TAG: modern and contemporary art

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

Mark Bradford's Realness

On View in The Light Show 

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

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

Learn More about the Jordan Casteel Paintings in Our Collection

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

Phantom Canyon

Phantom Canyon

A Digital Circuit
On View through October 18, 2020

Journey along the circuit of balconies, landings, and stairs within the atrium of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building to discover the 15 digital artworks that make up Phantom Canyon: A Digital Circuit. 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
May 12, 2019–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

gallery view of Eyes On: Erika Harrsch

Eyes On

Erika Harrsch
March 10, 2019–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

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The Light Show

On View through March 7, 2021

The Light Show at the Denver Art Museum explores physical and symbolic representations of light in art through a thought-provoking narrative. The exhibition features about 250 objects drawn from the DAM’s nine curatorial departments. The Light Show focuses on the quest by humanity and artists to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual, and divine representations of light. More

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

Japanese Lady Vase by Betty Woodman
Blog: Behind the Scenes

On the loss of Pioneering Artist Betty Woodman

We at the Denver Art Museum are saddened to hear of the death of ceramics artist Betty Woodman. She died January 2, 2018 at the age of 87. The DAM is honored to have several of her artworks in our collection. Woodman's Japanese Lady Vase was a visitor favorite.


Xiaoze Xie, Chinese Library No. 57, 2014. Oil paint on canvas; 48 x 74 ¼ in. Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art. © Xiaoze Xie.

Eyes On

Xiaoze Xie
December 3, 2017–July 8, 2018

The first in a multi-year contemporary art exhibition series, Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie features still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations that the artist based on banned and forbidden books in China. More