: Artist Takeover 2023 Lineup of Local Creatives, Artists and Collaborators
Continuing to connect the community with local creatives through unique and engaging programming, the new season of Untitled kicks off on Jan. 27 ~
DENVER—January 4, 2023—The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to announce its lineup of local creatives, artists and collaborators for the 2023 season of Untitled events. Emerging in the new year with a new title “Artist Takeover,” the re-envisioned moniker clearly highlights collaborators’ roles in creating these exciting quarterly opportunities for a night of creative celebration.
Untitled events connect the community with local creatives and offer immersive programming featuring performances, artmaking and one-of-a-kind experiences along with the opportunity for connecting and socializing. Each event is led by a duo of artists and selected collaborators, showcasing the artists’ perspectives and practices and providing a unique lens into the museum’s collections and exhibitions, activating the museum in participatory ways.
At each Untitled, featured artists showcase their work while providing an unexpected and engaging atmosphere. Experiences are developed around current exhibitions and programming, and 2023 Untitled events will create a platform for Denver’s creative community to engage the public in celebrating the museum’s global collections and exhibitions on view.
The Ponti restaurant and Café Gio at the DAM will both be open for visitors to dine during the special late-night hours of the quarterly Untitled events. Reservations for The Ponti can be made at thepontidenver.com.
“Creativity is an essential part of community building. We aim to create connections between creatives and visitors by highlighting artists’ voices in a social environment,” said Sarah Rockett, Manager of Creative and Public Engagement at the DAM. “Untitled is an opportunity to connect with creativity while enjoying entertainment, artmaking, and other participatory experiences.”
The 2023 Untitled season kicks off January 27 with an eventful evening led by local creatives Melissa Ivey, whose work centers around music and advocacy for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), and Sofie Birkin, illustrator and installation artist. Creative experiences across the campus will be part of the event, inspired by Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnstone Collection. On view through May 13, 2023, Her Brush traces the pathways women artists forged for themselves in their pursuit of art during the 1600s to 1900s Japan and explores the universal human drive of artistic expression as self-realization for these artists who navigated cultural barriers during a time with strict gender roles for women.
Exhibitions highlighted during the 2023 Untitled season include a diverse mix of ancient to contemporary presentation, such as Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography, Near East to Far West: Fictions of French and American Colonialism, From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection and Islands Beyond Blue: Niki Hastings-McFall and Treasures from the Oceania Collection. Additionally, programming will feature reinstalled collection galleries for African Arts and Modern and Contemporary Art, which will open to the public in spring 2023. Featured artists for the 2023 Untitled: Artist Takeover series are listed below. For the most up-to-date information and specific program details, visit denverartmuseum.org.
JANUARY 27 | 6-10 p.m.
Melissa Ivey, musician, musical doula and activist advocating for Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), LGBTQ+/ QTPOC human rights; and Sofie Birkin, queer British visual artist specializing in illustration and installation.
APRIL 28 | 6-10 p.m.
Franklin Cruz, queer Latin poet and writer; and Sammy Lee, South Korean visual artist specializing in cast paper and performative collaboration.
JULY 28 | 6-10 p.m.
Joshua Emerson, Navajo comedian, writer and actor; and Drew Austin, interdisciplinary visual artist and curator.
OCTOBER 27 | 6-10 p.m.
Cherish Marquez, Latina and queer-identifying visual artist with a focus on digital media; and Jasmine Colgan, Ameri-Ghanian visual artist, educator, scholar, entrepreneur and civil rights activist.
Untitled is included in general admission, which is free for museum members and everyone 18 and under thanks to the Free for Kids program. Museum audiences are encouraged to check the museum’s website and social media channels—including #UntitledDAM—to learn more.
The safety of the DAM’s visitors and staff remains a top priority, and the museum is continually updating its COVID-19 safety and security protocols based on advice from the CDC and federal and local guidelines. Current protocols can be found at the Plan Your Visit section of the museum’s website.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM
The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Metro area residents support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org.