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20 Things We’re Excited About in 2020

1. Final Weeks for Monet (Through February 2)

The new year begins with visitors’ last chance to see Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. After that, it travels to the only other venue for this exhibition: Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany. Advance purchase online is highly recommended as time slots are selling out quickly.

2. Untitled: Creative Fusions (Kicks off January 31)

Untitled gets bigger and bolder this year, starting January 31 with a new name and format with two featured artists collaborating on an evening of fun and surprises. See the program of events for January. Untitled: Creative Fusions are included with general admission, which is free for members.

Learn more about upcoming Untitled: Creative Fusions. Now happening four times a year.

3. Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington (Opens March 15)

See 60 artworks by these two quintessential American artists. This exhibition is included with general admission, which is free for members. Member Preview is March 14.

painting of a red fox in the snow with a large raven or crow in the sky above it
Winslow Homer, Fox Hunt, 1893. Oil on canvas; 38 × 68 1/2 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Joseph E. Temple Fund, 1894.4.

4. Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom (Opens May 3)

This exhibition presents works by Rockwell related to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, which were designed to persuade Americans about the reasons for fighting Germany during World War II. This exhibition is included with general admission, which is free for members. Member Preview is May 1.

5. Martin Building Phase 1 Reopening (June 6)

The new Sie Welcome Center and the first floors of the Martin Building reopen to the public on Saturday, June 6. Designed with a nod to architect Gio Ponti, the 50,000-square-foot elliptical-shaped Sie Welcome Center will complement the Martin and Hamilton Buildings, completing the campus and expanding visitor services and access.

Watch our website and e-newsletter for more information.

6. Kids Summer Camps are Back

We’re excited to announce that our popular summer camps for kids are back beginning in June. Registration opens for members on February 4 and for nonmembers February 11. Scholarships are available. New this year: Aftercare for campers in full-day camps is available for an additional fee of $50/week or $10/day.

7. Lectures, Symposia & Courses

This year, the museum is hosting a variety of opportunities to learn more about art and artists.

For example, on January 8, you can learn about Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington at a daylong symposium before Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington opens.

On January 16, join anthropologist Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers to learn more about ballgames and other performances at Los Horcones, an important Early Classic gateway community near Teotihuacan (the Pyramid City in Mexico).

See other programs and lectures.

8. Insight Talks

The Insight program returns with a series of lively conversations with museum staff and partners to offer behind-the-scenes peeks at the unexpected adventures, creative problem solving, and dynamic collaborations that make things tick at a museum. The first Insight program on March 6 is all about how we work with local creatives in the Studio, at Untitled, and other programs.

photo of Duncan Hall showing the hallways bright windows and lighted ceiling
Duncan Hall, Level 1, Martin Building. Photo by Jeff Wells. 

9. New Creative-in-Residence (Application deadline: February 14)

Local creatives: want to collaborate with the DAM? See the call for applications for the next Creative-in-Residence. Deadline for applications is February 14. The residency begins in April, and the public will be able to interact with the new creative beginning in June.

10. New Design Galleries (Opens June 6)

The Martin Building will feature brand new space for the museum’s architecture and design collection, plus a new design studio for hands-on activities. The Amanda J. Precourt Design Galleries will be on level 2. The initial installations will focus on the stories and ideas behind objects from the Industrial Revolution to present day, and explore Gio Ponti's multidisciplinary creativity and approach to design.

11. Refreshed Northwest Coast & Alaska Native Galleries (Opens June 6)

The museum’s renowned Northwest Coast and Alaska Native art collections will be on view in a completely refurbished and reinstalled gallery on level 2. These galleries will continue the DAM’s tradition of recognizing the creativity of individual Native artists. The opening installation takes this idea a step further, exposing the interconnected system of Indigenous knowledge, community, and place that both influences artists and is influenced by them.

12. New Conservation Lab (Opens June 6)

The lower level of the welcome center will house a purpose-built art conservation laboratory with north-facing windows—an essential tool in conservation treatment—that also will enable visitors to get a look at behind-the-scenes preservation work.

13. Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center (Opens June 6)

A key priority in the renovation project was to bring the museum’s renowned educational programs to the heart of the campus to expand the DAM’s ability to engage visitors of all ages in creative learning opportunities. The new Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center will include more than 12,000 square feet of flexible programming space, classrooms, and community gallery space for art presentations.

The interactive Bartlit Center will feature the Creative Hub, a new space developed in response to feedback from the creative community and other community partners. With more than 5,600 square feet, the Creative Hub will be a comfortable place for gathering, a platform for diverse and evolving community-driven programming and a celebration of local creativity, enabling the community to help create and participate in hands-on art experiences.

14. Family Central (Opens June 6)

The second level of the welcome center is the Sturm Grand Pavilion, which encompasses more than 10,000 square feet of flexible event and programming space enclosed by 25-foot-tall floor to ceiling glass panels, engineered to provide structural integrity. During museum hours, a portion of the space will serve as Family Central, a flexible public space with hands-on activities. The Sturm Grand Pavilion also will be available for event rentals, along with several additional new event spaces in the Martin Building.

firgure of a life-size teenager carved in polychrome cedar wood on top of a skateboard
Jorge Pineda, Afro: Charlie, Dominican Republic, 2009. Installation, figure of a life-size teenager carved in polychrome cedar wood, skateboard and graphite on the wall; 63 x 17-3/10 x 9-1/2 in. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. ©Jorge Pineda. Photo ©Mariano Hernández.

15. The Ponti (June 6)

The Ponti is the DAM’s new restaurant developed in collaboration with James Beard Award winning-chef Jennifer Jasinski (who will serve as consulting chef). The Ponti’s distinctive offerings will emphasize vegetables, using ancient grains and heirloom legumes complemented by handmade pastas, fish, and meat. The Ponti will be open to museum visitors and the public for lunch seven days a week.

16. Café Gio (June 6)

For visitors looking for a more casual dining experience, the museum also will offer quick-service food options at Café Gio. It will be located across the main hall from The Ponti on level one of the welcome center.

17. ReVisión: Art in the Americas (June 6)

Even our members may be surprised to learn that for the last 10 years, the museum had been using the Bonfils-Stanton Gallery on level one of the Martin Building for art storage. The Bonfils-Stanton Gallery returns nearly 7,000 square feet of gallery space to public use. ReVisión: Art in the Americas will be the first featured exhibition, pulled from the museum’s internationally recognized Latin American and Ancient American art collections, and will present a new look at art from the region by considering the relationship between ancient and historic works with contemporary practice.

18. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism (October 25)

Featuring more than 150 artworks by internationally celebrated artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida and others, this exhibition will take a closer look at the role art, artists, and their supporters played in the emergence of national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution ended in 1920.

19. Museum Friends

Museum Friends is an add-on membership that allows DAM members an opportunity to deepen their museum involvement and broaden their horizons with a community of like-minded art enthusiasts. Denver Art Museum Friends take part in discounted or free educational activities, lectures, exclusive tours, and more.

20. Free Days

Join us for free general admission on the first Saturday of the month. In addition, general admission is free on April 16 for Día del Niño, and September 12 for the 31st Annual Friendship Powwow & American Indian Cultural Celebration.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Every day at the museum she is reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."