Past Exhibitions

  • Melanie Yazzie, My Quilt
    Exhibition

    Strong Statements

    Jun 10, 2015–Oct 15, 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

  • Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, oil on canvas, 1889.
    Exhibition

    The Western

    An Epic in Art and Film
    May 27, 2017–Sep 10, 2017

    The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film, and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations, and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is about more than cowboys, bandits, and barroom brawls.

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

    Tableau

    May 8, 2016–Aug 20, 2017

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

  • Dan Shaw-Town, Untitled, 2014. Spray enamel, newspaper ink, and graphite on Econolite with steel frame; 72-1/2 × 48-1/2 in. Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey. © Dan Shaw-Town
    Exhibition

    Word Dance

    Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey
    Mar 19, 2017–Aug 6, 2017

    The artists in Word Dance have all developed a distinctly individual language for drawing that invites viewers into their private world. The works-on-paper from JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey’s collection that have been chosen for this exhibition are all concerned with words, letters or a connection with language. More

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

    Abstract Expressionism

    from the Denver Art Museum
    Apr 3, 2016–Aug 6, 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

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

    Audacious

    Contemporary Artists Speak Out
    Feb 21, 2016–Aug 6, 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

  • Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974
    Exhibition

    Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974

    New York and Aspen Paintings
    Apr 26, 2015–Jul 30, 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

  • Printed and Painted
    Exhibition

    Printed and Painted

    The Art of Bark Cloth
    Aug 31, 2014–Jul 23, 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

  • Mark Bradford, Realness, 2016. Mixed media on canvas.
    Exhibition

    Shade

    Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford
    Apr 9, 2017–Jul 16, 2017

    Contemporary works and abstract expressionist masterpieces converge in Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, a collaborative two-venue presentation by the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and Clyfford Still Museum (CSM). Paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford—who is representing the U.S. 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
    Sep 11, 2016–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

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

    Treasures of British Art

    Mar 27, 2016–Apr 23, 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

  • Queen Amidala wearing the Throne Room Gown in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and as seen in the Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibition.
    Exhibition

    Star Wars™

    and the Power of Costume
    Nov 13, 2016–Apr 9, 2017

    Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes. Star Warsand the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series. 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
    Aug 21, 2016–Mar 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

  • Giovanni Bellini, Annunciation, early 1500. Oil on canvas.
    Exhibition

    Glory of Venice

    Masterworks of the Renaissance
    Oct 2, 2016–Feb 12, 2017

    Experience the extraordinary creativity of Venice from the mid-1400s to early 1500s, when artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. Through this artistic evolution, the city became an internationally recognized model of pictorial excellence. More

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

    Performance on Paper

    The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie
    Jul 3, 2016–Jan 29, 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

  • 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
    May 29, 2016–Jan 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

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

    Rhythm & Roots

    Dance in American Art
    Jul 10, 2016–Oct 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

  • Dancers projected on the wall in dancelab installation
    Exhibition

    #dancelab

    Jul 10, 2016–Oct 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

  • Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959
    Exhibition

    Women of Abstract Expressionism

    Jun 12, 2016–Sep 25, 2016

    This groundbreaking exhibition celebrates the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth-century art movement. More than 50 major paintings are 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

  • All That Glistens
    Exhibition

    All That Glistens

    A Century of Japanese Lacquer
    Nov 18, 2012–Sep 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

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

    Why We Dance

    American Indian Art in Motion
    May 29, 2016–Aug 14, 2016

    This multisensory exhibition presents the motives behind Native American dance and highlights 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

  • Creative Crossroads
    Exhibition

    Creative Crossroads

    The Art of Tapestry
    May 31, 2015–Aug 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
    Feb 21, 2016–Aug 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

  • Samurai: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
    Exhibition

    Samurai

    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
    Mar 6, 2016–Jun 5, 2016

    This exhibition tells the iconic story of Japanese samurai through 140 objects from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor and accoutrements in the world. More

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