TAG: American Indian art

Sac & Fox Powwow, 2012. Courtesy Clyde Ellis.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Get Up and Dance: The History of the Modern Powwow

with Clyde Ellis, Ph.D.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

Have you ever wondered about the origins and development of American Indian powwows? Dig deeper into aspects of American Indian dance with this talk by Professor Clyde Ellis. Drawn from his research among Southern Plains communities, he will explore the spirit of this unique cultural phenomenon which Ellis thinks is captured in the words of Kiowa singer Leonard Cozad, Sr.: “This is a good way! Get up and dance.” More

Still from Fang: An Epic Journey, by Susan Vogel
Event: Lectures & Programs

Idol Becomes Art: African Art and the West

with Susan Vogel, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

Join acclaimed African art scholar and filmmaker Susan Vogel for a screening of her short film Fang: An Epic Journey. The film follows the circuitous path a single Fang sculpture might have traveled from the time it was collected in West Africa until it finally arrives in an American museum collection. Following the screening, Vogel will explore the history of the African art trade in the West and the changing perceptions and reception of African art in Europe and the United States. More

Students learning about American Indian Art on a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip

American Indian

Grades 1–6

Through the DAM’s diverse American Indian art collection, students explore the role of artists, and gain understanding of American Indian history and culture.

Marie Watt, Blanket Story
Event: Lectures & Programs

Marie Watt

In Conversation with Artist and Oral Historian James McElhinney
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

This event will feature artist Marie Watt in conversation with oral historian James McElhinney. Watt draws from history, biography, protofeminism, and Indigenous principles, and uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative: in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron. More

Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer, 1995. Acrylic paint on canvas.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Drop-In Drawing: Drawing in Motion

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 1:00pm3:00pm.

Using Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion as inspiration, we will draw the art of human movement. More

Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer, 1995. Acrylic paint on canvas.
Event: Access

Art & About Tour

Brush Dancing
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. In July, we'll explore how artists display movement, rhythm and sound in their artwork. More

Denver Art Museum Awarded $2.25 Million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant to Endow Native Arts Curator and Curatorial Fellowship

Roxanne Swentzell, Santa Clara, Mud Woman Rolls On, 2011
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Tactile Tables: American Indian collection

Occurs every day through June 11, 2016. Next Occurs on

Get hands on with art! This June Tactile Tables will feature objects from the American Indian and Northwest Coast galleries. More

Museum curator Nancy Blomberg consulting on an exhibition installation.
Blog: Art Museum Careers

Museum Career—Curator

Hear how curator Nancy Blomberg collaborates with departments across the museum to build remarkable collections and curate stunning exhibitions. More