The Denver Art Museum’s big spring show, Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, doesn’t open until February. But the spirit of the coming exhibition — a series of site-specific statements by Latino artists on modern life in the American West — will drive the museum’s first Logan Lecture of 2017 with a talk by Mi Tierra participant John Jota Leaños, a San Francisco-based sociopolitical new-media artist. Hear Leaños discuss his work and how he’ll approach the Mi Tierra theme at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, in Sharp Auditorium, located in the basement of the DAM’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. The evening ends, as always, with a meet-and-greet reception at the nearby Art: a Hotel, 1201 Broadway. Individual tickets range from $8 to $18 (or free for DAM Contemporaries members and students), or opt for a six-lecture winter/spring season pass, ranging from $48 to $72. Purchase tickets at denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130.