Home to one of the world’s most intact public collections of any major artist, the Clyfford Still Museum offers nine beautiful galleries of Still’s art, historic photos, objects and letters from the Clyfford Still Archives, interactive features, a pair of tranquil outdoor terraces, views into storage and conservation areas, a hands-on art creation studio, shopping, exciting programs and events, and more.
The Clyfford Still Museum is located in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. The two-story, 28,500-square-foot building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display Clyfford Still’s work.
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists. The Clyfford Still Museum collection represents 93 percent of the artist’s lifetime output, including approximately 3,125 works created between 1920 and 1980 as well as his complete archives.
You Select: A Community-Curated Exhibition
August 19, 2022–February 12, 2023
In the culminating exhibition of CSM’s 10th anniversary celebration year, the Museum handed the curatorial reins to art lovers from the Denver community and beyond. Designed to foster far-reaching engagement and appreciation of Clyfford Still’s art and artistic legacy, the exhibition will share the curation of CSM’s city-owned collection with a broad and diverse audience. Like the artist himself, CSM believes there is valuable knowledge to gain about Still’s art and the power of abstraction from the surrounding communities and passionate individuals from around the world. Community participants chose the exhibition’s artworks from five themes. Exhibition gallery text and interpretive content will incorporate participants’ perspectives on their selections.
February 17–September 10, 2023
Organized by the Museum’s associate curator, Bailey Placzek, in collaboration with CSM’s director, Joyce Tsai, Awful Bigness fills the Museum’s largest, skylit galleries and celebrates Clyfford Still’s biggest, most ambitious works. This installation follows a chronological display of Still’s works in CSM’s first four rooms, which overviews Still’s groundbreaking path to abstraction. Still spent his childhood and adolescence in the West and in an interview, he referred to that experience as one that taught him to respect the “awful bigness of the land, the men and the machines.” In subsequent years, he worked on an enormous scale, and each time, he had to confront the awful bigness of the vast expanse of blank canvas.
Artists Select: Katherine Simóne Reynolds–Held Impermanence
September 15, 2023–March 17, 2024
Katherine Simóne Reynolds’ guest-curated exhibition, Held Impermanence, draws deeply upon the collections and archives of the Clyfford Still Museum. In five galleries, Reynolds illuminates multiple competing desires held in constant tension within the Clyfford Still Museum. The collection testifies to Still’s ambitious attempt to keep his entire corpus intact. The commitment to the integrity of that body of work allows us to see the acclaimed masterpieces and paintings made in painful transitions and others that bear the scars of time. Reynold’s exhibition asks us how we gaze upon healing over time, how we respond with our bodies to this corpus, and how we might approach Still’s achievements from a perspective that contends with his and our own sense of mortality and, with it, a shared desire to hold impermanence.