Winter 2022 Symposia

Learn from artists, curators, and experts about current topics in the art world
Indigenous Art galleries at the Denver Art Museum.

Photo by James Florio Photography.

Dressing for the Creator: Indigenous Art and the Power of Spectacle

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 │ 9:30 am–4:30 pm

The Native Arts Department invites you to attend the biannual symposium. Hear artists and scholars discuss the various ways Native people signal their indigeneity to a broader public.

Speakers will explore how to approach artistic markets while remaining grounded in and respectful of their community histories and established visual canons.

Gold-colored garment pattern pieces across a muslin canvas that correspond to different areas of the body: a collar, a tunic, and a back panel. An Inka khipu lays overtop; its knotted cords spread radially around the center just shy of making a full circle.

Purchased with generous funds from the Marion G. Hendrie Fund, Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Trust, and Alianza de las Artes Americanas in honor of Ruth Tomlingson, 2019.85. © Ronny Quevedo

ReVisión: A New Look at Art in the Americas: The 20th Annual Mayer Center Symposium

Tuesday, February 12, 2022 │ 10:00 am–7:30 pm

The 20th Annual Mayer Center Symposium explored the art of the Americas as a single interwoven story by collapsing time and distance and connecting history, legend, memory, and the present. Inspired by the exhibition ReVisión: Art in the Americas.

Night-time scene with car headlights, which are outside of the image, directed towards one half of the Earthwork "Double Negative" by Michael Heizer- a giant trench carved out of a mesa in rural Nevada.

Don Stinson, High Beams and Starlight: Beyond Absence–Double Negative, July 2003 PM, 2004. Oil on linen; 81 x 89 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Laure and Matt McConnell, Noel and Tom Congdon, Jennifer Doran, and Jim Robischon, 2006.5

Earthworks: Land Art in the West

Tuesday, January 5, 2022 │ 10 am–5 pm

The Petrie Institute of Western American Art's 16th annual symposium considered historical contexts of earthworks—both ancient and contemporary—as well as individual artists and their contributions to land art.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Valley Curtain, a dramatic installation in the Colorado landscape, the Petrie Institute’s 16th annual symposium explored the history of land art in the West. Making interventions in the landscape and often using earth itself as a medium, artists in the late 1960s and 1970s reimagined artmaking and subverted art world norms.