Exhibitions

Current

  • Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959
    Exhibition

    Women of Abstract Expressionism

    On View through September 25, 2016

    This groundbreaking exhibition will celebrate the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth-century art movement. More than 50 major paintings will be on view by artists Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher. More

  • 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. More

  • Robert Therrien, No title (cloud with halo), 2000. Ink and graphite on paper.
    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. More

  • Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer, 1995. Acrylic paint on canvas.
    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. More

  • 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. More

  • 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. More

  • Dancing Maize God Tripod Plate
    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. More

  • 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. More

  • Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Ancient Ruins in the Cañon de Chelle, N.M. In a Niche 50 Feet above Present Cañon Bed., 1873. Albumen silver print.
    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. More

  • 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. More

  • View of the site-specific installation, Tableau, by Hadley Hooper.
    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. More

  • Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, Portrait of a Lady, ca. early 1790s. Oil on paper mounted on canvas
    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. More

  • 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. More

  • Ruskin Pottery, group of ceramic works
    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. More

  • Joris Laarman, Microstructures Adaptation Chair (Long Cell) Prototype, 2014. 3D printed nylon and copper.
    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. More

  • Martin Maloney, Over Exposed, 1999. Oil paint on canvas.
    Exhibition

    Audacious

    Contemporary Artists Speak Out
    On View through May 14, 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. More

  • Joan Mitchell, Dune, 1970. Oil paint on canvas.
    Exhibition

    Abstract Expressionism

    from the Denver Art Museum
    On View through May 14, 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. More

  • Melanie Yazzie, My Quilt
    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. More

  • 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. More