Past Exhibitions

  • Lorna Simpson, Easy to Remember (still image of film), 2001. 16 mm film, transferred to DVD with sound, 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

    Lorna Simpson

    Easy to Remember
    Jan 17, 2016–Apr 24, 2016

    Lorna Simpson transforms a catchy tune into a commentary on race through acts of erasure. Fifteen black singers, shown only as disembodied mouths, separately hum the song “It’s Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget),” originally sung by Bing Crosby. More

  • E. Martin Hennings, A Friendly Encounter

    A Place in the Sun

    The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings
    Dec 13, 2015–Apr 24, 2016

    Explore the journey of two lifelong friends and fellow artists who were instrumental in defining American art in the twentieth century. A Place in the Sun presents bold, large-scale paintings by Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings, who found their niche in the Southwestern village of Taos, New Mexico. More

  • Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz

    Revolt 1680/2180

    Virgil Ortiz
    May 17, 2015–Apr 24, 2016

    Virgil Ortiz, a renowned artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz’s graphic murals, this exhibition features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. More

  • Allied Works Architecture, National Music Centre concept model, 2009.

    Case Work

    Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil / Allied Works Architecture
    Jan 24, 2016–Apr 17, 2016

    Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore artworks created during the firm's investigative process, which is at the heart of its practice. More

  • Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua

    Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua

    May 17, 2015–Apr 10, 2016

    New York-based artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, in collaboration with local community groups, has transformed the Precourt Discovery Hall into a whimsical environment with paintings, video projections, and ambient sounds from nature. Visitors can create images to contribute to the piece. More

  • Showing Off

    Showing Off

    Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions
    May 17, 2015–Apr 3, 2016

    Gifts, promised gifts, and works that the museum purchased over the last seven years are the focus of this rotation in the modern and contemporary galleries. Showing Off highlights, among others, works by Nick Cave, James Drake, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Al Held, Ben Jackel, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Agnes Martin, John McEnroe, Amy Metier, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Shinique Smith, Stacey Steers, Mark Wallinger. More

  • Fracture


    Cubism & After
    Jan 26, 2014–Mar 20, 2016

    Cubist paintings were based on things in the visible world. Yet they often showed objects fractured, or broken, as if seen from more than one point of view at once. This rotation includes 14 paintings, ranging from Nature Morte (1914) by Pablo Picasso, to Roy Lichtenstein’s The Violin (1976). More

  • Jamie Wyeth, Kleberg


    Andrew and Jamie in the Studio
    Nov 8, 2015–Feb 7, 2016

    The Denver Art Museum presents a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie. Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio is organized by the Denver Art Museum and will feature more than 100 works created in a variety of media, including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil, and mixed media. More

  • Super Indian

    Super Indian

    Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980
    Oct 4, 2015–Jan 17, 2016

    A groundbreaking exhibition of more than 40 rarely seen, monumental paintings and lithographs by the renowned twentieth-century artist. Though he was influenced by abstract expressionists including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, as well as painters Francis Bacon, Francisco de Goya, and Paul Gauguin, Fritz Scholder’s work was purely his own. His art reveals the raw reality of being an American Indian. More

  • Gunther Gerzso

    Gunther Gerzso

    A Mexican Master
    Jun 25, 2015–Jan 3, 2016

    In partnership with Museo de las Americas, we celebrate the Mexican modernist master Gunther Gerzso (1915−2000). The exhibition highlights some of the artist's extraordinary paintings from 1960−1981. More

  • Mark Wallinger

    Mark Wallinger

    Feb 15, 2015–Jan 3, 2016

    Angel is a video that explores the theme of religion and features Wallinger playing Blind Faith, his sightless alter ego. The artist is seen repeatedly reciting—backwards—the first five verses of St. John's Gospel from the King James version of the Bible. The spectator is asked to consider religious belief in a realm beyond the visible. More

  • Alec Soth

    Alec Soth

    Colorado Dispatch
    Jun 7, 2015–Nov 29, 2015

    Photographer Alec Soth studies the habits and rituals of ordinary Americans, finding moments of self-absorption and vulnerability that are specific to the people he photographs, yet somehow common to human experience. Taking cues from the Depression-era documentary projects of the 1930s, Soth set out to create a state-by-state record of American life in the early twenty-first century. Photographed over the course of a 2013 road trip, Colorado Dispatch presents the core of Soth’s work from the Centennial State. More

  • Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, A presumed self-portrait, 1640s. Etching, platemark.

    Castiglione: Lost Genius

    Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection
    Aug 9, 2015–Nov 8, 2015

    See 90 of the finest drawings, etchings and monotypes by the master draftsman, painter, and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. The exhibition explores Castiglione’s mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite his turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known. More

  • In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism

    In Bloom

    Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism
    Jul 19, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

    In Bloom explores the development of nineteenth-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and others. More

  • Arrangements of Flower-themed Artworks


    Jun 1, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

    Arrangements of flower-themed artwork will be on view throughout the Denver Art Museum this summer as part of the campus-wide celebration of flowers and in conjunction with In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism.

    These installations highlight the DAM's vast and varied collections by spotlighting groupings of artworks from all over the world and across time that embrace the flower as subject matter.

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  • The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

    The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

    A Video Installation by Kutluğ Ataman
    Jul 19, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

    The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read (2002) is a four-screen video installation filmed over the course of a year, which centers around the remarkable life of Veronica Read, an Englishwoman with a special passion for Hippeastrum, commonly known as amaryllis.

    With over 900 Hippeastrum bulbs in her two-bedroom house, Veronica Read's obsession with these flowers is all consuming. Masquerading as a documentary about the Hippeastrum flower bulb, the work is actually a portrait of a woman wholly devoted to the care of these bulbs, which contain the hope of flowering only once a year. More

  • Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder

    Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder

    Mar 13, 2015–Sep 20, 2015

    Barbara Bosworth’s photography explores nature and memory through calm reflection upon places that hold deep personal and social meaning. Using a large format 8x10 camera, Bosworth makes exquisite prints that immerse the viewer in the scene and imbue details—fleeting effects of light and subtle traces of human or natural activity—with arresting presence. More

  • Sovereign: Independent Voices

    Sovereign: Independent Voices

    Sep 15, 2013–Aug 16, 2015

    Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists, Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson, and Virgil Ortiz, who have received international acclaim. These artists challenge people to think more broadly about the place of native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The included works reflect meditations on the self and native histories in a variety of media, including painting, sculptural ceramics, and multimedia works. More

  • Collectibles: Works on Paper

    Collectibles: Works on Paper

    Mar 8, 2015–Aug 16, 2015

    Collectibles, a showcase of works on paper from the Denver Art Museum's collection, demonstrates that drawings are, indeed, collectible. That is, that they are worth acquiring and looking at—from up close and far away, in various arrangements, again and again. More

  • Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home?

    Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home?

    Nov 10, 2013–Aug 2, 2015

    Rupprecht Matthies’ ¿Being Home? is a community-inspired, interactive artwork that grows with each installation. In 2009 and 2011, Matthies collaborated with immigrants at Denver-area community organizations, including the African Community Center, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and Centro San Juan Diego, to gather words evocative of notions of home. The resulting words—transformed into mobiles, pillows, and wall pieces—are in 13 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, and Kareni. More

  • Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination

    Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination

    Mar 22, 2015–Jun 28, 2015

    Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination focuses on artworks the Spanish artist created during the last two decades of his career (1963-1981). Joan Miró's (pronounced Jwan mr-OH) imagination and creativity extended well into his old age. Later in life, he continued the inventive forms for which he is known and began exploring new materials, including bronze. This exhibition features bronze sculptures–including Woman and Bird (Femme et oiseau)–which have rarely been seen outside of Europe. More

  • Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures

    Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures

    Apr 19, 2015–Jun 21, 2015

    A visitor favorite since her first appearance in 1984, Linda, is returning to the DAM after a long hiatus. Last on display at the DAM in 2009, Linda has since been kept in darkened, climate-controlled storage to ensure her preservation.

    This exhibition also features two other sculptures by John DeAndrea, Clothed Artist and Model, and Nude with Black Drape. The latter is a newly completed work. More

  • William Matthews: Trespassing

    William Matthews: Trespassing

    Nov 23, 2014–May 17, 2015

    William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape. More

  • First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

    First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

    Jun 1, 2014–Apr 19, 2015

    A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection. More