The Denver Art Museum partnered with Museo de las Americas to feature artworks from our art of the ancient Americas collection in an exhibition at Museo. Rhythm & Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas featured about 80 instruments dating from 1000 BCE to 1530 CE.
Visitors explored the music of the Olmec, Andean, and Maya peoples and learned how they used music in everyday life and ceremonies. Rhythm & Ritual celebrated the life history of these instruments and helped us have a better understanding of the lived experiences of ancient people while simultaneously creating a connection to culture and music that endures today.
Hear the Ancient Instruments and Go Behind the Scenes
The exhibition was curated by Jared Katz, the DAM's Mayer Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for Art of the Ancient Americas. As part of his scholarship (guided by the conservation department), Katz played some of the instruments and recorded the sound in a series of videos. Hear what these instruments sounded like and learn what some of the exhibition's collaborating partners had to say by browsing the DAM's exhibition playlist on YouTube.
Art of the the Ancient Americas Collection
Rhythm & Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas featured about 80 instruments from the DAM's Art of the Ancient Americas collection.
This exhibition is co-organized by Museo de las Americas and the Denver Art Museum.