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.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of CSM’s grand opening in November 2011 and reflect upon our subsequent progress, A Decade of Discovery: Clyfford Still in Denver takes inspiration from the Museum’s beloved inaugural exhibition while highlighting some of our most compelling revelations along the way. Featured surprises include photographs of lost paintings from the 1930s, undocumented and mysterious artworks found during inventory, ways in which our understanding of Still’s earliest years and artistic training has expanded, and even a few architectural quirks of the building. Various staff, scholarly, and community voices are included in the exhibition text to broaden engagement and demonstrate a wide range of perspectives.
This exhibition will kick off a year-long, community-centered presentation of public programs, exhibitions, and partnerships. Beginning with this exhibition highlighting CSM’s advancement over the course of its foundational decade, the Museum’s tenth-anniversary celebration will evolve in 2022 to articulate its goals for the next ten years.