Gifts, promised gifts, and works that the museum purchased over the last seven years are the focus of this rotation in the modern and contemporary galleries.
The collection is the principal artery of a museum. It’s here where the idea for the next big show might be sparked, where artists and amateurs alike find their inspiration and a museum shapes its identity. Especially in modern and contemporary art, a continuous and strategically growing collection becomes the showcase of our time. It reflects who and where we are now and tells future generations about us.
Showing Off highlights, among others, works by Nick Cave, James Drake, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Al Held, Ben Jackel, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Agnes Martin, John McEnroe, Amy Metier, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Shinique Smith, Stacey Steers, Mark Wallinger.
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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
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This is your last chance to see eight Denver Art Museum exhibitions (included with general admission, free for members). More
Read our conversation with Leonardo Drew and see his work in Showing Off through April 3. More
Learn about the artist's inspirations (Star Wars, for one) and approaches to artmaking for his exciting exhibition now on view. More
Today is Juneteenth. In honor of this historic holiday, we thought we’d note some of the artworks now on view at the Denver Art Museum in Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions. This exhibition features several works by highly acclaimed African American artists such as Shinique Smith, Nick Cave, Kerry James Marshall, Leonardo Drew, Glen Ligon, and Robert Arneson. More
Virgil Ortiz, a renowned artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz’s graphic murals, this exhibition features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. More