Denver Art Museum

What Is Modern? The exhibition held at one of Colorado's most influential cultural icons, the renowned Denver Art Museum, brings together an imaginative collection of furniture, industrial, and graphic design spanning more than 200 years, from the early 1800s to the present day. The exhibition's painstakingly curated objects and artifacts represent a trajectory of innovative thinking and a variety of methods, materials, and concepts exploring how design expresses the modern experience.

"In its simplest form, the term modern implies the up-to-date, a current development, or, better still, a spirit in step with its own time," explains curator Darrin Alfred. "This concept could be applied to a 200-year-old innovation still in use today, such as steaming wood, bending it, and letting it harden into curved shapes or patterns. It could also apply to works by today's emerging designers."

Visual Identity System
Exhibition Graphics

Photography: Jamie Kripke