Press Releases


This exhibition and events calendar is current as of July 2012. Please confirm dates and titles with the Museum’s Communications Office before publication at 720-913-0000 or, as information provided here is subject to change. Contact the Communications Office for more information, images or exhibition sponsor information.


Tickets for the highly anticipated Becoming Van Gogh will go on sale to the public on August 15. Museum members will be able to purchase timed and dated tickets starting August 1. An in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, Becoming Van Gogh examines critical steps in the largely self-taught artist’s evolution through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works by artists to whom he responded.


The exclusive North American showing of Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective is almost over. July 8 is the final day to see the stunning collection of more than 200 of Saint Laurent’s iconic haute couture outfits.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will honor long-time museum trustee and local businessman Charlie Gallagher at its 32nd annual Collectors’ Choice fundraising gala on November 29, 2012. The glamorous affair is one of the museum’s largest fundraisers. This year funds will help support the DAM’s dynamic exhibition schedule and ongoing education programs.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) invites the community to participate in an inspired design challenge by creating a solution to a design issue in their neighborhood and bringing it to the museum for display. The museum will put the designs on view in Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge, opening August 4, 2012, in the Anschutz Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building. Are you up to the task?


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that the 10-year career survey of renowned contemporary artist Dana Schutz will be exhibited at the museum November 11, 2012, through January 13, 2013. One of the most influential young artists to emerge in the past decade, Schutz is recognized for her voracious imagination, strong subject matter and vibrant color palette. Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels will be on view in the Gallagher Family Gallery and included with general museum admission. Schutz will also give a Logan Lecture on November 7, 2012, at the DAM.


Due to high demand, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is expanding the hours of Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective during the final 10 days of the show; the museum also will be open on July 4. Guests can explore the sweeping fashion retrospective until 9 p.m. most nights. See below for the entire schedule. Visitors from near and far have enjoyed the dazzling overview of the fashion icon’s 40 years of creativity.


The Denver Art Museum (DAM) and Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) have teamed up around the powers of art—its ability to lift spirits, build confidence and create moments of family connections. This new partnership, rooted in the idea that art benefits the whole person, will include creative opportunities at both Children’s Colorado and the Denver Art Museum.


To celebrate summer for families at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), on June 2 the museum combines Free First Saturday with Fresh and New Family Day to kick off even more innovative programming. The museum will introduce a newly-designed Family Activity Cart featuring our popular Backpacks and Art Tubes thanks to its partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado. Upcoming Backpacks to launch later in the summer will focus on the museum’s Asian art collection and Mexican colonial art collection. From June 2 through August 26, the Family Activity Cart will be available daily.


Nick Cave, Speak Louder, 2011. Mixed media. James Prinz Photography, Chicago.


El Anatsui, Sacred Moon, 2007. Aluminum and copper wire; 103 x 141 in.


Theodore Waddell, Alder Angus #2, 1991. Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist.
Theodore Waddell arrived in New York in the early 1960s, only a short decade after abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Clyfford Still dominated the art world.


Experience the unique offerings from Colorado’s ever-growing design community this summer in the DAM's Design Lab: Three Studios featuring DoubleButter, MATTER and tres birds workshop. Utilizing inventive approaches to architecture and design, the installations in this exhibition challenge the rules of traditional design practices and illuminate the process of constructing an object, a space or the components of information. Design Lab is on view July 27 through September 2, 2012.


En asociación con el Consulado General de México en Denver y el Centro Cultural Mexicano, cinco de las instituciones culturales más importantes de Denver colaboran para presentar GRATIS la celebración del Día del Niño de las 12 del mediodía a las 4 p.m. el 29 de abril.

La casa museo Byers-Evans, el Clyfford Still Museum, el Denver Art Museum, la Denver Public Library y el History Colorado Center ofrecerán una variedad de actividades ideales para toda la familia, incluyendo presentaciones de música y danza en vivo. El evento incluye admisión general gratuita para menores de 12 años de edad en el nuevo History Colorado Center y admisión general GRATUITA a los visitantes de todas las edades en las otras cuatro instituciones participantes.


In partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center, five of Denver’s premier cultural institutions are collaborating to host FREE Día del Niño (Day of the Child) celebrations from noon to 4 p.m. on April 29. The Byers-Evans House Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library and the History Colorado Center will offer a variety of family friendly activities including live music and dance performances. The event includes FREE general admission for children 12 and younger at the new History Colorado Center and FREE general admission to all visitors at the other four institutions.