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What’s on at Denver Art Museum

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Here’s What’s on at the Denver Art Museum Right Now

Everyone at the apartments in Denver knows about the Denver Art Museum, but when was the last time you made it over there to check out the exhibits? DAM is one of the largest art museums in the Western United States, and it always makes for a great day trip, even if you don’t consider yourself much of an art enthusiast. If you’re planning on taking a trip, though, you’ll need to know what you’re in for, so today, we’ll be filling you in on all the awesome exhibits that are currently on display at the Denver Art Museum.

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Currently, the Denver Art Museum has five featured exhibits on display for you to enjoy:

  • Dior — Running through March 3rd
  • Eyes On: Shimbaku — Running through February 3rd
  • Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead — Running through April 21st
  • The Incubation Effect — Running through September 9th
  • Stampede — Running through May 19th

Let’s take a closer look at each so you know what you’re in for when you head down there.

Dior: From Paris to the World

This exhibit, located on the second level of the Hamilton Building, is taking a look at “70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence.” Dior, as you may know, is the European luxury fashion brand started by Christian Dior back in the late 1940s. For years, they’ve been recognized as one of the originators of haute-couture stylings, and this exhibit will be providing a close examination of some of their most impressive offerings through the decades:

“A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.”

As you tour the exhibit, you’ll be given a chronological tour through the “pivotal themes” that have shaped Dior’s outlook from past to present, and you’ll even get a glimpse at how those who came after the legendary Christian Dior (well-known names like Yves Saint Laurent) ran with Dior’s concept while adding their own personal touches to the world of fashion.

Eyes On: Shimbaku

Head to level 4 of the Hamilton Building, and you’ll find Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains? a video by Japanese artist Shimbaku. This feature focuses on an interesting subject — a group of Japanese snow monkeys that have been living in a Texas desert sanctuary since 1972 — and poses the title question: do those snow monkeys still remember the snow mountains?

Thinking about the exhibit, you may discover that it goes deeper than simply exploring how these snow monkeys have adapted to their new environment, as it also “symbolically explores human migration and reconnection with environment through genetic memory and ancestral history.” Check it out, and see what connections you might draw between the situation of the snow monkeys and that of humanity at large.

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead

Minnesota-based Julie Buffalohead is a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, and her new work, featured on the 4th level of the Hamilton Building, weaves together metaphors, iconography, and storytelling narratives to illustrate the American Indian experience. That work, by the way, is a mixture of painting, printmaking, drawing, illustration, bookmaking, and sculpture, though, this particular exhibit will be showcasing Buffalohead’s skill on canvas and draw from many of her own personal life experiences.

Like Shimbaku, Buffalohead uses animals to explore broader themes about humanity. Hidden within the simplistic nature of her strokes, you might find yourself learning greater truths about the human condition, and perhaps even yourself as an individual? As you tour the exhibit, keep in mind that the true value of art such as this goes much deeper than the paint on the canvas.

The Incubation Effect

This exhibit, on the second level of the Hamilton Building, features the work of Denver Local Nicole Anona Banowetz, and explores a massive “insect nursery” of her own design. These cocoon-like structures were sewn and inflated, and how you see them in their current form isn’t how the exhibit shall remain. Over the course of a year, the installation will slowly evolve, providing a slightly different experience upon subsequent visits. This one will be a ton of fun for you and the kids alike, should you choose to take them along.


Can’t get enough of animals in art? Stampede, covering levels 3 and 4 of the Hamilton Building, is collecting “more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures.” This massive exhibit will give you a chance to explore multiple animal themes and how they reflect back on various aspects of humanity. There’s even an interactive space where you can learn about the creative process that went into designing the video game Never Alone.

What’s Coming Up at the Denver Art Museum?

Don’t forget that in addition to these current exhibits, the Denver Art Museum also has plenty of new work lined up for your viewing pleasure:

  • Jordan Casteel — Opens February 2nd
  • Treasures of British Art — Opens March 2nd
  • Serious Play — Opens May 5th
  • The Light Show — Opens June 2nd
  • Claude Monet — Opens October 21st

So, as you can see, there will be plenty more reasons to come back to the museum to check out even more great art down the line. Don’t delay — plan a fun day trip today!

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