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Not Your Indian

October 6-19, 2017

not your indian

"Our existence is a protest to the very policies that have tried to shape us and eliminate us. We are still here, you still walk on Indian land, and we are not your Indian." – Gregg Deal

Misconceptions about Indigenous people in North America are still perpetuated in popular media and fine art. In this exhibit, activist artist Gregg Deal confronts those stereotypes as the Featured Artist of the 14th Annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival.

Spirited: Stories of Wellbeing

July 31 - September 22, 2017

spirited stories of well being

This exhibit, coordinated by graduate student Lindsey Miller, brings together artwork created by individuals with Alzheimer's and their care partners with the masks from our collection that inspired them. Draw your own mask or share your responses to the exhibit on a chalkboard wall inside the gallery.

This exhibit was created in partnership with the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the Denver Art Museum's Art and About program.

The Chain of Perception in Black America

April 19-June 9, 2017

chain of perception

New work by Chicago photographer Ronnie Boykin Junior confronts negative perceptions about the Black community by the Black community.
Panel Discussion: The Chain of Perception in Black America

University of Denver faculty Esteban Gomez (Anthropology), Adrienne Russell (MFJS/EDP) and Armond Towns (Communication) join Ronnie Boykin Junior to discuss his new work currently on exhibit at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology confronting negative perceptions about the Black community by the Black community.

The He(ARTery) of Pregnancy and Baby Loss

March 2 - March 31, 2017

He(ARTery) of pregnancy and baby loss

The He(ARTery) of Pregnancy and Baby Loss showcases the artwork of The Scraps of the Heart Project collaborators, including bereaved parents, healthcare providers, artists, students, and researchers. The exhibit welcomes all to bear wit(h)ness to its art and stories--vessels that contribute to a circulatory system of community and breathe life into babies and their families.

Para-Place: An Exploration of the Spaces Betwixt and Between

February 2 - 17, 2017

para palace

This exhibit is a collaboration between contemporary artist JD Sell and students from Abraham Lincoln High School.The exhibit serves as a creative platform for important conversations concerning the accelerating social, economic, and demographic changes taking place in the city of Denver. Para-Place will feature Polaroid photography and screen-printed infused paintings that explore the in-between spaces of our urban environment, from the unique perspective of Denver teens.

Tsitsistas: Our Cheyenne Family

October 6 - November 23, 2016

cheyenne family

Southern Cheyenne artist George Curtis Levi sees Cheyenne art as history in motion. Levi's ledger drawing, beadwork, and parfleche tell stories of where the Cheyenne come from, where they are today, and where they are going in the future. The art and history of the Cheyenne people, the ordeals the Cheyenne people have endured, and his wife and children provide Levi with inspiration and motivation for creating his art.

Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala

April 4 - May 27, 2016

culture is our resistance

Fine art/documentary photographer and human rights activist Jonathan Moller's photographs tell the story of the tragic history of Guatemala: the repression and genocide carried out by state security forces in the early 1980's, and the work for justice, truth, and reconciliation being done within a continued context of impunity and human rights violations in the late 1990's and the 2000's.

Hunger Through My Lens: Photographs of Hunger in Everyday Life

January 28 - March 11, 2016

hunger through my lens

Did you know that nearly 1 in 7 Coloradans struggle with hunger, facing times when there is not enough money to buy food. Hunger Through My Lens features photography by local individuals who experience hunger—putting real stories to the overwhelming statistics surrounding hunger. The photographs provide tangible evidence that there's a need to face the impacts of hunger on individuals, families, and communities throughout Colorado.

 Histories Beyond Homeland: Melanie Yazzie

 October 8 - November 24, 2015

histories beyond homeland

As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie's work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Through her art, Melanie works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena that shape the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Ms. Yazzie's art incorporates both personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Diné culture, and strives to tell many stories about things both real and imagined.

Ms. Yazzie pulls from her travels around the world to connect with other indigenous peoples. Her visits to New Zealand, the Arctic, the Pueblos in the Southwest, and to indigenous peoples of Russia have been the impetus for continued dialogue about indigenous cultural practices, language, song, story-telling, and survival. Meeting others and sharing stories guides her and feeds her soul.

Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection

May 22 - September 18, 2015

connecting the pieces

Featuring archaeological objects from Amache, the World War II Japanese American incarceration camp located in Granada, Colorado. Created by University of Denver students and community members, this exhibit encourages dialogue about life at Amache and Japanese American history.

Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection

Colorado's tenth largest city during World War II was Amache, a one-mile square incarceration facility surrounded by barbed wire, guard towers, and the scrub of the High Plains. For three years, over 10,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry lived there, yet their experience is muted in our national discourse. The objects in this exhibit, fragments of those uprooted lives, encourage dialogue about this history.
Community members and University of Denver students curated this exhibit. They chose these objects because of the history they reveal and the stories they help us tell. We encourage you to join the conversation.

Why Archaeology?

Conducting archaeology at a site occupied from 1942 to 1945 seems counterintuitive. Surviving government records document the forced relocation of Americans of Japanese ancestry from their homes along the West Coast. Photographs depict families gathering what they could carry - hurrying to sell, destroy, or store other belongings in the week they had to prepare. People remember their expulsion and confinement, first in the assembly centers, then in War Relocation Authority incarceration facilities, like Amache.
Yet even with this rich documentary and oral record, archaeology reveals the rhythms of daily life in the camps – games played to pass the time or forget, gardens planted to beautify the stark military landscape, materials repurposed to improve living conditions. The objects excavated from Amache provide a different way to encounter this experience, a physical connection to an unthinkable American episode.

Can You See Me?

March 30 - May 8, 2015

can you see me?
Curated by University of Denver graduate student Taylor Morrison, Can You See Me? featured photography by three homeless women living in Denver.

One November Morning: Art on Sand Creek by Cheyenne & Arapaho Artists

January 5 - March 6, 2015

one november morning
George Curtis Levi
Brent Learned
Merlin Little Thunder
BJ Stepp
Nathan Hart

Read an interview with one of the artists, Brent Learned, in the University of Denver Magazine. Learn more about the exhibit in American Indian Magazine's article Art and Healing: The Sand Creek Massacre 150 Years Later.

raven cry message from the stronghold

October 7 - November 21, 2014

Walt Pourier is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He currently lives in the Denver, Colorado area where he is Creative Director of Nakota Designs and Executive Director of the Stronghold Society a nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.

Walt's focus, through his fine art painting, graphics and design work, brand identity campaigns and through the many creative movements he supports, is to share messages of hope, inspiration and of healthy way of life outlooks. His outreach work, through youth movements, language revitalization, suicide prevention, ending domestic violence, defending childhood initiatives, sustainable housing, healthy food distribution, etc, has reached many communities.

Ludlow Memorial: 100 Years later

September 8 - October 1, 2014

A student-curated exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow massacre. On April 20, 1914 several people were killed, including striking coal miners, two women and 11 children. The exhibit focused on the memorial that stands at the Ludlow site and how it has been used in the past and present to remember those who fought and still fight for worker's rights.


May 15 - June 30, 2014

An exhibit of bicycles and cycling, created by Christina Kreps' Capstone Seminar in Anthropology.

Moving forward thomas greyeyes & Ryan singer 

March 4 - March 21, 2014

An exhibit curated in partnership with the University of Denver Native Student Alliance and the DU Department of Anthropology. Thomas Greyeyes and Ryan Singer's artwork addressed the history of the Sand Creek Massacre from Native American perspectives, and presented ways their communities are healing and moving forward. 


Living with the Memory: Rwanda twenty years on

January 29 - February 25, 2014 

Part of the Rwanda 20 Years Ago campus-wide project remembering the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of over 800,000 people. Professor Ermitte St. Jacques and anthropology graduate students interviewed three survivors of the genocide. The survivors' stories and voices were highlighted in the exhibit. 

Three Voices/Three Visions: Interpreting southwestern native arts and culture 

October 14 - November 22, 2013

An exhibit curated by Anthropology graduate student Mary Ellsworth. The exhibit showcased three DU-related anthropologists: Ruth Underhill, Kate Peck Kent, and Theresa Montoya 

Speaking with cloth: Capulanas of Mozambique 

May 22 - August 9, 2013

Curated by Dores Cruz, Speaking with Cloth featured modern capulanas as well as those from DUMA's collection. 


April 1 - May 6, 2013

A collaboration with the University of Denver Native Student Alliance. The exhibit featured the art work of Douglas Miles, who created portraits of DU students and faculty during an artist residency at DU. 

Objects and lives

January 23 - March 15, 2013

An exhibition featuring new acquisitions to DUMA. The exhibit was a cornerstone for Christina Kreps' Art and Anthropology course. Students learned to conduct research on objects and their many meanings. 


September 20 - January 11, 2013

An exhibit inspired by Keri Smith's book "How to be an Explorer of the World." Christina Kreps' Museum Anthropology class created miniature exhibits using Keri Smith's Exploration activities as inspiration.