Spans nearly four millennia and includes examples of the artistry developed by communities throughout Mesoamerica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean and Southwestern United States.
Includes more than 3,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints, including the internationally renowned Berger Collection composed of mostly British paintings, drawings, medieval works of art, and a significant collection of French 18th and 19th century drawings.
Features over 18,000 objects by artists from over 250 Indigenous nations, encapsulating multiple artistic traditions from ancient times to the present. Collectively, these artworks comprise one of the strongest and most comprehensive collections of Indigenous art in the world.
Totaling over 3,000 objects of works that represent the broad range of the artistic production from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Southwestern United States, it is the largest and most comprehensive collection of art produced in Latin America between the 1600s and the 1800s in the United States.
In the more than 80 years since the Denver Art Museum acquired its first piece of Oceanic art, the total collection has grown to approximately 1,000 objects. These are broadly representative of the vast artistic heritage of Oceania, but the greatest strengths are in 20th century New Guinea art and 19th century Polynesian art.
The photography department is recognized for its extensive holdings of landscape images from the American West, 1865-present. Collectively, these reflect both the achievements of outstanding artists and the shifting environmental attitudes of the last century and a half. The collection also has strong holdings of European and American modernist photography and of contemporary work.
The Petrie Institute of Western American Art (PIWAA) oversees the western American art collection, which encompasses two centuries of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper related to the West. Additionally, PIWAA promotes scholarship in the field through exhibitions, annual symposia, and publications. As a result, we are able to tell a comprehensive story of American art in the West.
The conservation department at the Denver Art Museum is made up of conservators with specialties in works of art on paper, photographs, paintings, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic objects, and modern and contemporary art. Our staff cares for the collections in accordance with our expressed mission to preserve works of art for future generations.
The term provenance refers to the history of ownership of an artwork. The Denver Art Museum curatorial team conducts provenance research on an ongoing basis and posts results online as they become available.