Collage of images from 2017

Highlights of 2017 at the Denver Art Museum

This past year at the Denver Art Museum we displayed art from across time, space, and genre.

As we bid a fond farewell to 2017 and look forward toward an exciting New Year, join us for a look at some of our favorite moments at the Denver Art Museum. During 2017, the museum:

1. Hosted show-stopping exhibitions

Which led Westword to name the DAM the Best Place to Catch a Blockbuster in 2017. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, The Western: An Epic in Art and Film, and Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism all brought stunning artworks to Denver. Her Paris is still on view, but only through January 15!

A guest in the Her Paris exhibition
Visitors looking at a painting in Her Paris.  Gallery view: Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855-1942), Ernesta (Child with Nurse), 1894. Oil on canvas; 50-1/2 x 38-1/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York/www.metmuseum.org, Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1965, 65.49. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

2. Expanded our reach into the community

DAM staff worked with community advisors on exhibitions such as Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place and Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989–2013, as well as taking artworks into schools with our Art Lives Here program.

3. Added to our world-class collection

Through the acquisition of more than 50 artworks, which include Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville (Chemin dans les blés à Pourville) by Claude Monet, La Fenêtre (The Window) by Eva Gonzalès, Beef Issue at Fort Sill by T.C. Cannon, A Mountain Symphony (Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado by Sven Birger Sandzén, Realness by Mark Bradford, and a photo of Helen Dill, one of the DAM’s first benefactors.

Did you know you can explore thousands of artworks in our collection online?

Also, see works from the DAM's vast and varied collections in Stampede: Animals in Art, on view now. Included with general admission.

4. Welcomed more than 200,000 kids

Including 71,000 with school and youth group field trips. All in all in fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017) we hosted more than 870,000 visitors to the museum (a record!).

People meditating in the Ganesha exhibition at the Denver Art Museum
Meditation in the Museum is one of the new programs we started in 2017.

5. Launched new programs

Inviting visitors to engage with the museum and each other in different and sometimes unexpected ways, including Insight, Exchange, and Meditation in the Museum.

6. Collaborated with other museums & creatives

Through February 11, 2018, History Colorado Center features Backstory: Western American Art in Context, which showcases some of the western American art treasures from the DAM. In 2017, the Clyfford Still Museum and the DAM co-presented Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford. We invited in dozens of local artists to create projects in the museum and conduct demonstrations in The Studio to showcase the breadth and depth of creativity in Denver.

Dancers from the Spirit of Cambodia Cultural Alliance and Khom Sreymom
Dancers from the Spirit of Cambodia Cultural Alliance and Ms. Khom Sreymom, representing the Kingdom of Cambodia in front of the Ganesha statue on loan from the National  Museum of Cambodia. 

7. Celebrated Ganesha Day

In honor of our exhibition, Ganesha: The Playful Protector (on view through Oct. 28, 2018), we hosted a representative from the Kingdom of Cambodia and Mayor Hancock declared October 7 as Ganesha Day in Denver. This exhibition showcases a seventh-century sculpture, a remarkable work of sacred art on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia.

8. Presented a newly conserved Spanish Colonial painting from the 1700s

Thanks to a grant from Bank of America, the DAM's conservation team cleaned and repaired this masterwork. The Virgin of Valvanera is only on view through February 18.

mariachi band performing in the North Building
Mariachi Vasquez were one of the groups performing during the See You Later, North event on November 19.

9. Started the renovation of the North Building with an epic closing bash

On November 19 and 20, hundreds of people visited the North Building to say a fond "see you later" before the building reopens. Learn more about the renovation project.

10. Expanded hours to 7 days a week

As of November 20, the museum is open Mondays. Check the calendar for current exhibitions and events.

2018 will bring More Excitement to the DAM!

2018 promises to be another banner year. The DAM will be hosting Degas: A Passion for Perfection, Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, Dior: From Paris to the World, and more. Check out the list of upcoming exhibitions and stay tuned for more news from the DAM.

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.