The Art of Summer


Check out all the fun the Denver Art Museum has on tap this summer, including events and interactive experiences outside on the plaza, and exhibitions and hands-on art activities indoors. Visit the calendar to see what's happening every day.

three punching bags

Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer

On view through August 12, 2018

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer—the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work—will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 65 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video.

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 Stampede: Animals in Art

 Stampede: Animals in Art

On view through May 19, 2019

See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures.

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Woman Sunnies

Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard

May 27, 2018—August 5, 2018

This exhibition presents the award-winning editorial work by artist Jim Howard. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, and through the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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Ignacio Cadena (left) and Héctor Esrawe (right) of the interdisciplinary design firm Esrawe + Cadena, sitting on the outdoor installation La Musidora

La Musidora

May 23, 2018—September 3, 2018

This visitor favorite returns this year. Come experience this interactive outdoor art installation located on Martin Plaza near the museum's Hamilton Building entrance. Make musical sounds by gently rocking colorfully woven chairs in tandem.

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A Happy Clouds smiley face bubble floats against a blue sky.

Happy clouds

June 2, 2018 3 pm—5 pm

Stuart Semple's fleeting, environmentally friendly Happy Clouds will drift along the public space of Denver, interacting with passersby and encouraging smiles.

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collage of sun

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today

June 24, 2018—September 16, 2018

The exhibition of more than 80 contemporary landscape photographs will gauge how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.

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Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead

July 29, 2018—January 20, 2019

Eyes on: Julie Buffalohead uses metaphors, iconography, and storytelling narratives in her artwork to describe emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experiences, and often analyzes the commercialization of American Indian cultures.

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Eyes On: Shimabuku

Eyes On: Shimabuku

July 29, 2018January 20, 2019

Eyes On: Shimabuku will showcase a video by Japan-based artist Shimabuku titled Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains? This video illustrates the adaptation of a group of Japanese snow monkeys living in a Texas desert sanctuary since they were brought to the U.S. in 1972.

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Kid having fun creating art

Fun for the Whole Family

This summer we have lots of activities kids and families will enjoy, including artmaking in the 3-D Studio, Create-n-Takes in the galleries, and a chance to experiment with photography on the plaza outside the museum.

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