Celebrate Black History Month at the DAM

See Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

The Denver Art Museum is pleased to host the first major museum exhibition by Denver-born, Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Read on for information about the exhibition opening and other events at the museum exploring Black art, culture, and history this month.

New Exhibition, Opens February 2

The exhibition Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze opens February 2, Free First Saturday. General admission will be free all day.


Daily public tours begin in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze on February 3. 2 pm each day.

At noon on February 6 and 8, the Talk at 12 tours will focus on several artworks in the exhibition.

At noon on February 27 and March 1, the Talk at 12 tours will focus on Casteel's portraits of Harlem.

All tours are led by museum docents and are included with general admission.

Mindful Looking-February 19, 1 pm

Mindful Looking is a program that invites you to slow down and spend time with a single work of art. At 1 pm on February 19, slow down and spend time with Jordan Casteel’s portrait of Harlem resident Charles, with interpretive specialist Danielle St. Peter. Discover overlooked details, explore ideas, and make connections as we linger, look, and discuss. Included with general admission.

Black Actors Guild at History Colorado Center
Backstory. History Colorado Center. Courtesy of Black Actors Guild.

Untitled Final Friday-February 22, 6-10 pm

The Black Actors Guild will be the featured artist at the February Untitled. The Black Actors Guild is a Denver-based theatre production company motivated by education, community empowerment, and telling important stories in interesting places. The night's activities will be inspired by Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze and be a celebration of Black History Month and the Black experience in Denver with the culture and community in Five Points as the centerpiece.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze and Untitled Final Fridays are included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. General admission does not include access to Dior: From Paris to the World.

Image at top: Jordan Casteel, Charles, 2016. Oil on canvas; 78 x 60 in. Collection of Jordan Casteel. Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York © Jordan Casteel.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Her favorite painting in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is called Lean.