Past Exhibitions

  • Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

    Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

    Apr 15, 2012–Jun 17, 2012

    Drawn from the personal collection of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, this exhibition features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection examines the collection for its historical ties as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a language of its own. More

  • Ed Ruscha: On the Road

    Ed Ruscha: On the Road

    Dec 24, 2011–Apr 22, 2012

    Ed Ruscha: On the Road is a vibrant exhibition featuring works inspired by Jack Kerouac’s seminal work On the Road, the novel that came to define the Beat Generation. Both artists utilize language as a form of social commentary, documenting the continuing shifts in the American cultural landscape. By superimposing passages from Kerouac’s epic 1957 novel onto images of snow-capped mountains or abstract backgrounds, Ruscha injects new life into the feverishly written words. More

  • Gary Emrich: Contact

    Gary Emrich: Contact

    Sep 10, 2011–Apr 8, 2012

    Gary Emrich’s video installation exploits the chromatic qualities of video in a digital age. Contact features a painterly montage of luscious foliage, vibrant flowers, and a curiously rotating moonscape to create a dreamlike realm that upends our understanding of time and space.


  • Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home?

    Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home?

    Nov 12, 2011–Feb 19, 2012

    ¿Being Home? is a community inspired, site-specific, interactive artwork that changes with each presentation. Initially installed as part of the Embrace! exhibition and acquired by the DAM, ¿Being Home? is an immersive environment made up of colorful word sculptures and mobiles carved in Plexiglas, Styrofoam, and foam. More

  • A Visual Alphabet: Herbert Bayer's Anthology Paintings

    A Visual Alphabet: Herbert Bayer's Anthology Paintings

    May 2, 2009–Feb 5, 2012

    Don't miss Herbert Bayer's anthologies series, in the Hamilton Building's lower level gallery.

    In these late works—painted in the final decade of his career—Bayer moved away from earlier formulas and rational structures, and allowed fantasy, intuition, and imagination to reign. The paintings re-examine his previous themes, including geologic and atmospheric forces, nature and the cosmos, and symbols such as letters and gates. More

  • Changing Landscapes: Themes in 19th Century French and American Painting

    Changing Landscapes: Themes in 19th Century French and American Painting

    Aug 13, 2011–Feb 5, 2012

    A selection of landscapes on view in our level six European and American art galleries trace the development of landscape painting among artists of the late nineteenth century Barbizon movement in France and some of their contemporaries in the United States. These paintings are part of a University of Denver student-curated exhibition; the rest of the exhibition is on view in the university’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery through November 13, 2011. Works by Corot, Dupré, Millet, and others are featured at the two locations. More

  • Xu Beihong

    Xu Beihong

    Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting
    Oct 30, 2011–Jan 29, 2012

    Xu Beihong is a key figure in 20th century Chinese art. Drawn from the Xu Beihong Memorial Museum, the exhibition features 61 works including Chinese ink brush paintings, oil paintings, drawings, pastels, and calligraphy. Visitors can explore Xu Beihong’s career from early works including a 1918 landscape painting, drawings and paintings created during his studies in Europe, and several of his well-known and loved horse paintings. More

  • Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty

    Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty

    Oct 30, 2011–Jan 29, 2012

    Drawn exclusively from the DAM’s collection of Chinese textiles and costumes, Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty presents a glimpse into the latter years of the court and culture of the Qing Dynasty and the final days of empire in China. Among the approximately 100 pieces on view are court robes and accessories, many of which denote the wearer’s specific rank. More

  • Dirty Pictures

    Dirty Pictures

    Jun 11, 2011–Jan 8, 2012

    Dirty Pictures shows the varied ways photographers have depicted mud in their work. Whether as media for photographic construction, as the substance of metaphor, or as a mark of human interaction with the earth—mud, clay, dirt, and soil have made prominent appearances in the work of many photographers in the past thirty-five years. More

  • Robert Adams

    Robert Adams

    Sep 25, 2011–Jan 1, 2012

    This important retrospective offers a comprehensive look at the work of a 20th century master who challenges conventional ideas of landscape photography by looking at damaged, marginal, and overfamiliar places as well as places of quiet, seemingly untouched, beauty. Rather than offering escape, Adams inspires new ways of seeing by asking viewers to acknowledge and care for the world in all its imperfection. Born in 1937, Adams grew up in suburban Denver and lived and worked on Colorado’s Front Range until moving to Oregon in 1997. More

  • Western Horizons: Landscapes from the Contemporary Realism Collection

    Western Horizons: Landscapes from the Contemporary Realism Collection

    Dec 12, 2010–Dec 4, 2011

    Celebrating nearly 20 years of collecting contemporary western landscapes, Western Horizons features more than 25 paintings that demonstrate the American West’s enduring influence on artists.

    "Landscapes continue to inspire artists today much as they did well-known western painters like Charles M. Russell and George Catlin," says Thomas Smith, the exhibition's curator and director of the DAM's Petrie Institute of Western American Art. "This collection underscores the fact that landscape is indeed a relevant subject exploring many diverse aspects of western life." More

  • Overthrown: Clay Without Limits

    Overthrown: Clay Without Limits

    Jun 11, 2011–Sep 18, 2011

    The twenty-five artists in Overthrown: Clay Without Limits took on adventurous challenges to make the works in this exhibition. Most were made especially for Overthrown and many are in direct dialogue with our dynamic Daniel Libeskind-designed architecture; they move beyond the pedestal to the wall, the floor, and even the ceiling. A few extend beyond the Anschutz Gallery, across the entire museum complex. They break boundaries that are physical, technological, conceptual, and spatial. More