Past Exhibitions

  • Canaletto Masterwork Restored
    Exhibition

    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
    Exhibition

    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
    Exhibition

    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
    Exhibition

    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
    Exhibition

    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.
    Exhibition

    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

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

    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
    Exhibition

    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

  • Common Ground
    Exhibition

    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.
    Exhibition

    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.
    Exhibition

    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
    Exhibition

    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.
    Exhibition

    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.
    Exhibition

    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
    Exhibition

    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.
    Exhibition

    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

  • Joan Mitchell, Dune, 1970. Oil paint on canvas.
    Exhibition

    Abstract Expressionism

    from the Denver Art Museum
    Apr 3, 2016–Aug 6, 2017

    Soon after World War II, the center of the avant-garde shifted from Europe to the United States when the first American-grown modern art movement—abstract expressionism—was born. More

  • Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974
    Exhibition

    Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974

    New York and Aspen Paintings
    Apr 26, 2015–Jul 30, 2017

    Celebrated for his multidisciplinary approach to art and design, Herbert Bayer called painting "the continuous link connecting all the facets of my work." The paintings presented in the exhibition give us a window into the personal side of this versatile artist. More

  • Printed and Painted
    Exhibition

    Printed and Painted

    The Art of Bark Cloth
    Aug 31, 2014–Jul 23, 2017

    This reinstallation of the Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through the unique medium of bark cloth (or tapa) used across the Pacific. More

  • Mark Bradford, Realness, 2016. Mixed media on canvas.
    Exhibition

    Shade

    Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford
    Apr 9, 2017–Jul 16, 2017

    Contemporary works and abstract expressionist masterpieces converge in Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, a collaborative two-venue presentation by the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and Clyfford Still Museum (CSM). Paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford—who is representing the U.S. More

  • Comme des Garçons, Jacket with Skirt, “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body” collection, Spring/ Summer 1997.
    Exhibition

    Shock Wave

    Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s
    Sep 11, 2016–May 28, 2017

    Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today. More

  • Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, Portrait of a Lady, ca. early 1790s. Oil on paper mounted on canvas
    Exhibition

    Treasures of British Art

    Mar 27, 2016–Apr 23, 2017

    This exhibition presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, providing a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art. More

  • Queen Amidala wearing the Throne Room Gown in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and as seen in the Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibition.
    Exhibition

    Star Wars™

    and the Power of Costume
    Nov 13, 2016–Apr 9, 2017

    Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes. Star Warsand the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series. More

  • Oscar Bluemner, Study for Black by Gold
    Exhibition

    What it Meant to be Modern, 1910–1965

    American Works on Paper from the Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection
    Aug 21, 2016–Mar 5, 2017

    What it Meant to be Modern, 1910–1965: American Works on Paper from the Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection brings together the visionary work of Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler. The 18 works on paper all share the magic of the modernist movement of the first half of the twentieth century. More

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