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Architecture, Design & Graphics

Architecture, Design & Graphics

The architecture, design, and graphics collection is displayed on level 2 and level 6 in the North Building. Works from the Middle Ages to the 1900s that represent major developments in style, form, material, and technique in European and North American furniture and decorative arts are presented on level 6 of the North Building. A series of rotating spaces on level 2 focuses on modern and contemporary architecture, furniture, and industrial and graphic design. These exhibition spaces showcase major designers and movements from this period.

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American Indian Art

American Indian Art

American Indian Galleries, Levels 2 & 3, North Building

The American Indian collection represents the artistic works of nearly every tribe across the United States and Canada and all artistic traditions created within these cultures from prehistoric times to the present. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience the artistic vision of generations of American Indian artists from across North America.

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Textile Art & Fashion

Textile Art & Fashion

Textile Art Gallery, Level 6, North Building

The collections of the department of textile art encompass over 5,000 objects from Asia, Europe, North and South America, and range from archeological textiles to contemporary works of art in fiber.

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Pre-Columbian Art

Pre-Columbian Art

Jan & Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art, Level 4, North Building

Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Study Gallery of Pre-Columbian Art, Level 4, North Building

The Denver Art Museum's pre-Columbian collection represents nearly every major culture in Mesoamerica, Central America, and South America.

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Spanish Colonial Art

Spanish Colonial Art

Jan & Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art, Level 4, North Building

Notable for its cultural and temporal range and artistic quality, the Spanish Colonial collection of the Denver Art Museum is the most comprehensive collection in the United States and one of the best in the world. 

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Asian Art

Asian Art

Jesse and Nellie Shwayder Galleries, William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Gallery, Walter + Mona Lutz Gallery & Bj Averitt Gallery, Level 5, North Building

The Denver Art Museum's Asian art collection originated in 1915 with a donation of Chinese and Japanese art objects from a single passionate collector and has broadened to include works from the entire Asian continent. Spanning a period from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present, these objects illustrate the wide-ranging achievements of Asian artists and artisans.

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Modern & Contemporary Art

Modern & Contemporary Art

Bonfils-Stanton Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, Levels 3 & 4, Hamilton Building

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Oceanic Art

Oceanic Art

Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art, Level 3, Hamilton Building

The Oceanic art collection includes an array of art forms from the South Pacific region and is especially strong in art from the geographic regions of Melanesia and Polynesia. This collection of more than 1,000 pieces includes important historic monumental sculpture, delicate bark cloth, intricate wood carvings, and the work of contemporary artists such as Mathias Kauage and Laben Sakale.

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African Art

African Art

Daniel Yohannes Family African Gallery, Level 4, Hamilton Building

The African collection consists of approximately 1,000 objects—older works and new ones by contemporary artists. Focused on the diverse artistic traditions of Africa, it includes rare and exquisite works in sculpture, textiles, jewelry, painting, printmaking and drawings. Although the strength of the collection is west African art, with emphasis on Yoruba works, there are important masterpieces from all regions and mediums of expression including wood, metals, fibers, terra cotta, and mixed media compositions.

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European & American Art

European & American Art

European & American Art Galleries, Level 6, North Building

The department of painting and sculpture oversees the European art collection before 1900 and the American art collection before 1945. Together they include more than 3,000 artworks and are composed of painting, sculpture, and prints.

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Photography

Photography

Anthony & Delisa Mayer Photography Gallery, Level 7, North Building

The photography department is recognized for its extensive holdings of nineteenth-century work, notably of the American West. Collectively, the museum’s works of early photography reflect both the achievements of the medium’s outstanding practitioners and the shifting environmental attitudes of nineteenth-century Americans. The collection also has strong holdings of European and American modernist photography.

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Western American Art

Western American Art

Dietler Gallery of Western Art, Level 2, Hamilton Building

Betsy Magness Galleries, Level 7, North Building

The Petrie Institute of Western American Art is the national leader in scholarly research and programming in the field of art of the American West. The Petrie Institute is organized to enrich life in the Rocky Mountain region through the study, collection, preservation, and exhibition of art created about the American West, its people, its history, and its landscape.

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