The museum hosts a variety of scholarly symposia, including annual presentations on art of the ancient Americas or Latin American Art and western American art. We also hold biannual symposia on American Indian art.
The Petrie Institute of Western American Art Symposium
The Petrie Institute offers annual scholarly symposia that relate directly to either the department’s exhibitions or other major topics in western American art.
The Petrie Institute of Western American Art is pleased to announce its annual symposium, Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.Read more
European Painting and Sculpture Symposium: The Berger Collection
The department of painting and sculpture is pleased to host the symposium What Lies Beneath: Uncovering the Secrets of Early British Portraits on Thursday, September 12, 2019.Learn More
Mayer Center Symposium
El Mar Caribe: The American Mediterranean
A two-day symposium focused on the ancient American communities that resided around and within the Caribbean Sea.Read more
Biannual Symposium on American Indian Art
Every other year the native arts department hosts a symposium on topics related to American Indian art. Through this event the scholarly dialog on American Indian art is advanced. The most recent symposium, In Dialog: Fritz Scholder and the Art World, was held on January 7, 2016.
Images: Virgin Embroidering with Saints Anne & Joaquim (detail). Bolivia, 18th century. Oil on canvas. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight; 1983.598. William Herbert Dunton, The Open Range, 1914. Oil on canvas; 26 x 39 in. The Roath Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 2013.94. Gallery view of Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980. Teotihuacan wall mural fragment (detail). Mexico, AD 650–750. Lime plaster and polychrome paint, 29¾ x 37 in. Denver Art Museum, Department acquisition funds; 1965.202.
In anticipation of Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington (opening March 15, 2020), the Petrie Institute of Western American Art's annual symposium will consider the unlikely pairing of Winslow Homer, known for his depictions of rocky Eastern coastlines, and Frederic Remington, famous for his vision of the American West. More