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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Rose Beetem, 720-913-0000

    Shadia Lemus, 720-913-0096

    Images available upon request.

    Star Wars and the Power of Costume Opens, Glory of Venice continues, Night at the Museums, Friday After Thanksgiving and Other November Highlights

    (Denver) Oct. 25, 2016 This November, visitors to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) are invited to take a unique journey into the Star Wars universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars seriesfrom Queen Amidalas lavish gowns to Darth Vaders imposing black armor.

    Watch the designers and actors through several exhibition videos. Learn cultural and historic context as interpreted by Smithsonian scholars. Experience the processes of concept artists and costume designers with interactive encounters. Explore the artistry of the worlds most recognized cinematic costumes, including Darth Vader, Queen Amidala, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Stormtroopers and Droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2.

    This exhibition will take visitors inside the creative process, encompassing the essence of George Lucas vision and the exciting challenge of translating his iconic characters into a dynamic reality.

    Useful tips for visitors planning their visit are available on the museum website, including photography policies, guidelines on wearing your own costume in the exhibition and more. A dated and timed ticket is required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets are available through the

    museum website, onsite and by calling 720-913-0130. #StarWarsCostumes

    Venice Comes to Denver Explore the extraordinary artistic creativity of Venice at Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, on view through Feb. 12 at the DAM. From the mid-1400s to early 1500s, artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. Featuring about 50 significant works, Glory of Venice provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience 19 artworks from Venices Gallerie dellAccademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. Additional masterworks on view include paintings on loan from the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice and the Fondazione Magnani Rocca in Parma, Italy, as well as signature paintings from the DAMs collection.

    Stormtrooper. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. & 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

    Queen Amidala, Throne Room Gown. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. & 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

  • A fully illustrated publication, produced by the DAM, is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and on the museum website. Daily guided tours of Glory of Venice, offered at 1 p.m., are included in museum admission and no reservations are required. Glory of Venice is included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free. #GloryofVenice #ThanksSCFD #CultureForAll

    Glory of Venice-related programming Art & About Tour Nov. 10: Exploring the Glory of Venice Experience the extraordinary creativity of Venice from the mid-1400s to early 1500s, when artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer's or dementia and their care partners. Experience and discuss art together on a tour led by a specially trained guide. Meet on level 2 of the North Building in Duncan Pavilion. Tour and general admission to the museum are free for registered participants, but space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations will be accepted starting Nov. 1. Reserve online or call 720-913-0130.

    Mindful Looking: Italian Renaissance Nov. 15, 1 p.m. Join Teaching Specialist Molly Medakovich for an in-depth exploration of the exquisite details and visual storytelling of Italian Renaissance painting. Join us for Mindful Looking on the third Tuesday of each month to discover overlooked details, explore ideas and make connections as we linger, look and discuss a work of art. Meet inside the Glory of Venice exhibit on level 1 of the Hamilton Building. From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler. The works include pieces made by master ceramists who were designated as Living National Treasures in Japan, as well as by emerging artists. The diversity of these objects reflects both the continuation of tradition and new creativity in contemporary Japanese ceramic arts. An illustrated catalog is available in The Shops and online. From the Fire is included in museum admission; youth 18 and younger are free.

    From the Fire-related programming: Conversation with a Curator: From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection Nov. 4, 4 p.m. Join curator Tianlong Jiao on a tour through From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection. Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed. Meet at 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby of level 5 of the North Building. Curators Circle: From Elusive Delight to "No Sense, No Content The Thinking in My Works With Ceramic Artist Liu Jianhua Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) World-renowned Chinese ceramic artist Liu Jianhua will present the trail of his thinking in creating many of his intriguing and appealing works over the past two decades. Lius seductive and provocative porcelain works and installations have been highly recognized for their visual and phenomenological impact on viewers. Free admission to the lecture and reception following, but we request reservations be made online or by calling 720-913-0130. Sponsored by Curators Circle and the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation in honor of Celeste and John Fleming.

    Nakashima Harumi (b. 1950), sculpture from Struggling Form series, Japan. Ceramic. Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection. TL-35733. Nakashima Harumi

    Vittore Carpaccio, The Flight into Egypt, about 1515. Oil on panel; 28-3/8 43-11/16 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.: Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.28. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington.

  • Night at the Museums 2016 Nov. 5, 510 p.m. Denver Arts Week (Nov. 412) is a celebration of the arts and culture in Denver. The cornerstone of the event is Night at the Museums, held on Saturday, Nov. 5. Fourteen museums in Denver and Golden will be open late with free general admission 510 pm. At the DAM, visitors can enjoy Glory of Venice and fun family activities throughout the museum. No reservations required. Special offer: Throughout Denver Arts Week, when you purchase a membership at any level to the DAM, youll receive 13 months for the price of 12. For more information on Denver Arts Week, visit Hamilton Buildings 10th Anniversary In October, the DAM marked the 10-year anniversary of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which opened Oct. 7, 2006. That commemoration came on the heels of the passing of longtime museum benefactor and chairman emeritus Frederic C. Hamilton. Hamilton, who gave the lead gift and helped the museum raise millions for the building project, passed away only days before the anniversary.

    The iconic building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects, expanded the DAMs worldwide presence and helped identify Denver and Colorado as a burgeoning center for arts and culture. The Hamilton Buildings bold, unique architecture, which nearly doubled the museum complex, provided expanded opportunities for displaying the museums permanent collections and world-class special exhibitions including Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, Becoming Van Gogh, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century and Women of Abstract Expressionism.

    A limited-edition, 272-page commemorative publication, Not Square: Settling into a Museum Like No Other, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, will be available in December. NOW ON VIEW

    Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s90s Through May 28, 2017 Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s90s, showcases work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. This debut exhibition by Florence Mller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art, Curator of Fashion, features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garons and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today.

    Works on view illustrate concepts such as the intersection of tradition and modernity; the influence of pop culture motifs; molding the body versus hiding the body with oversized shapes; reinventing the traditional Western representation of femininity; collaborations between contemporary artists and fashion designers; and other diverse ways of challenging the fashion system.

    Shock Wave demonstrates how Japanese designers confronted the work of European designers (such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Anne-Marie Beretta, Azzedine Alaa and Thierry Mugler) during the 1980s, while they inspired younger European designers (such as Martin


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