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Why We Dance: American Indian Art

May 29, 2016 - August 14, 2016

This multi-sensory exhibition will present the motives behind Native American dance and highlight the museum’s annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration. It features about 86 works, including 78 drawn from the Denver Art Museum’s American Indian art collection.

In addition to historic works, the exhibition will showcase contemporary dance regalia from the regional Native American community, and paintings and drawings will illustrate specific Native dances. The exhibition will open with large-scale, dance-themed paintings from the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair by Charles Loloma, Jose Duran and Ignacio Moquino.

Visitors also will be invited into a dancing circle through Mohawk artist Alan Michelson’s “Round Dance” video art installation, allowing them to join in on a form of dance used as social protest over tribal sovereignty issues.

Included in general admission. Part of “Dance!,” the DAM’s campus-wide celebration of creative expression through movement. For more information, please visit


May 29, 2016
August 14, 2016
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CO United States


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