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Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM
Blog: Behind the Scenes

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

Kenneth Josephson, Polapans, 1973. Gelatin silver print.
Exhibition

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).
Event: Lectures & Programs

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
Exhibition

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Jun 12, 2016–Sep 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

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read
Exhibition

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

Gunther Gerzso
Exhibition

Gunther Gerzso

A Mexican Master
Jun 25, 2015–Jan 3, 2016

In partnership with Museo de las Americas, we celebrate the Mexican modernist master Gunther Gerzso (1915−2000). The exhibition highlights some of the artist's extraordinary paintings from 1960−1981. More

Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974
Exhibition

Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974

New York and Aspen Paintings
On View through April 16, 2017

Celebrated for his multidisciplinary approach to art and design, Herbert Bayer called painting "the continuous link connecting all the facets of my work." The paintings presented in the exhibition give us a window into the personal side of this versatile artist. More

Christian Marclay's Telephones Video Ringing at the Denver Art Museum
Blog: Don't Miss

Christian Marclay's Telephones Video Ringing at the Denver Art Museum

Ringing telephones beckon museum visitors who reach level 4 of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building. Though tucked around a wall, Christian Marclay’s video Telephones (1995), one of our recent modern and contemporary acquisitions, is nearly impossible to miss because of the familiar sounds it emits. More

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

River of Fundament

A Film by Matthew Barney & Jonathan Bepler
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 5:30pm11:30pm.

River of Fundament combines narrative cinema with elements of sculpture, non-traditional opera, and performance. The three-act film is the culmination of seven years of collaboration between artist Matthew Barney and alternative composer Jonathan Bepler, loosely based on Norman Mailer's 1983 novel Ancient Evenings. Set in pre-Christian Egypt, Mailer's novel elaborately chronicles the seven stages in Egyptian mythology of the soul's departure from the body as it passes from death to rebirth. More

The Conservation of Linda's Modern Materials 
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The Conservation of Linda's Modern Materials 

How Did John DeAndrea Achieve Such Lifelike Qualities?

The highly realistic sculpture Linda by Colorado artist John DeAndrea has been a visitor favorite at the Denver Art Museum since it became a part of the collection in 1984. Linda is also an important work of contemporary art in which DeAndrea made innovative use of a material that was fairly new to art at the time: plastic. This is why Linda is of such interest to us in the museum’s conservation department. More

A Closer Look: Gallery Conversations (May 14)
Event: Tours

A Closer Look: Gallery Conversations (May 14)

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 2:00pm3:00pm.

Slow down and spend time with a single work of art in the DAM galleries. Join us in discovering overlooked details, exploring ideas, and making connections as we linger, look, and discuss.

There will be four gallery conversations this spring and summer. We are experimenting with our programs and invite you to come and try out this new offering. More

Gallery Conversations (June 18)
Event: Tours

Gallery Conversations (June 18)

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2:00pm3:00pm.

Slow down and spend time with a single work of art in the DAM galleries. Join us in discovering overlooked details, exploring ideas, and making connections as we linger, look, and discuss.

There will be four gallery conversations this spring and summer. We are experimenting with our programs and invite you to come and try out this new offering. More

Mark Wallinger
Exhibition

Mark Wallinger

Angel
Feb 15, 2015–Jan 3, 2016

Angel is a video that explores the theme of religion and features Wallinger playing Blind Faith, his sightless alter ego. The artist is seen repeatedly reciting—backwards—the first five verses of St. John's Gospel from the King James version of the Bible. The spectator is asked to consider religious belief in a realm beyond the visible. More

Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz
Exhibition

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