A Summer of Movement & Rhythm at the Denver Art Museum

Join us in a campus-wide celebration of creative expression through movement! Enjoy dance-focused exhibitions, programming, local artist collaborations, and interactive installations.

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Frank Myers, The Charleston, 1926. Oil on canvas

Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art

On view through October 2, 2016.

This exhibition presents how artists, dancers, and choreographers helped form the artistic identity of dance in America. It features more than 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and costumes relating to American dance from 1830 to 1960.

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On view through October 2, 2016.

#dancelab is an installation created by local artistic dance partners Wonderbound and creative firm Legwork Studio. This immersive, participatory movement experience deconstructs the dance experience to make it accessible to all.

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John Sorbie, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, 1974. Offset lithograph.

Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie

On view through January 8, 2017.

The exhibition features the graphic works of internationally acclaimed Colorado designers Phil Risbeck and the late John Sorbie. About 30 posters from the 1960s to the 1990s announce performances at Colorado State University, and showcase expressive techniques, energetic imagery, and restrained typography.

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Dancing Maize God Tripod Plate

Grand Gestures: Dance, Drama, Masquerade

On view through August 1, 2017.

Featuring 29 pre-Columbian objects from the DAM's extensive collection, this exhibition presents human and supernatural figures in dramatic poses. Some of the objects clearly portray dance, while others appear to represent singing, oratory, drama, and ritual.

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Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer, 1995. Acrylic paint on canvas.

Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion

On view through August 15, 2016.

This multisensory exhibition includes a video art installation, dance-themed portraits, contemporary dance regalia from the regional Native American community, and historical works from the DAM’s American Indian art collection.

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Plaza Installation

IN MOTION: An Outdoor Installation

On view through September 25

Inspired by the flow of a dancer’s body and costume moving through space, local designers and artists collaborated to create this dynamic installation celebrating creative expression through motion.

  • Dance through the sculpture.
  • See the ribbons twirling like a dancer’s costume.

In Motion: An Outdoor Installation is generously funded by the PB and K Family Foundation.

Mōtiō, aluminum and Presco PVC roll flagging, 2016. Designed by Wynn Earl Buzzell Jr. with Demiurge LLC. Woven by Katie Fowler and Tamara Leberer.

In Motion: An Outdoor Installation
Kids walking through In Motion: An Outdoor Installation

Visitors are encouraged to walk through the installation and get inspired! Here are some things to try: leap through the air; twirl in and around; imagine you’re wearing a colorful costume trailing your every move; look at the sculpture for a dancer’s arms and legs bending over and over.

In Motion: An Outdoor Installation
In Motion: An Outdoor Installation
In Motion: An Outdoor Installation
In Motion: An Outdoor Installation
In Motion plaza installation with multicolored ribbons

Interview with Lead Designer

Time-Lapse Video

Groove to playlists by local DJs Jonny D and Christy T

Go to Spotify, follow the Denver Art Museum and listen to the following playlists:

  • Alley Oop—Fun, Uplifting Tunes for Kids Young and Old
  • Fender Bender—A Danceable Stroll Around the World
  • Rockitship—A Sound Space of Androids, Dark Disco, and Bright Lights

Performance on the Plaza

Experience live dance performances on the Plaza

Free First Dance on the Plaza

Free First Saturdays, July 2 & August 6

Join us for a dance spectacular featuring twenty different dance groups on four outdoor stages! See below for the full schedule.

Untitled Final Fridays

Untitled Final Fridays, the museum's monthly late night program, is produced in collaboration with local creatives.

Friday, July 29: Performance by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Friday, August 26: Performance by Colorado Ballet

August 6: Performance Schedule for Free First Dance on the Plaza

Join us for a plaza-wide dance spectacular featuring twenty different dance groups! (Schedule subject to change.)

Near Scottish Angus Cow & Calf

  • 1 pm—Nile H. Russell (modern/contemporary)
  • 1:15 pm—Apsara Belly Dance (American cabaret/belly dance)
  • 1:30 pm—The Denver Dance Project presents I AM MA (Afro-Modern-Fusion)
  • 1:45 pm—Sara Roybal (traditional Mexican Folklore/modern folklorico)
  • 2 pm—Colorado New Style Dance Studio (Latin salsa and bachata)

Martin Plaza/near In Motion: An Outdoor Installation

  • 1 pm—Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre (gypsy flamenco)
  • 1:15 pm—Megan Aizpuro (modern/contemporary)
  • 1:30 pm—Art as Action (jazz, contemporary, and hip hop)
  • 1:45 pm—Project D.A.N.C.E. LLC (belly dance)
  • 2 pm—Sheila Klein and Co (modern)

Near Denver Monoliths

  • 1 pm—Vintegyptian (traditional belly dance)
  • 1:15 pm—Kim Robards Dance (modern)
  • 1:30 pm—Life/Art Dance Ensemble (modern/contemporary)
  • 1:45 pm—Creative Strategies for Change (West African dance)
  • 2 pm—Hannah Kahn Dance Company (modern)

Acoma Plaza/near Lao-Tzu

  • 1 pm—CMDance (swing, lindy hop, blues, jazz, Argentine tango, Latin)
  • 1:15 pm—Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca (traditional Aztec/Chichimeca dance)
  • 1:30 pm—Bella Diva Dance (world dance)
  • 1:45 pm—Avatar Movement Dance Company (contemporary/jazz)
  • 2 pm—School of Breaking (breaking and freestyle)

Generously funded by the PB and K Family Foundation.

Untitled Final Fridays

Untitled Final Fridays present unconventional art experiences on the final Friday of the month, providing visitors with new insight into the DAM’s collection. Happenings include artmaking activities, performances, music, and more. This summer, Untitled will present a dance-related series:

Untitled: In-Sync, July 29, 6–10 pm

Gather your crew and band together for a night of synchronized moves and creative collaborations.

Untitled: Center Stage, Aug. 26, 6–10 pm

Soak up the spotlight and strut your stuff with dance-offs, divas and artistic showstoppers.

Untitled: Stop Motion, Sept. 30, 6–10 pm

Curtain call for the Untitled summer series, with a final look at dance, photography and artworks expressing time.

Untitled Final Fridays are presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores.

Movement Studio

Hamilton Building, Level 1

Try hands-on activities and experiment with motion in the Movement Studio. Explore how artists express and are inspired by movement through different mediums and techniques. Watch demonstrations by local creatives each weekend.

The Movement Studio is generously supported by Robert & Judi Newman Family Foundation.

Powwow Regalia Studio

North Building, Level 3

This summer, the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program will focus on the artistry and process of creating powwow regalia, coinciding with the Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion exhibition and the 2016 Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration.

Six artists from the Denver community will be in residence for two weeks, and each artist's work will focus on regalia for a different powwow dance. The Powwow Regalia Studio opens June 9 with artist Mary Young Bear and closes September 18 with artist Andy Cozad.

The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by the Virginia W. Hill Foundation.