Press Releases


One of the Denver Art Museum's (DAM) longest-running events, the 24th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration on September 7 explores the vitality of American Indian cultures. Gourd dancing will begin at 10 a.m.

with the powwow grand entry at noon.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that Denver collector Henry Roath has pledged to give the museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art (PIWAA) his collection of approximately 50 artworks by masters of the American West including Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington and Ernest L. Blumenschein. Considered one of the best private collections of western American art in the country, the Roath collection focuses on art of the American Southwest with a strength in works from members of the Taos Society of Artists.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) announced today the presentation of the exhibition Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, March 2–June 8, 2014, at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition brings together approximately 50 iconic artworks by more than 40 influential artists from the late 19th century to the present. Curated by Dean Sobel, director of CSM, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in the country.


On view at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) through September 29, Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s traces the development of Rothko's work during the most critical decade of his career. Drawn primarily from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.—the largest repository of Rothko's work anywhere in the world—the exhibition includes many rarely seen paintings, drawings and watercolors.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will host the exhibition Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation, October 6, 2013–January 20, 2014. The exhibition will feature 15 of Moran’s chromolithographs, multi-color prints, of Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountain region made for wide distribution to the public in an 1876 portfolio. Best known for his monumental landscapes, Moran created work that stirred the public’s fascination with the American West during the 19th century. Moran’s chromolithographs brought some of the first images of the West to a large American audience.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will celebrate the past, present and future of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art by honoring Jim Wallace, Tom Petrie and Henry Roath at its 33rd annual Collectors’ Choice fundraising gala on December 5, 2013. The glamorous affair is one of the museum’s largest fundraisers. This year’s funds will help support future acquisitions for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art.


Please note: The Denver Art Museum will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

(Denver, Colo.) June 25, 2013 —Taking visitors on a journey through the artist’s imagination, Nick Cave: Sojourn features approximately 40 new artworks including 24 new Soundsuits. Cave’s multi-sensory, immersive installation will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound and movement.


Contemporary artist Nick Cave will transform the Civic Center Cultural Complex with a specially choreographed performance on July 19 at 8 p.m. Part of the City of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas celebration and in connection with Cave’s exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, HEARD•DAM will feature local performers, life-sized horse Soundsuits, music and movement in an electrifying and inspiring performance. Admission is free.


To celebrate the opening of Nick Cave: Sojourn, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will present a community performance of epic proportions at Untitled #58 (Getup) on June 28. Cave’s Soundsuits are like sculptures for the human body, meticulously constructed of found objects such as buttons, twigs, stuffed animals and wigs. Cave, who trained professionally with Alvin Ailey, activates the Soundsuits through the movements of dance.


Spun: Adventures in Textiles, the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) newest exhibition, is on view through September 22. At the heart of Spuna wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo blankets to an examination of how contemporary artists are working with fabricis the museum’s new textile art galleries, debuting with the inaugural show Cover Story.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will break ground on a new staff office building in April 2013. The new 50,000-square foot structure will be located immediately west of the museum's Hamilton Building and directly south of the Clyfford Still Museum on property owned by the DAM that currently serves as a staff parking lot. Presently, more than 100 museum employees, including administration, curators and other staff, are housed in office space five blocks away at 14th Street and Tremont.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo blankets to an examination of how contemporary artists are working with fabric in Spun: Adventures in Textile, on view May 19 through September 22. The museum’s newly opened and renovated textile art galleries, debuting with the inaugural show Cover Story, are at the heart of this campus-wide event.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today a $1.75 million gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will continue the transformation of the museum’s textile art department. A grant of $1.5 million in the form of a challenge to be matched one-to-one within three years will help establish a $3 million endowment to support a full-time textile conservator. In addition to the endowed position, the grant will provide $250,000 for a fellowship in textile conservation.


Don't miss Denver's premier event for wine lovers—the 13th annual DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting on April 12. The DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting, presented by Applejack Wine & Spirits, is a festive evening for anyone who savors and appreciates wine. Enjoy more than 300 wines from vintners around the world, helpful tasting guides and delicious hors d’oeuvres at this annual fundraising event.Tickets are $90 for museum members, $125 for nonmembers and $45 for designated drivers. First Taste tickets are available for an additional $35 per person.


WHAT: 12th Annual Día del Niño (Day of the Child) celebration

WHERE: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.

WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 2013 11 a.m.–4 p.m.