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
Take inspiration from the modern & contemporary art collection to create a dynamic composition through a scavenger hunt drawing exercise. More
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
Come experience the sometimes shocking, sometimes controversial, and always colorful, works of Fritz Scholder with associate curator John Lukavic. More
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
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
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 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
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
Join curator John Lukavic and curatorial assistant Eric Berkemeyer for an inside look at these paintings and Scholder’s lithographic process. More
NOTE: Use promo code RIVER3 for $3 off the general admission price. More
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
Are you ready to see something new and exciting? Immerse yourself in a world imagined by Virgil Ortiz. More
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
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
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
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 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 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
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