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  • Dancers in regalia performing at the 2019 powwow outside on grass in front of the Denver Art Museum with a crowd watching

    Dance in the Virtual Friendship Powwow

    Submit Video August 7-16, 2020

    The 31st annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow is going virtual (on Facebook and Youtube on September 12). This is a call for dancers to register online and submit video to be considered for a $200 winner-takes-all prize for each of the following categories: More

  • Join the Norman Rockwell Conversation 

    Join the Norman Rockwell Conversation 

    #FourFreedomsToday

    Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom features illustrations that have been cemented into American culture for many years. The exhibition is historic, focusing on events that helped shape America from the Great Depression through the Civil Rights era and the role that popular illustration had in people’s response to those events. Even today, these illustrations remind us of where American values are rooted. Yet, it is obvious that these images are only telling one side of the story.

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  • digital illustration with Pops Peterson's face surrounded by people in the first Women's March

    How Artist Pops Peterson Reinvents Norman Rockwell's Artwork

    Pops Peterson is one of the contemporary artists whose work expands upon some of the themes explored in Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom. In this wide-ranging Q&A with us, he discusses his creative process, his connections to Rockwell, and much more. Read on and then see Rockwell's work and Peterson's Freedom From What? (I Can't Breathe) in the exhibition through September 7.

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  • a Black mother and father tuck their children into bed while the father is holding a newspaper with the headline I Can't Breathe

    Artist Pops Peterson on Freedom

    As part of Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom we're asking people to share their thoughts about freedom and change using #FourFreedomsToday. In the following Q&A, artist Pops Peterson weighs in on the subject. See Rockwell's work and Peterson's Freedom From What? (I Can't Breathe) in the exhibition through September 7.

    How do you imagine freedom? More

  • painting with a cluster of people of different races, genders, ages looking at the viewer

    Lecture Recap: Curators & Artist Discuss Rockwell Exhibition

    On July 7, 2020, Gates Family Foundation Curator Timothy J. Standring, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum Stephanie Plunkett, and artist Pops Peterson (whose work Freedom from What? (I Can’t Breathe) is on view in the exhibition), convened over Zoom to discuss the life, art, and mysteries of iconic American illustrator Norman Rockwell, and how the themes discussed in the exhibition Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom still resonate today. More

  • Danielle SeeWalker outside on the prairie standing next to her painting of Sitting Bull

    Artist Danielle SeeWalker's Inspirations

    Danielle SeeWalker is Hunkpapa Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, where she was born and raised. She is an artist, writer, activist, and “boymom” of two, based in Denver, Colorado. She likes to experiment and use mixed media within her artwork while incorporating traditional Native American materials, scenes, and messaging. Her artwork pays homage to her identity as a Native woman and to her passion to redirect the narrative to an accurate and insightful representation of contemporary Native America while not losing sight of the history of her ancestors. More

  • video still of Robert Martin's hand sketching an acorn with a charcoal pencil

    Engage with Local Artists Online

    At the Denver Art Museum, our local creative community includes some of our most inspirational collaborators. From Untitled: Creative Fusions, to our Creative-in-Residence program, to weekend demonstrations in the Studio, local artists are integral to DAM programs.

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  • Natural Forces exhibition

    Finding the Right Words in Natural Forces

    When you visit Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, you may notice excerpts of poems grace the walls in three sections of the exhibition. Why did we include poetry? It was a way to layer in other voices of the time period to give a richer context of the American experience. And for Americans living in the 19th century especially, poetry was a pervasive part of their lives and served as an important way to engage in political and cultural discourses. More

  • comic style illustration of Lilly Torres and Mark Baker in front of the Hamilton Building

    Thanking Our Own Museum Heroes

    Like so many places, the Denver Art Museum’s day-to-day operations have shifted drastically in recent months. While some of our staff have been working from home, members of our facilities and protective services teams continued diligent work onsite to ensure the cleanliness of the museum’s buildings and the safety and preservation of the art inside. We caught up with the leaders of those teams, Lilly Torres and Mark Baker, to learn more about what's been happening behind the scenes these past few weeks and months. More

  • Movies to watch during quarantine

    Movies about Artists to Watch While at Home

    We've all had to find ways to pass the time and stay connected to our passions while at home these past few weeks. For many of us, myself included, that's meant turning to movies and television as a source of inspiration and comfort. More

  • A tablescape inspired by Alexander Girard

    The Playful Table Arrangements of Alexander Girard

    In honor of architect and designer Alexander Girard's birthday (born on May 24, 1907), museum curator Darrin Alfred took inspiration from Girard's conviction that beauty can be found amid everyday life and applied it to the anchor of every day during the COVID-19 pandemic: dinner. With the help of local designer Megan Hudacky Larabee, the two looked at ways vibrant table settings can be a vehicle for creativity and expression. More

  • DAM curator John Lukavic examining an upper Missour shirt.

    Studying Art through the Lens of a Pandemic

    What Biographical War Shirts from the Early 1800's Tell Us about Cultural Resilience in the Face of Disease

    As many of us find ourselves working and studying from home during the worldwide spread of COVID-19, let us use this time to think about the impacts other pandemics and epidemics have had on world populations and their arts. More

  • Local artist Elizabeth Morisette making face masks

    Local Artists Embrace New Canvas: Face Masks

    Given our current reality, we have all had to adjust to wearing face masks when out in public. We commend the local makers who've been creating masks for charitable purposes, and it has given artists an exciting opportunity to use them as a vehicle for creativity and expression. More

  • artist Anna Kaye in front of a painting of a sunset by Winslow Homer

    Drop-in Drawing Program Goes Virtual

    The Denver Art Museum's monthly Drop-in Drawing sessions are going virtual until it's safe for the museum to host these type of classes again. Anna Kaye, artist and instructor, will continue to lead the program.

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    This month's session is a video focused on drawing inspiration from a Winslow Homer painting that will be on view in Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington when the museum is able to reopen.

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  • Stereotypes in Remington's Fight for the Waterhole 

    Stereotypes in Remington's Fight for the Waterhole 

    In the year 1903, the East Coast was inundated by people immigrating to the United States in hopes of a brighter future. Euro-Americans, including Frederic Remington, worried about overcrowding and the rapid pace of change. While some looked forward to modernization, others—Remington among them—decried the loss of what had come before. As an antidote, he concocted romanticized notions of wide-open spaces. I say concocted because by this time much of the West had already succumbed to “progress.” Fenced and barb-wired for future prosperity, and readily reachable by train, the West depicted in this image no longer existed at the time Remington made this painting. More

  • Thomas Cole's "Dream of Arcadia"

    Inside the Collection: Dream of Arcadia

    Not content with being, as he said, “a mere leaf painter,” the painter Thomas Cole recognized that unadorned landscape alone was insufficiently worthy as a subject of fine art. Instead, he strove to balance nature with examples of prior landscape paintings by other artists. More