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


The Western: An Epic in Art and Film

May 27 – Sept. 10, 2017
The Denver Art Museum will soon unveil the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is more than cowboys and American Indians, pursuits and duels, or bandits and barroom brawls.


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.


Ends July 16, 2017
Contemporary works and abstract expressionist masterpieces converge in this collaborative presentation by the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and Clyfford Still Museum (CSM). Paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford, who was recently named the U.S. representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale, will be on view at the DAM alongside related canvases by Clyfford Still. An exhibition of Still's work curated by Bradford will be on view at CSM.

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.


Ends 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.

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).