Past Exhibitions

  • William Matthews: Trespassing

    William Matthews: Trespassing

    Nov 23, 2014–May 17, 2015

    William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape. More

  • First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

    First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

    Jun 1, 2014–Apr 19, 2015

    A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection. More

  • V3H1CL3: Jason Rogenes

    V3H1CL3: Jason Rogenes

    May 25, 2014–Apr 12, 2015

    This summer, Jason Rogenes will transform the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes. Part of a rich summer program focusing on sculpture, the installation—made out of cardboard and reclaimed Styrofoam—will encourage visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities. More

  • Brilliant


    Cartier in the 20th Century
    Nov 16, 2014–Mar 17, 2015

    The world-exclusive exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century featured stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. The exhibition highlighted Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or design house's, evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories. More

  • Drawings: Carroll Dunham

    Drawings: Carroll Dunham

    Jul 27, 2014–Feb 15, 2015

    Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades.


  • Matisse and Friends

    Matisse and Friends

    Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art
    Oct 12, 2014–Feb 8, 2015

    Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque, and Kees van Dongen. More

  • Photography & Vision: The Influence of Joyce and Ted Strauss

    Photography & Vision: The Influence of Joyce and Ted Strauss

    Jun 8, 2014–Feb 4, 2015

    Joyce and Ted Strauss transformed the museum’s photography collection through their involvement as patrons, collectors, curators, and passionate advocates for the medium. As collectors, Joyce and Ted cast a wide net that encompassed early masterworks as well as experimental photographs by emerging artists. Even as they focused on contemporary art, they continued to acquire important twentieth century photographs with a strong historic or conceptual relationship to more recent work. More

  • Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives

    Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives

    Dec 15, 2013–Jan 18, 2015

    The environment, literacy, peace, and equality are just a few of the subjects that designers tackle in Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives. With a touch of humor or with straightforward solemnity, the 33 posters in this exhibition demonstrate the inventive techniques designers use to provoke action. More

  • Oliver Herring: Recent Acquisitions

    Oliver Herring: Recent Acquisitions

    Jun 1, 2014–Jan 4, 2015

    German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than 10 years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures, such as Castle and Doublerocker, both were on display in Material World. But he could use a camera. Herring has continued making videos since then, focusing increasingly on the people who participate in them. He has invited friends and strangers to improvise scenarios he contrives. More

  • Material World

    Material World

    May 19, 2013–Jan 4, 2015

    From recycled plastics and bound clothing to woven silks and charred tree limbs, Material World illustrates the wide range of materials and techniques used by contemporary artists. More

  • Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art

    Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art

    May 19, 2013–Nov 16, 2014

    Drawing from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive Spanish colonial art collection, Fashion Fusion looks at the influence textile motif’s have had on other artistic mediums.

    Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works

    Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works

    Jun 22, 2014–Nov 2, 2014

    “Upon first glance, viewers might think Daniel’s works are photographs because of their stunningly realistic elements. However, the longer we look at one of his paintings, the more we become aware that they are anything but a part of our world. We encounter Sprick’s paintings not so much as statements, but more as experiences, whereby we engage deeply with his creativity.”

    - Timothy J. Standring, exhibition curator and Gates Foundation Curator at the DAM More

  • Herbert Bayer: Berlin Graphics 1928–1938

    Herbert Bayer: Berlin Graphics 1928–1938

    Nov 10, 2013–Oct 19, 2014

    Herbert Bayer spent an artistically fruitful decade in Berlin following his tenure at the Bauhaus. His graphic designs of the time are characterized by inventive integration of typography, photomontage, and graphics. Born of Bayer’s multidisciplinary method, these designs appear fresh, even today. More

  • At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

    At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

    Jul 6, 2014–Sep 21, 2014

    These prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by Japanese printmakers during a 100-year period. The variety of styles reflects the changing appearance of Japan as it embraced modern technology but continued to respect its cultural past. Though woodblock printing has been around for centuries, in the twentieth century, artists played with new subjects and topics that were relevant to a contemporary audience. More

  • Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective

    Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective

    Jul 13, 2014–Sep 14, 2014

    “[One of] 15 international summer art exhibitions you should definitely see.” The Huffington Post

    "This show promises to be one of the greatest art events of the summer." Michael Paglia, art ltd. magazine

    Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective features the work of painter Tom Wesselmann, who is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of American pop art. More

  • Summer is...

    Summer is...

    Jun 17, 2014–Sep 7, 2014

    Summer is… brings the allure of a Colorado summer staple—campfires—to downtown Denver. Made from beetle-kill pine, recycled camping rope, and other recycled materials, these urban campfires offer the perfect place for rest and relaxation. Visitor-submitted story tags create a canopy of leaves, making Martin Plaza a great spot to enjoy the season.

    Story tags and pens are provided on the plaza. More

  • Summer in 3-D

    Summer in 3-D

    May 30, 2014–Aug 31, 2014

    From pop art and paintings to bronze sculptures and hands-on fun, there’s something for everyone this summer. More

  • The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925

    The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925

    May 11, 2014–Aug 31, 2014

    The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, showcases sculptures by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, Paul Manship, and more than 20 other artists. More

  • Verano en 3-D

    Verano en 3-D

    May 30, 2014–Aug 31, 2014

    Mayo 30, 2014 – Agosto 31, 2014

    En todo el complejo del museo — Incluido con la admisión general

    Desde las pinturas pop hasta las esculturas en bronce y divertidas manualidades, hay algo para todos este verano. More

  • The Roath Collection

    The Roath Collection

    Dec 23, 2011–Jul 27, 2014

    The Roath Collection includes more than 100 works ranging in date from the 1870s to the 1970s with a focus on art of the American Southwest. With iconic works from nearly every artist associated with the Taos Society of Artists, this collection is one of the best groups of Western American art in private hands. The collection also includes major works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington and Henry Farny, to name a few. The museum has selected 65 works that will be displayed in the permanent galleries for Western American art. More

  • Epic: Joseph Stashkevetch Drawings

    Epic: Joseph Stashkevetch Drawings

    Nov 17, 2013–Jul 13, 2014

    Epic in size, epic in content, Joseph Stashkevetch’s drawings assault one’s senses by their obsessive detail, incredible size, and links to civilizations past and present. The disintegrating towers in Ask the Dust might poke our recognition of a past life where civilization thrived, but look again and we might see it as an imaginary place influenced by an amalgamation of former cultures. In the seven lifelike drawings that comprise this exhibition, the artist critiques the questionable conclusion that modern times are an improvement from the past. More

  • Modern Masters

    Modern Masters

    20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
    Mar 2, 2014–Jun 8, 2014

    “These are some of the most important works of art to have ever been shown in Colorado. Do not miss this show.” – Michael Paglia, Westword More

  • Rebranded


    Polish Film Posters for the American Western
    Feb 16, 2014–Jun 1, 2014

    Shane, The Misfits, Tom Horn, and Oklahoma! The DAM shows how these movies and other iconic westerns were reinterpreted by Polish artists in Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western. More