The African art collection consists of approximately 1,000 objects—older works and new ones by contemporary artists. Focused on the diverse artistic traditions of Africa, it includes rare and exquisite works in sculpture, textiles, jewelry, painting, printmaking, and drawings. Although the strength of the collection is west African art, with emphasis on Yoruba works, there are important masterpieces from all regions and mediums of expression including wood, metals, fibers, terra cotta, and mixed media compositions.
During the Martin Building renovation project the African art gallery is closed. Please view select pieces from the Denver Art Museum’s African art collection in the cross-departmental exhibition The Light Show.
EXPLORE THE COLLECTION ONLINE: Browse artworks from the African art collection anytime. Check back often for additions and updates.
This collection tells the stories of Africa from many perspectives, and represents the diversity of creativity in a continent containing thousands of art-producing societies.
The collection also balances works by women artists—including the Akire shrine painters—with those made by men. Through the works of women artists, the collection explores questions of gender, rituals, and the importance of group creativity in African art. Older works in the collection are juxtaposed with new works by contemporary African artists to highlight cultural continuities, international influences, and variety of themes.
Following guidance from our government officials, the Denver Art Museum will be temporarily closed Saturday, March 14–Tuesday, March 31, in order to do our part to help reduce the community spread of the COVID-19 virus. More
The present-day market for historical African, Oceanic, and Native American art is distinctive. In its general aesthetic approach, it relies heavily on the norms and values that govern the market for modern and contemporary art; its conception of authenticity and approach to connoisseurship, in contrast, derive from the antiques trade. More
For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment we offer our Low-Sensory Morning events on select dates. More
News & Stories
The Denver Art Museum offers discounted general admission* to individuals and families with a Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) card. More
Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and things are changing. We have so many new and exciting activities here at the Denver Art Museum. Come and join the fun! The following activities are included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger and for members.
A new story is ready to bloom at Cuentos del Arte More
April showers bring May flowers. While you’re waiting for those flowers to bloom, head over to the Denver Art Museum for fun for the whole family! Reminder: youth 18 and younger receive free general admission to the museum every day. More
Several photographs from the Denver Art Museum’s collection can be found throughout Stampede: Animals in Art, on view through May 19, 2019. This exhibition includes works from every curatorial department at the DAM and highlights the significance and prominence of animal imagery in art across cultures and time. More
Learn about lectures at the Denver Art Museum and other events throughout the Front Range. More
The seasons may start to change in the month of March, but there’s one thing that remains the same: there’s always a variety of fun family activities at the museum. Join us for art projects, stories, theater performances, and more! More
African Renaissance: Old Forms, New Images in Yoruba Art. Moyo Okediji. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2002.
- John Lukavic, A. W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts
- Julia Strunk, Curatorial Assistant
- Heather Nielsen, Associate Director of Learning and Engagement
- Chris Patrello, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow
- Nancy Blomberg, Chief Curator and Curator of Native Arts
- Denene De Quintal, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow
- Edgar C. McMechan, Curator
- Frederic H. Douglas, Curator
- Kate Peck Kent, Assistant Curator
- Royal B. Hassrick, Curator
- Norman Feder, Curator
- Richard Conn, Curator
- David Irving, Assistant Curator
- Ryntha Johnson, Assistant Curator
- Moyo Okediji , Assistant Curator
- Roger Echo-Hawk, Assistant Curator
- Polly Nordstrand, Associate Curator