Denver Art Museum Announces International Artist Shantell Martin’s First Multimedia Installation

Interactive exhibition intends to inspire visitors to contemplate artistic thought and process

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) today announced Shantell Martin: Words and Lines, an interactive, multimedia installation featuring the work of London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin. Opening Sept. 27, 2019, in the Precourt Family Discovery Hall on level 2 of the museum’s Hamilton Building, this exhibition will feature Martin’s signature black and white drawings that involve intersectionality, identity and play.

The multimedia exhibition will be comprised of three primary sections, including an interactive wall with triangular boxes that rotate, an animated video projection—the first of its kind created by the artist—and a third section focused solely on Martin’s renowned black and white drawings. Extensions of this installation will be visible throughout the museum, adding an element of surprise and whimsy. Visitors will be encouraged to share their experiences beyond the walls of the museum and on social media with #ShantellxDAM.

Shantell Martin © 2017. All rights reserved. Photo by Anton & Irene.

“We are thrilled to present the thought-provoking work of contemporary artist Shantell Martin,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “This installation will push the boundaries of storytelling, visual art and technology in a way that will inspire visitors to think about creative processes and learn more about themselves and the world around them.”

An international sensation, Martin has collaborated with iconic brands and artists such as Puma, Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co. and Kendrick Lamar. Shantell’s work can be seen locally on the plaza in front of the Colorado Convention Center and all over the world, including most recently at the New York City Ballet.

“I hope that visitors will use this installation as an area to take time, think, interact and meet while at the museum, taking away inspiration and good memories,” said Martin.

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines is a site-specific installation created by the artist for this unique space at the DAM. It will be included in general admission, which is free for DAM members and youth 18 and younger every day. Visitors can take home a souvenir from their visit to the artist’s whimsical installation by visiting The Shop at the DAM where items designed by the artist, including mugs, pins and stickers, will be available for purchase during the run of the exhibition.


Shantell Martin: Words and Lines is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Support is provided by CultureHaus, a support group of the Denver Art Museum, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4 and The Denver Post.



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