Expand your World, Learn Something New!

Visit the Museum and explore history, art, and other local topics with our special programs.

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Alien Anatomy in Science Fiction
Saturday, October 20, 1 pm

Foote Gallery- Free
Presented by Arlo Pelegrin
From little green men and bug-eyed monsters to superintelligent shades of the color blue, the body plans of aliens in popular culture have a fascinating variability. Join us for a tour of famous and obscure aliens from books, films, and art, and a discussion of the most prevalent themes in fictional alien morphology.

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Colorado Cemeteries
Thursday, Octpber 25, 6 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Ken Jessen
A pictorial look at Colorado cemeteries including a pet cemetery near Salida strangely enough located across the street from a veterinary clinic. West of Fort Collins is the Manhattan Cemetery that once served a nearby mining community of the same name. Cemetery crawls are an engaging way of learning about the state’s history.

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Cuentos de los Antepasados  – (The Gifts of Our Ancestors)
Thursday, November 1, 5 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Angel Vigil
For generations Latino families have had cuentos, traditional stories and legends at the center of their family experience. Angel will perform traditional stories from the Hispanic Southwest and Mexico, stories specially crafted to reference the specific images from the Posada and Carrasco pieces in the exhibit. (Reception in the lobby prior to program)

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Colorado and World War I
Saturday, November 3, 12 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Dr. Patty Limerick
Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspectives to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. Reception in lobby following program.

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Colorado Gunfights
Thursday, November 29, 6 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Ken Jessen
A century ago, conflicts among outlaws, commoners and law-men, were often settled in a gunfight. Listen to Ken Jessen describe a few of Colorado’s most interesting stories that appear in his book, Frontier Colorado Gunfights.

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Film – Searching for Posada: Art and Revolutions
Thursday, December 6, 6 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
The film Searching for Posada: ART and Revolutions reveals the amazing story of Mexico’s famed artist-printer José Guadalupe Posada.

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Loving Vincent Film Preview Presentation with Dena Peterson
Tuesday, January 22 , 6 pm

Devereaux Room at the Rialto Theater – FREE
Dena will share her experiences as a painter and animator for the Academy Award-Nominated film, Loving Vincent. Peterson spent 5 1/2 months in Gdansk, Poland working on Loving Vincent, the first fully hand-painted feature film about the life and death of Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, as told by characters in his paintings.

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Loving Vincent Screening
Wednesday, January 23, 7 pm

Rialto Theater – Tickets: $6
Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the first fully painted animated feature film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

PG-13. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Screening followed by a Q&A with Dena Peterson.

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Artistry in Stone: The Colorado-Wyoming Alabaster Industry
Thursday, January 31, 6 pm

Museum Lobby – Free
Join author Jason Marmor for his new book release, signing and reception. His book, Artistry in Stone: The Colorado-Wyoming Alabaster Industry is an interesting look at the growth of the alabaster carving industry in the region. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during this event.

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Love, Lights, and Perfume: Non-Human Romantic Signals
Thursday, February 7, 6 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Arlo Pelegrin
Flirting, eye contact, notes, teasing, and flowers are all ways to let another person know we’d like to reproduce. But what if we had some of the tools and methods we see in nature? Imagine catching a whiff of a potential partner from over a mile away, and being able to walk straight to them. Or, being able to judge someone’s parental qualities based on their ability to manufacture light inside their body. Join us for a review of the many ways to find that special someone.

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Tour for Teens with Robert Campagna
Thursday, February 21, 4:30 pm

Main Gallery – Free
Robert Campagna has worked with over 11,000 students throughout his career teaching them the lost art of dark room photography. Middle and High School students are invited to participate in this one-hour tour to learn how to create mixed media art with photographs.

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Fast Forward to the Present: The Threat to Challenging the Status Quo
Thursday , February 28, 6 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Dr. George Stevens
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader during the civil rights movement. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. Dr. Stevens will look past King’s involvement
with the civil rights movement to his lesser-known activities and how they relate to present urban situations.

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A Soundtrack to Estes History
Thursday, March 28, 5:30 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Mike Estes Dixon
Mike Estes Dixon has spent 20 years researching his Estes family heritage and in this program, he will present the historic contribution of the Estes family from the 1400s in Italy and Scotland through 1875. Estes Dixon is a local singer, songwriter, musician, and playwright. He has created 19 songs about Estes family members and each song highlights a significant historic event that documents the American experience over several generations.

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The Shape of Space: Physical Culture in the Animal World
Thursday, April 18, 6 pm

Foote Gallery – Free
Presented by Arlo Pelegrin
When it comes to moving bits of matter around to create comfort, humans are champions: a pile of pine needles in a cave, or a mansion in Mariana Butte. But many animals do the same, arranging the physical world to suit their needs. There is an element of culture in the building of a nest or the setting of a trap. Is there a boundary between instinct and creativity?