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  • Make a Statement This Month at Untitled

    Make a Statement This Month at Untitled

    Note: Download the program (PDF) for February 27.

    At Untitled: Statement Piece at the Denver Art Museum on February 27 we’re doing everything with style and definitely a lot of pizazz. This final Friday is all about making a statement in whichever medium you choose: fashion, film, poetry, prose or even cabinetry. More

  • CBS Sunday Morning Features Brilliant (Video)

    CBS Sunday Morning Features Brilliant (Video)

    For Valentine's Day, CBS Sunday Morning focused on romance, including a visit to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Below, watch Jane Pauley chat with curator Margaret Young-Sánchez and with one of the couples that got engaged in the exhibition. Brilliant is on view exclusively at the Denver Art Museum until March 15. Buy tickets. More

  • Thanks to an IMLS Grant the DAM is Upgrading Textile Art Storage

    Thanks to an IMLS Grant the DAM is Upgrading Textile Art Storage

    Recently, the Denver Art Museum received a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help us improve how we store works of art in our textile art collection. Since preserving artworks in the collection is part of our mission, we are very excited that we will be installing new rolling screens that will improve storage and access for textile artworks. The new storage system will streamline preparation for the expanded calendar of textile art exhibitions, rotations, and programs. More

  • Colorado Students Inspired by DAM Exhibition to Design Social Justice Posters

    Colorado Students Inspired by DAM Exhibition to Design Social Justice Posters

    April 21, 2015 update: Four Colorado student posters were chosen for the exhibition Museums: pARTners in Learning 2015 sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), in partnership with the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be on view in Washington from May 6−June 30, 2015. See all of the posters designed by students at Vista Peak Exploratory and Arapahoe Ridge High School in the image gallery below. More

  • Show Your Favorite Work of Art Some Love with Hearts for Art

    Show Your Favorite Work of Art Some Love with Hearts for Art

    Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the Denver Art Museum is ready! Join us and other museums across the country to spread the love with Hearts for Art. From February 10–February 15, you’re invited to show your love for a favorite work of art by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of your artwork crush.

    Step 1: Pick up a single heart and hold it close until you’re ready...

    Step 2: Fall in love with a piece of art and make it official by placing your heart ON THE FLOOR in front of a work of art you love. More

  • Travis Ogden in shop

    Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Travis Ogden

    The Naja Tool & Supply, Inc. was opened in 1976 and has become the largest resource of tools and supplies in Colorado.

    In the early nineties, Travis Ogden was teaching metalsmithing at the Front Range Community College, where on his way to class he would buy supplies from the Naja. Eventually, he started working at the store, and in 1998 he took ownership. More

  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Brilliant at the DAM

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Brilliant at the DAM

    Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century (on view at the Denver Art Museum until March 15) tells many stories about changes in style, culture, politics, and technology during the twentieth century. It also tells stories about some of the most storied romances of the era, including the following:

    Elizabeth Taylor & Mike Todd More

  • Local Creatives Shine at Design After Dark | CUT

    Local Creatives Shine at Design After Dark | CUT

    Design After Dark takes place once again on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Bindery on Blake, with the theme of “CUT.” In anticipation of Design After Dark | CUT we caught up with event co-chair and designer Craig Rouse, owner of R Design. More

  • Bilingual family fun throughout the DAM during CelebrARTE on FFS

    Join Us for CelebrARTE on Free First Saturday

    ¡Nuevo! Don't Miss the Cuentos del Arte Storytelling Program

    This is a year of renewal for the DAM’s bilingual family program, CelebrARTE. Visitors have come to know CelebrARTE as a moment to explore Latino creativity and engage in Spanish and English while working with master artists. In 2015, CelebrARTE expands to become a full day of bilingual programs, featuring current and new offerings, for all ages and interests, during Free First Saturday. More

  • Break the Ice of the 2015 Untitled Season with Untitled: On the Rocks

    Break the Ice of the 2015 Untitled Season with Untitled: On the Rocks

    The 2015 Untitled season launches on January 30 with Untitled: On the Rocks (Download a PDF of the program). To celebrate our first Untitled of the year, we’re serving up an art-inspired cocktail created exclusively for the event by master bartender Chris Clewell. Chris took cues from a contemporary painting in the DAM’s American Indian collection to craft one-of-a-kind drink using “intrigued” syrups (ooh la la!). More

  • Secrets of the Cartier Nécessaire

    Secrets of the Cartier Nécessaire

    The Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century features about a dozen examples of vanity cases, an item largely foreign to modern women. Also called nécessaires, vanity cases were designed to hold just that: a fashionable lady’s necessities, often including a mirror, powder and a puff, cigarettes, rouge (blush), a comb, and an inset lipstick case. More

  • Jesse Mathes working

    Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Jesse Mathes

    Jesse Mathes’ art has been inspired by her time as a traveler and, more recently, her role as a mother.

    A Colorado native with degrees in metalsmithing and jewelry, Jesse Mathes creates large-scale pieces using various metals that act as body adornments, ranging from corsets to collars, inspired by her travels in France. More

  • Fijian Loincloth

    The Prolific Patterns of Printed and Painted

    Across the islands of the Pacific artists have been creating intricate and captivating works of art from bark cloth for hundreds of years. The Denver Art Museum’s current Oceanic exhibition Printed and Painted: the Art of Bark Cloth explores the variety and ingenuity of expression found in this medium. In creating bark cloth, also known as tapa, patterns with a myriad of designs and motifs were used. More

  • Take a Video Tour of Brilliant

    Take a Video Tour of Brilliant

    Join Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum, and Pierre Rainero, Image, Style and Heritage Director of Cartier, on a video tour through Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Journey through important moments in history with some of most beautiful and brilliant objects in the world. More

  • Denver Art Museum Symposium Explores Portraiture in Colonial Americas

    Denver Art Museum Symposium Explores Portraiture in Colonial Americas

    Portrait paintings are fascinating windows into history. They bring to mind many questions. Who was the person being painted? What do details in the paintings—such as inscriptions, clothing, jewelry, and decorative arts—tell us about the sitter and a particular point in time? What can we learn about the artist from the painting they created? The Denver Art Museum is currently offering numerous opportunities to explore the topic of portraiture. More

  • Conservation of a King: Aesthetic Compensation & Next Steps (Part 4)

    Conservation of a King: Aesthetic Compensation & Next Steps (Part 4)

    Conservation treatment of King Caspar is almost finished. Having completed the structural portion of the treatment which included filling cracks, repairing broken elements, and stabilizing loose joints, I moved on to the aesthetic portion of the treatment. The goal of this part of the treatment was to unify the overall appearance by filling areas where the paint and/or gesso was lost to bring them to the same level as the surrounding surfaces. More

  • Conservation of a King: Surface Cleaning & Structural Stabilization (Part 3)

    Conservation of a King: Surface Cleaning & Structural Stabilization (Part 3)

    My initial examination revealed that the sculpture of King Caspar was in poor condition. Many of the wooden joints were loose; some pieces were broken and missing. The paint and barniz chinesco surfaces were actively flaking and the sculpture was very grimy. In collaboration with curator Donna Pierce, I designed a treatment plan that will restore the structural stability of the sculpture so that it can be handled, studied, and displayed safely. We also decided to pursue aesthetic compensation so that it can be effectively understood as a devotional object. More