Showing Off

Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions
May 17, 2015–Apr 3, 2016

Man viewing Ben Jackel's Pay Attention, 2012. Pine wood and graphite; 162 x 64 x 11 in. (411.5 x 162.6 x 27.9 cm). Promised gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Ben Jackel. Photograph courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

Eric Fischl, Pretty Ladies

Eric Fischl, Pretty Ladies, 1986. Oil paint on canvas. Gift of Susan and Larry Marx in memory of Harley Baldwin, 2011. Denver Art Museum. © Eric Fischl.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013. Mixed media. Purchased with M & C Acquisition Funds and the Support of Vicki and Kent Logan, 2013. Denver Art Museum. © Nick Cave.

Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X, Sun, Frederick Douglass, Boy with Bubbles (version 3) #1

Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X, Sun, Frederick Douglass, Boy with Bubbles (version 3) #1, 2000. Silkscreen and Flasche paint on canvas. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.777. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Glenn Ligon.


Closed: May 17, 2015–Apr 3, 2016
Hamilton Building - Level 4
Included in general admission

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.

Things to Do

  • Melanie Yazzie, My Quilt

    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

News & Stories

  • Gallery view of Revolt 16180/2180 by Virgil Ortiz

    Exhibitions Closing in April & May 2016

    This is your last chance to see eight Denver Art Museum exhibitions (included with general admission, free for members). More

  • Q&A with Artist Leonardo Drew

    Q&A with Artist Leonardo Drew

    Read our conversation with Leonardo Drew and see his work in Showing Off through April 3. More

  • Velocity jar by Virgil Ortiz

    Blending Cochiti Tradition & Sci-Fi—Q&A with Artist Virgil Ortiz

    Learn about the artist's inspirations (Star Wars, for one) and approaches to artmaking for his exciting exhibition now on view. More

  • African American Artists Featured in Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

    African American Artists Featured in Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

    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

Related Exhibitions

  • Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz

    Revolt 1680/2180

    Virgil Ortiz
    May 17, 2015–Apr 24, 2016

    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