Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 10:00am5:00pm.
Hamilton Building - Lower Level
Ticketed with member discount
Call 720-913-0130, or buy online.

Decades: An Expanded Context for Western American Art, 1900-1940 (symposium)

The Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art is pleased to present a one-day symposium exploring Western American art within the context of decades, presenting a more dynamic and rich perspective. Four prominent American art scholars will examine western American art alongside concurrent events in American art and history, revealing interesting—and often surprising—intersections between western American art, American history, and the larger canon of American art.

So often, western American art history isolates artists from their larger art historical context and contemporary peers across American art. In Decades, we have divided the early twentieth century from 1900 to 1940 into ten-year increments to investigate the major artistic movements and important figures in western American art across mediums, styles and subjects.

The Petrie Institute of Western American Art’s permanent collection will be highlighted in the Betsy Magness Galleries on the seventh floor of the North Building and the Dietler Galleries of Western Art on the second floor of the Frederick C. Hamilton Building.

We are also pleased to invite all attendees to the opening reception of the exhibition Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridges Adams following the symposium in the Duncan Pavilion of the North Building.


  • 1900-1910: Ron Tyler, Retired Director, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • 1910-1920: Charles C. Eldredge, Hall Distinguished Professor of American Art and Culture, University of Kansas
  • 1920-1930: Randall Griffey, Independent Scholar
  • 1930-1940: Betsy Fahlman, Professor of Art History, Arizona State University

Tickets are $25 student, $55 DAM member, $65 others. Doors open at 9 am.

Reservations are required and space is limited. For details, contact Nicole Parks at 720-913-0025, or email

The annual symposium is funded by the Petrie Institute of Western American Endowment Fund and the Al and Gerri Cohen Lecture Fund. Media sponsor is Western Art Collector.

Symposium brochure (PDF)

Image credit: Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother, 1936. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-9058-C]