Past Exhibitions

  • Texture & Tradition

    Texture & Tradition

    Japanese Woven Bamboo
    Jul 30, 2011–Jul 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

    Jun 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
    Feb 10, 2013–Apr 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


    Feb 17, 2013–Apr 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

    Dec 2, 2012–Mar 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

  • Potters of Precision

    Potters of Precision

    The Coors Porcelain Company
    Jun 11, 2011–Mar 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

  • Laura Letinsky

    Laura Letinsky

    Still Life Photographs, 1997–2012
    Oct 28, 2012–Mar 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

  • What Is Modern?

    What Is Modern?

    Nov 1, 2010–Mar 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

  • Olivetti: Innovation & Identity

    Olivetti: Innovation & Identity

    Nov 1, 2010–Mar 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

  • Laleh Mehran: Men of God, Men of Nature

    Laleh Mehran: Men of God, Men of Nature

    May 20, 2012–Feb 17, 2013

    Men of God, Men of Nature is a site-specific work designed by Laleh Mehran especially for the Fuse Box. The daughter of Iranian scientists, Mehran has lived most of her life in the U.S. and has been a professor at the University of Denver since 2007. Her complex relationship with political, scientific, and theological concepts drives her work that often has an interactive component. Her works are intended to be meditative and seductive, inviting viewers to consider their own relationship to the issues she presents. More

  • Mud to Masterpiece: Mexican Colonial Ceramics

    Mud to Masterpiece: Mexican Colonial Ceramics

    Jun 11, 2011–Feb 17, 2013

    Columbus’s encounter with the Americas and Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world marked the beginning of the modern era of global trade. Mexico sat at the crossroads where Asian objects traversed the Pacific, European goods came over the Atlantic, and Mexican products were exported in return. Objects from all these areas came together in colonial Mexico, inspiring local artists to alter and mingle details in new ways. Nowhere is this new dynamic more evident than in art made from clay. More

  • Becoming Van Gogh

    Becoming Van Gogh

    Oct 21, 2012–Jan 20, 2013

    An in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, Becoming Van Gogh examines critical steps in his artistic evolution through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works by artists to whom he responded such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Camille Pissarro. Becoming Van Gogh brings together loans from more than 60 public and private collections throughout Europe and North America to tell the story of a number of key formative periods throughout the artist’s career. More

  • Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels

    Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels

    Nov 11, 2012–Jan 13, 2013

    Dana Schutz combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create figurative paintings that abound with expressionist energy. Her distinctive visual style is characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork. Schutz’s subjects spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations that are bizarre and impossible, yet oddly compelling. This first 10-year survey features 31 paintings and 9 drawings created since 2001 and will include work from each of her inventive series. More

  • El Anatsui

    El Anatsui

    When I Last Wrote to You about Africa
    Sep 9, 2012–Jan 6, 2013

    The first retrospective of El Anatsui’s work, this exhibition includes important sculptures in wood, ceramic, and mixed media as well as major pieces from his bottle-top series. The 61 works cover all phases of the artist’s career, from his early work in Ghana utilizing traditional symbols to found driftwood works made in Denmark to sculptures made using the chainsaw as a carving tool. This is the first opportunity for audiences to see how the artist’s ideas have developed over four decades. More

  • Theodore Waddell’s Abstract Angus

    Theodore Waddell’s Abstract Angus

    May 20, 2012–Dec 2, 2012

    Theodore Waddell arrived in New York in the early 1960s, only a short decade after abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still dominated the art world. Gleaning elements from this art movement, Waddell returned home to his native Montana and created works of nearly abstract backgrounds that suggest the landscape. By painting figures that symbolized cattle in snow-filled backgrounds, the painter walks the line of abstraction and realism. More

  • Sleight of Hand

    Sleight of Hand

    Apr 9, 2011–Nov 25, 2012

    Meet 14 contemporary artists whose works surprise the eye while challenging and intriguing our powers of perception. Masters of alchemy who employ materials ranging from anticipated to astonishing, these artists push time-honored textile techniques—embroidery, quilting, weaving, netting, crochet, coiling, and ikat—to unexpected extremes and invent new methods to achieve their creative vision. More

  • Scapes


    Jun 17, 2012–Nov 25, 2012

    Landscapes, seascapes, even skyscapes and dreamscapes, occupy our imagination. These worlds are presented in drawings by 16 artists on view in the works-on-paper gallery. Some works convey a sense of place using no more than a simple graphic line, as demonstrated by Roy Lichtenstein and Saul Steinberg; others inject atmospheric effects as seen in examples by Richard Artschwager, Jennifer Bartlett, and Alexis Rockman. Keith Hale's huge ethereal nightscape conjures up the magic of light in the middle of the night. Still others connect to Colorado, like this drawing by Christo. More

  • Blue & White: A Ceramic Journey

    Blue & White: A Ceramic Journey

    Jun 11, 2011–Oct 14, 2012

    The technique of creating blue-and-white ceramics was a great innovation of Chinese ceramic history and they became a vital component of China’s export trade. Blue and White: A Ceramic Journey conveys the popularity of blue-and-white pottery throughout the centuries in different parts of the world. The exhibit will feature objects ranging from early periods of blue-and-white ceramic production to present day examples. More

  • Now Boarding

    Now Boarding

    Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight
    Jul 15, 2012–Oct 7, 2012

    An exhibition that will change how travelers view airports and their design, Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight takes visitors on a journey through the history of airports aided by film, digital art, animation, models, drawings, photographs, and full-scale architectural elements. More

  • Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

    Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

    Jan 29, 2012–Sep 30, 2012

    Garry Winogrand photographed in crowds and on the street from his early days as a New York magazine freelancer in the 1950s to his last years in Los Angeles. When he sensed the composition of a picture falling into place, Winogrand would quickly raise his camera to his eye and take candid photos of anonymous people. He used a 35mm Leica camera that enabled him to photograph quickly and freely. Often he focused on women—in parks, getting into cars, at parties, exiting stores—creating photographs that highlighted the changing role of women and, at times, the uncertainty of their new place. More

  • Design Lab: Three Studios

    Design Lab: Three Studios

    Jul 27, 2012–Sep 2, 2012

    Experience unique offerings from Colorado’s ever-growing design community this summer in Design Lab: Three Studios featuring DoubleButter, MATTER, and tres birds workshop. Utilizing inventive approaches to architecture and design, the installations in this exhibition challenge the rules of traditional design practices and illuminate the process of constructing an object, a space, or the components of information. More

  • Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge

    Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge

    Aug 4, 2012–Sep 2, 2012

    The Denver Art Museum (DAM) invited the community to participate in an inspired design challenge by creating a solution to a design issue in their neighborhood and bringing it to the museum for display.

    Following the Open For Design submission drop-off on July 28, the museum has put the designs on view in Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge in the Anschutz Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building. More

  • Focus: Earth & Fire

    Focus: Earth & Fire

    Jun 11, 2011–Aug 5, 2012

    Focus: Earth and Fire showcases ceramic work in the DAM’s modern and contemporary art collection, as well as paintings that respond to earth and fire. This presentation takes the widest approach to the theme and celebrates the myriad artistic responses to rugged mountains, powerful earthquakes and volcanoes, blazing forest fires and even the hot sunlight pouring down from millions of miles away. More

  • Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

    Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

    Mar 25, 2012–Jul 8, 2012

    A sweeping retrospective of the designer’s 40 years of creativity, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective features a stunning selection of 200 haute couture garments along with numerous photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate the development of Saint Laurent's style and the historical foundations of his work. Organized thematically, the presentation melds design and art to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his evening dresses from 2002. The DAM will be the only United States venue for the exhibition. More