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7 Cool Things to Do This Summer at the DAM


Looking for a good place to cool off on a hot day? Need a little creative inspiration? The Denver Art Museum has you covered! Following are 7 tips for enjoying summer at the DAM, all of which are included with general admission and free for youth 18 and younger.

instagram post with close up picture of beaded punching bags in Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer
Photo courtesy Instagram user @riccardopacciani.

1. Dazzle Your Eyes (& Ears) in Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

Allow us to introduce you to one of the hottest new stars in the contemporary art world. Jeffrey Gibson’s story is one of frustration, acceptance, discovery, and success. Inspired by his Native ancestry and by pop music, Gibson’s artworks are “relentlessly eye-dazzling*.”

Oh, and there’s a toe-tapping soundtrack of some of the music that inspired the art on view. Hear it in the gallery and check out the playlist he created on Spotify.


Littoral Drift by Meghann Riepenhoff
Visitors in New Territory. Photo by Jeff Wells. Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #848 (Pleasant Beach Watershed, Bainbridge Island, WA 12.05.17 Lapping Waves with Receding Tide and Splashes), 2017. Cyanotypes. Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York © Meghann Riepenhoff

2. Explore New Territory

A sweeping exhibition of more than 100 contemporary photographs, New Territory: Landscape Photography Today takes museum visitors on a fascinating journey of discovery. Sharon Harper, one of the artists whose work is featured, will give the Logan Lecture on August 23.

3. Experience Untitled Final Fridays (July 27 & August 31)

Untitled Final Fridays are the DAM’s late-night program on the last Friday of every month January-October. Each event is completely artist designed and delivered, allowing you to experience the museum in an entirely different way—every time.

In addition, on Final Fridays the Golden Triangle Neighborhood surrounding the museum hosts tours and special events. Get around via complimentary pedicab rides from 6-9 pm.

4. Celebrate the DAM’s 125th Birthday

In honor of our 125th birthday this year, on July 20 we invite you to see everything on view for only $1.25. As always, members and youth 18 and younger receive free general admission. The café in The Shop is offering some yummy birthday-themed drinks, too.

5. Collaborate with Artist Sarah Rockett

Sarah Rockett is the DAM’s current Creative-in-Residence. She’ll be at the museum Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3:30 pm , and Free First Saturdays July through September, working on an art project related to what she calls Denver’s “urban housing crisis” with museum visitors.

screen shot of Instagram post of a visitor in Drawn to Glamour

6. Take a Walk Down Fashion Memory Lane with Jim Howard

Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard closes August 5. Every Wednesday 11 am–1 pm July 4–August 1, Jim Howard himself will be in the gallery to chat with visitors. Howard had an illustrious fashion illustration career from the 1950s through the ‘80s, and is still one of Denver’s snazziest dandies.

7. See 2 New Eyes On Installations (Open July 29)

Julie Buffalohead is a Minnesota-based artist who draws on her Ponca Indian heritage and folklore to illustrate storytelling. New works making their debut here at the DAM focus on paintings of animals who dress and behave in what appear to be human ways to engage us in tales related to Native American folklore.

Shimabuku is a an artist based in Japan who is showcasing a video called “Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains?” which illustrates a group of Japanese snow monkeys who live on a sanctuary in Texas. The film analyzes the displacement of the monkeys from their natural habitat and symbolically explores human migration and reconnection with the environment.

And don't miss Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, which closes July 8!

Instagram photos courtesy of (on News & Stories page) @tcfotografie6 (at top) @d_kav, @carolynmitchell5280, and @gojyochan (above) @riccardopacciani and @stylefor5280miles.

Carleen Brice edits the blog and On & Off the Wall, the member magazine for the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. She recommends visitors don't miss the touchable Ganesha statue on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.