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590 North Mill Street
Aspen, Colorado - CO81611
The Aspen Art Museum is a noncollecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.
1085 18th Street
Boulder, Colorado - CO80309
The CU Art Museum’s collection includes 19th and 20th century photography, as well as contemporary photography, video, and new media work. The 19th century photography collection highlights the convergence of science and art in the development of photographic techniques and includes daguerreotypes, tintypes, and stereoscopic photography, amongst other techniques. The collection of 20th century modernist photography includes works by many noted masters, including Paul Strand, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Phillipe Halsman, Judy Dater and others. Contemporary photography in the collection spans the globe featuring major works by artists such as John Baldessari and Susan Hefuna. The collection has a special focus on contemporary women photographers and includes work by Sophie Calle, Carrie Mae Weems, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lynne Hershman, Orit Raff, and many others.
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy
Denver, Colorado - CO80204
Anthony & Delisa Mayer Photography Gallery, Level 7, North Building The Anthony and Delisa Mayer Photography Gallery, which opened in 2010, has allowed the photography department to present works from its holdings—from Denver Art Museum favorites to pieces previously unseen—and to display photographs on loan from outside sources in a series of celebrated exhibitions.
The Collection In 2008, the DAM established the photography department to consolidate future acquisitions, exhibitions, and care of photographs in a dedicated curatorial department. Despite being a young curatorial department, the photography collection holds works of nationally noted significance and objects which guide new opportunities for collecting. The department’s inaugural exhibition, Exposure: Treasures from the Vault, was recognized as Denver’s best group photography show in 2011 by Westword, while the Denver Post awarded Eric Paddock the honor of “curator of the year” for the exhibit. The department also has hosted major travelling shows, such as Robert Adams: The Place We Live—A Retrospective Selection of Photographs, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery. In 1937, the Denver Art Museum made a far-sighted decision to begin collecting photographs with the native arts department purchase of a complete set of Edward S. Curtis’s landmark photogravure series, The North American Indian. From that year until 2008, seven curatorial departments within the museum formed independent photography collections—in the process compiling more than 7,000 images that span the history of photography, from 1845 to the present. Although a large number of photographs were collected during this time, acquisitions were frequently conducted without coordinated oversight or collaboration. The photography department is recognized for its extensive holdings of nineteenth century work, notably of the American West. The Daniel Wolf Landscape Photography Collection encompasses the work of photographers from Maine to California, and gives special emphasis to Western landscapes by acknowledged masters such as William Bell, W.H. Jackson, Timothy O’Sullivan, Andrew Joseph Russell, Adam Clarke Vroman, and Carleton E. Watkins. Additional nineteenth century holdings include recent acquisitions of masterworks such as William Henry Fox Talbot’s 1845 A Scene In York and several Henry Bosse cyanotypes from the album, Views on the Mississippi River. Collectively, the museum’s works of early photography reflect both the achievements of the medium’s outstanding practitioners and the shifting environmental attitudes of nineteenth century Americans. European Modernism is an additional strength of the photography collection, and one with significant affinity to artworks and other materials in the museum’s Herbert Bayer Archive. Important photographs by Bayer, Frantisek Drtikol, Jaromir Funke, Gyorgi Kepes, Man Ray, and others express the spirit of Modernist vision and show the remarkable command of technique instilled through experiment. Works of American Modernism by Berenice Abbott, Laura Gilpin, Edward Weston, and others show how similar approaches to light and form expressed in quite different responses. Photographs in the collection from the second half of the 20th Century respond to changing perceptions and values, both in the art world and in the world at large. The museum’s substantial collection of Robert Adams photographs addresses environmental dilemmas in the American West through plain-spoken images of human-altered landscapes. Works by Diane Arbus and Larry Clark find dignity, frailty, and pathos in the marginalized. And the museum’s extensive holdings of Garry Winogrand photographs cull generous, humorous, and sometimes startling, stories from the chaos of everyday life in the streets.

Since 1970, photographers have frequently blurred the line between the medium and other artistic disciplines. The department has collected outstanding examples of contemporary photographic work to parallel the DAM’s modern and contemporary art collection. Works by artists such as Chuck Close, Petah Coyne, and Tom Friedman display the rich cross-fertilization that occurs when painters, sculptors and conceptual artists explore new ideas through photography. Other pieces, by David Levinthal, Cindy Sherman, and Lorna Simpson push the conventions of photography to new limits and expand our understanding of what the medium can be, while photographs by international artists, such as Shirin Neshat and Liu Wei exhibit the exchange of ideas that is possible in today’s universally connected world.
Fort Collins
1778 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Colorado - CO80523
The University Art Museum’s permanent collections consist of approximately 3000 objects in a variety of media including prints, photographs, paintings, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. Significant holdings include 19th and 20th century African objects and textiles, modern and contemporary works on paper, Soviet era photography, 19th and early 20th century Japanese prints, and a collection of over 250 prints by the 19th century lithographer and social critic, Honoré-Victorin Daumier. These collections are particularly significant in reflecting Colorado State University’s long-standing dedication to international research, development and understanding.
400 Quail Road
Longmont, Colorado - CO80501
The Longmont Museum was founded in 1936 as part of the St. Vrain Historical Society. In 1940, the first exhibits opened to the public in the carriage house at the Callahan House. The Museum soon outgrew that space, and, in 1954, moved to the basement of the Memorial Building in Roosevelt Park.
In 1954, the Pioneer Museum was informally separated from the St. Vrain Historical Society. This change was made official with the incorporation of the Longmont Museum, Inc., on October 4, 1961.
In 1970, the Museum changed from a private, nonprofit organization to a department of the City of Longmont. Shortly after that, the Museum moved again, this time to a converted Sorenson garage at 3rd and Kimbark. The new space opened its doors on September 13, 1970. In 1973, the garage was torn down and the Museum moved to a converted City warehouse and garage at 375 Kimbark Street.
In November 1999, Longmont voters approved $5 million in a bond issue to build a newmuseum and cultural center. The bond issue was approved by over 77 percent of voters. The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center was further enhanced by an anonymous $1 million gift. Now located at 400 Quail Road, just east of Main Street in south Longmont, the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center invites visitors to come and see our regularly changing exhibits, experience our education programs, and enjoy the views from our Longs Peak Room tower.
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