Past Exhibitions

  • Cuppetelli & Mendoza: Transposition

    Cuppetelli & Mendoza: Transposition

    May 19, 2013–December 1, 2013

    A collaboration between artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, Cuppetelli and Mendoza: Transposition is a site-specific installation that explores the intersection between traditional craft and digital technology. The artwork consists of elastic ropes that are illuminated by software driven video projections. More

  • Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag

    Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag

    May 19, 2013–November 3, 2013

    This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view original works on paper alongside Czech-born Jacqueline Groag's lively, bold designs for furnishing textiles, dress fabrics, laminates and other decorative surfaces. More

  • Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012

    Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012

    May 19, 2013–November 3, 2013

    A selection of more than 30 drawings and sculptures by Denver-based artist Bruce Price will be featured in our works-on-paper gallery. More

  • Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years

    Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years

    February 11, 2012–October 27, 2013

    Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years is the first in a chronological series of exhibitions that trace Bayer’s development from his earliest days in Austria through his years in the United States. Bayer was first a student and later a master (teacher) at the Bauhaus, generally regarded as the most important school of art and design of the 20th century. In Colorado, Bayer is best known as the designer of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, where he was able to apply the Bauhaus concept of “total design” across the Institute campus. More

  • Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander & Seydou Keïta

    Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander & Seydou Keïta

    May 19, 2013–October 27, 2013

    This exhibition will feature the work of two twentieth-century photographers, August Sander and Seydou Keïta, whose work documented transformations in their respective countries through portraiture of everyday citizens. More

  • Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia

    Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia

    May 19, 2013–October 20, 2013

    The use of resist-dye techniques is found in many Asian countries. This exhibition highlights eye-dazzling textiles from various cultural traditions, including weavings from Uzbekistan and Japan. Several of the garments in the exhibition are made with ikat—fabrics with patterns created by dyeing the threads before they are woven into cloth.

    Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Figure to Field

    Figure to Field

    Mark Rothko in the 1940s
    June 23, 2013–September 29, 2013

    “An enormously satisfying exhibition of early Mark Rothko works … gives viewers an opportunity to hone their powers of observation. Following the artist through a decade of activity, we get to see that his apparently radical shift from suggestively figurative to purely abstract art may not be so extreme after all.” – Tom L. Freudenheim, The Wall Street Journal (about the exhibition when it was at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio) More

  • Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870

    Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870

    May 19, 2013–September 22, 2013

    While Navajo artists have been creating eye catching textiles since the late 1600s, the middle of the 1800s saw an explosion of color & design elaboration. This exhibition will present about 50 of the greatest examples of Navajo design expression.

    Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870 is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype

    Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype

    May 19, 2013–September 22, 2013

    Western Duds explores the importance of textiles in the colorful history of the American West. The exhibition highlights four paintings paired with the uniquely western textiles they portray and celebrates western clothing and accessories as sources of artistic inspiration.

    Western Duds is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Spun: Adventures in Textiles

    Spun: Adventures in Textiles

    May 19, 2013–September 22, 2013

    The Denver Art Museum takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography in the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Nick Cave: Sojourn

    Nick Cave: Sojourn

    June 9, 2013–September 22, 2013

    “Artist Nick Cave’s gorgeous creations are a must-see at the DAM....” – Michael Paglia, Westword

    Sojourn will delight audiences of all ages with its sophisticated blend of color and whimsy." – Westword

    Nick Cave: Sojourn is a multisensory experience unlike any other.... Cave’s imagination is a whimsical, talented land that begs you to immerse yourself.”– Daliah Singer, 5280 More

  • A Moment in Time: Here

    A Moment in Time: Here

    February 10, 2013–September 22, 2013

    Denver-based painter Rick Dula, who photographed the Hamilton Building throughout its construction, created hyper-realist painting A Moment in Time: Here in 2009. It appears to peel back the interior walls of the building to expose its steel girders and underpinnings, and reveals the angular skeleton of the structure, which opened in 2006.

    Popular with museum members and volunteers, the artwork originally was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace!

    See Dula and his team create the artwork on-site in the 10-minute timelapse video below. More

  • Rocky Mountain Majesty

    Rocky Mountain Majesty

    The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams
    December 16, 2012–September 8, 2013

    Charles Partridge Adams was a Colorado landscape painter active during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams marks the first time that Adams’ paintings will be displayed together at a major art museum; and the Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for this important exhibition that highlights his greatest paintings of Colorado. More

  • Texture & Tradition

    Texture & Tradition

    Japanese Woven Bamboo
    July 30, 2011–July 28, 2013

    Focusing on Japanese woven bamboo, over 70 beautiful pieces will be displayed in this installation, including baskets, screens, trays, containers, accessories, hand warmers, and a chair. Among the works on view are pieces by basket makers who have been designated Living National Treasures. Texture and Tradition: Japanese Woven Bamboo highlights works from the Lutz Bamboo Collection and gifts from Paul M. Hoff III and Hazel W. Hoff in memory of Paul M. Hoff Jr. More

  • Brian Knep: Exempla

    Brian Knep: Exempla

    June 2, 2012–May 19, 2013

    Time-based media artist Brian Knep has created an immersive and interactive installation in the Precourt Family Discovery Hall. Knep uses scientific tools and software to create interactive installations that respond to human behavior and activity. His works raise questions about the nature of human interaction and our place in the world. More

  • Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico

    Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico

    Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land
    February 10, 2013–April 28, 2013

    The exhibition brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land features 53 O’Keeffe works including 15 rarely seen pictures of different Hopi katsina tihu, along with examples of these types of figures. More

  • Chamber


    February 17, 2013–April 7, 2013

    Charles Sandison’s video installation Chamber uses computer-generated projections of light in dazzling fashion. In an otherwise dark room, multi-colored projections form words and symbols as abstract imagery dance across the raw surfaces of the walls. The Scottish artist’s paradoxical work employs 21st-century technology to evoke primal feelings of wonder and awe.

    Chamber originally was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace! More

  • More Scapes

    More Scapes

    December 2, 2012–March 31, 2013

    More Scapes—an extended selection of Scapes (landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes)—further explores the varied visions of American landscapes. Artists expand the snapshot to create emotional as well as figurative impressions. More

  • Laura Letinsky

    Laura Letinsky

    Still Life Photographs, 1997–2012
    October 28, 2012–March 24, 2013

    Laura Letinsky’s still life photographs have evolved from studies in melancholy and absence to subtle, yet surprising, explorations of perception, color and space. Wavering between flatness and volume, story and metaphor, these photographs contain mysteries that challenge viewers to keep looking and asking questions about how we see. This survey exhibition traces the paths Letinsky followed in her work from the late 1990s until today. More

  • Potters of Precision

    Potters of Precision

    The Coors Porcelain Company
    June 11, 2011–March 24, 2013

    The Coors Porcelain Company, now known as CoorsTek, creates specialized scientific forms—crucibles, beakers, evaporating dishes—that have remained virtually unchanged since their earliest iteration. Beauty and function exist simultaneously in vessels that serve scientists’ precisely stated needs.

    On view through March 24, 2013. More

  • Olivetti: Innovation & Identity

    Olivetti: Innovation & Identity

    November 1, 2010–March 24, 2013

    Olivetti: Innovation and Identity showcases the Italian company's groundbreaking approach to product design and promotion. After World War II, Olivetti's quality office machines and distinctive advertising graphics helped establish Italy’s reputation as the cradle of modern design. The company's graphic designers, architects, artists, writers, and advertising experts took an active part in the design of not only the company’s products and advertisements, but also the visual appearance of its showrooms and corporate architecture. More

  • What Is Modern?

    What Is Modern?

    November 1, 2010–March 24, 2013

    What Is Modern? features imaginative furniture, industrial, and graphic designs that span more than 200 years, from the early 1800s to the present day. The objects—representing a trajectory of innovative thinking and a variety of methods, materials, and concepts—explore the ways in which design has expressed the modern experience. More