Past Exhibitions

  • Nick Cave: Second Skin
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    Nick Cave: Second Skin

    Jun 9, 2013–Apr 27, 2014

    In conjunction with Nick Cave: Sojourn, contemporary artist Nick Cave transformed Precourt Discovery Hall into a whimsical, interactive environment for family visitors. Come play and watch as Cave’s Soundsuits spring to life through movement and dance. Then decorate the figures in the installation with colorful felt shapes and animals to complete the artist’s imaginative creations.

    Second Skin is included with general admission. More

  • Cover Story
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    Cover Story

    May 19, 2013–Apr 27, 2014

    Featured in the inaugural show for the new textile art galleries, the objects in Cover Story mirror the diverse geographical areas and range of textiles found in the Denver Art Museum's permanent collection. More

  • Nature as Muse
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    Nature as Muse

    Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum
    Feb 12, 2014–Mar 23, 2014

    Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum was part of the exhibition Passport to Paris. It features the Impressionist masterworks that Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. More

  • Focus: Robert Motherwell
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    Focus: Robert Motherwell

    Sep 30, 2011–Mar 9, 2014

    To coincide with the opening of the much-anticipated Clyfford Still Museum, the department of modern and contemporary art will present a selection of paintings and drawings from its collection of some 20 works by abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell. This extraordinary collection spans the artist’s career from 1944 to 1990 and includes masterpieces such as the artist’s last Elegy to the Spanish Republic.

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  • Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection
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    Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection

    Oct 27, 2013–Feb 9, 2014

    Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection is part of the exhibition Passport to Paris.

    Inspired by the drawings cabinets of gentlemen and connoisseurs, this exhibition will offer a space where visitors can get close to artworks, the intimate nature of which invites contemplation and close-up viewing. Curator Angelica Daneo notes the special immediacy of a work-on-paper where little separates the viewer from the direct hand of the artist. More

  • Passport to Paris
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    Passport to Paris

    Oct 27, 2013–Feb 9, 2014

    Update: Passport to Paris is sold out. Nature as Muse, the Impressionist landscapes exhibition that is part of Passport to Paris, will reopen at general admission pricing Feb. 12–March 23. Thank you for your interest! More

  • Court to Café
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    Court to Café

    Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum
    Oct 27, 2013–Feb 9, 2014

    Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum is part of the exhibition Passport to Paris.

    It features 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Masters such as Nicolas Poussin, François Boucher, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Claude Monet will be among those represented. More

  • Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation
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    Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation

    Sep 27, 2013–Jan 19, 2014

    Fifteen of Thomas Moran’s chromolithographs (multicolor prints) as well as watercolors, drawings, and oil paintings will be on view at the DAM in an exhibition titled Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation. More

  • Cuppetelli & Mendoza: Transposition
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    Cuppetelli & Mendoza: Transposition

    May 19, 2013–Dec 1, 2013

    A collaboration between artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, Cuppetelli and Mendoza: Transposition is a site-specific installation that explores the intersection between traditional craft and digital technology. The artwork consists of elastic ropes that are illuminated by software driven video projections. More

  • Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag
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    Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag

    May 19, 2013–Nov 3, 2013

    This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view original works on paper alongside Czech-born Jacqueline Groag's lively, bold designs for furnishing textiles, dress fabrics, laminates and other decorative surfaces. More

  • Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012
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    Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012

    May 19, 2013–Nov 3, 2013

    A selection of more than 30 drawings and sculptures by Denver-based artist Bruce Price will be featured in our works-on-paper gallery. More

  • Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander & Seydou Keïta
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    Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander & Seydou Keïta

    May 19, 2013–Oct 27, 2013

    This exhibition will feature the work of two twentieth-century photographers, August Sander and Seydou Keïta, whose work documented transformations in their respective countries through portraiture of everyday citizens. More

  • Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years
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    Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years

    Feb 11, 2012–Oct 27, 2013

    Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years is the first in a chronological series of exhibitions that trace Bayer’s development from his earliest days in Austria through his years in the United States. Bayer was first a student and later a master (teacher) at the Bauhaus, generally regarded as the most important school of art and design of the 20th century. In Colorado, Bayer is best known as the designer of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, where he was able to apply the Bauhaus concept of “total design” across the Institute campus. More

  • Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia
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    Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia

    May 19, 2013–Oct 20, 2013

    The use of resist-dye techniques is found in many Asian countries. This exhibition highlights eye-dazzling textiles from various cultural traditions, including weavings from Uzbekistan and Japan. Several of the garments in the exhibition are made with ikat—fabrics with patterns created by dyeing the threads before they are woven into cloth.

    Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Figure to Field
    Exhibition

    Figure to Field

    Mark Rothko in the 1940s
    Jun 23, 2013–Sep 29, 2013

    “An enormously satisfying exhibition of early Mark Rothko works … gives viewers an opportunity to hone their powers of observation. Following the artist through a decade of activity, we get to see that his apparently radical shift from suggestively figurative to purely abstract art may not be so extreme after all.” – Tom L. Freudenheim, The Wall Street Journal (about the exhibition when it was at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio) More

  • Spun: Adventures in Textiles
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    Spun: Adventures in Textiles

    May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    The Denver Art Museum takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography in the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Nick Cave: Sojourn
    Exhibition

    Nick Cave: Sojourn

    Jun 9, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    “Artist Nick Cave’s gorgeous creations are a must-see at the DAM....” – Michael Paglia, Westword

    Sojourn will delight audiences of all ages with its sophisticated blend of color and whimsy." – Westword

    Nick Cave: Sojourn is a multisensory experience unlike any other.... Cave’s imagination is a whimsical, talented land that begs you to immerse yourself.”– Daliah Singer, 5280 More

  • Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype
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    Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype

    May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    Western Duds explores the importance of textiles in the colorful history of the American West. The exhibition highlights four paintings paired with the uniquely western textiles they portray and celebrates western clothing and accessories as sources of artistic inspiration.

    Western Duds is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • A Moment in Time: Here
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    A Moment in Time: Here

    Feb 10, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    Denver-based painter Rick Dula, who photographed the Hamilton Building throughout its construction, created hyper-realist painting A Moment in Time: Here in 2009. It appears to peel back the interior walls of the building to expose its steel girders and underpinnings, and reveals the angular skeleton of the structure, which opened in 2006.

    Popular with museum members and volunteers, the artwork originally was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace!

    See Dula and his team create the artwork on-site in the 10-minute timelapse video below. More

  • Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870
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    Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870

    May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    While Navajo artists have been creating eye catching textiles since the late 1600s, the middle of the 1800s saw an explosion of color & design elaboration. This exhibition will present about 50 of the greatest examples of Navajo design expression.

    Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870 is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Rocky Mountain Majesty
    Exhibition

    Rocky Mountain Majesty

    The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams
    Dec 16, 2012–Sep 8, 2013

    Charles Partridge Adams was a Colorado landscape painter active during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams marks the first time that Adams’ paintings will be displayed together at a major art museum; and the Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for this important exhibition that highlights his greatest paintings of Colorado. More