TAG: modern and contemporary art

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

Martin Maloney, Over Exposed, 1999. Oil paint on canvas.


Contemporary Artists Speak Out
On View through May 14, 2017

British artist Damien Hirst famously said, “Art survives through its effect on others.” As a leader in the contemporary art world, he, like his peers, considers making art a way to convey ideas about culture, human relationships, the environment, and politics. More

Robert Therrien, No title (cloud with halo), 2000. Ink and graphite on paper.

Robert Therrien

The Power of the Image
Feb 21, 2016–Aug 7, 2016

Robert Therrien takes familiar or mundane symbols and disconnects them from their expected contexts. These images become abstract forms floating in space, forcing viewers to re-orient their preconceived notions of symbols and their meanings. More

Christian Rex van Minnen’s VOC Jellyfish Fry (2015)

Mindful Looking

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 1:00pm1:45pm.

Come explore the surreal with interpretive specialist Molly Medakovich as she delves into the elements and features of Christian Rex van Minnen’s VOC Jellyfish Fry (2014). More

Beverly Fishman, Untitled ( Depression), 2015. Urethane paint on wood.

Logan Lecture: Beverly Fishman

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:00pm7:30pm.

For more than two decades, Beverly Fishman has explored the relationship between the body and medicine by mixing optical patterns and vibrant colors with representational elements taken from pharmaceutical and scientific imaging systems in her largely abstract work More

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Referee, 2014. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas.

Logan Lecture: Trenton Doyle Hancock

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:00pm7:30pm.

Trenton Doyle Hancock is known for his candy-colored prints, drawings, collaged paintings and site-specific installations. Influenced by the history of painting as well as the pulp imagery of pop-culture, Hancock understands that formal considerations—such as the use of color, texture, text and pattern—are opportunities to create new characters, develop narrative sub-plots and convey symbolic meaning. More

Petah Coyne, Untitled 735, 1992. Gelatin silver print.

Logan Lecture: Petah Coyne

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:00pm7:30pm.

Petah Coyne’s sculptures convey tension between vulnerability and aggression, innocence and seduction, beauty and decadence, and, ultimately, life and death. Existing between the boundaries of figuration and abstraction, they incorporate unconventional materials such as tree roots, sand, human hair, scrap metal, silk flowers, Velcro, religious statuary, and taxidermy. More

Drop-In Drawing: Composition & Concept

Drop-In Drawing: Composition & Concept

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 1:00pm3:00pm.

Take inspiration from the modern & contemporary art collection to create a dynamic composition through a scavenger hunt drawing exercise. More

Drop-In Writing: The Real Person

Drop-In Writing: The Real Person

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 1:00pm3:00pm.

We’ll take our cue from the Super Indian exhibition to explore concepts of character and persona, and how what we sometimes think—and see—isn’t always the whole story. More

Fritz Scholder, American Portrait with One Eye (detail), 1975.

Conversation with Curator: Fritz Scholder’s Indian Series

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:00pm4:45pm.

Come experience the sometimes shocking, sometimes controversial, and always colorful, works of Fritz Scholder with associate curator John Lukavic. More

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.

Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More

Conserving the Denver Art Museum's Cow and Calf Re-Patination and Waxing

Conserving the Denver Art Museum's Cow and Calf Re-Patination and Waxing

Scottish Angus Cow and Calf—the larger-than-life bronze sculptures by artist Dan Ostermiller—need cleaning and other treatments, including re-patination and waxing, due to the constant physical interaction they receive from the public. More

Kenneth Josephson, Polapans, 1973. Gelatin silver print.

Kenneth Josephson

Encounters with the Universe
Oct 11, 2015–May 8, 2016

An early and influential conceptual photographer, Kenneth Josephson makes photographs of found and constructed visual puzzles that demonstrate his alert and often humorous way of encountering the world at large. More

Scott Hocking, Hephaestus and the Garden of the Gods, Snow (2010).

Logan Lecture: Scott Hocking

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 6:00pm7:30pm.

Scott Hocking creates site-specific installations, using materials found in urban prairies and abandoned architecture, and then photographs his efforts. A native of Detroit, Hocking documents change and transformation caused by forces of nature or man. His interventions reveal often-forgotten histories of place and imbue them mythic importance. More

Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959

Women of Abstract Expressionism

On View through September 25, 2016

This groundbreaking exhibition celebrates the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth-century art movement. More than 50 major paintings are on view by artists Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher. More

Gallery Tour of Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980
Event: Tours

Gallery Tour of Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm8:00pm.

Join curator John Lukavic and curatorial assistant Eric Berkemeyer for an inside look at these paintings and Scholder’s lithographic process. More

River of Fundament: A Film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler

Matthew Barney Film Comes to Denver

NOTE: Use promo code RIVER3 for $3 off the general admission price. More

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

A Video Installation by Kutluğ Ataman
Jul 19, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read (2002) is a four-screen video installation filmed over the course of a year, which centers around the remarkable life of Veronica Read, an Englishwoman with a special passion for Hippeastrum, commonly known as amaryllis.

With over 900 Hippeastrum bulbs in her two-bedroom house, Veronica Read's obsession with these flowers is all consuming. Masquerading as a documentary about the Hippeastrum flower bulb, the work is actually a portrait of a woman wholly devoted to the care of these bulbs, which contain the hope of flowering only once a year. More

Virgil Ortiz Blends Ceramics & Graphics in Futuristic Exhibition at the DAM

Virgil Ortiz Blends Ceramics & Graphics in Futuristic Exhibition at the DAM

Are you ready to see something new and exciting? Immerse yourself in a world imagined by Virgil Ortiz. More

Ben Jackel’s Sculptures Command Attention in New Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

Ben Jackel’s Sculptures Command Attention in New Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

Colorado native Ben Jackel’s behemoth sculpture Pay Attention (in photo above and on view at the Denver Art Museum in Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions) demands viewers’ attention with its giant silhouette. More