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December 2014


Sunday, May 19, 2013Sunday, January 4, 2015

From recycled plastics and bound clothing to woven silks and charred tree limbs, Material World illustrates the wide range of materials and techniques used by contemporary artists.

Sunday, June 1, 2014Sunday, January 4, 2015

German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than 10 years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures, such as Castle and Doublerocker, both were on display in Material World. But he could use a camera. Herring has continued making videos since then, focusing increasingly on the people who participate in them. He has invited friends and strangers to improvise scenarios he contrives.

Sunday, December 15, 2013Sunday, January 18, 2015

The environment, literacy, peace, and equality are just a few of the subjects that designers tackle in Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives. With a touch of humor or with straightforward solemnity, the 33 posters in this exhibition demonstrate the inventive techniques designers use to provoke action.

Sunday, June 8, 2014Sunday, January 25, 2015

Joyce and Ted Strauss transformed the museum’s photography collection through their involvement as patrons, collectors, curators, and passionate advocates for the medium. As collectors, Joyce and Ted cast a wide net that encompassed early masterworks as well as experimental photographs by emerging artists. Even as they focused on contemporary art, they continued to acquire important twentieth century photographs with a strong historic or conceptual relationship to more recent work.

Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art
Sunday, October 12, 2014Sunday, February 8, 2015

Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque, and Kees van Dongen.

Saturday, February 16, 2013Sunday, February 15, 2015

Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration.

Sunday, July 27, 2014Sunday, February 15, 2015

Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades. 


Sunday, November 16, 2014Sunday, March 15, 2015

The DAM will host the world-exclusive exhibition of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, featuring stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or design house's, evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building.

Sunday, June 1, 2014Sunday, March 22, 2015

A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection.

Sunday, November 18, 2012Sunday, April 5, 2015

The 30 artworks in this exhibition reveal the versatility of lacquer as a medium used by Japanese artists to create containers, trays, plaques, braziers, and screens. A wide range of techniques are represented to demonstrate how lacquer was used during the last century to create objects of enduring beauty. The selected artworks reflect the changing styles and tastes of successive generations of lacquer artists who produced designs based on plants, animals, and other elements of nature.

Sunday, May 25, 2014Sunday, April 12, 2015

This summer, Jason Rogenes will transform the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes. Part of a rich summer program focusing on sculpture, the installation—made out of cardboard and reclaimed Styrofoam—will encourage visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014Sunday, May 17, 2015

William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape.

Sunday, September 15, 2013Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists, Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson, and Virgil Ortiz, who have received international acclaim. These artists challenge people to think more broadly about the place of native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The included works reflect meditations on the self and native histories in a variety of media, including painting, sculptural ceramics, and multimedia works.

Sunday, August 25, 2013Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Depth and Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan, and Korea showcases a variety of carved, cut, incised, and etched bamboo objects. The exhibition demonstrates how artists used bamboo, carving deeply through it to achieve different colors and textures. The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning.

Sunday, November 10, 2013Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rupprecht Matthies’ ¿Being Home? is a community-inspired, interactive artwork that grows with each installation. In 2009 and 2011, Matthies collaborated with immigrants at Denver-area community organizations, including the African Community Center, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and Centro San Juan Diego, to gather words evocative of notions of home. The resulting words—transformed into mobiles, pillows, and wall pieces—are in 13 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, and Kareni.

Sunday, January 30, 2011Sunday, December 27, 2015

Experience one of the world's premier collections of Native American art. Reopened on January 30, 2011, our remodeled galleries of American Indian and Northwest Coast art focus on artists and their creations, revealing the hand and eye of each individual artist.

Sunday, January 30, 2011Sunday, December 27, 2015

Nampeyo: Excellence by Name is on view in the American Indian art galleries. Nampeyo is recognized as one of the greatest ceramicists of the 20th century. This exhibition traces the full spectrum of the famed Hopi artist’s career, highlighting key elements of her innovative forms and designs and the work of successive generations of her family.

Sunday, January 26, 2014Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cubism was the most revolutionary and influential movement of the twentieth century. After Renaissance artists perfected the device of perspective, a painting was thought of as a window into the world. But cubist painters understood that canvases themselves were painted objects. They also rejected the idea that an object rendered with traditional perspective was any more “real” than an abstraction of that object on the flat surface.

Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America
Sunday, December 7, 2014Sunday, November 27, 2016

During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry.

The Art of Bark Cloth
Sunday, August 31, 2014Sunday, August 27, 2017

This reinstallation of the Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through the unique medium of bark cloth (or tapa) used across the Pacific. Techniques and styles for decorating varied from island group to island group. Painted, printed, and beaten patterns decorate supple and sometimes expansive bark cloths.


Occurs every day the museum is open
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:15am11:00am

Think outside the box and experience the unique architecture of the museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind.  Take a trip through Boettcher Canyon Walk, scout out the Bartlit Sculpture Deck, sight-see from Duncan Pavilion, and more.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.


Occurs every day the museum is open
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:00am11:45am

Expert docents introduce you to a selection of the museum’s most noteworthy objects. Visit both the North and Hamilton buildings and discover a diversity of artworks from across time and around the world.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Occurs every Wednesday and Friday
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm12:30pm

Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Enjoy a different topic each week.  Included in general admission.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Upcoming Topics

November 5 & 7: Symbolism in Jewelry, The Berger Collection

Portraits in the Berger Collection portray sitters who wear jewelry to signify social status, marital status, or allegiance to the monarch.

Occurs every month on the third Saturday
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:00am11:45am

On the third Saturday of the month, expert docents introduce you to a selection of the museum’s most noteworthy objects. Visit both the North and Hamilton buildings and discover a diversity of artworks from across time and around the world. The 45-minute tour is interpreted in ASL.

For details, e-mail or call 720-913-0133.

Special Events

Occurs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through March 13, 2015
Friday, December 19, 2014

Begin your Brilliant experience with a special introduction to Cartier presented by an expert docent. Gain insight about Cartier’s storied history, glamorous clientele, and meticulous craftsmanship. Then, view the exhibition at your own pace and enjoy a deeper understanding of Cartier’s artistry.

Each attendee will receive a souvenir booklet, illustrated with a selection of the stunning jewelry, precious objects, and historic photographs on view.

Tickets are $18. Space is limited to only 25 tickets per day; advance purchase is recommended.

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:00am8:00pm

Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping! Members are invited to join us for another day of big savings. Take at least 20% off your total purchase, with the chance to save even more. Draw a coupon for your discount at the register upon checkout. One lucky shopper may take home their entire purchase for free! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 1:00pm3:00pm

William Matthews will be signing his book "Working the West" from 1-3 pm in The Shop in the Hamilton Building.

The book features Matthews' artwork inspired by subjects found in the American West. Free admission to the signing and The Shop.

Be sure to see the exhibition, William Matthews: Trespassing, on view through May 17, 2015 in the Hamilton Building, level 2. Museum admission required.


Photo by Chad Herschberger.

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 12:00pm7:00pm

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century and galleries in the Hamilton Building will be open exclusively for members on several special Mondays.

Brilliant Member Mondays will be offered:

Monday, December 1, 2014Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Throughout December, DAM members will receive 20 percent off Maruca bags. Other weekly special offers available onsite. Additional member 10 percent discount does not apply to weekly specials. Offer is good at both Museum Shop locations.

Note: Monday, December 1, is the annual Member Holiday Shopping Event from noon-8 pm. Draw for additional special discounts, take advantage of free gift wrapping, meet local jewelry artists, and sample tasty holiday treats.

Kids & Families

Occurs every day through January 4, 2015
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! Create in the Jewelry Studio, dive into artmaking in the galleries at the Create-n-Takes, and check out backpacks and art tubes at the Family Activity Cart, which will be available every day. Watch for special performances with Buntport Theater and storytelling in the galleries, too!

Included in general admission; free general admission for kids 18 and under. No reservations required.

Adult Programs

Occurs every day the museum is open through March 15, 2015
Friday, December 19, 2014

Visitors can explore their creativity in the hands-on studio space. Connecting to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, the studio will offer an up-close look at jewelry.

Every weekend from noon-3 pm, local artists will demonstrate their skills.

Demonstration Schedule / Programación de Demostraciones

Andrea Li: Original Gemstone Creations / Creaciones Originales de Piedras Preciosas

Occurs every month on the fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 1:00pm3:00pm

Monthly program on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions.  With the help of a DAM instructor, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. 

Meet in the El Pomar Grand Atrium of the Hamilton Building, level 1. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks.

Occurs every Thursday
Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 1:30pm3:30pm

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. For two hours on a weekly basis, visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle, and treat objects from the textile art collection. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation.

No reservations needed.

For details, e-mail