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Empty gallery space with large colorful abstract paintings on the walls
Installation view of Inaugural Exhibition by Raul Garcia

A Decade of Discovery: Clyfford Still in Denver

OCT 15, 2021–MAR 6, 2022

Since opening its doors, the Clyfford Still Museum has made countless discoveries as the staff has worked to inventory and assess CSM’s vast art and archival holdings, better understand what our visitors’ interests are and how various audiences best experience Clyfford Still’s art, and evaluate the artist’s legacy in an ever-changing, 21st-century world.

The show revisited the Museum’s inaugural exhibition and highlighted some of the most compelling revelations CSM has uncovered about the collection since it opened in 2011. A Decade of Discovery included photographs of lost paintings from the 1930s, undocumented and mysterious artworks found during the collection inventory process, and conservation-related breakthroughs about Still’s materials. These never-before-shown elements recontextualized familiar paintings and stories, casting Still’s art, process, and legacy in a new light.

The exhibition featured expanded information about Still’s earliest years, supportive family, and even a few architectural quirks unearthed about the building. Exhibition text highlighted various staff, scholarly, and community voices to broaden engagement and present a wide range of perspectives.

CSM included new and exciting interpretive elements in the galleries for the first time during A Decade of Discovery. The Museum showed an unprecedented number of photographs, inventory records, and correspondence uncovered in the Clyfford Still Archives alongside related artworks. We also included new interpretive approaches designed to engage families with young children.

A Decade of Discovery kicked off a year-long, community-centered presentation of public programs, exhibitions, and partnerships. The Museum’s tenth anniversary celebration articulates its goals for the next ten years. The Museum offered a variety of programs and events during the run of the exhibition.

A vertical abstract painting with bare canvas at the top and bottom and red, black, orange and yellow paint
Clyfford Still, PH-1015, 1976. Oil on canvas, 90 5/8 x 69 3/4 in. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

Watch a virtual tour of the exhibition