TAG: modern and contemporary art

Gunther Gerzso
Exhibition

Gunther Gerzso

A Mexican Master
Closed on 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

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

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 

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
Closed on 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
Closed on 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

Curators from the DAM & Reina Sofía Introduce Miró's Paintings & Sculptures at Preview

Curators from the DAM & Reina Sofía Introduce Miró's Paintings & Sculptures at Preview

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to remain vital and creative well into old age, look no further than Spanish artist Joan Miró. The new exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination (opening March 22), celebrates the works he created during the last 20 years of his life. More

Denver Art Museum Preps for Joan Miró Exhibition

Denver Art Museum Preps for Joan Miró Exhibition

Joan Miró once said "I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means." The Denver Art Museum exhibition team wanted to achieve something similar with Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination—to create a gallery space that allows the Spanish artist's paintings and sculptures to have maximum impact. More

Showing Off
Exhibition

Showing Off

Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions
Closed on Apr 3, 2016

Gifts, promised gifts, and works that the museum purchased over the last seven years are the focus of this rotation in the modern and contemporary galleries. Showing Off highlights, among others, works by Nick Cave, James Drake, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Al Held, Ben Jackel, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Agnes Martin, John McEnroe, Amy Metier, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Shinique Smith, Stacey Steers, Mark Wallinger. More

Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures
Exhibition

Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures

Closed on Jun 21, 2015

A visitor favorite since her first appearance in 1984, Linda, is returning to the DAM after a long hiatus. Last on display at the DAM in 2009, Linda has since been kept in darkened, climate-controlled storage to ensure her preservation.

This exhibition also features two other sculptures by John DeAndrea, Clothed Artist and Model, and Nude with Black Drape. The latter is a newly completed work. More

Denver Monoliths: Did You Know an 80-Something Sculptor Created it?

Denver Monoliths: Did You Know an 80-Something Sculptor Created it?

It’s hard to miss these two looming figures at the Denver Art Museum. What else not to miss: Its sculptor, Beverly Pepper, was in her 80s when she completed. More

Gail Folwell at the Denver Art Museum with a sculpture she created, In the Peloton.

10 Things That Make an Athletic Artist Tick—Q&A with Gail Folwell

She can be seen climbing around her taller-than-most-of-us sculptures barefoot and pedaling up Tour de France mountains in France. Artist Gail Folwell is on the move, like the subjects in her work. More

Exhibition Catalog Signing by Artist Daniel Sprick

Exhibition Catalog Signing by Artist Daniel Sprick

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00am11:00am.

Colorado artist Daniel Sprick will be in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum to sign the catalog that accompanies his solo exhibition, Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Works. More

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination
Exhibition

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination

Closed on Jun 28, 2015

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination focuses on artworks the Spanish artist created during the last two decades of his career (1963-1981). Joan Miró's (pronounced Jwan mr-OH) imagination and creativity extended well into his old age. Later in life, he continued the inventive forms for which he is known and began exploring new materials, including bronze. This exhibition features bronze sculptures–including Woman and Bird (Femme et oiseau)–which have rarely been seen outside of Europe. More

Logan Lecture: Judy Pfaff

Logan Lecture: Judy Pfaff

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm8:30pm.

To construct perplexing environments and whimsical sculptures, Judy Pfaff employs myriad materials, such as wire, torn paper, coffee filters, flowers, transparent cord, steel, string, origami objects, Tibetan ledger paper, aluminum foil, fiberglass, plaster, file folders, burned paper, twigs, leaves and fluorescent tubes. In contrast to the materiality of her work and the intrigue of the uncommon elements she uses, she has said, “emotion is my only true sign.” Pfaff has been the subject of an Art 21 program and a recipient of the MacArthur (so-called “genius”) Grant. More

Logan Lecture: Bud Shark

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:00pm8:30pm.

A “Colorado treasure,” master printer Bud Shark is legendary beyond the Rockies. Since 1976, he has been collaborating with many of the most renowned artists of our time who hail from around the world. More than 150 artists, including Red Grooms, William Wiley, Luis Jiménez, Roy De Forest, Peter Saul, Stacey Steers, Italo Scanga, Hung Liu, Enrique Chagoya and Betty Woodman have found their way to Shark's Ink, first in Boulder and now in Lyons. Shark uses techniques as diverse as the artists who have sought him out, and he is known for innovation, collaboration and quality. More

Logan Lecture: Jack Balas

Logan Lecture: Jack Balas

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:00pm8:30pm.

In beautifully rendered images, Jack Balas takes as his subject the idealized male figure. Balas questions why the male figure has largely been ignored in deference to the ubiquitous female subject. For example, in his essay “Where's the Beef? A Look For (And Lack of) The Male Erotic Image in Contemporary Art. Is the Term 'Homo-Erotic' Pejorative?” he advocates for gender balance in figurative art. In the artist’s photographs and paintings, statuesque male figures offer a counterpoint to the traditional sensuous female nude. More