Pablo Picasso, Françoise, lithograph, 1946

September 2 – November 26, 2017

Main Gallery

Members Only Opening Reception: Thursday, August 31, 7 – 9 pm
Enjoy a relaxing evening with fellow Museum members while previewing the exhibition before it opens to the public. Members, please RSVP by calling the Museum at (970) 962-2410 by Tuesday, August 29.

Exhibit Admission: $5; free for Museum members
EXHIBIT FREE DAYS: Thursday, September 21 and Tuesday, November 14
Free admission during Night on the Town on Fridays, September 8, October 13, and November 10 from 5 – 9 pm

Picasso’s portraits of friends and family uncover the creative process as he moved between drawing from life and depicting caricatures, while employing his genius as a draughtsman through his quintessential expressive use of line. While the human face has a myriad of expressions and viewpoints, Picasso reduced the difficulty of depicting this complexity while simultaneously creating portraits with such emotional intensity they may be consecutively perceived as both highly personal statements and through the lens of a viewer’s own experience. It is interesting to note that in many of his portraits, the object is often depicted as a solitary figure—distanced, yet intimate in its detailed tenderness. This exhibition of 35 prints is an exploration not only of Picasso’s mastery of a wide variety of print media, but a continuation of a question posed by the artist himself, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) influenced the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is recognized for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane.



Midnight in Paris – film
Thursday, October 5, 5 pm
Foote Gallery/Auditorium

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancee’s family, a nostalgic writer finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920’s everyday at midnight.

Starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Comedy, Fantasy, Romance. Directed by Woody Allen.

2011, 1 hour 34 minutes
RATED PG-13 (No one under 13 will be admitted.) Distributed by Imdb.


Picasso Panel
Friday, November 3, 6 pm
Foote Gallery/Auditorium

Dr. Robert Baller, Art Collector
Lynn Boland, PhD, Director and Chief Curator Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Colorado State University
Jennie Kiessling, Lead Faculty, Department of Creative Arts, Design and Humanities, Front Range Community College
Andrew Svedlow, PhD, Professor of Art History, University of Northern Colorado

Join in a panel discussion about the genius of Pablo Picasso, his continued influence on artistic theory and the cult of the artist, and his controversial stature in the history of art.


Picasso, Jazz, and Cocktails
Friday, November 10, 6 – 8 pm

An evening to captivate all the senses! Enjoy this special Night on the Town event while viewing the Picasso: Visage exhibition as you listen to the melodies of live jazz music and sip on cocktails.


Tour the exhibit
Wednesday, November 15, 1 pm

Free public tour of the exhibit with Dr. Andrew Svedlow, professor, University of Northern Colorado. Reservations are not required but space is limited.