Current Exhibitions

  • George Caleb Bingham, The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1846. Oil on canvas;
    Exhibition

    Rhythm & Roots

    Dance in American Art
    On View through October 2, 2016

    This exhibition will present how artists, dancers, and choreographers helped form the artistic identity of dance in America. It will feature about 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and costumes relating to American dance from 1830 to 1960. More

  • Comme des Garçons, Jacket with Skirt, “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body” collection, Spring/ Summer 1997.
    Exhibition

    Shock Wave

    Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s
    On View through May 28, 2017

    Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today. More

  • Dancers projected on the wall in dancelab installation
    Exhibition

    #dancelab

    On View through October 2, 2016

    #dancelab is a creative dance installation created by local artistic dance partners Wonderbound and creative firm Legwork Studio. This immersive, participatory movement experience focuses on celebrating American dance and deconstructs the dance experience to make it accessible to all. 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

  • 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

  • John Sorbie, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, 1974. Offset lithograph.
    Exhibition

    Performance on Paper

    The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie
    On View through January 8, 2017

    Posters by internationally acclaimed Colorado designers Phil Risbeck and the late John Sorbie announce performances at Colorado State University, and showcase expressive techniques, energetic imagery, and restrained typography. 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

  • Oscar Bluemner, Study for Black by Gold
    Exhibition

    What it Meant to be Modern, 1910–1965

    American Works on Paper from the Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection
    On View through March 5, 2017

    What it Meant to be Modern, 1910–1965: American Works on Paper from the Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection brings together the visionary work of Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler. The 18 works on paper all share the magic of the modernist movement of the first half of the twentieth century. 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

  • Dancing Maize God Tripod Plate
    Exhibition

    Grand Gestures

    Dance, Drama, Masquerade
    On View through August 1, 2017

    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

  • 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

  • Canaletto Masterwork Restored
    Exhibition

    Canaletto Masterwork Restored

    On View through October 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

  • Fujioka Shūhei (b. 1947), Vase, Japan. Ceramic.
    Exhibition

    From the Fire

    Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection
    On View through October 1, 2017

    This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler. More