TAG: modern and contemporary art

Abstract painting in ash, sepia, gray, golden yellow, matte white, black, and tan called Realness by Mark Bradford
Blog: Inside the Collection

Mark Bradford's Realness

On View in The Light Show through May 3, 2020

Mark Bradford creates wall-sized collages and installations that inspire wonder with intricately detailed canvases in response to impromptu networks—underground economies, marginalized communities, and abandoned urban buildings. More

Drop-In Drawing
Event: Programs & Lectures

Drop-In Drawing

Monthly program on the second Tuesday of the month
Occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Next Occurs on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 1:00pm3:00pm.

Join artist Anna Kaye in our fun and informal creative art sessions. Bring a drawing or sketching project of your own or get started on something new. More

Jordan Casteel speaking next to her two paintings at the media preview for her exhibition
Blog: Inside the Collection

Learn More about the Jordan Casteel Paintings in Our Collection

On View Through August 18, 2019

Like many artists before her, Jordan Casteel is drawn to Harlem's vibrant street life and arts scene. Casteel's early paintings depicted black men and their relationships with one another. Later, the people and streets of Harlem became the subject of her work. As the artist shifted her gaze to her community at large, a focus on locally owned businesses emerged—the Ethiopian restaurant that she frequents, a shop owned by an acquaintance—which led to more frequent representations of women. More

Suchitra Mattai, Tropical Beauty, 2018
Event: Programs & Lectures

Logan Lecture: Suchitra Mattai

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

Suchitra Mattai is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Guyana, now working in Denver. Her practice maintains an interest in the complex relationship between the natural and artificial worlds, as well as in the questioning of historical narratives.

Mattai will speak about her process, and share her experiences surrounding the Sharjah Biennial and the creation of "Imperfect Isometry."

Doors open at 5:30 pm.

A reception will follow at the ART, a hotel. More

Grid of tiny artworks 2x2 inches, 9 wide and 9 high.
Event: Programs & Lectures

Logan Lecture: Jonathan Saiz

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

Denver-born artist Jonathan Saiz invites the audience to imagine #WhatisUtopia in Eyes On: Jonathan Saiz. More

Jamie Okuma, Ribbon dress
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Symposium Explores Appropriation & Appreciation in the Global Art World

February 23, 9:30 am-4:15 pm

On Saturday, February 23, artists, scholars, and curators will meet at the Denver Art Museum for a symposium on Who Owns Culture? Appropriation & Appreciation in the Global Art World. As a global art museum with artworks from many cultures around the world, the DAM is proud to contribute to this complex and ongoing discussion. More

Study for Utopia (2018)

Eyes On

Jonathan Saiz
On View through November 17, 2019

Jonathan Saiz’s installation #WhatisUtopia is comprised of a column covered with 10,000 tiny drawings, paintings, and sculptures. By definition, utopia is “an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.” The artist employs social media to spark conversation and document responses about our ability to re-envision and embody a modern utopia. More than 10,000 artworks were made to be given away after the end of the exhibition. More

Child looking at camera with digital sky

Eyes On

Erika Harrsch
On View through November 17, 2019

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch features a single contemporary installation titled Under the Same Sky… We Dream. Harrsch (who is based in New York and was born and raised in Mexico City) first exhibited Under the Same Sky… We Dream in El Paso in 2017 just as regulations became more stringent for those seeking asylum in the United States. The installation also was featured at B3: The Biennial of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany, that same year. More

Oversized rawhide box with painted geometric shapes in bright colors, on repurposed tipi poles
Art Object Resource


Jeffrey Gibson
Jordan Casteel

Jordan Casteel

Returning the Gaze
February 2, 2019–August 18, 2019

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze features nearly 30 paintings by Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel, who is now based in Harlem, New York. This presentation represents Casteel’s first major museum exhibition, and provides audiences with a first look at new work by one of the most acclaimed emerging artists working today. More

Eyes On

Eyes On

Julie Buffalohead
July 29, 2018–April 21, 2019

Eyes on: Julie Buffalohead uses metaphors, iconography, and storytelling narratives in her artwork to describe emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experiences, and often analyzes the commercialization of American Indian cultures. More