TAG: pre-Columbian art

Steam Baths and Caves
Event: Lectures & Programs

Steam Baths and Caves

with Dr. John Henderson
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:30pm7:45pm.

Both before and after the Spanish invasion, steam baths in Mesoamerican households have been used for a variety of hygienic, medicinal, and ritual activities, especially involving women in late stages of pregnancy, new mothers, and infants. More

Mayer Center Symposium: Murals of the Americas
Event: Lectures & Programs

Mayer Center Symposium: Murals of the Americas

Thursday, November 2, 2017Saturday, November 4, 2017.

This year's Mayer Center Symposium brings together an international group of scholars to discuss new approaches to understanding the function and meaning of both ancient and modern murals as well as their enduring legacy. More

Ara Cruz executive director of Cafe Cultura
Blog: Meet the Artist

Experience Spoken-Word Poems with Café Cultura

Through Feb. 26, 2017

Café Cultura is now participating in Cuatro[4]: A Series of Artist Interactions at the Denver Art Museum. Poets from this spoken-word collective have audio performances in an installation on level 4 of the North Building available for visitors to enjoy through February 26, 2017. More

Photograph of artist Carlos Frésquez with his artwork in the background.
Lesson Spark

The Magic of Discovery

Carlos Frésquez is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of installations. Find out how he was inspired early on to make art. 

Carlos Frésquez, exploring identity and place through his work, remembers his first experiences with art. His kindergarten teacher made art magical and let him discover color mixing.


Dr. Victoria Lyall Named DAM’s Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Pre-Columbian Art

Pulque festival, in the Mexican Codex Magliabechiano, 16th century Aztec manuscript. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Event: Lectures & Programs

Pulque and 2 Rabbit Revelry in the Codex Borbonicus Quecholli Feast

with Catherine diCesare
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

The Aztecs of Central Mexico were an abstemious lot, proscribing the excessive consumption of alcohol and issuing stern edicts about the circumstances in which ritual celebrants might partake. This talk will explore the revelry that takes place around an enormous vat of the alcoholic drink known as pulque during an annual Aztec festival, known as Quecholli, illustrated in a sixteenth-century manuscript known as the Codex Borbonicus. More

Las Almas de los muertos installation
Blog: en español


Celebra tu creatividad y cultura cada primer sábado del mes con actividades bilingües para toda la familia. Visítanos el 5 de noviembre y participa en las siguientes actividades. More

Iconoclasm’s Aftermath: The Reuse of Pre-Columbian Sculpture in Colonial Mexico City
Event: Lectures & Programs

Iconoclasm’s Aftermath: The Reuse of Pre-Columbian Sculpture in Colonial Mexico City

with Sara Ryu
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm7:45pm.

In the decades following the Spanish conquest of Mexico (1519-1521), many pre-Columbian stone sculptures in the immediate vicinity of Mexico-Tenochtitlan were unmoored from their specific contexts, subjected to physical manipulations, and endowed with new functions. With the surviving evidence for reuse plentiful and diverse, this lecture by Sara Ryu will examine the afterlives of specific Mexica sculptures in the viceregal capital, and develop a sense of their distinct rhetorical strategies. More

Pre-Columbian ceramic figure
Blog: Behind the Scenes

DAM Pre-Columbian Curator Assists MSU Denver Student

What Did Ancient Costa Ricans Look Like? 

When scientists in Costa Rica wanted to put a "face" to a 2,500-year-old skull, they needed a forensic artist. The forensic artist needed representations of what women of the time looked like. She came to the DAM. More

Dancing Maize God Tripod Plate

Grand Gestures

Dance, Drama, Masquerade
On View through November 19, 2017

Pre-Columbian art is full of human and supernatural figures in dramatic poses. This installation of 29 objects presents a cross-cultural selection of works from the DAM's extensive collection. More

Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World

In almost every month of the year, staff members at the Denver Art Museum prepare artworks in our collection to be loaned to other museums around the world. It’s part of our mission, and we realize that without loans, exhibitions like Becoming Van Gogh could not happen. More

Science at the Museum: Analyzing a Fifteenth Century Inca Corn Stalk, Part 1 of 2
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Science at the Museum: Analyzing a Fifteenth Century Inca Corn Stalk, Part 1 of 2

The New World department has a comprehensive display of pre-Columbian artifacts from Central, Meso-, and South America located in the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Study Gallery of Pre-Columbian Art on Level 4 of the North Building. Objects in this space are made of clay (ceramics), metals, wood, and stone and served a utilitarian, decorative and religious/spiritual purpose. Often, all three functions were rolled into one. More

Pre-Columbian Art

Pre-Columbian Art

Jan & Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art, Level 4, North Building (OPEN) Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Study Gallery of Pre-Columbian Art, Level 4, North Building (CLOSED)

The Denver Art Museum's pre-Columbian collection represents nearly every major culture in Mesoamerica, Central America, and South America. More