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Rare abstracts, vintage baseball at the museum

Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

DENVER Building upon the excitement of summer, the Denver Art Museum announced its lineup of summer exhibitions and events, including a temporary exhibition of vintage baseball photographs, a sneak peek at works by Clyfford Still, 17th-century master paintings and events ranging from video-game adventures in the galleries to a weekend-long celebration of international art. Additionally, the Denver Art Museum is offering free admission to Colorado kids all summer long and many daily family activities.

Through Sept. 30. Capturing Americas Game: Photographs of Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig will showcase vintage photographs revealing the role of sports photography in establishing baseball as Americas game. Baseballs popularity took off in the 1920s, a period when several major cities built large baseball stadiums. At the same time, many urban newspapers added sports sections to their papers, sparking a golden era of New York-based photography agencies such as Underwood and Underwood Photography, Acme News Pictures and United News Pictures, all of which provided the papers with key images of the game. Moreover, their photos were paired with witty captions such as Watch Your Laurels Babe! Lous getting Speedy for a 1929 photograph of Lou tearing toward another base.

July 14 through Sept. 30.Organized by the Clyfford Still Museum; presented at the Denver Art Museum.Twelve major works by Clyfford Still will be on view on the Hamilton Buildings second-level Martin & McCormick Gallery, offering a sneak peek at what visitors will find when the Clyfford Still Museum opens next door to the Denver Art Museum in 2010. A leader in the first generation of abstract expressionists, Still is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century. After his death in 1980, his estate which includes 94 percent of all his work was sealed off from the public. None of the paintings on view at the Denver Art Museum has been seen publicly since, and many have never been displayed publicly at all.

Ongoing, begins Aug. 18.Starting in August, museum visitors will have a chance to see three paintings by Renaissance masters that rarely tour and have never been seen in Denver. Complementing the Denver Art Museums collection of old master paintings on the sixth floor of the North Building will be loaned works by artists who worked in Rome during the first half of the 17th century: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggios Still Life with Fruit on a Stone Ledge (1603), Nicolas Poussins Midas Washing at the Source of the Pactolus (about 1626) and Claude Lorrains Landscape with Cowherd Piping (1649-50). The paintings will be on view throughout a number of galleries on the sixth floor of the North Building.

Through Sept. 2.The Denver Art Museum is offering free admission to Colorado kids. The museum will offer many daily family activities including gallery backpacks, art-making adventures in a pack and weekend hotspots, in-gallery art-making activities related to the collections.

June 9.The Museums Animation Celebration family event is June 9 from noon to 4 p.m. and will mark the launch of new Digital Gallery Games, video game adventures in the galleries played on Game Boys. Visitors can meet the voice behind the games and learn how voice-over works using a simple computer program. Families can also attend the Art of Anime Film Festival at the Museum, produced by Nan Desu Kan, the Rocky Mountain regions foremost Japanese anime convention. Additional attractions will include Sound Treks, musician-led tours traveling through galleries on the hour, and Art of the Cartoon, an artist-led cartoon-drawing tutorial.

July 14-15.To mark the closing of RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, works by contemporary international artists, the museum will host a free weekend-long celebration of art from around the world. From 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 14, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, visitors can enjoy an outdoor collaborative art project, interactive activities and live entertainment. Saturday late-night will be filled with programming throughout the museum.

At Martin Plaza every Saturday through September, the Denver Art Museum will host live entertainers on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first Saturday of the month is free for all Colorado residents. On Sunday afternoons, stop by the Sweet Tooth Studio for free art-making activities or watch artists from Plein Air Artist Colorado demonstrate their techniques.

The museum will be open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

The first Saturday of every month means free general admission to the Denver Art Museum for Colorado residents. The Denver Art Museum is located on 13th Ave. between Broadway and Bannock streets in downtown Denver. Admission for Colorado residents is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and up and students, $3 for kids ages 6-18 and free for children under 6. For more information, visit http://www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5000. For information in Spanish, call 720-913-0169.

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