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What Makes DAM’s American Indian Galleries So Progressive


Perhaps the most significant additions to the Denver Art Museum’s recently re-opened American Indian art galleries are the wall labels depicting the artists’ names, writes the New York Times. The recognition represents a movement toward viewing Native American artists as individuals, rather than collectively as a tribe. Thank Nancy Blomberg, the curator of native arts at the museum, for the change: “I want to signal that there are artists on this floor,” she says.

The Highlands Ranch Herald points to some notable pieces inside the sprawling space: A 300-year-old buckskin shirt in almost perfect condition sits near a 2010 war shirt created by Northern Cheyenne artist Bentley Spang; a rare cape of condor feathers from California has been placed near a painting by Harry Fonsecca in which the mythological Coyote the Trickster wears a condor cape.


Meanwhile, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, curator of space and science Ka Chun Yu tells the Denver Post a grant is providing new technology to turn the planetarium’s focus away from the stars—temporarily—toward the Earth and its processes.

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