Lectures & Special Events   



-Logan Lecture-

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6-7pm

Xiaoze Xie


Born in Guangdong at the beginning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966, Xiaoze Xie's work has remained deeply affected by the loss of tradition, culture, and learning since moving to the US in 1992. His most recent series traces the practice of banning books in China and explores the history of censorship, social memory, and political discourse.

Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building - Lower Level, Denver Art Museum

Individual lecture tickets: Free for DAMC members & students with ID; $10 DAM volunteers, $15 DAM members, $20 nonmembers.

Note: Tickets for this particular Logan Lecture are free for Asian Art Association members.

Ticketing through DAM: Call 720-913-0130, stop by the ticketing desk in the museum, or click here to reserve online. Create an account, or sign in with your DAM member number to finish the purchase. Prices are for AAA lecture only and do not include gallery admission.

The Logan Lecture series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.
The Xiaoze Xie lecture is co-sponsored by Asian Art Association and Curator's Circle.

Image: Xiaoze Xie, "Chinese Library No. 57," 2014. Oil on canvas, 48 x 74-1/4 in.



-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:30pm

Technology and Culture Change Along the Proto Silk Road

Dr. Rowan K. Flad

Dr. Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Harvard University, shares the findings of his work in Gansu, China on the Tao River Archaeological Project (TRAP), 2012-2017. Tracing the nature of technology and technological change migrating along the routes of the proto Silk Roads, and the changes wrought on the culture and society of the area by the introduction of that technology, Dr Flad discovered a complexity that radically transformed material culture and human lives in Northwest China about 4000 years ago. That transformation laid the groundwork for the Chinese Bronze Age. Reception following talk.

Rowan K. Flad is the John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. At Harvard he has served as the Archaeology Program Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Department Chair for the Department of Anthropology and the Chair of the Standing Committe on Archaeology, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Department. He also serves on the academic board (and was a founding board member) of the Institute for Field Research and serves on the founding board of the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation. His research is focused on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China. This work incorporates interests in diachronic change in production processes and technology, the intersection between ritual activity and production, the role of animals in early Chinese society - particularly their use in sacrifice and divination, and the processes involved in social change in general. He has conducted excavations at a salt production site in the eastern Sichuan Basin, regional archaeological survey in the Chengdu region focusing on prehistoric settlement patterns and social evolution, and currently directs an international collaborative survey and excavation project in the Tao River Valley in Gansu. This project focuses on technological change in various domains and investigates the formation processes of community interaction involved in the development of the Proto-Silk Road. Current research and writing projects focus on several aspects of social complexity including: specialized production and technology, the anthropology of value, mortuary analysis, archaeological landscapes, interregional interaction, cultural transmission, and animal and plant domestication.

Time: 6:30pm, December 15, 2017

Location: Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum

Free Admission, RSVP requested

RSVP through DAM: Call 720-913-0130, stop by the ticketing desk in the museum, or reserve online. Create an account, or sign in with your DAM member number to finish the reservation.

Phone number/email for details: 720-913-0040  blittle@denverartmuseum.org

Photo Courtesy R.K. Flad



-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 12-1pm

Barbarian Tropes Framed Anew: Three Qing-dynasty Chinese Lacquer Screens of Europeans Hunting

Tamara Bentley

Professor Bentley’s talk examines three Chinese incised lacquer folding screens produced between 1665 and 1800.  All three screens include segments depicting Europeans hunting exotic animals and parading with gifts; two screens specifically indicate that the Europeans are Dutch.  Analysis highlights the ways in which these Chinese screens borrowed “foreigner” imagery from earlier Japanese Nanban screens, and also from earlier paintings of Mongols hunting, and those “barbarian” constructs were even marketed back to Europe.

Tamara H. Bentley is an Associate Professor of Asian Art at Colorado College, where she has been on the faculty since 2001. In her earlier research, she focused on Chinese paintings and prints of the late Ming and early Qing periods. Recently, she has shifted her attention to the international movement of art objects both in and from the East Asian maritime circuits in the early modern period. As part of this larger endeavor, she has been working on Chinese lacquer folding screens, export competition between China and Japan, and the complex layering of cross-cultural contacts in early modern trade.


When: 12-1pm, January 17, 2018

New Location!: Congdon Board Room, Hamilton Building - Lower Level, Denver Art Museum

Ticketing through DAM: Call 720-913-0130 or stop by the ticketing desk in the museum.

Ticket prices in addition to general admission:
AAA Members free
Students / Teachers / Docents $5
DAM members $7
General Public $10

Phone number/email for details: 720-913-0040  blittle@denverartmuseum.org

Image above: Tamara Bentley. Courtesy of the speaker.