Exhibitions

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  Creative Crossroads
Exhibition

Creative Crossroads

The Art of Tapestry

On View through August 7, 2016

See more than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, and garments from Europe, Turkey, China, Peru, Mexico, and the American Southwest.

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Robert Therrien
Exhibition

Robert Therrien

The Power of the Image

On View through August 7, 2016

Robert Therrien takes familiar or mundane symbols and disconnects them from their expected contexts. These images become abstract forms floating in space, forcing viewers to re-orient their preconceived notions of symbols and their meanings.

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Why We Dance
Exhibition

Why We Dance

American Indian Art in Motion

On View through August 14, 2016

This multisensory exhibition will present the motives behind Native American dance and highlight the museum’s annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration. It features about 86 works, including 78 drawn from the DAM’s American Indian art collection.

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  All That Glistens
Exhibition

All That Glistens

A Century of Japanese Lacquer

On View through September 7, 2016

The 30 artworks in this exhibition reveal the versatility of lacquer as a medium used by Japanese artists to create containers, trays, plaques, braziers, and screens of enduring beauty.

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Glitterati
Exhibition

Glitterati

Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America

On View through November 27, 2016

During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry.

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Grand Gestures
Exhibition

Grand Gestures

Dance, Drama, Masquerade

On View through December 11, 2016

Pre-Columbian art is full of human and supernatural figures in dramatic poses. This installation of 29 objects presents a cross-cultural selection of works from the DAM's extensive collection.

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Canaletto Masterwork Restored
Exhibition

Canaletto Masterwork Restored

On View through January 1, 2017

Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration.

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On Desert Time
Exhibition

On Desert Time

Landscape Photographs by O’Sullivan & Bell, 1871–1874

On View through January 8, 2017

This exhibition presents photographs by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and William H. Bell made in the American Southwest, 1871-1874, during expeditions on the Wheeler Survey.

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Depth & Detail
Exhibition

Depth & Detail

Carved Bamboo from China, Japan & Korea

On View through January 15, 2017

The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning.

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Audacious
Exhibition

Audacious

Contemporary Artists Speak Out

On View through February 26, 2017

British artist Damien Hirst famously said, “Art survives through its effect on others.” As a leader in the contemporary art world, he, like his peers, considers making art a way to convey ideas about culture, human relationships, the environment, and politics.

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Tableau
Exhibition

Tableau

On View through March 19, 2017

This installation of larger-than-life immersive illustrations by Hadley Hooper was inspired by theater stage sets.

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Treasures of British Art
Exhibition

Treasures of British Art

On View through April 9, 2017

This exhibition presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, providing a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art.

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  Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974
Exhibition

Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974

New York and Aspen Paintings

On View through April 16, 2017

Celebrated for his multidisciplinary approach to art and design, Herbert Bayer called painting "the continuous link connecting all the facets of my work." The paintings presented in the exhibition give us a window into the personal side of this versatile artist.

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Artistry and Craftsmanship
Exhibition

Artistry and Craftsmanship

Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons

On View through May 7, 2017

Throughout its 35-year history, Ruskin Pottery produced decorative vessels, tableware, buttons, and plaques intended to be set in silver as jewelry. The pottery was known for hand-thrown ceramic bodies and innovative glazes.

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Unseated
Exhibition

Unseated

Contemporary Chairs Reimagined

On View through May 7, 2017

These eight works reveal the vast range of materials and processes used by contemporary designers as they challenge our notions of what design can be through the enduring form of the chair.

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  Abstract Expressionism
Exhibition

Abstract Expressionism

from the Denver Art Museum

On View through June 4, 2017

Soon after World War II, the center of the avant-garde shifted from Europe to the United States when the first American-grown modern art movement—abstract expressionism—was born.

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Strong Statements
Exhibition

Strong Statements

On View through June 30, 2017

Strong Statements features six thought-provoking works, each by a contemporary native artist. The works challenge stereotypes and explores issues that affect American Indians including corruption and violence in the casino industry, racism, addiction, and questions of identity.

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Printed and Painted
Exhibition

Printed and Painted

The Art of Bark Cloth

On View through August 27, 2017

This reinstallation of the Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through the unique medium of bark cloth (or tapa) used across the Pacific.

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