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  • Graphic that spells out vote with each letter a different color

    Your Vote, Your Voice

    If you stop by the museum between now and November 3 you may notice some colorful reminders to vote along the plaza and the entrance of the building. Participation in elections is an important part of life in America, and that’s why we are reminding our visitors, neighbors, and passers-by that each vote matters, and that exercising our right to vote is crucial to the democratic process. More

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    A New Look for the Denver Art Museum

    After two years of research and behind-the-scenes work, the Denver Art Museum is thrilled to introduce an updated brand. We had planned to debut our new look with the reopening of the renovated Martin Building, which was originally scheduled for this past spring and is currently on hold due to COVID-19, but we decided not to wait any longer to debut our new look. More

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    The Denver Art Museum's Indigenous Community Advisory Council

    The museum's Native arts department understands that it is important to listen to Native community members when you are caring for their objects. That’s why creating and implementing an Indigenous Community Advisory Council was an important step for us to stay connected to the local community and all the Native nations we represent. Read below for details on this initiative and to meet the council members who we rely on so much. We hope you will see them as your resource, too.

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  • The words Each Other embroidered on a bandana

    Contribute to Each/Other Art Exhibition

    Contribute to a monumental artwork by artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt. Embroider a message onto a bandana, which the artists will incorporate into a large-scale sculpture for the Each/Other exhibition, which opens at the DAM in 2021.

    Embroidered bandanas are needed by October 31, 2020. More

  • 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 7-24, 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

  • Rockwell painting The Right to Know on the wall outside the exhibition

    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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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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