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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Throughout January, DAM members will receive 20 percent off the entire stock of decorative glass vases and wall plates by Viz. These glass products are available in The Shop located in the Hamilton Building, level 1. Additional discounts do not apply to monthly specials.
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See artist Kevin Pourier at work creating carved buffalo-horn jewelry in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Studio from January 20 through February 1.
Drop in from 1-3 pm on the weekends below to meet the artist and explore his artmaking process first hand:
- January 23-25
- January 30-February 1
Pourier’s finished works will remain installed in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Studio for visitors to browse between February 1 and March 15.
Free with museum admission; no reservations required.
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
This class is for people who have already taken artist Chuck Ceraso's class, Drawing for People Who Think They Can't. This seven-week class will go deeper into aspects of shading, composition and bringing drawings to finish. This class also includes sketching from the museum collections.
This class is open to those who have not taken the pre-requisite class if they have previous drawing training. This is not an introductory class.
Capturing the effects of nature entails more than just the focus on light and dark. In this seven-week class with artist Chuck Ceraso, learn to see the world as an arrangement of colored shapes and how to translate them into paint. Discover color’s various qualities and explore how light affects the appearance of color. This class is open to all experience levels and is great for beginners and experts alike.
Thursdays, February 19–April 2, 2–4:30pm
$130 DAM members; $140 nonmembers