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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than 10 years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures, such as Castle and Doublerocker, both were on display in Material World. But he could use a camera. Herring has continued making videos since then, focusing increasingly on the people who participate in them. He has invited friends and strangers to improvise scenarios he contrives. More
Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades.
If you visit the Denver Art Museum this summer, you might see our conservators and interns busy with maintenance of the outdoor sculptures on the museum’s campus. Many of the sculptures need annual maintenance—including washing, waxing, and repainting—to withstand Colorado’s climate extremes and keep looking their best. Feel free to stop by and talk with us about what we’re up to. More
This summer, Jason Rogenes will transform the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes. Part of a rich summer program focusing on sculpture, the installation—made out of cardboard and reclaimed Styrofoam—will encourage visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities. More
Join artist Jason Rogenes for an off-the-cuff chat about his work V3H1CL3 and see the installation in progress. Learn more about how Rogenes’ creates immersive environments out of cardboard and Styrofoam and find out what makes this artist tick. We’ll go wherever the conversation takes us!
Contact Rose Eason for more information at 720-913-0077 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More
“I tried to keep the paint as good as it was in the can.” American artist Frank Stella first gained the attention of the art world with his “Black Paintings,” which he created between 1958 and 1960. The compositions of these paintings fall into one of two groups: the earlier paintings are rectilinear and the later ones are based on a diamond pattern. More
Members see the exhibition first! Admission for Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective is included with general admission, which is free for members.
Members also save 20% on their purchases at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum on July 12 only.
Members programs are sponsored by Mountain States Toyota.
On May 10 creative strategist Brian Corrigan will bring his current project, OhHeckYeah: Denver’s Immersive Street Arcade, to Banner: The Art of Light, DAM support group CultureHaus’s annual fundraiser and themed party. This year's event will highlight artistic interpretations of light through music, performance art, and design and feature a silent auction. More