5 beaded punching bags and the words Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

Helpful Tips for Your Visit to Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you prepare for your visit to the Denver Art Museum exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer.


This exhibition included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. Not a member? Join today.


The most convenient place to park is the Cultural Center Complex Garage at 12th Avenue and Broadway. Pre-purchase your parking permit online and guarantee your parking space in the Cultural Center Complex Garage, even when it’s marked full or closed (quantities are limited). To purchase a one-time use ePermit for the garage, visit CulturalParking.com.

Learn more about directions and parking.


For your safety and comfort as well as the protection of the objects, we ask that you store large bags and backpacks (including purses) before you enter gallery spaces. Free lockers are available on the first and lower levels for your convenience.


The DAM strives to be accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome in the museum and galleries and may be borrowed from the welcome centers. Scooters and motorized wheelchairs also are permitted, as are canes and walkers that convert to stools. You may also use the museum-provided gallery stools (available at the exhibition entry).


You are welcome to write or sketch with a graphite pencil in notebooks 11” x 14" or smaller. Please refrain from using ink pens or other writing utensils.


We are a photography-friendly museum, and photography without a flash for personal use is permitted. Please do not use tripods, monopods, or similar equipment in the galleries. Use the hashtag #GibsonLikeaHammer to see what others are sharing online.


Please do not have any food or drink in the galleries. The Callahan Café in the Hamilton Shop on level one is a great place to buy and enjoy drinks and snacks.


Take a guided tour of the exhibition daily at 2 pm, May 13-August 12. Free with general admission.


A Create-n-Take activity called Carry Me Close allows families to create a project inspired by Gibson's art.


Much of Gibson's work was inspired by song lyrics. The exhibition features a playlist created by the artist.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the museum welcome center on levels one of each building, or ask in advance by calling 720-913-0130. Volunteers and staff throughout the museum are also happy to help.

We look forward to your visit!

LEFT TO RIGHT: I PUT A SPELL ON YOU, 2015. Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, and steel; 40 × 14 × 14 in (101.6 × 35.6 × 35.6 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Museum purchase, 2015.11.1; PEOPLE LIKE US, 2014. Repurposed canvas punching bag, repurposed wool army blanket, glass beads, tin jingles, nylon fringe, artificial sinew, and acrylic paint; 65 x 14½ x 14½ in. From the collection of Teresa and Lorenzo Fertitta; YOU CAN FEEL IT ALL OVER, 2015. Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, steel; 41 x 14 x 14 in. From the collection of Teresa and Lorenzo Fertitta; Atomic, 2013. Repurposed vinyl punching bag, recycled wool blanket, artist’s own repurposed paintings, glass beads, artificial sinew, steel and brass studs, tin jingles, and nylon fringe; 55 x 15 x 15 in. Lent by Mr. & Mrs. C. Arthur Rutter III; Both Hands, 2014. Repurposed canvas punching bag, recycled wool blanket, artist’s own repurposed painting, glass beads, artificial sinew, tin jingles, and nylon fringe; 43 x 14 x 14 in. From the Collection of Teresa and Lorenzo Fertitta. All artworks by Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/ Cherokee). All images courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photographs by Peter Mauney.