Kirkland Museum Events

herbert bayer: from bauhaus to aspen
A lecture by Dr. Gwen Chanzit
Rescheduled for Wednesday, May 29 | 6:30pm Doors Open, 7pm Lecture

mirage, 1949, by herbert bayer (1900-1985), oil on linen

The herbert bayer lecture originally scheduled for April 10 will now be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Tickets purchased for the April date will remain valid for May 29.  If you purchased tickets but are unable to attend on the new date, do let us know. Please consider your ticket purchase as a donation to Kirkland Museum.

Call 303.832.8576 x100 or [email protected] with any questions.

In conjunction with Kirkland Museum’s bauhaus centennial, Gwen Chanzit will present a lecture examining herbert bayer’s concept of total design and the trajectory of his impressive career from Germany to Aspen, Colorado. Dr. Chanzit is a herbert bayer scholar, Denver Art Museum Curator Emerita of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection & Archive and University of Denver professor. Chanzit’s book, from bauhaus to aspen: herbert bayer and modernist design in america, is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Please note: bayer’s preference for universal typefaces using only lowercase letters has led us to spell his name and the title of the lecture without capital letters.


$10 Kirkland Museum members*
$18 non-members
Any remaining tickets will be available for $20 (members and non-members) at the door on the night of the event.

*Members must have an active Kirkland Museum membership to be eligible for discounted tickets and can confirm their membership status by calling 303-832-8576 x100. Non-members and expired members may join or renew online here to become eligible.

Tickets are required.

$5 Final Fridays at Kirkland Museum
5 to 8pm on the last Friday of each month
June–September 2019

Kirkland in 3D: Explore a New Dimension!
Explore Kirkland Museum like never before—with 3D glasses! See the colorful paintings of the museum’s namesake artist, Vance Kirkland, come alive in a whole new way while learning about what makes his dynamic use of color so special. And if you’re looking for even more fun, try taking a self-guided scavenger hunt to experience a themed tour of the galleries! Please note, Kirkland Museum limits admission to ages 13+. 

  • $5 admission from 5 to 8pm (ages 13+)
  • 3D glasses available for viewing Vance Kirkland’s paintings
  • Scavenger hunts available at the Welcome Desk

The Illusion of Floating Mysteries in Red Space, 1975 by Vance Kirkland (1904–1981)
The Illusion of Floating Mysteries in Red Space, 1975 by Vance Kirkland (1904–1981)

Kirkland Museum’s Inaugural Summer Fundraiser
Private Collection Viewing and Reception
Thursday, June 6 | 6 to 8pm

Schlosser Residence

An outstanding marriage of art, design and architecture lies within the Denver Hilltop residence of Elizabeth Schlosser & Charlie Jordan. On June 6, ticket-holders will enjoy an exclusive evening with exceptional company including Kirkland Museum’s Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant and architect David Lynn Wise, American Institute of Architects

Attendees will be immersed in influential Colorado and regional art, modern furnishings and learn about the home’s architecture and renovation inspired by the works of Ludwig Mies van der RohePhillip Johnson and Carlo Scarpa.

$75 Kirkland Museum members*
$100 non-members

*Members must have an active Kirkland Museum membership to be eligible for discounted tickets and can confirm their membership status by calling 303-832-8576 x100. Non-members and expired members may join or renew online here to become eligible.

Tickets are required. 

Funds raised support Kirkland Museum’s mission of rediscovering, documenting, collecting, preserving and exhibiting works from over 150 years of Colorado’s distinguished art history, international decorative art and the works of Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) and to serve the general public through exhibitions, the loan of works and public programs.

Up Close and Personal: Eames at Kirkland Museum
Evening of Wednesday, August 14


RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod), 1948–1950, Designed by Charles Eames (1907–1978, American) & Ray Eames (1912–1988, American), manufactured by Herman, Miller Furniture Company, fiberglass, metal & wood, 27 x 25 x 27 ¼ inches , Collection Kirkland Museum

Join Carla Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames, on an intimate exploration of Eames designs within Kirkland Museum’s collection. Hartman, Director of Education at the Eames Office, delights in sharing the practice of “close looking” that her grandparents introduced to her. Utilizing tools learned from them and while at the Denver Art Museum as a Master Teacher, Hartman will hand you a tool kit that you too can use in the future while enjoying quality design.

Carla Hartman has been the Director of Education for the Eames Office since 2004. She collaborates with museums, schools, institutions and the public to extend the creative legacy of Charles and Ray Eames through interactive programming and exhibitions, publications and product development. While much of her current work focuses on the Eameses, she also uses chairs—a singular collecting passion (hence her moniker “Chairs Lady”)—as teaching tools about design and the design process.

This lecture will coincide with Kirkland Museum’s Pastime / Past Time collaboration with the Denver Art Museum’s Serious Play exhibition.

Details and ticketing information will be shared soon.

Second Annual Fall Member Soirée
Evening of Thursday, October 10

Kirkland Museum members are invited to a member-exclusive annual social event with an imaginative theme and activities to thank members for their support. 

Bauhaus Benefit Brunch
Sunday, November 10

2019 marks 100 years since the opening of the esteemed Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany. To mark this anniversary, Kirkland Museum is hosting a benefit brunch to celebrate the school’s lasting impact on art and design. The collection includes work by eleven artists and designers who studied or taught at the Bauhaus.

Décor, entertainment and activities will embrace the whimsy, fun and adventure of the Bauhaus! Join us the morning of Sunday, November 10 for a creative gathering where patrons will enjoy assorted brunch food and beverage and the Bauhaus Centennial collection.

We are currently seeking sponsors for this event. Sponsors will benefit from an array of special opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about supporting this event, please contact Gerald Horner at [email protected].

Details and ticketing information will be shared soon.

Museum Store Sunday 
Sunday, December 1

Kirkland Museum is participating in the Museum Store Association’s nationally-honored event on Sunday, December 1. Join us in this annual celebration of museums and cultural institutions. Kirkland Museum members will be offered special discounts for their patronage!

For general event inquiries, please contact Gerald Horner at [email protected].