• October 1st, 2023
  • Sunday, 08:47:08 AM

DAM’s Untitled ‘Artist Takeover’ Features Franklin Cruz and Sammy Lee



Franklin Cruz, queer Latin poet and writer. (Photo: Denver Art Museum)

The Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) is hosting a lineup of local creatives, artists and collaborators for the 2023 season of Untitled events. Emerging in this 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.


On Friday, April 28, 6-10 p.m. “Untitled” features Franklin Cruz, queer Latin poet and writer; and Sammy Lee, South Korean visual artist specializing in cast paper and performative collaboration. Additional highlights include Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca will kick off the night with a traditional Mexica/Azteca group dance before passing off the stage for more dance performances throughout the evening.


Additional highlights include: See the exhibitions Speaking with Light and Near East to Far West through new eyes during two Offbeat Art Tours. Make your own mask inspired by Indigenous ceramic masks. Contribute to a paper-cast communal table by serving imagined meals to loved ones using Korean dishes. Sample some delicious dumplings with Penelope Wong of Yuan Wonton Food Truck.


Check out the event program for all of the details and grab a ticket ahead of time here.


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 DAM’s The Ponti restaurant and Café Gio 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.”


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.


Upcoming Untitled events:


July 28, 6-10pm: Joshua Emerson, Navajo comedian, writer and actor; and Drew Austin, interdisciplinary visual artist and curator.


October 27, 6-10pm: 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 kids 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.


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. 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.