Must-See Art Exhibitions
Discover why The Mile High City is the place to be when it comes to incredible arts and culture.
Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume
Nov. 13, 2016-April 2, 2017
Take a journey deep into the Star WarsTM universe and explore the artistry of the world's most recognized cinematic costumes. From Queen Amidala's lavish gowns to Darth Vader's commanding black armor, see original wardrobes from all seven films of the saga as the Denver Art Museum brings you Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume.
On Desert Time
Ends Nov. 13, 2016
The Denver Art Museum presents On Desert Time, a collection of photographs by Timothy H. O'Sullivan and William H. Bell, which were made in the American Southwest from 1871 to 1874. The photographers were working on the Wheeler Survey, charged with the task of mapping lands for the development of military posts, transportation corridors and mineral resources in territories ceded to the United States at the end of the Mexican-American War. Within these constraints, the photographers created striking views of the desert region.
Ends Nov. 27, 2016
Drawn from the Denver Art Museum's world-renowned Spanish Colonial collection, see the portraits, furniture, and jewelry that tell the fascinating story of people and luxury possessions in the New World.
Awkward Family Photos
Ends Jan. 8, 2017
Join the History Colorado Center this summer as we celebrate the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience. Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone and that everyone has a little awkward in their family history.
Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper
Ends Jan. 15, 2017
This is the first exhibition ever devoted exclusively to Clyfford Still's graphic art. Take a look at some 240 works and related programs at the Clyfford Still Museum that reveal the centrality of drawing within Still's lifelong creative process and challenge prevailing assumptions about Still's place in art history.
Depth & Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan and Korea
Ends Jan. 15, 2017
This exhibition at the Denver Art Museum demonstrates how artists used bamboo, carving deeply through it to achieve different colors and textures. The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning.
Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea
Ends Jan. 16, 2017
See 15 giant sculptures of sea life made almost entirely from debris collected from beaches. Developed by the non-profit group The Washed Ashore Project, the exhibit is meant to create awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution though art. The exhibit will be open for the public to enjoy daily, weather pending and will be free with regular admission to the Denver Zoo.
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Ends Jan. 29, 2017
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents more than 20 artists whose work is not only changing the definition of art, but also changing the ways in which art is produced and consumed. Unlike artists of the past century, whose works were validated through recognition in museums and galleries, these artists move fluidly between physical and digital worlds, fine art and commercial arenas, and refined and popular styles.
Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs
Ends Feb. 5, 2017
Ancient Egyptian and Peruvian mummies, many of which have never been on public display, come to light at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. More than 20 mummies reveal secrets about the burial rites of their respective cultures, plus details about their lives and the societies they lived in. Visitors will enjoying seeing elaborately decorated coffins, sarcophaguses, mummification tools and animal mummies. Plus gain insight into how the latest technologies make it possible to delve further into the distant past.
Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance
Ends Feb. 12, 2017
The Denver Art Museum is presenting Denver's first-ever exhibition to illustrate the development of Venice's own distinct Renaissance style from the second half of the 1400s to the early 1500s. The exhibition explores the city's artistic evolution, as it shifted from a center of local significance, to the internationally recognized model of pictorial excellence admired by generations to follow. The exhibition features about 45 significant works, including important loans from Venice's Gallerie dell'Accademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world.
Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s
Ends May 28, 2017
Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s, focuses on how Japanese designers started a "fashion revolution" in Paris during the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition at the Denver Art Museum features 70 looks by powerhouse Japanese fashion designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on the field still resonates today.
Ends June 4, 2017
Soon after World War II, the center of the avant-garde shifted from Europe to the United States when the first American-grown modern art movement known as abstract expressionism was born. In this presentation of abstract works at the Denver Art Museum, you'll see how artists, including Robert Motherwell, Betty Parsons and Joan Mitchell, used loose brushwork and emphasized surface rather than depth on the canvas. A selection of works on paper also comprise this exhibition and show how artists, including Deborah Remington and Lee Krasner, capture the quiet intimacy of direct, informal drawing.