Discover why The Mile High City is the place to be when it comes to incredible arts and culture.

COMING SOON

BACKSTORY: WESTERN AMERICAN ART IN CONTEXT

Mar. 18, 2017 – Feb. 11, 2018
This exhibition, which will be held at History Colorado Center, features 50 pieces from the collections of History Colorado and the Denver Art Museum's Petrie Institute of Western American Art. Come see landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington bronze sculptures, ancestral Puebloan pottery, American Indian artifacts, Civil War relics, saddles, Rockmount clothing and a chuck wagon.

CALDER: MONUMENTAL

Apr. 28 – Sept. 24, 2017
Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, American artist Alexander Calder's lively, large-scale steel sculptures interact with the surrounding landscape of Denver Botanic Gardens in an energetic exploration of forms, volumes and voids.

NOW SHOWING 

ARTISTS SELECT 2: JULIAN SCHNABEL

Ends Apr. 2, 2017
Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel curates a collection of 60 of Clyfford Still's mature, abstract works, 15 of which have never been available for public viewing before now. The exhibit reverses the order in which visitors typically traverse the Clyfford Still Museum, offering a fresh perspective on both the pieces and the venue itself.

TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

Ends Apr. 9, 2017
Anglophiles should keep calm and carry on...to the Denver Art MuseumTreasures of British Art ends its year-long stay in The Mile High City in April, taking the works of pre-eminent artists of the British School like John Singer Sargent, Anthony van Dyck, George Stubbs, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, Angelica Kauffman, Adam Birtwistle and Thomas Lawrence with it. 

BASQUIAT BEFORE BASQUIAT - EAST 12TH STREET, 1979-1980

Ends May 7, 2017
Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged as one of America's most prominent painters in the early 1980s, but this exhibition at MCA DENVER -- Museum of Contemporary Art Denver of his earlier works — paintings, sculpture, works on paper, a notebook and more — along with photos taken by his friend and roommate at the time, Alexis Adler, offers a glimpse into the artist's life as he is on the cusp of fame. 

WALL WRITERS: GRAFFITI IN ITS INNOCENCE

Ends May 7, 2017
This exhibition, on display at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, explores graffiti's early roots in the turmoil of the late 1960s and early '70s and traces its slow transition from art of the street to fine art. Wall Writers, based on the 2016 documentary of the same name, takes a close look at graffiti's place on the wall and, critically, at its place in the culture of the time. See an impressive array of materials — the high school notebooks artists, spray paint advertisements, first-person accounts, photographs and fascinating documentation.

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.

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

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.

VIKINGS: BEYOND THE LEGEND

Ends Aug. 13, 2017
Experience a myth-busting exhibition that highlights the complexities of Viking culture. Many of the treasures have never been displayed outside of Scandinavia. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will also present a supernatural world inhabited by gods and giants. 

RYAN MCGINLEY: THE KIDS WERE ALRIGHT

Ends Aug. 20, 2017
In the days before Instagram, photographers like Ryan McGinley documented the world around them with the help of the now-iconic Polaroid camera. In The Kids Were Alright, hosted at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, McGinley shares a collection of Polaroid photos from his life in New York in the late 90s and early aughts — a powerful portrait of his generation.

MI TIERRA: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS EXPLORE PLACE

Ends Oct. 22, 2017
Explore contemporary life in the American West through the eyes of 13 Latino artists. The Denver Art Museum presents artwork by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe), and Xochi Solis (Austin).