DENVER— The Denver Art Museum (DAM) presents Stampede: Animals in Art, an expansive, large-scale 20,000 square-foot exhibition spanning floors three and four of the museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Featuring approximately 320 objects drawn from every collection across nine curatorial departments, the exhibition will explore the presence of animals in art across centuries and cultures. Stampede will open in two stages, with level three opening Sept. 10, 2017, and fully opening by Dec. 3, 2017 on level four.
“Stampede will reveal commonalities in the DAM’s encyclopedic permanent collection and provide visitors a totally new experience,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the DAM. “Our museum is a leader in developing comprehensive, cross-departmental exhibitions and we are thrilled to explore this approach through a new lens and on a grand scale.”
Spearheaded by John Lukavic, curator of Native Arts, and Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion at the DAM, Stampede will create an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through cross-cultural themes, such as personal connections and relationships with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas and how artists use animals in imaginative ways. Stampede will feature visitor favorites including a Nick Cave Soundsuit, a four-faced Hamat'sa Mask, sculptures by Deborah Butterfield and Frederic Remington and a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, as well as rarely seen works.