Past Exhibitions

  • Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 x 24 x 11 in.
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    Jeffrey Gibson

    Like a Hammer
    May 13, 2018–Aug 12, 2018

    Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer—the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work—will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 57 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video. More

  • Fashion sketch of two women in long dresses, with a man visible standing behind them, on the street.
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    Drawn to Glamour

    Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard
    Mar 25, 2018–Aug 5, 2018

    This exhibition presents the award-winning editorial work by artist Jim Howard. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, and through the ‘70s and ‘80s. More

  • Xiaoze Xie, Chinese Library No. 57, 2014. Oil paint on canvas; 48 x 74 ¼ in. Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art. © Xiaoze Xie.
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    Eyes On

    Xiaoze Xie
    Dec 3, 2017–Jul 8, 2018

    The first in a multi-year contemporary art exhibition series, Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie features still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations that the artist based on banned and forbidden books in China. More

  • Three Women at the Races, (Trois femmes aux courses) by Edgar Degas
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    Degas

    A Passion for Perfection
    Feb 11, 2018–May 20, 2018

    This exhibition showcases prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ works from 1855 to 1906. More than 100 works consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures in bronze are on view. The DAM is the sole American venue for the exhibition. More

  • Qiu Ying, attr. (1502-1552), Tribute Bearers (detail), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), China, 1500s. Ink and color on silk
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    Linking Asia

    Art, Trade, and Devotion
    Dec 17, 2017–Apr 1, 2018

    Explore how trade routes inspired and influenced art over time and across the Asian continent. Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion features approximately 150 sculptures, ceramics, textiles, scrolls, and other multi-dimensional works from 20 countries that span more than 2,500 years. More

  • Exterior view of the North Building in the evening at sunset.
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    Then, Now, Next

    Evolution of an Architectural Icon
    Feb 19, 2017–Feb 25, 2018

    Punctuating the DAM's upcoming North Building revitalization project, Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon is an exhibition on the renowned modernist building, its history, and its future. The exhibition will feature historical photos, original architectural sketches, building models, and project renderings to tell the story of the North Building’s evolution. More

  • Cristóbal de Villalpando, The Virgin of Valvanera, about 1710, Mexico, oil paint on canvas. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2008.832.
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    Revealing a Mexican Masterpiece

    The Virgin of Valvanera
    Sep 24, 2017–Jan 21, 2018

    This exhibition showcases a painting from the DAM's Spanish Colonial art collection attributed to Cristóbal de Villalpando. This large-scale oil painting made in colonial Mexico around 1700 recently underwent conservation funded by a grant from Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project. More

  • Marie Bracquemond, Three Women with Parasols (Trois femmes aux ombrelles [Les trois graces]),
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    Her Paris

    Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism
    Oct 22, 2017–Jan 15, 2018

    See remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural, and artistic change. More

  • Joris Laarman, Microstructures Adaptation Chair (Long Cell) Prototype, 2014. 3D printed nylon and copper.
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    Unseated

    Contemporary Chairs Reimagined
    May 1, 2016–Nov 19, 2017

    These eight works reveal the vast range of materials and processes used by contemporary designers as they challenge our notions of what design can be through the enduring form of the chair. More

  • Dancing Maize God Tripod Plate
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    Grand Gestures

    Dance, Drama, Masquerade
    Dec 13, 2015–Nov 19, 2017

    Pre-Columbian art is full of human and supernatural figures in dramatic poses. This installation of 29 objects presents a cross-cultural selection of works from the DAM's extensive collection. More

  • Canaletto Masterwork Restored
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    Canaletto Masterwork Restored

    Feb 16, 2013–Nov 19, 2017

    Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration. More

  • Britain's Golden Age
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    Britain's Golden Age

    Apr 28, 2017–Nov 19, 2017

    British art comes into its own in the eighteenth century. For the first time artists born in Britain—Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Richard Wilson, to name a few—set the European standard in portraiture and landscape. Many of their most talented followers are on view in this new installation of paintings from the Berger Collection. More

  • Glitterati
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    Glitterati

    Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America
    Dec 7, 2014–Nov 19, 2017

    During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry. More

  • Depth & Detail
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    Depth & Detail

    Carved Bamboo from China, Japan & Korea
    Aug 25, 2013–Nov 19, 2017

    The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning. More

  • Ruskin Pottery, group of ceramic works
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    Artistry and Craftsmanship

    Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons
    Nov 29, 2015–Nov 19, 2017

    Throughout its 35-year history, Ruskin Pottery produced decorative vessels, tableware, buttons, and plaques intended to be set in silver as jewelry. The pottery was known for hand-thrown ceramic bodies and innovative glazes. More

  • Fujioka Shūhei (b. 1947), Vase, Japan. Ceramic.
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    From the Fire

    Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection
    Sep 25, 2016–Nov 19, 2017

    This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler. More

  • Common Ground
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    Common Ground

    Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013
    Aug 13, 2017–Nov 12, 2017

    Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, is a survey of the nearly 25-year career of the critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh. Born and raised in New York City, the artist has focused on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his documentary-based photography practice. More

  • Close view of the outdoor installation La Musidora, showing vibrantly colored woven materials.
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    La Musidora

    Jun 30, 2017–Oct 29, 2017

    Take part in this interactive art installation of paired rocking chairs that move in tandem to create music. More

  • Ana Teresa Fernández, Erasure 4 (performance documentation), 2015. Oil on canvas.
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    Mi Tierra

    Contemporary Artists Explore Place
    Feb 19, 2017–Oct 22, 2017

    Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. More

  • Melanie Yazzie, My Quilt
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    Strong Statements

    Jun 10, 2015–Oct 15, 2017

    Strong Statements features six thought-provoking works, each by a contemporary native artist. The works challenge stereotypes and explores issues that affect American Indians including corruption and violence in the casino industry, racism, addiction, and questions of identity. More

  • Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, oil on canvas, 1889.
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    The Western

    An Epic in Art and Film
    May 27, 2017–Sep 10, 2017

    The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film, and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations, and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is about more than cowboys, bandits, and barroom brawls.

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  • View of the site-specific installation, Tableau, by Hadley Hooper.
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    Tableau

    May 8, 2016–Aug 20, 2017

    This installation of larger-than-life immersive illustrations by Hadley Hooper was inspired by theater stage sets. More

  • Dan Shaw-Town, Untitled, 2014. Spray enamel, newspaper ink, and graphite on Econolite with steel frame; 72-1/2 × 48-1/2 in. Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey. © Dan Shaw-Town
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    Word Dance

    Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey
    Mar 19, 2017–Aug 6, 2017

    The artists in Word Dance have all developed a distinctly individual language for drawing that invites viewers into their private world. The works-on-paper from JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey’s collection that have been chosen for this exhibition are all concerned with words, letters or a connection with language. More

  • Martin Maloney, Over Exposed, 1999. Oil paint on canvas.
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    Audacious

    Contemporary Artists Speak Out
    Feb 21, 2016–Aug 6, 2017

    British artist Damien Hirst famously said, “Art survives through its effect on others.” As a leader in the contemporary art world, he, like his peers, considers making art a way to convey ideas about culture, human relationships, the environment, and politics. More

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