Even after a really big year—exclusive U.S. venue for Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective and the only venue in the world for Becoming Van Gogh—we’re not resting on our laurels in 2013. We have an exciting mix of exhibitions that crisscross the globe. Read below for a sneak peak at the current 2013 lineup.
Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land
February 10–April 28, 2013
This exhibition brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. O'Keeffe began spending part of the year living and working in New Mexico in 1929, a pattern she rarely altered until 1949 when she made northern New Mexico her permanent home. The exhibition features 53 O’Keeffe works including 15 rarely seen pictures of different Hopi katsina tihu, carved and painted representations of Hopi spirit beings, along with examples of these types of figures. Chronicling her artwork created in New Mexico, the exhibition explores O’Keeffe’s paintings of New Mexico’s Hispanic and Native American architecture, cultural objects, and her New Mexico landscapes.
Spun: Adventures in Textiles
May 19–September 22, 2013
In summer 2013, the Denver Art Museum takes a wide-ranging look at textiles, from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography. Drawing on curatorial collections throughout the museum as well as loans and interactive on-site creations, Spun will be campus-wide in scope with a full slate of programming to complement the various textile art-related exhibitions. Look for exhibitions ranging from a focus on textile designer Jacqueline Groag to a photography exhibition connecting artists Seydou Keïta and August Sander. A drop-in textile studio, collaborative projects with artists and creative groups, and new in-gallery activities supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will encourage visitors to join in the exploration of this ancient and still-vibrant medium.
Nick Cave: Sojourn
June 9–September 22, 2013
Renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave will debut a new body of work at the museum in summer 2013. The artist will create a multi-sensory, immersive installation that will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound, and movement. Cave’s exhibition will feature a combination of multimedia elements and performances along with a selection of figurative sculptures the artist has dubbed Soundsuits for which he has become very well-known.
Mark Rothko in the 1940s
June 23–September 29, 2013
Mark Rothko in the 1940s traces the development of Rothko’s work during the most critical decade of his career. In the early '40s, Rothko rejected realism and began a series of abstract works meant to evoke classical myth; in the late ’40s he created his first color field paintings, the works on which his stature as one of the most famous American painters of the post-war period rests. The exhibition also includes paintings by other celebrated abstract expressionists such as Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock, who shared Rothko’s search towards profound total abstraction. Drawn primarily from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.—the largest repository of Rothko’s work anywhere in the world—the exhibition includes many paintings, drawings, and watercolors rarely seen before.
Image credit: Nick Cave, Speak Louder, 2011. Mixed media. James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Courtesy of Nick Cave and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.