TAG: modern and contemporary art

Shrinking into Blue Water
Lesson Plan

Shrinking into Blue Water

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Students will use their imaginations to shrink themselves small enough to fit into Philip Guston’s painting Blue Water.

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Lorna Simpson, Easy to Remember (still image of film), 2001. 16 mm film, transferred to DVD with sound, 2 minutes, 35 seconds.
Exhibition

Lorna Simpson

Easy to Remember
Jan 17, 2016–Apr 24, 2016

Lorna Simpson transforms a catchy tune into a commentary on race through acts of erasure. Fifteen black singers, shown only as disembodied mouths, separately hum the song “It’s Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget),” originally sung by Bing Crosby. More

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

Audacious

Contemporary Artists Speak Out
Feb 21, 2016–Aug 6, 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.
Exhibition

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

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

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
Apr 26, 2015–Jul 30, 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

The Conservation of Linda's Modern Materials 
Blog: Conservation

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

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