Collection Highlights

The Denver Art Museum is home to over 70,000 objects across nine collections, spanning time, countries, and cultures. While part of the fun of visiting the DAM is exploring on your own and finding new art to fall in love with, here is a short list of some not-to-miss artworks on view to get you started on your museum journey.

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With the reopening of the Martin Building, the museum has several new exhibitions and galleries on view. Download our latest campus map and guide to plan out your next visit and seek out the highlights in each gallery.

Architecture and Design Highlights

Located on level 2 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Thomas E. Warren, Centripetal Spring Side Chair (detail), about 1849. Painted cast iron, wood, and upholstery. Manufactured by American Chair Company, Troy, New York. Funds from DAM Yankees, 1989.91; Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, Prickly Pair Chair, Gentleman Style (detail), 2009. Banak wood, medium-density fiberboard, paint, and upholstery. Acquired by exchange, 2016.2. © Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers; Joris Laarman, Microstructures Adaptation Chair (Long Cell) Prototype (detail), 2014. 3-D printed polyamide and copper. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2015.263. © Joris Laarman.

Indigenous Arts of North America Highlights

Located on levels 2 and 3 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Upper Missouri River, Possibly Arikara artist, War shirt, c. 1855. Native tanned antelope hide, dyed porcupine quills, dyed horse hair, yellow ochre, sinew, faceted trade beads, and seed beads; 43 x 65 x 10 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Ken and Judy Siebel, 2019.657. Photography © Denver Art Museum; Rose Simpson, Warrior, 2012. Clay and mixed media; 67 x 27 x 18 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2014.221A-E. Photography © Denver Art Museum; Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Haida), DAM Dancing Crane, 2020. Steel Toyota Tercel automobile hood, acrylic lacquer, paint, copper leaf, and paper; 32 x 55 in. Gift in honor of Jeremy G. and Anna L. Fogg & family, Sarah T. and William J. Connolly III & family, Marion McMillin Wooten, Susan Anne Wooten, Simeon Franics and Ellen Kelley Wooten & family, and William Boulton and Ellen Harvey Kelly & family, 2019.867. © Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.

Art of the Ancient Americas Highlights

Located on level 4 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Unknown Artist, Breastplate with Frontal Figure, Parita style (Parita region, Azuero Peninsula, Central Panama) about A.D. 1150–1400. Gold alloy; 5.25 inches. Denver Art Museum: Department acquisition funds, 1965.196; Unknown Olmec artist (Zumpango del Río, Guerrero, Mexico), Seated Baby Figure, 1000–500 BCE. Slip-painted ceramic, 14 x 12 ½ x 9 ¼ in. Funds from various donors, 1975.50; Unknown Artist, Paracas mantle. South Coast, Peru, About 100 BC - AD 200. Cotton fabric, camelid fiber (probably alpaca) embroidery. H: 48.625 in, W: 88 in. Funds from Alvin & Geraldine Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Morris A. Long, Tom & Noël Congdon, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Gary, Hannah Levy, Jan & Frederick R. Mayer, Myron & Louann Miller, Neusteter Institute Fund, Margaret Powers, Mrs. Charles Rosenbaum, Mr. & Mrs. Irving Shwayder, Joyce and Ted Strauss, Mr. & Mrs. Taplin and the Volunteer Endowment Fund; 1980.44.

Latin American Art Highlights

Located on level 4 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, The River Mom, 1952. Tempera on canvas. Gift of Vance H. and Anne O. Kirkland, 1982.650; Unknown Artist, Garden Party on the Terrace of a Country Home, Mexico, about 1720–30. Canvas, oil, gilding, and wood. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of the Collection Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2009.759; Luis Garcia Hevia, Woman with an Earring. Bogotá, Colombia, 1825–1830. Oil paint on canvas. 31 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight; 1984.718.

Asian Art Highlights

Located on level 5 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Leang Seckon, Prophecy, Cambodia, 2018. Acrylic and sewn hide on canvas. Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust and Ms. Emma C. Bunker, 2019.538. © Leang Seckon. Image courtesy of the artist; Juryō Mitsumasa and Haruta Katsumitsu, Suit of Armor (katchū). Iron, silver, lacquer, leather and silk. Anonymous Gift, 1978.225.1-12; Artist Not Known, Calah, Iraq, Bird-Headed Deity. Fragment, figure limestone. Charles Bayly, Jr. Fund, 1963.1.

European Art Before 1800 Highlights

Located on level 6 of the Martin Building.

Photography Highlights

Located on level 6 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Michael Light, Salt Tracks Looking Northwest, Pleistocene Lake Bonneville, Wendover, Utah, 2017. Inkjet print; 59 x 74 inches. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Tomorrow's Harvest, LLC, 2020.295. © Michael Light; Brenda Biondo, Moving Picture no. 25, 2016. Dye sublimation on aluminum; 28 3/4 x 29 inches. Denver Art Museum: Funds from the Morgan Family Legacy Foundation, 2020.294; Henry Holmes Smith, Mother and Son, 1970. Dye transfer print; 10 x 8 inches. Denver Art Museum: Funds from the Photography Acquisitions Alliance, 2020.216.

Textile Art and Fashion Highlights

Located on level 6 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Jacques Fath, Paris, Coat with collar shawl, 1951. Wool. Neusteter Textile Collection, 1978.70. Gift of Louise Vigoda; Gabrielle Chanel for Chanel, Paris, Coat and dress, 1963. Tweed wool, silk. Gift of Susan Gutfreund, 2020.320A-B; Hubert de Givenchy for Givenchy, Paris, Skirt suit (detail), Fall–Winter 1981. Painted silk blend velvet jacket; silk blend velvet skirt. Gift of Susan Gutfreund, 2020.375A-B.

Western American Art Highlights

Located on level 7 of the Martin Building.

Image credits: Charles Marion Russell, In the Enemy’s Country, 1921. Oil on canvas; 24 × 36 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Magness Family in memory of Betsy Magness, 1991.751; Ethel Magafan, Springtime in the Mountains, About 1961. Tempera paint on board; 40 × 50 in. Julie and Robert Lewis Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 2018.656; Grafton Tyler Brown, Castle Geyser, Yellowstone (detail), 1890. Oil paint on canvas. The William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection at the Denver Art Museum, by exchange, 2020.657.

The 19th Century in European and American Art Highlights

Located on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.

Image credits: Eva Gonzalès, The Window (La fenêtre) (detail), about 1865–70. Oil paint on canvas. Painting and Sculpture department acquisition funds with additional funds from Friends of Painting and Sculpture, 2017.131; Vincent van Gogh, Edge of Wheat Field with Poppies (detail), 1887. Oil paint on canvas on pasteboard. Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum. 35.2017; Claude Monet, Waterlilies or The Water Lily Pond (Nymphéas) (detail), 1904. Oil paint on canvas. Funds from Helen Dill bequest, 1935.14.

Modern and Contemporary Art Highlights

Reinstalling in the Hamilton Building in 2022.

Image credits: Jordan Casteel, Sylvia’s (Taniedra, Kendra, Bedelia, Crizette, De’Sean) (detail), 2018. Oil paint on canvas. Funds from CultureHaus, Burgess Services, Maude B. Lofton M.D., Robert F. Smith Family, Tina Walls, and Contemporary Alliance, 2019.20 © Jordan Casteel; Jordan Casteel, Fatima (detail), 2018. Oil paint on canvas. Funds from Vicki and Kent Logan; Craig Ponzio; Bryon Adinoff and Trish Holland; Devon Dikeou and Fernando Troya; Suzanne Farver and Clint Van Zee; Baryn, Daniel, and Jonathan Futa; Andrea and William Hankinson; Amy Harmon; Lu and Chris Law; Sharon and J. Landis Martin; Amanda J. Precourt; Judy and Ken Robins; Annalee and Wagner Schorr; Judith Zee Steinberg and Paul Hoenmans; Ellen and Morris Susman; and Margaret and Glen Wood, 2019.21. © Jordan Casteel; Ramiro Gomez, Lupita (detail), 2017. Acrylic paint and plastic spray bottle on cardboard. Purchase with funds from Vicki and Kent Logan, 2017.142. © Ramiro Gomez; Shirin Neshat, Anthony Tobin, from Land of Dreams series (detail), 2019. Digital c-print and acrylic paint, 24 × 16 inches (61 × 40.6 cm), Edition of 5 + 2 APs. © Shirin Neshat, Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery.

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